Best hiking snacks

Hiking in Ireland is an enjoyable, but challenging experience. You’ll need to make sure you have the right hiking snacks with you for when you feel a bit peckish on the trail. Good food gives you the energy to push yourself forward and move faster. If your snacking choices are bad you are likely to be left sluggish.

Your body needs three types of food (or macronutrients) to function correctly; protein, carbohydrates and fat. Protein helps to repair muscles, carbohydrates give you energy and fat helps you absorb nutrients and keep warm. It’s pretty obvious that these are all helpful for hiking!

So you are out on a long day hiking in Ireland and you realise that there is nowhere to stop for lunch. The nature is spectacular but your energy levels are dipping and fast. What do you reach for? We have made a list of our top hiking foods, that you should always keep in your pack.

Best hiking snacks

  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Protein Bars
  3. Nuts
  4. Tuna
  5. Cereal Bars
  6. Chocolate
  7. Trail Mix/ Dried Fruit
  8. Beef Jerkey
  9. Biscuits/Cookies


Hydration will be key to any long hike. Your body uses a lot of fluid while exercising, particularly if you are performing cardio work. We’d recommend drinking at least 2 litres of water per day when hiking. On hotter days you will need more than this.

Leave no trace

It’s really important to clean up after yourself on any hike. This helps to preserve the gorgeous trails that you are walking on. Keep all of your plastic wrappings and dispose of them properly at the next opportunity. For more tips on being eco-friendly on the trail check out this blog from our sister brand Caminoways: Eco-Friendly Camino.

For more information on any of our hiking or cycling tours please contact the travel specialists.


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