Packing for an Extended Weekend Hiking Trip

Originally Posted July 2020


I'm so excited for our first extended hiking season adventure!!! I have to say, this trip has been about three years in the making. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm constantly planning my next adventure and scouting out alpine lakes around the world. Well, this particular trip has been in the works for quite a few years now! I'm finally making it down south to Telluride and the San Juan Mountains! Sadly, I could easily make this a two week trip, so I'm cramming as much as humanly possible in this relatively short 4 day, 3 night trip. That being said, I should mention that it's a 6.5 hour drive down there, so that's where a lot of our time is going (sadly).


When I'm packing for an extended hiking trip, I take DAYS to prepare. I feel like a squirrel gathering food and supplies. My countertop as become my storage area for all of our non-refrigerated snacks. Luckily, I tend to have a lot of the things we take with us on hand anyway, so I don't need to do too much extra shopping. Here's the full list of food I'm packing:


Refrigerated:

  1. A Dozen Eggs (for two of us - not just me!)

  2. 2 Blocks of Cheese

  3. Dave's Killer Bread - The Good Seed

  4. 365 Unsweetened Creamy Peanut Butter

  5. Fage 2% Greek Yogurt

  6. Salsa and Guacamole

Non-Refrigerated

  1. Bananas

  2. Whole Foods Cranberry Walnut Bread

  3. Packs of Mixed Nuts

  4. Pistachios

  5. Cheez-Its (essential for ALL road trips)

  6. Tortilla Chips

  7. Coconut Cookies

  8. Variety of Meat Sticks (Country Archer, Sprouts, Fatty)

  9. Variety of Bars (Larabars, Clif bars, Bobo's)

  10. Quick Oats

  11. Dark Chocolate-Covered Blueberries

  12. Sparkling Water - Grapefruit

I only mentioned the names of items I tend to be particular about; I am not affiliated with or paid to promote/endorse any of these brands. These are the brands I actually choose and love!


In addition to food, there are a few supplements I like to take with me on my adventures:

  1. Precision Hydration Electrolyte Tablets - I like these SPECIFICALLY because of their higher electrolyte content. They're amazing and effective within fifteen minutes of using them. Great for higher altitude and longer hikes - especially in the summer.

  2. Emergen-C Immune+ Packets - I always take these on trips just in case I need a health boost!

  3. PowerPak - Before I started using the electrolyte tablets, I put one of these in my morning glass of water before every hike. I tend to prefer these for an all-around boost. They have less sugar than the Emergen-C Packets (win!) and less electrolytes than the tablets. Now, I use these and Emergen-Cs pretty interchangeably.

  4. Ashwagandha - This is a supplement I take daily because of its benefits as an adaptogen.

Now, let's talk about gear...

This is going to vary for each individual and for each trip. Factors to consider will be location, weather, trail conditions, and personal preference.