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1) Getting the right nutrition
When packing for a hike, consider the proteins and nutrients that your snacks will be providing. Lightweight, non-perishable foods will always be the best choices. These include snacks like:
Dried fruits and veggies
Nuts, seeds, and nut-based bars
2) Planning for perishables
If snacks don’t always cut it for you, there are ways to pack perishable foods for your hike! If you plan on bringing perishables, such as sandwiches, just store them in an insulated container with an ice pack. Frozen fruits or frozen juice will also keep your food cold for a few hours and thaw by the time you’re ready for them.
3) Packing the right amount
Under packing food for trip will impact everybody – no one wants to hike with hangry friends! Over packing can be just as bed if you’re carrying more weight than you need to. Still, experts recommend an extra supply of food if you’re unsure of how much to take. For an overnight trip, a reasonable goal is 1-2 pounds of food per person.
4) Staying Hydrated
Just as important as having the right snacks, staying hydrated is a vital part of any hiking trip. Dehydration can have scary effects like dizziness, muscle cramps, and fainting. Make sure to drink plenty of water before the trip so you don’t have to carry extra water. Throughout the day, try to drink at least 2 cups of fluid for every hour of hiking.