Best Foods for Hiking and Camping

Best Foods for Hiking and Camping

Do you have hiking or camping on your agenda? Mapping out your wilderness nutrition needs is important: There’s plenty to consider besides simply grabbing an energy bar or a bottle of water. Follow these tips to ensure you have a nourishing and safe food experience on your next outdoor adventure.

1. Have a Plan

Your food and water needs are generally higher than usual on activity-based excursions. Pay extra special attention to packing plenty of fluids for hot weather adventures.

2. It’s Essential to Stay Hydrated

Pre-hydrate by drinking at least 4 cups of water before a hike so you have less to carry. Then, a good rule of thumb is to plan for about 2 cups of fluid for every hour of hiking. Make sure you can bring or access clean drinking water during your hike.

3. For a Hike or Day Trip…

You can pack perishable foods, such as sandwiches, just be sure you have a cold source (such as an ice pack) to keep foods properly chilled. The more you stash in a backpack, the harder it is to hike, so opt mainly for non-perishable foods that are relatively lightweight and nutrient dense, such as:

  • Trail mix

  • Nuts, seeds, nut-based bars or nut butter packs

  • Fresh, whole fruit that doesn’t require refrigeration such as apples, bananas and oranges

  • Dried or freeze-dried fruits and veggies

  • Energy bars

  • Granola or granola bars

  • Ready-made tuna salad pouches

  • Whole-grain tortillas

  • Shelf-stable, dried jerky, such as poultry, salmon or meat jerky

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4. For Camping or Multi-Day Trips…

It’s a little more challenging to pack food for days at a time. The first day you’ll be able to eat perishable foods if you have a cooler; but after that, map out your meals so you’ll have what you enjoy and need. Otherwise, include any of these shelf-stable, easily-packed basics to sustain you:

  • Easy-to-carry foods mentioned above

  • Ready-to-eat cereal

  • Fruit or vegetable puree in squeezable pouches (such as applesauce)

  • Poultry or fish pouches, or canned fish, poultry or meat in individual or regular servings

  • Individual packets of mayo, mustard, taco sauce and/or soy sauce

  • Whole-grain pasta, couscous, rice mix, pancake mix, hot cereal, dried soups and dehydrated foods (if you have the ability to boil drinkable water)

  • Marshmallows — for a campfire dessert, of course

  • Bottled water, and possibly powdered beverage mixes

5. Don’t Forget Proper Food Safety Practices

Always follow good food safety practices — from packing to plating. Remember that perishable food cannot be kept out in hot weather  for more than one hour; in mild weather for more than two hours. Otherwise, these foods become unsafe to eat and should be thrown out.

And follow these food safety rules:

  • Wash hands often. This includes before and after eating. If you’re unable to wash your hands, a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol may help reduce bacteria and germs.

  • Keep raw meats and ready-to-eat foods separate. Use extra plates that you’ve packed — one for raw and one for prepared foods.

  • Cook to proper temperatures. Use a food thermometer to be sure cooked food has reached a safe internal temperature.

  • When possible, refrigerate promptly. Of course, if you don’t have a fridge, pack perishable food, including meat or poultry, with plenty of ice or ice packs in a well-insulated cooler to keep the temperature below 40°F. Store leftovers in small, clean covered containers in the cooler only if it still has ice. And keep the cooler in as cool a place as possible.

Now, go take a hike!

Energising Green Bars
"We've raised the bar
in trail nutrition!"

Energy:Organic Greens, Yerba Maté, Raw Honey
Fibre: Organic Oats and Leafy Greens
Protein: Organic Peanuts and Oats
Minerals: Carob, Organic Greens

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