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Top 5 Hiking Lunches: Meals To Eat On The Trail

While out on the trail, it’s important to maintain your energy. Packing a protein and carbohydrate is a surefire way to make sure that you have enough energy to reach your destination.

Let’s take a look at some of the best options for lunches to pack for your next hike:  

Tuna Wrap

One pouch of tuna has almost 20 grams of protein, which makes it the perfect meat to add to your hike pack. Plus, with the ability to keep fresh in a packet or a can, it’s ideal for taking on a hike with a couple crackers, pieces of bread, or even tortillas.

Here’s a great recipe to make before hitting the trail in order to have a protein-packed lunch:
• 1 Tuna Packet
• 1 Tortilla
• Lettuce
• Tomato Slices
Additional ingredients:
• Avocado
• Mayo

• Place tuna, lettuce, and tomato slices on tortilla and roll into wrap
• Add additional ingredients if desired
• Cut in half and store in tinfoil or a bag

Hard Boiled Eggs

Need a quick lunch? Making some hard boiled eggs beforehand is the best way to enjoy a quick and easy meal while spending time outside. Customize the hard boiled eggs by adding your favorite spices, and easily refuel wherever you are on the trail.

• Place eggs in pot and add in cold water about 1 inch above the eggs
• Bring water to a boil
• Turn off heat and let eggs cook for 10-12 minutes. 10 minutes offers a runnier yolk, while 12 minutes offers a well-done yolk
• Season with salt and pepper and store in plastic container

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Veggie Hummus Bagel Sandwich 

Looking for a plant-based savory lunch option? Head to the store to grab your favorite fresh veggies and prepare a delicious and refreshing meal for the top of your hike. With endless possibilities for ingredients, a vegetable hummus bagel is a staple for any plant-powered hikers. Put some hummus on your favorite bagel and check out some of the top veggies:
• Cucumbers
• Carrots
• Spinach
• Tomatoes
• Bell Peppers
• Olives
• Avocado 

Greek Pasta Salad

With a little preparation, you won’t have to settle for sandwiches while exploring nature. The night before an adventure, combine pasta and veggies in a container, and let sit overnight. Don’t forget your fork, and get ready to enjoy some fancy cuisine while out in the woods.

Here are the ingredients for a basic Greek Pasta Salad:
• 16 ounces short pasta rotini, bow ties, penne
• ¾ long english cucumber diced
• 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
• 1 bell pepper red or orange, diced
• ½ cup sliced pitted olives
• ¼ cup red wine vinegar
• ⅓ cup olive oil
• ½ teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon oregano

• Cook pasta according to directions on box
• Combine pasta and veggies into a bowl
• Mix red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder and oregano
• Dress pasta and veggies with vinegar and oil mixture
• Store in container and eat within 3 days 

Peanut Butter Sandwich

It’s not a hike without a tried and true hiking lunch option: the PB & J. Whether it’s with crunchy or creamy peanut butter or strawberry or grape jelly, the peanut butter sandwich is still the top choice for hikers everywhere. With protein, carbs, and quick sugars, it hits the jackpot. Looking to switch up your PB and J game? Try some different ingredients like:
• Bananas
• Marshmallow Fluff
• Almond Butter
• Apples
• Cream Cheese
• Granola
• Coconut Flakes
• Dates 

What will your next hike lunch be? 

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