5 Backpack Essentials for Hiking
With the nice weather, it’s the perfect time to go hiking! To sustain you on your expedition, it’s important that you eat small portions every two hours. Here are five things you should bring along according to the length of your trip. They are easy to carry and contain the necessary quantity of carbs and proteins to maintain your energy levels.
1. All-dressed wrap
On top of being appetizing, wraps are a nutritive dish when they include proteins such as tuna, chicken, or peanut butter, and fatty additions like pesto, hummus, or cheese. For a lighter snack, eat only half of your wrap, or replace the tortillas with crackers.
2. A handful of trail mix
A simple handful contains enough carbs, proteins, and fat to maintain your energy levels for two hours. It is possible to buy a prepared mix, but you can also easily make your own homemade mix. Simply include nuts, grains, dried fruits, cereals, and even a touch of dark chocolate.
3. Energy bar
Many high-carb energy bars with a moderate amount of proteins are designed specifically to be eaten while in action, such as choco-banana or choco-coffee KRONOBARs, LUNA bars (more than 10 varieties), and apple-cherry or chocolate-coconut VEGA SPORT endurance bars. Each of these bars contain approximately 200 calories and constitute a good snack for someone in a weight loss process. You can also opt for healthy and economical homemade bars.
With the combination of heat and physical effort, it is important to stay well-hydrated. To avoid gastro-intestinal discomforts, regularly drink water in small quantities before you feel thirsty. If there is no access to drinking water along your route, bring at least 125 ml for each half hour of hiking.
5. Rehydration drink
For longer and more intense hikes, sports drinks can help you stay hydrated and maintain your blood sugar and electrolytes levels (potassium and sodium). To prepare an economical drink, mix 500 ml of water with the same quantity of fruit juice, and add 1.5 ml of salt.
Listen to your hunger signals to avoid underfeeding, or you will not have enough energy to complete your hiking trip!
Do you have your own homemade energy bars or trail mix recipes?
By Alyssa Fontaine