What will I eat?

Here’s a guide of what you could eat on the hike. You will need calorie dense, nutritious but light weight meals that don’t take up much space in your pack and are quick to cook.


  • Cheese and ham wraps
  • Crisps
  • Chocolate bar
  • Tangerine and apple


  • Cous cous in a ziploc
  • Soup mix
  • Chorizo and cheese
  • Dessert and hot drink


  • Porridge and dried fruits
  • Nutella wrap
  • Banana
  • Tea and hot chocolate


  • Protein/energy bar
  • Dried fruit and nut mix

How many calories do I need?

It’s essential that you replace the calories you have burnt during Saturday daytime to prepare yourself for the following day. How many calories you need will depend on your age, metabolism, distance you are travelling and how much weight you have on your back. Try and avoid eating too many sugary items as your body burns through these much more quickly, fatty and protein rich foods are best. Nuts and foods with plenty of fatty oil are good. Dried fruits are nutritious as well as full of intrinsic sugars but take up very little weight.

What will I eat?
What will I eat?
What will I eat?

Don’t forget to hydrate

As well as replacing lost calories, it is just as important to drink plenty of water during the hike – even if the weather isn’t very warm! There’s no need to cary more than about half a litre though as there will be plenty of opportunity at the checkpoints along the way to top up your bottle!

How will I cook

There’s lots of different methods of cooking a nutritious meal while backpacking but we recommend using a gas stove due to their reliability and ease of use. An alternative might be a self heated meal. Methylated spirits are discouraged, if used, ensure fuel is stored in correct fuel container. Paraffin tablets and petrol stoves are prohibited on Cheshire Hike.

What will I eat?
What will I eat?
What will I eat?

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas which can be produced by your cooking equipment. Don’t cook in small, poorly ventilated spaces or in areas where people sleep.

Do consider the use of a CO Alarm as an added precaution.

You can’t see it, taste it or smell it and without adequate ventilation it can kill quickly with no warning. Go to scouts.org.uk/safety for more detailed information about the safe use of equipment.

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls