What Food Items to Carry while Trekking

Posted on Wed, 07 Jan 2015 09:45:09 by Arun Joshi

Trekking is undoubtedly an exhilarating and a magnificent adventure activity. It is also exciting because apart from providing whole body workout, it gives the trekker the opportunity to travel to many awe-inspiring regions across the world. There are some people in different geographical regions of the world who are yet not convinced about the importance of the rejuvenating activities. They may be too pre-occupied with their mechanical lifestyle but it is also imperative to take out some leisure time from their busy schedule and explore the beauty of enchanting nature through trekking. Trekking is a fascinating adventure activity that is generally carried out on foot in locations where vehicles cannot enter easily. However, if you have the right equipment and take care of a few basic things, trekking is going to be an amazing adventure in your life.

Trekking Food List

If you are a novice or a first time trekker, then not only you must have the right trekking equipment but also maintain high energy levels. Taking the right food during trekking is very much important to stay refreshed or energized and enjoy the most amazing adventure in your life. If you do not eat enough there are chances that you may experience dizziness, body pain or cramps. Walking for several hours burns some calories depending upon numerous aspects such as the weight, gender and kind of trekking route (easy or challenging).

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Thinking to embark on a trekking expedition over the weekend but confused what food items to pack? Don’t worry as you can carry the below mentioned food products with you to complete the trekking and return with unforgettable memories.

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are very much useful, particularly for trekking long distance. Drinks such as glucose, salt and sugar solutions provide the essential nutrients to the body. It is important to ensure that the energy drinks are packed in sealed bottles to avoid any kind of contamination.

Tea and Coffee Bags

For having a hearty breakfast in the morning or enjoying a refreshing break in the evening, carry some instant coffee packets, powdered milk or tea bags. Sipping a hot cup of tea or coffee will certainly lighten up your mind and fill you with new energy levels to undertake trekking.

Peanut Butter with Bread

Peanut butter can turn out to be a very useful food item during the trekking trip. All you have to do is to take out the butter packet or jar from your backpack, spread it over the bread using a knife and then keep the packet into the bag. Simply easy, isn’t?


Do not forget to pack one of the most essential items, water, while planning a trekking tour. Take sufficient quantity of water (at least 2-3 water bottles) to keep your body hydrated. Furthermore, it is also important that along with water, you are also eating sufficient and the right food so as to maintain the electrolyte levels.

Nuts and Chocolates

Nuts and snacks must be packed in abundant quantities as they serve as a rich source of essential nutrients such as the vitamins, proteins, minerals, etc. Apart from taking care of your hunger, these foods will provide you enough energy to carry out the physically demanding activity of trekking. Do not carry any kind of junk food at all. Carry chocolates so that you can munch them any time you feel like. Chocolates are very light on the stomach and keep people energized during trekking.

Food Items Not to Take

Junk Food

  • Canned food products/drinks – Does not do the body any kind of good as they are devoid of important nutrients.
  • Meat/Chicken – Contain lots of fats or carbohydrates that do not aid in digestion properly.
  • Chips, burgers and other junk food items – Difficult to consume as they take longer time to digest.
  • Sugar products like cookies and candy bars – Contain starch, which is not good for the digestive system and do not have any essential nutrients. Instead, take washed apples that also improve blood sugar imbalances.

It is absolutely an amazing fun to head out for a trekking trip on beautiful locations. Having knowledge about the various kinds of trekking food to pack can certainly make a huge difference to your trip.


A thoroughbred adventurer, Arun Joshi was born in the picturesque and landlocked district of Chamoli, Uttarakhand. He is well known for his close association with the Indian Himalayas for the past 16 years, and knows the region inside out. His vast knowledge and first-hand experience of trekking to the many challenging regions of the Indian Himalayas have also helped him to establish himself as the go-to guide in the region.