If you’re going camping, you should already know that the essentials include proper hiking gear such as dry-fit tops, loose, comfortable shorts, waterproof tents, hydration, and snacks! You’re sure to lose energy along the way, so you’ve got to have some food readily packed for a much-needed boost. The good thing is that this list has it all sorted out for you before you end up fainting in the middle of a day or night trek!
What to Eat on Day Hikes
On a hot, sunny day hike, your camping essentials should include savoury, cool food like fruit or trail mix. Bring a pack of either so that you have enough energy to make the trip up and down.
What to Eat on Long Hikes
If you’re hiking overnight or longer, you’re going to need more than one pack of snacks. Aside from fruit and trail mixes, bring with you fruits like bananas and hydration such as sports drinks or coconut water to replenish your electrolytes.
Bring packs with you according to the number of days you’ll be hiking. So, if you’re trekking for two days, bring two bags of fruit or trail mixes, two bananas, and two bottles of hydration as part of your camping essentials. These are on top of your 2L water jug, which should be a hiking staple from the very beginning.
Interesting Supply Options
Lugging all those camping essentials can work against you. The heavier the load, the more energy your body expends. Eventually, your snacks won’t compensate for the lost strength. Good thing there are resupplying options you can use even when mid-hike!
You may store food in caches to retrieve it as you trek.
You may even arrange for commercial companies to organise food drops for you along the trail.
There are a few remote locations along the trail where you can arrange a local hiker to drop off supplies at designated points, or you can work with a company to do this for you.
Some hikes pass through small towns where you can stop along the way for fresh water and food.
You Can Also Cook
If you’re the type who likes to rough it out in the wilderness and lessen your environmental impact, then your camping essentials will look a lot more different. Instead of snack packs, your bag will be filled with cooking utensils and ingredients for those longer, multi-day camping trips.
Here are some tips before you start spit-roasting:
If you are hiking for three days or more, you will need to pack about 1 kg of food per person per day.
The healthier food option for hikers includes more fat and sugar than a regular diet. As well as basic staples, you can bring some luxury items to vary the taste of your food.
Buddy up and share food supplies; you don’t need more than one container for specific food items, such as coffee, salt, or chocolate.
Remove any packaging from food products when possible; re-pack them in “snap-lock” plastic bags, which are lightweight and reusable. It’s better to avoid buying heavily packaged grocery items in the first place.
Buy fresh produce at your destination if possible and avoid carrying back any unnecessary packaging.
Label the bags with their contents so that you can find what you need when you need it.
It is better to make all of your meals from scratch using fresh ingredients wherever possible on longer walks.
Keep on Snacking
Always include food and snacks in your camping essentials the next time your buddies plan a hike. It’s essential to keep your energy up, so use the above tips to ensure your next hike is a good one! Have a great time, and be sure to hydrate along the way!
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