Water consumption while hiking is often stressed but food is not mentioned nearly as often.
The National Park Service advises hikers to eat and drink more than normal when hiking. This includes eating before, during and after a hike. Just as hikers are supposed to drink before they are thirsty, they should also eat before they are hungry.
The National Park Service says water and salty snacks should be consumed on any hike lasting longer than 30 minutes. Hikers also need to eat about twice as much as normal to meet energy and electrolyte needs.
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