My Top 10 trail snacks

1. Snyder’s Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzel Bites

These have been one of my favorites for years now. They pack a good bit of flavor, along with a healthy amount of sodium to replenish your electrolytes. And since they are already crushed, you don’t have to worry about them breaking up in your food bag.


2. Welch’s Fruit Snacks

Honestly, I find these to be the superior gummy snack on trail. The individual packaging allows you to stuff a few in my hip belt snack pouch. They also just have an easier to chew texture. And since they are gummies, they won’t dry out your mouth like salty snacks do.


3. Fatty Stick

Like a Slim Jim but FAT. It’s nice to have something to bite into. They might be a little heavy but the protein is definitely worth it. They also have a lot of different flavors to choose from.

4. Sonoma Pizza Crisps

I wrote about these in my trail recipe article  when I add them to grits, but they also make a great trail snack. They pack a decent amount of protein for their weight. I’m surprised they haven’t caught on in the hiker community, but then again they are a little pricey. We all know a true dirtbag is on a budget.


5. Wasabi peas

These hold up surprisingly well in a food bag. A great salty snack with a punch of flavor that can clear up your sinuses in a flash if you need it. Plus they make a great addition to any ramen dinner.

6. Plantain chips

The potato chip alternative that doesn’t crush up in a food bag. I’ve always enjoyed plantains at home, and on trail they have continued to be one of my favorites. Salted is always a good choice but some have lime flavor as well, a top tier choice.


7. Mt Olive Pickle Bag

0 calories and it’s heavy. People think I’m crazy for hauling these out into the woods. But on a hot day when I’m zapped out of electrolytes, nothing has hit better than these pickles and the brine they sit in.

8. Blue Raspberry Lemonade Swedish Fish

I didn’t even know that these existed before trail. But one faithful day at a resupply in Erwin lead me to one of my favorites. There they were on the shelf. I knew I had to try them. And man oh man were they delicious. I might pick up a few more today.


9. Cheese sticks

Some people are skeptical on these because of hot days. But most hikers are fine with a mozzarella or cheddar cheese that’s a little soggy. They are sealed and pasteurized, so I’m not worried about getting sick. And the cheese is just too damn good.


10. Beer

Yup, nothing beats a packed out beer. Sure it’s heavy but I mean come on! It’s beer! Delicious and full of calories. PBR is always an easy choice, but my personal favorite is a Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze. Something about IPAs lets them hold up at warmer temps, and hazy’s are always my preferred.


What do you think? Any snacks that should be on the list? Let me know in the comments!



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