Hitting the trail can take a lot out of you. And whether you are taking on a weeklong hiking adventure or something a little shorter, like a fun filled weekend away, you need to fuel your body with the right stuff to keep you energised and capable of making the most of your hike. Many people just don’t realise how much energy they use when hiking. Even the shortest trail can take quite a lot out of your system, and even the fittest person needs to make sure that they are eating the right sorts of foods, to keep their body going.

The hiking trails at Bermanzi are ideal for beginner hikers as well as those who have a little more experience. The greatest thing about choosing our hiking trails in Mpumalanga for your hiking holiday is that you can prepare delicious, refreshing meals at our Machdodorp accommodation both before and after your hike. This means you have less work to do before your hike, and you can have less to carry with you, because you won’t need to carry everything with you.

If you are planning on going for a longer hiking trip, especially if you are going to be out of reach of the shops for a couple of days, you will need to bring along your food as well as cooking utensils and equipment. Whichever kind of trip you choose to have, these foods can give you the boost you need to make the most of your adventure.

snack food for hiking in mpumalanga

Foods to bring along when hiking in Mpumalanga

  1. Bring something fresh

Cheese, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables can make for great snack food and they will keep you going all throughout the hike. Cutting the cheese, fruits and vegetables up into bite sized bits and maybe pairing them with a simple sour dough bread, will make the food easier to carry around.

  1. Bring a cooler

Pasta salads, beverages, and cold meats are all best kept cold and so it will help to bring along a cooler bag of some sort. Such a bag might be difficult and cumbersome to carry around if you are going on more than a day hike, so keep that in mind before you pack one for your trip.

  1. Bring along proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats

You want to have the sorts of food that are both healthy and slow releasing. These sorts of foods will give you enough energy to get you through the hike without losing steam or getting hungry. Such foods include Granola bars, biltong, nuts and berries. What is really great about such foods is that they are easy to grab and snack on when you get hungry.

Along with the foods, you should always have a sizeable bottle of watch with you and you can also being along an energising drink, although you should steer clear of anything with caffeine in it as such drinks can leave you dehydrated.

As we start to leave summer, now is a great time to think about planning a hiking trip to Mpumalanga, and at Bermanzi we have a few trails for you to enjoy. Make your booking today!