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Pack Man

Fall Line
posted: 05/18/2000

Loath as we are to consider food as simply fuel, hitting the trail with a pack full of nourishing snacks will help keep you on track.

What to Pack
During moderately strenuous exercise, your body needs a combination of fat, protein and carbohydrates (plus about 8 ounces of water every 20 minutes) to stay energized. For short hikes, pack trail mix, fruit, hard candy and crackers, and nibble as you go. For longer hikes, add a substantial lunch, such as sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and fruit, and eat when you start to feel hungry.

Packing Hints

  • To save your back, pack heavier items low in the pack and close to your back, to better utilize your center of gravity.
  • Pack snacks in resealable plastic bags and containers, drinks in non-glass water bottles.
  • If you are carrying food that needs to be chilled, a water bottle filled with half ice, half water, or a frozen ice pack, will help keep your provisions fresh.
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