4 Backpacking Snack Packing Tips

4 Backpacking Snack Packing Tips

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Hiking and backpacking trips can be the most fun ways to get your daily dose of exercise! There are lots of different trails and difficulties that can be matched to your experience level. No matter where you stand, however, packing the right snacks for a trip can make or break a hike. Whether it’s a day trip or a week-long journey, follow these snack packing tips to make sure that you’re not left tired with an empty stomach!

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:
Trail mix
Energy bars
Dried fruits and veggies
Jerky
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.