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  • Favorite Trail Snacks?

    Good morning fellow winter campers!

    As we all know that certain foods become a brick or don't travel so well in the winter. What are your favorite trail-side snacks to stay fueled while pulling your gear?

    I've got a couple things that I do. Before I break camp I make my trail burritos, one per hour of travel ~325 calories, good mix of protein and carbs to help break trail.

    8" flour tortilla
    peanut butter
    1/4 of a banana or a handful of raisins or dried cranberries.

    Assemble the burrito, sear it on the wood stove to hold the shape. Then I wrap them in foil and toss them in the bag, they'll quickly stiffen up with the cold temps and is not messy with gloves on.

    My other favorites that I pack are deer or beef jerky, goose summer sausage, leftover bannock from breakfast, and protein bars.

  • #2
    I'm a sucker for mixed nuts in the woods, I eat more of them than is financially health.
    If it's not super cold I'll mix raisins with them, or diced up dried fruit, but that can get pretty chewy in an outer pocket.
    I carry nuts and dried fruit year round, I keep grab and go bags made up all the time.
    I even have a day pack that just stays in my Jeep with a bag of mixed nuts in it.
    I'm a generally lazy woods cook though, I really can't be bothered with anything that involves much time to cook or time to wash up afterwards.
    But my winter travel distances are not real far either, so it's not like I need much variety to get there and back.


    • #3
      I tend to munch on a lot of GORP with peanut m&ms mixed in. If it's really cold I may let the m&ms soak in my mouth a bit before biting in them; don't need to break a tooth in the winter woods. I'll also much on jerky, sausage and cheese. I do like the idea of prepping some peanut butter burritos so I may have to try that this year.

      One other treat is a dark chocolate I can purchase at our local Aldi's food store. It's 70% and it's already segmented so it's easy to break off a piece when you want one. They're easy to recognize because there is a French Fleur de lis on each segment. Compared to other large chocolate bars, this one is pretty inexpensive so I keep my eyes open for them and pick a couple up when I can.

      That's all for now. Take care and until next well.



      • #4
        Snickers bars, dried fruit, nuts, meat.



        • Justin P.
          Justin P. commented
          Editing a comment
          I kinda forgot just how good frozen Snickers bars are!
          The problem is if I buy them, I eat them all long before I ever make it into the woods....LOL

      • #5
        HD, I tried the tortilla wrap with peanut butter and bananas.
        so good it never made it out of my tent.


        • #6
          Originally posted by Coldfeet
          HD, I tried the tortilla wrap with peanut butter and bananas.
          so good it never made it out of my tent.
          Awesome! yea they eat well!


          • #7
            All the usual stuff, but also PayDay candy bars which are mostly peanuts work well in all weathers.


            • #8
              Short bread cookies, the real kind with real butter

              candied bacon with a hint of cayenne pepper, a little messy, but amazing warm or cold


              • #9
                I really like Weight Gainer powder mixed with water, surprisingly filling, there are a wide variety of brands and flavors out there. Powder does not freeze, so its convenient although probably not as satisfying as being able to chew something.


                • #10
                  I like bacon wrapped dates.


                  • #11
                    I really like the idea of the trail burritos. These seem fairly simple and mess free (I am with Justin P). I also like the idea of protein powder (or weight gain). Making a shake is an easy way to take in proteins and nutrients. I like a lot of people usually carry trail mix and if there is anything frozen it will thaw in my mouth.


                    • #12
                      My wife made an angel food cake a couple weeks ago, and I took half of it and sliced about an inch or so thick and tossed it in the food dehydrator.
                      My original thought was to use it as an easy desert or snack, maybe thin out some jelly or jamb and drizzle on it. I always have a sweet tooth.
                      It came out like angel food toast, I don't know how else to describe it, but I sampled it and just plain by itself and decided I liked it well enough to eat it all up before it ever made it into the woods.
                      It's a bit fragile, and I tend to like to only pack dense filling good food mileage type of stuff but as a luxury item odd ball treat it would be great, if I can make the next batch last long enough to get it out the door.


                      • #13
                        MY go to snacks/ lunch on the trail is a bag of sliced dry sausage, cheddar cheese, and crackers, I might throw in some dried fruit yogurt leather, and at least one Eatmore or cliff's bar in my pocket.