This post is part of the Outdoor Family Adventure Series. Encouraging families to get active and create lasting memories in the great outdoors!
We’ve been doing a lot of hiking as a family this Summer and we’ve learned a few things along the way when it comes to packing food for the trail. Bringing food that is both fun and a good energy source is so important when hiking with kids. We love packing our hiking food in Easy Lunchboxes containers and today I wanted to share a few family friendly on-the-go lunch ideas that are perfect for hiking! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of todays post for an exciting giveaway!
Packing family lunches when hiking can definitely be a challenge, but one thing I’ve learned with our kids, is that having ample food makes for happier hikers! We’ve done a few hikes where we decided to pack light and just eat when we got back and that temporary convenience was not worth it in the end when we had hungry, grumpy kiddos.
You may have read about how much I love packing my kids school lunches in Easy Lunchboxes containers but what you might not know, is how convenient they are for packing lunches on-the-go! I use our Easy Lunchboxes all the time when we’re road tripping, going on a picnic and most recently when we were hiking in Waterton Lakes National Park. We packed a quick lunch in our handy Easy Lunchboxes containers to take with us on the trail around Cameron Lake and it was so nice to sit out in nature and enjoy a quiet moment together as we ate.
What I love about packing a hiking lunch in Easy Lunchboxes containers:
-Small hands can easily manage lunch on their lap
-Containers are light weight and easily fit in a backpack
-Lunches stay cool in the Cooler Bags which can fit 3 Easy Lunchboxes containers each.
-Less garbage to worry about on the trail when using these Eco-friendly containers
-Packing a variety healthy food is easier knowing it won’t get squished in a backpack
-Reduce the need to pack out lots of extra food with these portioned meals
In our lunches I packed turkey sandwiches made on mini round naan bread, alphabet pretzels, fresh blueberries and a selection of veggies. We also brought a bag of trail mix and some fruit snacks packed separately. The lunches stayed fresh, put together and cool during our short hike and were delicious! Just the right amount of midday fuel that we needed!
Things we like to eat when hiking:
-frozen juice boxes
-Trail mix (with plenty of M&M’s)
-Fruit leather or dried fruit
-Crackers, pretzels or chips
What are some of your family’s favorite foods to take with you on the trail?
For more ideas of healthy lunches you can pack in Easy Lunchboxes containers I shared a post with a weeks worth of school lunch ideas right here! One of my kids favorites are these homemade pizza buns which would also make a perfect hiking snack!
More posts from the Outdoor Family Adventure Series:
Post 1: What is the Outdoor Family Adventure Series?
Post 2: Tips for Photographing Your Family in the Great Outdoors
Post 3: Outdoor Family Adventures with Albion Fit
Post 4: Printable Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Miranda Clawson says
always looking for ways to make lunches more interesting for my on the go family 🙂
My husband and I like to take granola bars and homemade trail mix when we go hiking.
My girls love trail mix. I like trader Joes Go Raw trail mix.
heidi e says
oh this is great! thank you! We are a hiking family as well so I really enjoy all of your outdoor posts. I’m a big believer in being in nature. boy would I love to be in Canada with those views though!! summer in AZ makes it a little tricky to get out and hike, unless we wake up really early of course. 🙂 I can’t wait for fall!
Seeds & Nuts. 🙂
Frozen gogurts and homemade trail mix.
We love trail mix for hiking.
We love to take trail mix. Thanks for the fun added ideas, I know they will come in handy.
Stephanie Farwell says
What a easy way to bring a lunch on a hike
Mackenzie Welker says
I really like having granola bars and trail mix on hand while hiking (& of course cold water to drink!) Thanks for the fun posts on outdoor family activities I LOVE IT! 🙂
Kathleen Reichle says
I love trail mix and granola bars!
Torri M says
I love trail mix! And lots of water!
These would be perfect for school lunches or even lunch on a road trip. We like to travel to pints of interest within a few hours of home and these would be great for a nutritious lunch on the road.
chelsea lawrence says
always love trail mix! it’s a must.
Raychel Wishart says
I am always saying we need to be more organized with packing lunches. This win would REALLY help me do that! My son is starting kindergarten in August and I am determined to pack lunches like the one you wrote about. Looks delish!
My kids love grapes and baby carrots. And my older son thinks beef jerky makes him a real outdoorsman 🙂
PB&J Sandwiches with some fruit, baby carrots and pretzels.
Fresh fruit, graham crackers and string cheese are almost always packec for our hikes (along with a few m&m’s to bribe the kiddos to keep going if they are getting crabby 😉 Love easy lunchboxes, lost 2 from our set though 🙁
Alesa Larsen says
We love beef jerky, made locally, and granola bars.
Sylvia young says
I love this series as a mom to a toddler I love to be out and watching your family explore AB is awesome, we love in Calgary.
What great containers! Thanks for the tip!
Sarah C. says
Pretzels and granola bars are always easy.
Kimberly Christiansen says
We love LOVE outdoor summer adventures. Grapes are one of our favorite snacks — sometimes even frozen for a cool treat 🙂 granola bars are another go to for our family. I always love seeing your creative [[and healthy!]] ideas. Great giveaway!
Amanda Chavez says
I love getting to bring berries and grapes for my kids!
Audrey Davis says
My favorite hiking snack is a homemade trail mix with different nuts, sunflower seeds, pretzels, butterscotch chips, and M & Ms.
lindsey choi says
Beef jerky and water! But for my little one any fruit in season will do.
I love these lunchboxes (bought them last year when I saw them on your blog!) and have gifted them to my sister as well. We like granola bars and fruit leathers on hikes 🙂
Granola bars are a must-have for my family.
Tracy Meier says
We love Kind bars and beef jerky when we go camping and hiking.
We LOVE Kind bars too Tracy! So yummy!
We love some homemade trail mix of nuts, granola, dried fruits and crackers 🙂
The lunch looks yummy!
Def granola bars and fresh veggies! =)
We love fruit and Trader Joe’s Breakfast trail mix! I adore your blog – I also pack lots of lunches for outings and hikes (check out the “Lunches for Outings” label on my blog). I love your style – and I also love Easylunchboxes!!
I love EasyLunchboxes! I need to be better about packing my own lunch for days when I’ll be out!
Diana Drees says
I love this idea! I’m always bringing food with us but these compartmentalized containers would really help cut down on all the containers and help me stay more organized. 🙂
Diana Drees says
Sorry! Forgot to add that we love the frozen on the go yogurts!
Kristi H says
Thank you for all these great ideas!
Helen Anne says
Fruit, granola, yogurt, christmas cake. Lunch is often cheese, crackers and meat with veggies.
April W says
Our oldest has a severe peanut allergy so take and go snacks/foods are often times rice cakes, goldfish or graham crackers, cold meat sandwiches on pita bread & fresh fruits.
Candy S says
Pretzels baby bell cheese grapes…
Carrie J. says
Always love trail mix! Kind of a sucker for the single serving kind..comes in handy with 3 kids! 🙂
Dana Mitchell says
I’m always looking for healthy lunch ideas for my picky eaters. Love your blog!
Our favourite foods are cut up fresh fruits, veggies and sandwiches
ashley l says
I would bring almonds and dried fruit on a hike.
JULIA NOLD says
Jerky, trail mix, fruit (no trash to haul back), cheese–string, sticks or chunks. PLENTY of water even for pets!
Nicole h. says
Michelle J. says
I love trail mix!
Carla Hundley says
I like the Sweet and
Salty Trail mixes!
Carla from Utah
sarah rees says
favourite snacks are bananas and nuts!
We love applesauce pouches, string cheese and freeze-dried fruit and yogurt!
Trail mix is my go to
nuts, fruit, water and trail mix
barbara n says
My favorite hiking snack is trail mix….sweet and salty!
Brooke H says
My kids always like when we have pretzels and juice.
Christine aka happyvballgirl says
We love to take homemade granola bars, cheese sticks and dried fruit! THanks for the great giveaway and what a lovely blog you have! Gorgeous pictures!
Rebecca Kidwell says
Love the idea of easy lunch boxes! Would love to win and try them out for myself.
Sarah B says
I would love to win for my new kindergartener!
We love taking cut up veggies, some cheese and crackers and jerky.
Laura B says
We like bringing apples and bananas
Love berries and nuts!
Heather Little says
Love Easy Lunchboxes – great for school.
Our favorite snack to take out on the trail is a mix of nuts, m&m, spicey gum drops and pretzels.
Sunflower seeds and trail mix
Jayme H. says
Our favorite hiking snacks are granola and fruit leather.
Kara Vansickle says
We love to take almonds on a hike.
Samantha C. says
My kids LOVE granola bars and fruit snacks.
Stefanie C. says
We love taking homemade trailmix out on the trails. It just seems right!
Kristal C says
Definitely have some granola bars and water on hand. Easy to each fruit is also on our list.
Laura Rette says
My husband and son like having our homemade trail mix while my daughter likes to grab a quick granola bar
Laurie P says
We love to bring sandwiches on a hike. Lately we’ve been bringing hummus, a good sized container of it that we all share to dip veggies and pita bread/crackers in. Cut up melon is always satisfying too!
Amy Maarouf says
that looks so good and i think my girls would eat that sandwich
Love the idea of these boxes and not using zip lock baggies!
Cheese,crackers and fresh berries are perfect in Easy Lunchboxes for lunch on the go!
My son’s favorite trail snack is boiled peanuts, but our family loves snack bars, apples, and trail mix with lots of watet. Wondergul giveaway!
Homade trail mix!
We love to eat granola bars or trail mix.
Catherine Barkus says
Thanks for the good ideas! It’s so easy to get into a rut!
Turkey jerky and green apples
Sandra G says
GORP!!!! Granola, oats, raisins, peanuts (and add in some m&ms)
I like to pack granola bars.
Becky G says
Love those containers.
We love to bring fruit pouches and homemade ham rollups.
We are just starting to do camping and traveling as a family and with food allergies, lunches and snacks have always been and issue. I love finding new healthy ideas that don’t involve prepackaged snacks and foods.
Aura Silkey says
Definitly trail mix!
Kristina W says
My favorite hiking snacks are granola bars and apples.
Kathy Damron says
For our on-the-go snacks we like homemade trail mix, Lara bars grapes and fruit leathers
I love raw almonds and dried apricots. mmmm
Jen Clark says
We love to take trail mix and granola bars.
I’ve been looking for the perfect lunch containers for the kids and me. Would love to try these out.
charla g. says
granola bars and trail mix
Trail mix is always a hit!
Nicole Barnabei says
Freezing the juice box is so much easier than putting a freezer gel pack in the lunch box. Also freezing grapes or watermelon is another option.
I love these containers and your ideas for healthy lunches and snacks! Thanks for sharing!
Emily T says
Grapes and turkey jerkey
our favorite thing is to bring homemade snack mix(we are peanut and egg allergic). and bags of apples and grapes
Heather M says
Cheese and nuts! 🙂
Erin Pack says
I like taking home made trail mix, beef jerky and a big bottle of water.
Bridget J says
We absolutely love dried apricots on hikes. So easy to pack!
Arena Thompson says
Granola bars are my favorite hiking snacks!
a. pilch says
Jerky is great and water.
Granola bars and beef jerky are our favorite hiking snacks!
Favorite hiking snack = any combination of trail mix
We always bring homemade no-bake granola bars. YUM!
Cheese and crackers!
My kids love mini muffins and Super Store brand alphabet pretzels.
My favorite hiking snack is trail mix.
Gabrielle L. says
I love to take beef jerky on hikes!
~trail mix is a great thing to take on a walk or hike…like you, I linger behind and get parting walking shots or run ahead and get everyone walking toward me.
We love pita pocket sandwiches in our Easylunchboxes for easy to eat on-the-go meals.
These would be perfect for school lunches!!!
judy schwartz haley says
we love to take fruit, pretzels, and sandwiches
Cliff Kids bars are great for the kiddos, and also Trader Joes peanut butter filled pretzels.
We enjoyed apples, trail mix and cheese sticks for our hiking snacks.
awesome! We always pack our own snacks for on the go! With one picky eater, one with allergies, and one who is always hungry, it’s just easier to have our own healthy snacks on hand!
We love trail mix, apples and blueberries when we’re hiking.
We love clif bars! My kids especially love the kids clif bars.
Trail mix & goldfish are our go to snacks!
homemade granola bars with chocolate chips is a special hiking treat for us.
Snacks or a picnic are definite must-haves for a family hike and I love your suggestions. I do like how the lunch doesn’t get crushed in the plastic containers, but am wishing for a backpack option for the coolers.
The coolers fit great inside our hiking backpacks. 🙂
jessica matier (@AW2SL) says
This is something I’ve always struggled with. I’m just not a lunch person. I love all of the images for this post and would be honored if you would come share at Pin Your Friday Favorite! Have a great weekend!
Can’t beat trail mix and jerky. Dried fruit and granola bars also.
Laura Hit says
We love hiking and love doing cheese/ meat/ crackers with sausage meat. And pickles for some of us.
Kristine n says
Can’t wait to try some of these great ideas! Thanks!
My kids are all about the snack on the hike! I like to let them mix their own trail mix. They get to pick what they like and it’s always a winner!
We love homemade granola with yogurt and fruit.
Thanks for the ideas!
Heidi k. says
We love homemade granola while we hike! 🙂
We love granola bars and trail mix!
Glenda De Hoyos says
My family likes granola bars, grapes, pretzels and water.
Karen Peterson says
Love to take the trail mix from Costco when we hike;)
I love anything that makes packing lunches easier!
Amanda D says
Trail mix! I make my own with peanuts, m&ms and raisins.
Mmmm…trail mix for sure – thanks for the chance to win!
Shawnee H says
Thanks for the great lunch ideas!
Pia Bineau says
With two little ones, we are always trying to keep packed food ultra organized, which makes it easy on both of, us as well as the kids, to find what we need!
Amy Hodges says
I love easy lunch boxes, the easiest way to pack a lunch!
Ashley Outland says
Jerky, goldfish, & pretzels!
Bananas are always good.
Home made lunchables and fruit!
We love Wheat Thins Toasted Chips!
sunflower seeds and mixed nuts
Looks great school starting school soon
Katie Glowicki says
We like to take trail mix and fruit. We love Easy Lunchboxes in our house!!
Love this idea of 3 different sized compartments in one container. Would definitely be nicer than carrying multiple containers in a plastic bag!
I think trail mix is the best hiking snack but I think the raisins are the best part 🙂
Homemade granola bars
Granola balls or trail mix
I hate paying for fast food, and I LOVE the lunch box containers! I am for sure getting some of those.
Joy Alverson says
We like Granola bars, dried fruit and nuts when hiking.
I need these for my 3 kiddos! They love fresh fruit, fruit leather, trail mix & jerky!
Erin Huk says
We love trail mix with lots of nuts and sesame sticks!
LeAnn B says
We love granola bars and frozen grapes.
Ahhhh! I love these so so much. My son calls them his ‘bentos’ and he loves them too. Would love to have more to add to the collection – with these I’d be able to pre-make his school lunches for the whole week!
I love compartmentalized containers for taking lunch to work. Makes things so easy!
I used EasyLunchBoxes last year and they were the best! I need to replenish my supply.
shastina gamble says
usually some sort of trail mix or larabars!
Always looking for ideas to make lunch more interesting.
Trail mix and bars. Love my easy lunc boxes and am always looking for good, healthy ideas that my kids will eat to put in them.
My favorite trail snack is smarties.
Great ideas! I love trail mix cookies. 🙂
Nancy Hudon says
Fruits, nuts, cheese,
Keri B. says
Gogurt and snack mix
Good ol’ PBJ!
Amanda P says
My family loves to snack on homemade granola.
Melissa Kling says
I know…. It’s cheesy to say it… But trail mix. It’s easy to make different varieties, super healthy, easy to tote around, and can please everyone in my family along with provide a good boost of energy!
Great suggestions. I feared the containers would be too bulky but looks like you got them to work out nicely.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
It seems like everyone said it, but nuts and fruit are my favorite thing to take hiking.
Love these ideas!!! Where did you get the alphabet pretzels? They are adorable! Thanks.
They’re by President’s Choice. I purchased them in Canada.