Thru-Hiker Food Mailing Services

hike icon[Content updated January 2024]

Outdoor Herbivore Resupply Backpacking Food

Whether you are hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Continental Divide (CDT), Colorado Trail (CT), John Muir Trail (JMT), Arizona Trail (AZT), or another trail, we can supply you with backpacking food. We have extensive experience working with long-distance hikers from all over the world as a trusted partner in getting resupply packages shipped to you.

Planning & Ordering Your Food

Hikers use several methods for planning their resupply depending on the situation and route. Each technique requires thoughtful planning to ensure you have a steady and satisfying food supply throughout your hike.

1. Order food while you hike

You can place orders from our website while hiking and have them shipped to your resupply stop. You can create and store all of your shipping addresses ahead of time on our website. You will need to create a login to do this. Select the shipping destination from your saved address list when placing the order. Once you figure out your pace while hiking, it will get easier to gauge your resupply needs/stops to plan your orders. This method offers the most flexibility, and you will not be stuck with extra food if you don't finish your hike. Keep in mind that you will need cell coverage to order. Cell service is reliable on the AT but not on other trails.

2. Order food ahead of your hike

You can place a large order ahead of your hike and organize your resupply at home. Most hikers group items in pre-addressed boxes for each planned stop and have someone at home ship them as needed. This requires the most planning and expense upfront. It allows you to add other essential items, such as snacks, socks, and toiletries. Shipping will be more expensive if you must pay USPS retail rates.

Another option is to place individual orders ahead of your hike and have us hold your order and ship according to your schedule. Ordering ahead will require placing separate orders for each shipping destination with your expected ETA (add this in the comments field when you place the order). We'll use your ETA to schedule your order to make sure it arrives at your destination when you need it. If you are traveling by plane from another country, we can ship to your hotel so that you'll have food ready when you arrive for your hike. This works out well if 1) you need a reliable person to ship orders to you or 2) you do not live in the United States. Your food will be fresher since it is not sitting in storage. This also saves money since we pass our discounted commercial shipping rates to you. 

General Resupply Information

Resupply points change as businesses move, close, or no longer hold hiker boxes. Before mailing your resupply, always check with companies along the trail to ensure they are open and accept package holds. Outdoor Herbivore does not maintain a list of resupply locations; however, we have compiled some excellent sources for this information to help with planning your hike. We also track where most of our resupplies are mailed.

Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Resupply

List of resupply locations near the PCT
List of the most common locations where Outdoor Herbivore mails resupply locations on the PCT.
Halfmile’s PCT map website contains up-to-date maps, resupply options & notes along the PCT. 
Planyourhike maintains mailing addresses and contact information for 101 PCT resupply locations.
Postholer has maps of the various long distance trails and resupply points and other extensive information.
Pacific Crest Trail ( is useful for asking questions and researching.

John Muir Trail (JMT) Resupply

List of the most common locations where Outdoor Herbivore mails resupply buckets/boxes on the JMT maintains a list of places along the JMT that will hold your resupply packages. Several of these businesses charge a fee for the service. 
John Muir Trail ( is useful for asking questions and researching.

Appalachian Trail (AT) Resupply

List of the most common locations where Outdoor Herbivore mails resupply locations on the AT.
List of Post Offices near the AT is an excellent resource for planning your resupply points along the Appalachian Trail.
The Appalachian Trail ( is useful for asking questions and researching.

Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Resupply

List of the most common locations where Outdoor Herbivore mails resupply locations on the CDT.
List of Post Office and Resupply Locations near the CDT
Interactive CDT map with maildrop locations and the official app map of the CDT.
A quick and dirty guide for planning a hike on the CDT
Continental Divide Trail ( is useful for asking questions and researching.

Arizona Trail (AZT) Resupply is a good starting point for researching the trail and Guthook app (Atlas Guides) for maps and conditions.
Arizona Trail ( is useful for asking questions and researching.

Colorado Trail (CT) Resupply

List of the most common locations where Outdoor Herbivore mails resupply locations on the CT.
Exploring Wild and The Trek offer good starting points for researching the trail and for a resupply strategy.
ColoradoTrail ( is useful for asking questions and researching.

Common Questions About Mailing Food to Thru Hikers

What food should I pack?

Our 5/7/10 day combos are ideal for most thru hikers. Also see our Backpacking Food Planning Guide. Please call or email if you need assistance with planning your food menu or purchasing a large order on behalf of an outdoor organization.

How do I address packages to be held for pick-up to a post office, motel, outfitter, etc ?

For more information about how to send your order for package holds, or have it shipped to a thru-hiker, see shipping food to thru hikers.

What if I need to cancel my thru hike?

Plans may change due to unforseen circumstances such as trail conditions and personal challenges. If you are unable to finish your hike, please let us know and we'll cancel and refund any unshipped orders. Orders that have already shipped can not be refunded.

What can I expect from Outdoor Herbivore?

hike iconTimely Shipments. We will store and ship your orders according to your schedule. Let us know when you expect to pick up your order in the order comments. Outdoor Herbivore ships to participating hostels/motels, post offices, outdoor stores, and other locations that accept mail.

hike iconHealthy, High-Calorie Meals Made By Backpackers. As vegetarian backpackers, we understand the challenges in consuming enough calories to meet energy needs. Our food contains a good portion of healthy fats coming from nuts, seeds, and olive oils that are sure to satisfy your hunger and replenish your energy so you won't feel dull and sluggish.

hike iconFast Meal Preparation. We've reduced weight and volume by combining freeze-dried and dehydrated ingredients. Just add boiling water or cold water to the pouch, seal, and allow to hydrate for a few minutes. All meals are ready to eat in 10 minutes or less. Once the food is soaked (reconstituted), the portions are 1-3X their dried size. You can find the meal weight listed on the product details page.

hike iconVaried Flavors – because everyone’s tastes are different. We use various spices and herbs to impart tasty, distinct flavors instead of the standard salt & pepper seasoning.

hike iconEco-Friendlier Packaging. We use compact packaging that is safe for boiling water. We also have high-temp rehydration pouches if you make your own backpacking food.

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backpack.jpgOutdoor Herbivore specializes in shipping food to Thru Hikers 


If the thought of consuming processed rice and noodle meals, sugary snacks, energy bars, and other junk foods for the duration of your outdoor trip concerns you, then you have come to the right place. Outdoor Herbivore is your alternative to commercial, chemically processed trail foods. Each dish we offer is perfected on the trail by long-distance backpackers passionate about food, health, animal welfare, and the environment. Let us supply your meals for your next long-distance hiking trip! Please call or email if you need assistance.