210-Food on the trail; a detailed look

Show notes

When overnight hiking you have lots of additional things to consider; where to camp, when to camp, where to go to the toilet and what to eat are just some of them. Once you start doing multi-day and multi-week hikes these considerations multiply (no pun intended). Food is a big consideration in this planning process particularly because it often requires planning ahead weeks in advance and really thinking about what you may want to eat. In this article we discuss food requirements for multi-day and multi-week hikes that can also easily be used for shorter hikes.

Podcast Overview

Podcast introduction

  • Episode introduction (time index 0:01:26)
    • Attached Spreadsheet (time index 0:02:03)
      • Open up this spreadsheet to get the best from this episode
      • Some caveats regarding my food choices
    • Considerations (time index 0:05:05)
      • Commercial versus homemade
        • Quarantine regulations an be a limiting factor
      • How flexible are you in your food likes and dislikes?
      • How much food should you carry?
      • Food for two people isn’t twice the weight
      • Calories
      • Taste and texture
      • Food is an ever involving process
      • Discussion on food in the spreadsheet
    • Final thoughts (time index 0:26:47)


Close (time index 0:29:46)


7 day meal plan example

7 Day Meal List-PDF

  • The above PDF details my menu based on a seven day hike. For longer hikes I just repeat the week
  • My food selection on any hike is constantly evolving. I have been using some items included in my spreadsheet for many years while others change as I find new food to try
  • I know what I do and don’t like and how much I eat on trail. So the amount of food I carry has been refined over time to the point that I now carry less than I did ten years ago
  • This meal list works for me but it may not work for you. Use this list as a guide to build your weekly meal plan
  • If you’re doing distance hikes, its important to talk with a nutritionist so they can analyse your food and identify any shortcomings

The following links will take you to some of the recipes for meals I prepare/make prior to a trip:

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