Your food intake in the days before your hike is going to set the tone of the trip long before you leave your home. A hike shortly after a holiday period where you’ve been knocking back food and booze like its going out of fashion, is going to be more hellish than healing. While this is an extreme example, looking at your calorific intake in the days before a hike will really help you on the trail, particularly if it’s difficult one,.
You should be drinking 2-3 litres of water a day, and that’s even if you aren’t exercising regularly. Many of us probably don’t meet this guideline, but in the days before a tough hike, keeping hydrated is a no brainer. More so, it’s going to help you avoid injury and have your engine running optimally. Most of all, don’t forget to stock up on water for the hike itself. Stick it in a thermos flask if you want to keep it cold in hotter months. In the more bitter winter months, you could fill a flask with piping hot green tea to stave away the chills. An extra thermos full of soup is always a nice addition.
If you are off one a one-day ramble, you may want to stop off on a local pub or restaurant along the route. That said, it might be useful to bring along some snacks in case you get peckish. Light-weight, nutrient dense options include:
As the hike length increases, so do your kit requirements. It’s always wise to pack a full kit even on shorter hikes. When you’re out in the wilderness things can always take a turn for the unexpected. Food wise, always take more than you’ll need. Bringing a lightweight gas cooker will allow you to add more to your culinary arsenal:
While advisable to have a quick recovery bite before heading home (this is where a protein bar could come in handy), once your home it’s time to put your feet up and indulge in some comfort food. If it’s been a particularly challenging hike, maybe it’s time to call in your favourite weekly cheat meal.