Do you plan to fill your weekend with fun in the sun, hiking with your crew, and camping trips with your best friends? For those of us planning to embark on those lengthier trails, it's important to fuel properly to make the most of the view from the top.
Maybe you're heading to Garibaldi or Joffre Lakes for some hiking and camping. Or you're embarking on the 7-day long journey along the North Coast Trail. Even if you're just heading up to Quarry Rock in Deep Cove for the day, it's important pack appropriately to make sure the hanger doesn't kick in..
What is important to remember for any hike, is that the fuel before, is just as important as your food throughout.
Try to start your hike on full stomach (but not Christmas dinner full!), with a breakfast of eggs and toast, or a big bowl of oatmeal and berries.
Here is the best fuel to keep you energized for any hike:
The Long Haul Hike
Do you plan to embark on the North Coast Trail (NCT) or the Sunshine Coast Trail (SCT) this summer? First off, good for you! Second, proper packing and preparing will be everything.
Outside of the essential gear (40-70L backpack, daypack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, map, compass, backpacking stove, matches... our favourite list are here and here), the right food will keep you energized for the long-haul.
Here are the must-haves:
- Hydration! Bring electrolyte packs, especially if you are hiking in the heat. Try to drink about 1L of water for every 3KM you hike.
- Granola bars like Clif Bar or Pro Bar
- Freeze dried food like Mountain House 72 Hour Kit
- Protein Powder like BioSteele
- Trail mix
- Whole grain tortillas
- Poultry, salmon or meat jerky
- Individual packets of condiments
- Sandwiches are a great option too. Make a few in advance to keep in your day pack.
The Weekend Trip
This will be somewhat similar to the necessary foods for the long-haul hike. You'll want to make sure you pack:
- Hydrator packs, and water treatments and purifiers
- Trail mix
- Some freeze-dried food
- Granola bars
- Quick cooking oats
But as you'll need less of the dry food for your hike, you can also add in some fresh produce like:
- Apples (they're harder to squish!)
- Bag of spinach or lettuce to add to sandwiches or salads
The Full Day Hike
Planning on heading on a longer hike, but will be back before sundown, or even in time for happy hour?
Luckily, you won't need to take a full pack for overnight camping, leaving more room for snacks (and maybe a few celebratory thirst-quenchers for when you hit the top)!
As always, start out with a good breakfast! But to stay fuelled for the hike, make sure to pack:
- Wrap or sandwich for lunch
- Easy to grab snacks like granola bars or energy balls
- 1-2L of water
- Trail mix
- Fruits like bananas and apples
The Morning Jaunt
Sometimes, all we really want is a quick hike out in the morning the catch the sunrise, or beat the crowds (really, have you been to Quarry Rock at 10 a.m. on a weekend?)
Because you will leave quite early (probably by 7 a.m.), you might skip out on a heartier breakfast to fill you for the hike.
If this is the case, you can pack a light breakfast for when you hit the top. Here are some ideas:
- Orange juice and overnight oats
- Breakfast burritos
- Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts
What hikes do you have planned this summer?