Hiking Essentials

Motivation 101

Published on 24 May 2019
by Isabelle Huot

There are so many beautiful trails to hike in Quebec! Since mountain hikes can stretch over several hours, it’s important to be prepared. If you get hungry and you’ve got nothing to eat, chances are you’ll find the end of your hike much less pleasant than the beginning.


Depending on the length of your outing, you can bring some snacks or a full meal. Here are a few things to consider.


Tip #1: Food preservation 101


I suggest putting a frozen water bottle in your bag to ensure your food stays fresh. In addition to keeping your food cold, you’ll have some refreshingly cool water to drink after your meal. If you prefer to travel light, avoid bringing food that could potentially be spoiled at room temperatures (meat, fish, dairy products).


Tip #2: Include carbs and protein


If you’re planning on hiking in the mountains for several hours, consider bringing a complete meal, like a sandwich or meal-sized salad. Otherwise, hearty, nourishing snacks will suffice. Bring more than you think you need, because climbing can increase your appetite. A good snack should contain carbohydrates and protein. Here are a few examples:


  • Trail mix (dried nuts and fruits)
  • Roasted chickpeas or soybeans + fruit
  • Homemade muffins or cookies
  • Raw veggies + hummus
  • Bread + nut butter
  • Soy beverage

Beware of store-bought protein bars. Many of these products have little nutritional value. Some bars are very sweet, while others are full of fat, salt, or food additives!


Tip #3: Respect the environment


Bring reusable containers instead of plastic bags. Bento boxes are also a great choice because of their numerous compartments. Carry your waste with you so you can discard it once you finish your hike. Mountain landscapes are so beautiful, it would be a shame to leave trash.

Isabelle Huot
Doctor in nutrition