Hiking & Camping Food Tips

Nutrition is one of the most important aspects that you need to keep when you are out and about hiking or camping. According to dehydrated camping meals experts, there is a lot to consider than just simply grabbing a few energy bars and some water bottles. Here are some helpful tips to keep your energy up so you think better and move faster while out and about in the wilderness.

Begin with a Plan

It is a known fact that your food and water requirements would be much higher than normal on activity-based excursions. Do put some extra love when packing fluids especially in preparation for hot weather conditions.  Some of the important things you need to pay attention are:

  • How long the trip will be
  • Type of food and drinks you can carry
  • How you will drink and eat
  • Is bringing along a cooler a possibility
  • Determine what food-related tools you need to have

Hydrate Always

You can go without food for a week but without water, in 3 days you are dead.  This is how important staying hydrated is. Before any trip pre-hydrate yourself by drinking at least four cups of water. A good rule to live by is to plan 2 cups of water for every hour of hike.

Day Trips

If you are going camping or hiking that will last just the day you can definitely bring some perishable items along like sandwiches. Make sure you have a cold source such as an ice pack in order to keep the foods chilled to less than 40F. The more you keep in your backpack, the harder it will be for you to hike so stick to mostly non-perishable items that are nutrient dense, lightweight and therefore easy to carry such as:

  • Energy bars
  • Trail mix
  • Granola bars
  • Nuts, seeds, nut based bars or nut butter packs

Multi-Day Excursions

Definitely, no perishables and if you do want to bring some make sure to consume them on the 1st day or make sure you bring along the necessary items like coolers and ice if you can carry them.  Important items on your backpack should include:

  • Dehydrated hiking food
  • Ready-to-eat cereals
  • Fruits and vegetable puree in squeezable pouches (baby food)
  • Marshmallows for dessert
  • Whole grain pasta, rice-mix, pancake mix
  • Canned fish or poultry