On a day hike, you don’t have to be as careful with the weight of the food you’re packing as you would on a multi-day hike, but you are so active that it is vital that you get enough calories and nutrients to keep your energy up. If you need some meal ideas or inspiration, we’re here to provide.

Ultimately, these are only suggestions and after a bit of experimenting, you’ll work out the best combination of food for you. However you decide to plan your food, you’ll want to base your choices on these main principles to ensure you stay healthy and safe on your hike.