Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Great Snack Foods For Backpacking
Food is one of the biggest (and most difficult) considerations when it comes to a backpacking trip, as you want to bring food that will give you the energy you need, but that will not be so heavy to carry around with you that it depletes your energy in the process! There are certain foods that you need to always take with you whenever you hit the trails - and the good news is that these foods are not only lightweight and full of energy, but are inexpensive as well! Trail mix: Trail mix is called 'trail mix' for a reason; it is a staple of the backpacker's diet, as the nuts, seeds, and dried fruit and berries you can usually find in trail mix will be essential for providing you with energy while you are on the trail. Another great addition to your trail mix is chocolate (especially dark chocolate) - especially if you will be backpacking in an area that is not too terribly hot - and a great approach to take with trail mix is to visit a store such as Whole Foods, where you can buy all the "ingredients" separately, and to mix your trail mix on your own, catering to your taste preferences. Granola: Oats are another great way to get energy in a lightweight package; you can get your oats from granola (which often includes such additional, beneficial ingredients as raisins or nuts), or you can get your oats from granola bars. Another great source of granola-type oats is oat-based energy bars. Cereal: A baggie (or several baggies) of dried cereal are great to take with you on the trail, as this provides you with nutritional food that is easy to carry and easy to snack on; try Cheerios or Cracklin' Oat Bran. With these foods packed in your backpack, you will be able to hit the trail and get the energy your body needs while hiking, without having to add a ton of weight to your pack!