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Wilderness Backpacking has always been done by people who love the outdoors. It is an activity by individuals who love to travel and see the sights with just a backpack on their back that may contain various kinds of supplies. Food, to any backpacker, is of course the most important supply of them all.
Packing Light (Lightweight Foods)
When going for Wilderness Backpacking, it is very important to make sure that you pack lightweight, nutritious food that are high in calories. They are vital in supplying energy during the whole outdoor activity.
However, it is not advisable to pack perishable foods. Examples are Vegetables and fruits which spoil very fast, especially in the heat. Examples of lightweight foodstuffs are; Dried fruit, Cereals, Some protein bars, oatmeal, beef jerky, etc. Anything that does not require the fridge is good enough for the backpack. Try and make a variety out of your foodstuffs so that you will not have to bear the monotony of eating the same thing everyday. To switch things up, relate each food with the different meals of the day and keep that menu flowing in a fun variety.
Just like you would at a fast food restaurant or café, implementing condiments is also a good way in enjoying food while on the move. Just be sure that they are not heavily flavored with sugar.
Staying hydrated is also very essential, so as part of your package, pack some water and since you can’t pack too much because of the weight, find out if there are water sources on the trail that you plan to embark on. Do enough research about the symptoms of dehydration. It is good to have this at the top of your head because you never know what might happen out there.
Always take the time to take breaks so that you can drink some water. There may be water on the trail that you are on, but it is suggested that you carry some water treatment or boil water you get, to eliminate the possibility of drinking contaminated water. After every hour, drinking two quarts of water is strongly recommended. One can get dehydrated very fast while hiking in the sun. In days like summer, this rule should be applied faithfully.
Do not minimize the number of calorie intake that you may take on a normal day. Stay on your calorie count and ensure that you are adding just a little bit more. This will keep you going for the long haul. Pack foods that will give you ample fuel to carry on. Junk food is not recommended. Most junk foods are high in sugars and they only make your thirst worse, especially on a sun-filled day.
Last, but certainly not the least, Cleanliness. While on the move, it can get challenging when it comes to keeping utensils clean with limited resources to water. But it is of the essence that you do because it would be very dangerous to get sick out there, probably in the middle of nowhere.