One of the things that every wilderness adventurers prepares for their jaunting is their survival food that they will pack. But because of the various food selections, travelers are somewhat confused on what are the right and appropriate food they would purchase, procure, and pack for the trip. This is why we have compiled these simple guidelines that may help you in picking and packing the right food that will greatly help you in your hiking trip.
Make Sure You Have a Plan
Going on a hiking trip may entail a higher food and water needs than your usual day-to-day activities. For this reason, you must pay extra attention when packing for the hiking venture. For weather adventurers, you must pack plenty of fluids such as water, juices, and energy drinks. But for those people who tends to snack a lot while jaunting, you must never forget to pack and bring food essentials that are appropriate for a hiking trip.
When packing for your most awaited hike, there are several things that you need to consider when preparing for the jaunt which are the following:
- Length of the trip
- Foods and beverages you should carry
- How you will eat and drink
- If you should bring a cooler
- Food-related tools you will need
These things will surely help you to prepare and pack wisely for your hiking trip. Additionally, this will also guide you to bring the important things and prevent you from bringing the unnecessary things.
A hiking trip may leave you dehydrated. This is why before any hiking trip, make sure that you pre-hydrate by drinking at least 4 cups of water. By doing this, you are preparing your body for the hiking trip, plus, you will have less to carry on the whole trip.
During the course of your trip, drinking for about 2 cups of water, juice, or energy drinks every hour is advisable to stay energized and hydrated.
Hiking or Journeying During the Day
When going on a hike, it is totally okay to pack perishable foods like sandwiches. Just make sure that you have a cold source such as a cooler, ice pack, or any cold source that can properly chill your food. Opting for perishable food will ultimately aid you in your hiking journey since it is lightweight. Additionally, it will also benefit you in terms of health since perishable foods are known as to be as nutrient dense.
Here are some examples of perishable foods that you can bring in your hiking trip:
- Trail mix
- Nuts, seeds, nut-based bars, or nut butter packs
- Dried or freeze-dried fruits and veggies
- Energy bars, chews, or gels
- Granola or granola bars
- Ready-made tuna salad pouches
- Whole-grain tortillas
- Poultry, salmon, or meat jerky
Camping or Multi-Day Trips
Packing for day trips may be a struggle. For this reason, you should map out your meals that you will need. Opting to bring a cooler on the trip is good, but there are a number of shelf-stable and easily-packed basic food that will greatly sustain you in your trip, which are the following:
- Easy-to-carry foods such as trail mix, nuts, dried fruits and veggies, energy bars, granola bars, ready-made tuna salad, whole-grain tortillas, and meat jerky
- Ready-to-eat cereal
- Fruit or vegetable puree in squeezable pouches (like baby food)
- Poultry or fish pouches, canned fish, poultry, or meat either in individual or regular servings
- Individual packets of mayo, mustard, taco sauce, and soy sauce
- Whole-grain pasta, couscous, rice mix, pancake mix, hot cereal, dried soups, and dehydrated foods
- Bottled water and powdered beverage mixes
Proper Food Safety Practices
Following the standard food safety practices will ultimately help, protect, and save you from pesky situations that may happen in the course of your hiking trip. For this
reason, here are some of the food safety essentials that you need to bring in your hiking adventure.
- Disposable wipes, moist towelettes, or biodegradable soap
- Bowls and plates
- Kettle or cooking pot
- Eating and cooking utensils
- Can opener (optional)
- Ice packs
- Trash bags
- Portable water filters or water purification tools
- Thermometers for cooler and cooked meat (optional)
Following these survival food and safety guidelines will greatly help you to prepare and pack for your hiking trip. Additionally, this will also aid you to be safe, protected, and alive during your hiking trip.
About the author:
Katrina is your average gal living inside the metro who has passion for writing, travel and photography. She admires nature at its finest and always wanted to become one of them. Dreaming to have the Cinderella life one day, humming with the birds, dancing with the clouds.