Food Tips and Ideas
Most of our hiking tours include meals and snacks. The meals are large serves and the snacks are high in energy. Some of the food is fresh, such as sandwiches and wraps, some are restaurant meals and other is dehydrated or freeze dried.
Tea, coffee and sugar is available on all hikes. Some hikes also include wine and beer.
To find out what food is included on the tour you selected, refer to ‘Tour includes‘ section on the main page for that hiking tour.
You are welcome to bring additional food such as snacks and drinks of your choice. It’s always nice to enjoy your favourite snack when hiking, or a cuppa with your favourite biscuits at the end of the day.
If you’d like to bring additional food, consider the following.
Don’t bring any canned food. Cans are heavy and bulky, and remember that what you carry in, you must carry out, so you will be stuck with that can for the entire hike.
Avoid bringing alcohol. Alcohol will dehydrate you, make you tired and it will affect your balance and decision making.
Energy bars, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, muesli bars, nut bars are great for morning and afternoon snacks.
Fresh fruit is an ideal snack. It’s healthy and refreshing. Hard fruit such as apples, pears, lychees (skin on), mandarins, grapefruit and oranges are ideal as there is lesser chance of them getting squashed in your pack. However, remember they are heavy, so I tend to bring no more then 2 pieces of fruit even on longer hikes. Apples and pears you can cut into halves or even quarters and have a piece each day.
Baby cucumbers and cherry tomatoes are also great. They are refreshing and cooling on warm days. Stored in zip-lock bags deep inside your backpack, they will last few days.
Biscuits, M&M’s, chocolate, Shapes, are all great little treats at the end of the day to relax with. Bring only what you will eat, stored in zip-lock bags.
A few jelly beans and/or snakes are good to have just in case you are low on sugar. Place few in a zip-lock bag.
Wash and clean all your fresh food, such as fruit and vegetables, at home to save your water on the hike.
Store any fresh food deep inside your backpack where it’s dark and cool. It will stay fresh longer.
To reduce the amount of rubbish you’ll need to carry, dispose of any unnecessary packaging at home. Taking food out of its original packaging and putting it in a zip-lock bag is a great way to reduce rubbish. Once the food has been consumed, you can use the zip-lock bag for rubbish or take it home, wash it and re-use it. A sealed zip-lock bag will help stop the food spilling inside your backpack.
Barocca, Gatorade powder, Powerade powder or similar are good energy boosts.
Keep unflavoured water in your water bladder and energy drink in a separate water container/small bottle to sip on along the way. Barocca tablets are easy to carry in their original container and the powders are best carried in zip-lock bags or an old Barocca container, or similar. Just make sure the container lid is well sealed and tight, so that you don’t end up with sticky mess in your backpack.
We don’t provide milk on any hikes where we carry an overnight backpack, which are the more remote hikes.
If you’d like milk for your tea and coffee, bring some powdered milk in a zip-lock bag.
‘Coffee Mate’ is really good as a substitute for milk in your coffee.
We do provide milk on all hikes where we can access the campsite with a vehicle, which are all the hikes that you can complete with a daypack.
If you like lemon in your tea, bring bit of lemon squeeze in a little plastic bottle.
If you like honey in your porridge or your tea, purchase the little single serve tubs. That’s the smallest and lightest honey packaging you can get. However, they are hard to find. The other option is to put some honey into a little plastic bottle and seal it in a zip-lock bag.
Cup a soups are great for many reasons. Lightweight, easy to prepare, a good filler if you’re still hungry after dinner, warming in cold weather, they are tasty and there are many flavours to choose from. Take them out of the box and carry the sachets only to reduce weight, bulkiness and rubbish.