As an avid hiker, and mom, my husband I love to take the kids on hiking excursions as often as we can. Usually this amounts to once a month, as the kids have very busy schedules.
On the longer hikes, and even the short ones, we need to carry a myriad of snacks. Hiking food is so essential! We have four kids to feed, plus ourselves should we get hungry, so my husband and I both have backpacks full of food, water, and first aid supplies. The older kids now have small fanny packs for little snacks, too.
I've posted some of our favorite snacks below in the photos. We prefer to bring things that can either be eaten in one sitting, like fruit pouches, beef jerky, fruit, etc, or things that have a seal on them for later; maybe that's some sort of granola or chips. We love to bring granola bars and protein bars, too!
Make sure to have refillable water bottles as well as some extra throw away water bottles. Everyone gets so thirsty if it's hot out. Remember, you're working hard to get up the incline!
Just know that it takes a little bit to adjust to the weight of a full back pack, so make sure you can handle the weight!
I try to keep things healthier.
Bananas and apples are perfect fuel
These Trail Chips are a new find and we love them for snacking!
The kids love these fruit pouches!
We love Luna bars in our household.
Water bottles with a strap are good
Krave beef jerky is a favorite.
“... my husband and I both have backpacks full of food...”
I can get really frustrated with the dividing up of goods for sale based on gender-type. I'm looking into new hiking shoes and they are divided up into men's and women's. This phenomenon makes little sense to me.
When you have children, and you enjoy hiking, a hiking first aid kit is essential! The little ones are always falling or jumping on rocks and scraping their knees, so it's important to have disinfectant and band-aids en mass! Here is a list of my go-to first aid kit items.