When you go hiking, an important thing to keep in mind is what you eat- before and during. In my personal experience, it is very important to eat before you start a hike, no matter if it is a one-hour hike, a six-hour hike, or a full day trek.
S and I usually eat an hour or so before we go hiking. But it’s not only when you eat, but also what you eat that can have a significant impact on how you feel during the hike.
During one of the first trails I ever did, I remember having a salty breakfast beforehand. As a beginner hiker, I was not well informed, and did not think about it very much. I got SO thirsty during the hike- so quickly it was unbelievable.
I finished almost all of the water we had during the first half of the trail. For the second half of the hike, we had only half of a bottle of water left for both of us. Thank God, it wasn’t a long hike!
Before you go hiking, eat something that you are comfortable with and that gives you lots of energy. I usually prefer to hike in the morning because the weather is nicer and cool, and the trails are less busy. A peanut butter banana sandwich made with whole grain bread works really well with me.