Posted on April 01 2021
Hiking is beautiful, but also exhausting: that's why a balanced diet and plenty of water are essential for a great hiking experience. The following tips will help you put together the ideal snacks.
Hiking is increasingly trendy again – also thanks to Corona. But it has always been good for body and soul. Hiking brings together various benefits. On the one hand, doctors and sports medics recommend walking as an all-round form of exercise that does something good for our bodies, even if we don't do any strenuous sport. Walking is free fitness in everyday life.
Pure relaxation with walking
Hiking also means getting out into nature, walking in the countryside, on meadows, in forests or in the mountains and leaving the stress of civilisation completely behind. Fill up on oxygen and sun, experience plants and animals and recharge your batteries. Once you've been on an extensive hike in a charming landscape, you'll be fascinated and want to keep going.
Plus points for the immune system
Regular exercise is not only good for the soul, it also strengthens the immune system and the circulation. It is not for nothing that 10'000 steps a day are recommended, because when walking or strolling, it is the regularity that counts. Those who take the time and move every day live longer – and better. Once you have acquired a taste for it, you can gradually increase the number of steps. Then even walks over several days are possible.
Walk alone or in groups
In addition to developing mindfulness, the health benefits of exercise and the enjoyment of nature, hiking is also an activity that can be done according to one's own mood. Loners can set off (with due safety) as well as social people who set off with like-minded people in a group.
Good food for hiking: What snacks should I bring?
In addition to the actual hiking, the hiking breaks are also important and extremely enjoyable. With the right snacks, they are a rest and a pleasure. After all, depending on the terrain, hiking does burn calories that need to be regained during the course of the day, and drinking is also important – water, of course. ;-)
So, water belongs in your luggage, even if there are occasional creeks and drinking fountains along the way. Especially on warm days, you can easily lose up to 4 litres of water on a hike. And since you also lose minerals with your sweat, your snacks for the road should have a balancing effect here. A little insider tip: refill your water bottle with fresh water at every opportunity, because you never know when the next opportunity will come. And by the way, the water stays pleasantly cool nowhere as long as in our TreeBottle (up to 24 hours).
Small sources of energy when hiking can include:
- Energy and muesli bars
- Dried and fresh fruit
If there is no "filling station" available for a lunch break on a long hike, you should take a packed lunch with you. Wholemeal bread, cheese and sausage, but also salads prepared at home in well-sealed containers can be taken on the hike and unpacked at a particularly nice spot for the midday rest. Small snacks give you a boost of energy on the way if you feel faint after strenuous stages.
Hiking snacks and meals: Together works even better
When hiking in a group, you can plan healthy snacks together so that the preparation – and transport – is shared among all participants. Then the lunch break, but also an occasional stopover, is particularly varied. Good and healthy food has an important influence on the fun level of hiking.
Mindful hiking on the most beautiful routes in Switzerland
We at NIKIN not only want to achieve more sustainability in fashion, but also work towards more sustainable living in other areas of life and inspire our community to make their own everyday life more sustainable. Therefore, always remember: always leave nature the way you want to find it.
With the functional products (TreePack Hiking, TreeShirt Longsleeve Active, TreeSocks Hiking or the TreePants Chino) of our Nature Awakening Collection you are perfectly equipped for your next hiking adventure. If you still need inspiration for the most beautiful hiking routes in Switzerland – you can find it here.