Food Ideas for Multi-Day Walks
Food for hiking trips need to be light but tasty. Tips for snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner and cooking utensils.
For many walkers, the evening meal is the high point of the day, especially if the walk has been long, wet or tiring. You’ll be surprised at the appetite you develop when walking.
Snacks can vary from muesli bars or fruit to your own special mixture of “scroggin”. Scroggin (Some Chocolate Raisins and Other Good Grub Including Nuts) is the name given to a mixture of very interesting nibbles, usually high in calories and energy and also delicious. Snacks provide energy while walking and are often found to be a welcome relief during a rest stop. Every bushwalker has their own special recipe for “scroggin”, but here are a few suggestions:
The list is endless, but be sure to weigh it. Generally, about 100g per day will satisfy your hunger pangs.
Powdered milk and sugar can be added to the cereal or muesli when packing, so you only need to add boiling water.
If it’s cold and you have the chance to boil some water, a cup of soup, tea or coffee does wonders.
There is a wide variety of pasta dishes readily available in supermarkets, which only require the addition of water (sometimes a little milk), and a dob of butter. These are very convenient, quite tasty and require between 5 and 10 minutes to cook.
With no refrigeration available, you have to be careful about how long fresh food items will last. A pack is a remarkably good insulator and will keep properly packed food surprisingly cool but in hot weather or long walks it will still deteriorate. Choose foods that will survive without refrigeration like dried fruits, mettwurst and powdered milk. Dehydrated meals can be bought or you can do this yourself for longer walks.
Extra cooking notes
Stoves are required for overnight walks. Many walkers use hiking stoves powered by a butane gas canister, or Trangia stoves fuelled on methylated spirits. A wind protection device is essential; most stoves come with one, but check before buying.
It is recommended that you carry the following with your stove:
It may be possible to cook over open fires in certain campsites. Be very careful to observe bushfire regulations and to extinguish and bury all fires before leaving. Restrictions on open fires are now in force in many areas and members must carry stoves where applicable.
There are two ways of packing your food for a bushwalk:
Method (1) is possibly a little more organised and safer. If food is packed in portions, you do not risk the chance of over-eating certain foods (eg. cereal, biscuits), It is also easier to locate food; one bag for each day. Small sealed snap-lock plastic bags can be used for many items.