Hiking Food ideas for Long Distance Backpacking
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Hiking Food ideas for Long Distance Backpacking


(gun shots echoing) – [Voiceover] The three main
things I like to focus on when planning such a food stash is carbohydrates, fat, and protein, so they’re the three
things you really need to make sure you have enough of because I don’t like to
come out of the wilderness after a few days out
there and just binge eat so there’s two of us in our
group in case you don’t know, me and Christina, so the
way I work it out is we need 500 grams of high carbohydrate
foods for each day, so high carbohydrate foods we have here is whole meal bread, we have pasta and rice and muesli. So we have a bit of this
tasty cereal over here which is a bit like
coco puffs, but I don’t really include that. All up we’re probably a
bit over 500 grams per day. Just next to the pasta and rice, we have about 200 grams of cashew nuts, 200 grams of assorted mixed nuts, there all raw unsalted. That’s no added salt,
so they’re healthy nuts. And here is our pre-cooked meat, so soon I’ll be chucking this in the freezer before we head into the mountains and it will stay frozen
because we’re going above the main tree line into
one of the coldest parts in Australia where the
average temperature is about minus five at night and up to minus 20 on a really cold night, so we have 400 grams of pre-cooked beef, 800 grams of pre-cooked pork there. Also, in this bag is our salami. So, including the salami
in that bag you see and the salami in the sandwiches, we’ll have almost half a kilo of salami, so I believe in total that should be one point
six kilos of meat roughly. So, here’s our dried bananas. We’ve talked about previously,
it’s about 250 grams of sun dried bananas, another
half kilo of dried fruits. So, there’s quite a
variety of fruit in there. You’ve got pineapple,
dried apples, dried paw paw, dried figs, prunes, apricots, and pears. So, it’s just a big mix of dried fruits, so really there’s a lot of fruit there, so we could probably stretch
this food out to six days the way it’s looking. So, here’s our whey protein. I always like to carry this stuff. You don’t have to be some big body builder to benefit from whey protein. So, between these two
bags, there 650 grams of protein, it’s 90 percent protein, and we also like to
take some fresh oranges because what I’ve found
is if you don’t get enough vitamin C for a few
days in the wilderness, a lot of people come
out and the first thing they want to do is just drink half a liter of orange juice. Well, to avoid the cravings
for vitamin C that you get after a long hike, we share
one orange for each day. So, we only have three
there, so tomorrow morning we’ll eat an orange
for breakfast and these oranges there we’ll carry in our backpacks for day two, day three, and day four and on day five, we’ll
have an orange when we get back to the car, so we only have to carry three fresh oranges. So just down here, I have
my nalgene containers just lined up, very good
quality, very strong so there’s pepper in that one and we have white tea. We have cooking oil, olive
oil so one of the only things that will actually leak
out of an nalgene container is oil, so I’ve just got
that wrapped in plastic because a couple of drops of the oil will actually leak through the lid, some gatorade, Milo, so
we have kind of repeating things here. I’ve mentioned a lot of
this in previous videos, but hopefully you will learn something if you are watching this and you’ve seen our other videos, so
220 grams of chocolate. Great camping food, great stuff, very high in saturated
fat, and believe it or not, your body actually
requires about ten grams of saturated fat per day. It is one of the nutritional
requirements of a diet and we’re probably carrying a bit too much saturated fat. But based on the amount of exercise we’re doing, it should be okay. So, hydrated peas, also
confectionery sweets, so snakes, a bit like jelly beans. These four food packs you see here, these are our nighttime meals. So one thing I’ve mentioned
in a lot of my videos, is these pasta packs, so you just buy them at the supermarket, not the kind of thing you’d eat everyday, but just for ultra light travel food, it’s really a good thing and for each of our pasta
packs from the supermarket, we’re carrying also 200ml of milk, of UHT milk that we will
add to the pasta packs when we cook them, so one two, 200 mls of milk and these hydrated food packs we’ve been talking about a bit lately. So, the great thing about
these is you can actually cook the food in the bag. It’s hydrated food, so it
basically lasts forever. All you need is 500ml of boiling water. Put that into the bag, then close the bag and it becomes a bit like a real meal. So another trick we also
do is while the hydrated food is cooking inside
that bag, we will put the mix the meat into the hydration bag and it becomes like a stew
and we also add pasta or rice to those hydration sacks to
increase the size of the meal. So this green plastic bag,
that’s what we’ll be carrying all of the food in. Also the titanium cook set. You can see how we cook it. So, nothing new there. I’ve mentioned this in lots of videos and I have a video
dedicated to the cook set. So, one of my ultimate
little favorite bits of gear is the MSR dromedary, so
it’s a ten liter dromedary, so tomorrow when we set
out, I will also be carrying about three liters of
water and one thing about hiking in the snow that I’ve
learned particularly this year is an idea I’ve come up with very recently is when I am hiking in
the snow, I always carry hot water or warm water. It’s just not comfortable to drink regular temperature water in the snow. What happens is because
the air is so cold, your water will start to freeze and if you’re hiking along
and your clothes are warm, your skin is warm, your body is warm because you’re exercising
and all of a sudden you drink this icy cold water, it just gets right inside your core and it can actually
make you sick, I found. Because being in the
snow is a constant battle to stay warm. So warm water is really the best so tomorrow when we set out, a
lot of this food will be frozen so the hot water in the dromedary will be in a separate backpack, whichever backpack has the frozen food in it, the other backpack will have the hot water,
because we don’t want the frozen food to thaw out. Because this is a five day hike. So another thing I carry out with me, a very useful item, just
a set of digital scales, so we won’t take the
scales with us on the hike, but I’ve used the scales tonight
to just weigh everything and check it, so I hope
we’ve covered everything. Hope you can learn from this video. Feel free to comment. Just over here are our backpacks. Here’s my backpack, big canvas backpack, and there’s Christina’s
ultra light backpack, so we’ll be sharing the load. Thanks for watching. This is Bush Channel. (upbeat music)

45 Comments

  • Shane Coffey Outdoors

    I never knew it could get that Cold in Australia, I guess I just never thought about the mountainous areas.(that's the American in me)Great info on the food. I'll need to carry some oranges makes sense. A small 5 hour energy bottle works great for Oil. Never had a leaker yet.

  • Rich Schwartz

    Really like your food layout. About a year ago I purchased a dehydrator. You can save a lot of money and weight by dehydrating your own food. I know that refrigeration isn't an issue in the winter but when warmer weather sets in. The dehydrated stuff needs no cooler. You can a decent dehydrator for around $30 US dollars. Just wanted to help you out my friend. God bless and stay safe.

  • Deranged Survival - Eric Bourgault

    I love a nice juicy orange in the morning. Chocolate is great also. I need to get a dehydrator to dehydrate my meals for the trail. Great video. -Eric

  • prescribedfire1953

    I really like your vids despite the funny accent, but dude you need a tripod! All the moving and shaking is enough to make me sea sick. I'll second the chicken in a pouch for adding protein and texture to a bag meal. Here in the USA we have Knorr pasta sides. They work OK but are super salty. The pre-cooked  bagged rice is good too.

  • Nerding for Nature - The Last Grownup in the Woods

    On the West Coast Trail (Canada's answer to Tassie's Overland Track) , they have a burger stand on a First Nations reserve around the halfway point. I couldn't stomach the thought of a burger, but I sure was happy to see an orange. I ought to start carrying vitamin C on trips. Neat channel. Subbed.

  • sanshinron

    When you're hiking a little bit of salt in your food can be benefitial, since you're gonna be sweating a lot and losing electrolites. Don't be too religious about avoiding salt unless you don't exercise at all.

  • scott rothe

    I have never really considered the amount of calories needed for each day, until I did the south coast trek in southern Tassie, and lost 6kg over 9 days. Thanks for your tips here, gives me more ideas for upcoming trips.

  • Garth Hume

    Knock weight off by leaving the oranges at home and take a tube vitamin fizzies. Try the pasta without adding milk, there is hardly any difference. I also don't see the point of carrying in cooked meat and the adding it to dehydrated meals. If it's simply protein your after, why not take additional meals?

  • All that glitters

    Hi, good video and very informative. My husband and I are doing our first hike in a couple of weeks in the Jamison Valley. I'm going to watch all your other videos Cheers

  • Geordie McNeilly

    thanks for the video, really enjoyed it but a couple of questions, what milk do you use for your muesli? or do you use water? and what do you eat for lunch? bread and salami? thanks again

  • matanuska high

    you don't need liquid milk for the knorr(continental) sides..get a packet of powdered milk carnation brand or similar ..why carry all that weight of liquid mlk?

  • Real Bill Nye

    This is the best video I've seen on this subject so far. Most people seem to be shilling some sort of product instead of educating on what you'll need

  • Tony M

    Hi there. This is the first time I have come across your channel. Thanks for a great little video. I learned a couple of new ideas from you, so I hope I can share a couple of things with you in return. As much as I love eating a nice fresh orange, probably easier to take something like Berocca or Centrum (for non-Australian readers, Berocca is a Vitamin C + B complex, Centrum is a broad multivitamin). Secondly, with your pasta sides, I find it easier to repack in a ziplock bag with 1/4 cup of dried milk powder. 1 cup dried milk powder makes 1 litre, so 1/4 cup is perfect. You can also add anything else you want to the ziplock bag at this point, perhaps some pepper, or powder garlic etc. You can jazz the meal up quite a lot, even put things like your dehydrated peas, or dried mushrooms, etc in the same ziplock bag. If it's dry, it's OK and makes meal prep on the trail a whole lot simpler. Thanks again for a great video.

  • dylan foley

    vitamins are so underrated youre not just going to the gym here youll get vitamins at home you need to take some stuff with vitamin c and way more dried berries but great video thanks

  • dylan foley

    it may sound crazy but im a chef and pre cooked meat is so so dangerous bring it raw and cook it theres less chance of problems

  • Jo-Jo bighiker

    Looks like a good mix of foods. I'd like to see what is left after the trip/hike. Maybe too many cups and pots. Enjoy the hike.

  • Robert Maso

    Great advice and very interesting about the vitamin C and I will now also carry an orange or two. Cheers

  • Darren Owen

    Dark 85% cocoa chocolate is better. Contains more nutrients. For vit C, best to make a fruit juice or smoothie, or crunch together fruit salad. You will get more vit C on volume. Also, Avacado, sunflower seeds. Enough Sodium and Potassium (electrolyte) before starting, and during. Also, cheese or full fat cream. Add a bit of salt to your drinking water.

  • Lynda Smith

    You're obviously well into nutrition but I wondered why you carry oranges rather than say some dried acerola cherry powder for the weight factor.

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