How to Get More Protein When Hiking Long Distances

You need to eat a lot of protein when you are hiking and backpacking long distances. Here are a few easy ways to ensure you are getting more protein into your system while hiking.

Protein Options for Hikers


As a rule of thumb, about 10-35% of your calories should come from protein. Meeting these protein requirements will help you stay strong, recover faster, and move quickly.


Swap out your figgy bars and trail bars for ones with added protein like GoMacro, No Cow, ProBars, Orgain Organic Protein, Quest bars.

Or opt for an all natural bar like Rx Bars or Clif Whole Lotta bars that are higher in protein than their whole-food ingredient competitors.



Protein powder is lightweight, compact, and easily digestible. Bonus points if you get a protein powder that includes a multi-vitamin.

Try adding a scoop of protein powder to your oatmeal in the morning. Just be sure to add more water to avoid your last being so thick you could stand a spoon in it!


For a full list of the best supplements for long distance hiking, swipe up!

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