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9 Best Packable Snacks

If you’re anything like us here at Rustico, you’re always planning your next adventure. But adventures can make you hungry, so it’s important to have a good snack in your backpack whether you’re rock climbing at your local gym or fly fishing in the mountains.

Our favorite snacks are the ones that are easy to eat on the go, not too messy, and of course, taste delicious. Next time you head out, slide one of these 13 choices in your pocket so you can fuel up on the go!

  1. Protein bar: We would be remiss to make this list without a protein bar on it, so we might as well put it at number one. Our current favorites are the s’mores Luna Bar and the chocolate peanut butter Chia Bar.
  1. Fruit leather: Whether you make your own or buy it prepackaged, it’s the perfect snack to give you a boost in blood sugar and keep you energized through the end of your hike.
  1. Granola: We’re big fans of the Bear Naked V’nilla Almond Fit granola, although a few of our team members can make a delicious homemade version. Pair it with some fruit on the trail and you have a match made in heaven.
  1. Beef jerky: It’s a toss up for what to choose between beef jerky or turkey jerky, or even salmon jerky. No matter what protein you take, it’ll be sure to give you the energy you need.
  1. Trail mix: There are so many different trail mixes out there in addition to the classic nuts, raisins, and M&Ms, that you’re bound to find one you like. We always have a bag of peanut butter monster trail mix getting passed around the office – it’s addicting.
  1. Snickers: If you’re the type that has success getting energy from simple sugars, a Snickers is the best candy bar to do it with, since it’s packed with plenty of nuts. Just make sure you’re not hiking in hot weather, or you might have a melty mess on your hands.
  1. Pumpkin seeds: Doing a little pumpkin carving before a fall hike could have its advantages. Roast the pumpkin seeds in some oil, salt, and maybe a little creole seasoning for a snack you’ll crave on the trail.
  1. String cheese: Pack some Wheat Thins and a couple string cheese sticks for the perfect on-the-go cheese and crackers combination. Your hiking buddy will be jealous.
  1. Hard candy: Sometimes it helps to suck on a little mint or gobstopper when you’re powering up difficult sections of the trail. If you’ve never tried it, take some with you next time you’re heading out. It keeps your mind off the task at hand and keeps your mouth from getting too dry while you’re breathing hard.

What are your favorite snacks to take with you on your outdoor adventures? Give us suggestions! And if you’re looking for your next place to explore, download our free Guide to Utah’s Best Hikes by Season and go somewhere you’ve never been before!

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