The Best Foods to Pack for a Hiking Safari in Uganda

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Mountain Rwenzori Hiking

Are you planning to go hiking in the Rwenzoris? Would you like to capture the highest point of Uganda? While on a hiking trip in Uganda, you need to keep healthy and strong each time or day that passes. To do this, you will have to have enough healthy food as you travel. Below is a list of some of the things you may pack for your hiking or back packing safari.

Breakfast

Oatmeal Packets. The best thing about these packets is that they serve as a bowl. Just add hot water to heat the oats inside. This is a backpacking food staple and when buying, get the variety pack.

Powdered Eggs. Powdered eggs are extremely popular on the trail, hikers and campers use them. Most people don’t like them because of flavor and texture reasons. It is easy to pack and cook and you will need this protein as you hike.

Powdered Milk. Milk offers Great protein, potassium, fat and calorie boost. Try mixing it up with some granola and dried fruit for breakfast. Or make your oatmeal a little creamier.

Dried Fruits. The Fresh fruit is generally too heavy and delicate. Dried fruit provides dense sugar which can be a healthier alternative to candy.

Nuts and Seeds. Nuts are a tasty way to pack in dense calories, protein and healthy fats and oils. There are countless varieties of nuts as well – peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts and pumpkin seeds to name among others.

Powder Meals. There are various powder meal options in the market today.

They range from complete meal replacements to weight lifting supplements. Make sure to keep it minimally processed, provide nutrition and good taste.

Lunch

Beef Jerky and Dried Meat. These are non-cook meats and don’t need any refrigeration. All of them are high in protein and sodium. They are good for a quick lunch along the trail.

Tuna and Salmon. Tuna is the most popular choice of meat for most travelers. It is conveniently packaged, available everywhere and inexpensive. For additional calories, you may get it in olive oil. Salmon has also gained popularity.

Cheese.  Though most people don’t like packing it, cheese can provide a lot of calories and fat. It can also enhance the flavor of food more so meat. If you choose to pack some, go for the harder cheese.

Crackers. These are high in carbohydrates and sodium. Hang them on the outside of your pack with a bandanna if you think they’ll get smashed inside.

 

Dinner

Noodles. Instant noodles are first and easy to make and also have a lot of carbohydrates.  Seasoned noodles generally don’t need a lot of cleanup compared to creamy pastas which can require you to do thorough cleaning of the bowl after the meal.

Instant Rice. This is a great base for a backpacking dinner meal. There are also countless rice varieties with different seasonings in markets.

Instant Potatoes. These potatoes are a great meal base and rich in sodium and carbohydrates. They are Ultralight backpacking food and you may add meat, or spices to add more taste to it.

Dried Veggies. It is hard to eat healthy food while trekking. You can add dried vegetables to any of the items listed above (noodles, rice, and potatoes) and have a nice meal.

Snacks

Energy Chews. Chews usually have a gummy bear-like consistency. Some are caffeinated, loaded with electrolytes, whatever you fancy. You may consider packing some of them.

Fruit Leather. It is called “leather” because it can be thick and chewy like leather. Fruit leather is a good source of natural sugar and tastes like candy.

Peanut Butter. Peanut butter is loaded with calories, fat, sodium and protein. Ready-to-eat and can be eaten with almost anything.

Granola Bar. There are protein bars, energy bars, snack bars, nutrition bars, food bars – you name it. They are Ready-to-eat and usually high in nutrition. Keep it natural and minimally processed.

Pork Rinds. The best thing about pork rinds is the texture. Pork rinds are ultra-crisp and crunchy. Their “puffy” volume can take up more space but, they are so rich with protein.

Drinks

Tabs. These are a Great source for electrolytes, keep the body hydrated and taste great. Drop a tab in your water and watch it fizz away.

Tea. As much caffeine as coffee, but less mess. A cup of tea before bed is a nice way to end the day after some strenuous hiking.

Instant Coffee. Instant options of coffee have improve greatly. While planning your trip, it is wise to pack some of this coffee because you might need it along the way.

Extras

Multivitamin. You may also consider getting vitamins and minerals without the bulky food. Vitamin C and Calcium are the best to choose because they are less easy to come by in shelf stable trail food.

Dark Chocolate. Dark chocolate has a high concentration of cocoa and is a powerful anti-oxidant. It can be extremely satisfying on the trail as a healthier option.

Spices. Keep your carb dinners (noodle, rice, potatoes) plain and spice it up to your liking with a DIY seasoning kit (salt, pepper, garlic, chili). You may portion it into smaller zip lock bags to save weight.

Beer. There are various beer options in the market to choose from. Pack some of them and take once in a while along the trail or route.

Fruit Powders. Another hidden backpacking food gem. Pour fruit powder into an ounce of water and take a healthy fruit drink shot. Great way to get some fruit nutrition without the weight.

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