by Diane Spicer
Backpacking nutrition tips, eh?
You must be planning a backpacking trip.
And you're being smart about backpacking nutrition, because you want to enjoy yourself without returning home an empty wreck of your former self.
You're in the right place.
Backpacking means you're restricted on how much weight you can carry for your food.
You'll also need to have regular surface water sources, because you don't want the unwelcome burden of lugging around liters of water for food preparation.
This all adds up to the sometimes unpleasant task of having to pre-calculate your food calories, nutrient density, and weight, right down to the last ounce.
Here's an easy way to do that: use the Hiking For Her Fast Facts booklet.
It steps you through exactly how to figure all of this out, and leaves you with a solid backpacking food plan.
Otherwise... go easy.
The best backpacking nutrition tips should also be easy.
Here is one of the best ideas to stay strong and well on the trail, day after day: plan your food choices for optimum nutrient density.
How can you do that?
As you plan your backpacking menu, use the ABC method to make sure all of your nutrients and taste preferences are covered.
Let's start with eating for A's on the trail.
Bookmark this page for the full list!
If you have a bit more money than time, skip a lot of the backpacking food preparation work and carry lightweight, pre-packaged entrées for dinner.
Here's where to start:
NOTE: If you've got a gluten intolerance or outright allergy, you need to step up your game a bit.
Rice has been a staple in backpacking food menus for decades, as well as a global food source for millennia.
It delivers various amounts of carbohydrates, for conversion into energy.
But not all rice works for you on the trail.
To stay strong and feel full on the trail, you're going to have to plan to include some protein in every meal, even your snacking schedule.
Read how to do that here.
And don't forget to pack high quality nuts, for both protein and fats.
Here's a quick list of perfect food choices to bring on your backpacking trip, loaded with the calories you need but not heavy, bulky, or hard to eat.
All of these deliver a big calorie hit, at least 150 per serving (some are affiliate links):
Here's a favorite trail bar with a nearly endless choice of flavors but clean ingredients: GoMacro bars.
Read more about why high calorie backpacking food is so important to a successful trip. (coming soon)
Or select from the HFH favorite hiking snacks here.
Thanks for stopping by!
This page is just getting started with offering you the best nutrition tips for your backpacking plans.
If you need a few ideas for getting started with some solid backpacking food ideas, try this.
Backpacking Nutrition Tips
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She’s been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for nearly five decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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