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Since food is the main energy source for both exercise and maintaining body temperature, it is important to eat often and wisely when bushwalking, particularly on extended or physically demanding trips.
On overnight walks, food and its preparation also contribute significantly to morale, providing a pleasant social end to a physically hard day.
A day spent bushwalking generally expends more energy than a typical one at home. So don't skip breakfast, eat a little more than usual, and have frequent snacks of high energy, easily digestible food. On overnight walks, have a generous serving of carbohydrates such as rice or pasta for the evening meal. Hot soup replaces lost salts and is an excellent starter to warm the tired body and boost energy whilst preparing the main meal.
Popular quick-acting high energy snacks include dried fruit, nuts and chocolate which, when mixed together, acquire the colourful bushwalking name of 'scroggin'. Simple but adequate lunches include bread or biscuits and cheese, with a little fresh fruit or salad/vegetables on the side. Evening meals are generally prepared from dehydrated ingredients because of weight considerations. However, a little capsicum, snow peas or bean shoots are light and can add freshness to the dish. Although today there is a substantial range in price and variety of commercial dehydrated food on the market, there is an increasing number of overnight bushwalkers who enjoy the challenge of producing their own creations with home food dehydrators.
Carry extra food in case of emergency