The key to a successful holiday is planning, especially when it comes to food. Packaging and taking all that food on the road can be a challenge but there are ways around it – dry foods, for example. Dry foods are easily portable. They don’t need refrigeration and they stay edible longer than fresh ones do.
Why should I bring dry foods on my next hike?
Hiking can be challenging, exciting, and rewarding — but it can also be dangerous. As an avid hiker myself, I know how easy it is to underestimate how long it takes to climb that next hill or how much ground you need to
cover to get to your final destination. In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget that water is your body’s most vital resource when hiking, and dry foods will help you stay hydrated even if your favorite water sources run dry. Here are some examples of dry foods which are easy to carry and
A) Fruits – dry foods
There’s a reason hikers often call their fruity friends’ nature’s candy. Fruits are tasty, juicy, and easy to digest. They also happen to be loaded with vitamins (especially vitamin C) and fiber that help keep you feeling full. But what really makes them so perfect for hiking is that they come in their own protective packaging.
B) Protein Bars – dry foods
A solid source of energy, protein bars are great for your pocket or backpack. They also don’t need to be refrigerated and can be eaten at any time of day. The major downside is that they don’t have a lot of flavors, but that’s why you throw them in your bag with other snacks.
C) Energy/Power Bars
You’ll definitely want to throw a few energy/power bars in your backpack, especially if you know that you won’t be able to make it to a real grocery store. These protein-rich snacks give your body the vital nutrients it needs during long hikes. Bring a mix of flavors and nutrients so that you don’t get sick of one flavor too quickly.
D) Drinks (Electrolyte Replacement Solutions)
If you’re hiking in a warm environment and/or over a long distance, water won’t be enough to keep your body hydrated. Depending on your distance and elevation gains, you can consume up to 8-10 liters of water per day without replacing electrolytes.
E) Treats (Chocolate, Candy, etc.)
Tempting though they may be, don’t take them hiking with you. Treats are loaded with sugar and fat and tend to melt in hot weather. It’s best to let your desire for a little something sweet build up over time rather than acting upon it in real-time—that way when you do indulge, it will be a truly satisfying experience. Also, bringing treats on a hike adds extra weight that is unnecessary (and tiresome) to carry around all day.