Whether it’s a short day hike or a multi-day trek, being prepared for your hike can ease your mind and ensure you have a great time.
Create a packing list & assess it after each hike. See what you did and did not use, and cross off unneeded or duplicated items. This ensures you take only what you need.
Layers Layers Layers. Make sure to pack an extra layer of clothes in your bag in case you get cold or wet and need to change.
Try to go with the lightest equipment possible. Most of the time the lightest equipment is also the most expensive, so try to prioritise and replace your heaviest items with lighter alternatives.
Ditch the heavy food. Freeze dried meals are a great alternative to carrying around heavy food items. Add in lighter snacks such as granola bars, dried fruit and nuts for in-between meals.
Have a first aid kit. Don’t leave the first aid kit at home in favour of more space in your pack. Bandaids, savlon, bug repellant and sunscreen are great staples to have if you don’t want to carry a lot.
Going on a long hike or expedition for a few days and not sure what camping food packs are best to take? We take the guesswork out of it and have compiled several options for you to choose from based on your diet and needs. With both meat and vegetarian options available, you can choose a pack based on how long you will be adventuring for and your dietary needs.
Our two-day mountain marathon packs are great for weekend hiking. With all our packs being super lightweight, you can ensure you get the fuel your body needs without carrying a load of extra weight on your hike.
For the more extreme adventurers we have our day pack summit range, all 3,600kcal to ensure you have the energy to get you through harsh conditions such as extreme cold, watersports, relief efforts or just for those bigger eaters. With nine different menu options to choose from, there is something for everyone.
Take a look at our full 24-hour ration pack range here.
Nuts are one of the best snack foods you can take hiking or camping. They are packed with nutrition and can be eaten alone or added to packaged items such as oatmeal or boil in bag expedition meals for flavour and crunch. Each nut and seed is unique in the type of nutrients they provide:
Almonds and sunflower seeds – high in vitamin E (antioxidant and immunity booster)
Brazil nuts – provide high levels of selenium (cellular health and good for thyroid) limit brazil nut intake to two a day due to the high level of selenium
Cashews, pecans and sesame seeds – high in copper (iron utilization, thyroid health, & melanin production) and manganese (good for bones)
Chia seeds – calcium (good for bones and helps blood clot) and manganese
If you like to hike and camp, and you have toddlers, you will soon discover that planning ahead can mean the difference between a great family outing and disaster. The first step is to realize that little kids won’t care about where they are going…they are more interested in what is in front of their nose.
Make sure to adjust your expectations, slow down…and well smell the roses. Or jump up on that cool log, or watch the fish zip through the water. You get the idea!
Toddlers and young children will ping pong between spurts of energy, wanting to be picked up and carried, and needing a nap, or at least a rest and a snack. Take a small, light-weight blanket or piece of ground cloth for those resting times.
Dress them in several layers, take extra clothing (Especially if there is any type of water along the hike!), and even if you aren’t cold (or hot) realize that they will be and they won’t be happy about it.
Make sure you encourage children to drink along their hike. Even little ones can carry their own water bottle or canteen, especially if they have a kid-sized backpack. If they don’t get enough water it can make them grumpy and cause dehydration.
Stop often for rest and energy breaks. Food and water can be a great reviver and motivator. Take lots of little snack packets with nutritious items like dried fruit, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and small amounts of things they snack on at home. Many freeze dried meals like this high protein porridge with strawberries, tastes great and there is enough for you to share with your toddler. These types of hiking meals are light, easy and fast, and provide great nutrition and energy for your little one.
Just remember that hiking with your toddler is more about exploring along the way than in reaching any point on a map. Make sure to enjoy this journey and help them find their love for the outdoors!