Proper hiking preparation includes the careful planning of your trekking supplies. This is not always easy, as even if you’re travelling as lightly as possible, it’s inevitable that hunger will strike at some point. Depending on the length of the hike, you should think about durability, ease of preparation and sufficient calorie content when it comes to your hiking provisions. We’ve put together the most important tips for hiking supplies, divided into hikes lasting one day, two days and three or more days.
If you’re hiking for just a single day, then you can bring more or less anything you like with you. However, we recommend bringing a balanced mix of fruits, sweet things and hiking provisions containing carbohydrates, such as sandwiches. Bars, nuts or dried fruits make for good snacks on hikes. In addition to food supplies, you should also bring plenty of water with you on your hike.
In the case of two-day hikes, you can also be fairly liberal in what you choose for your trekking supplies. With a little research online, you can find various types of tasty dishes that you can easily prepare outdoors. Depending on the difficulty of the hike, you might prefer to leave some weight at home or bring your spices and other accessories to conjure up a gourmet outdoor meal.
You can then have a feast in the evening time, even while trekking. You can find the food you need in supermarkets or specialised sports shops. They stock a wide range of ready-made meals which you can cook using water. Make sure that your trekking food has enough calories and nutritional value. You can also cook yourself, of course, if you’re prepared to carry the additional weight of the cooking utensils.
• Remove any unnecessary packaging from your hiking provisions and pack food products in plastic bags. This will save both space and weight.
• Don’t forget to pack some soap for washing up. All-in-one soaps can also be used for the body and hair.
• Bring a rubbish bag with you to carry the leftovers from your hiking snacks back down to the valley.