5 Packing Tips for Hiking

Packing efficiently for your hike is essential, as no matter how fit you are, that pack that felt so light when you packed it at home will start to feel heavier and heavier as the day goes on. Read on for our top tips to pack efficiently for hiking.

The right pack

Choose the right size pack – even not filling a larger pack will be heavier than completely filling a medium sized one due to the weight of the bag itself. You also want to make sure it’s sturdy and comfortable to carry. Even on a day hike, you will likely be on the move for several hours. There are a great range of backpacks at The Adventure and Outdoor Store, ranging in size from 8-30 litres.

Think about accessibility

Pack with the things you might need soonest on the top or in an easily accessible pocket (while still thinking about weight distribution!). It’s no use having your water bottle buried at the bottom of the bag. A first aid kit is well placed in a side pocket so it can be accessed in an emergency.

Weight distribution

Put your lightest items such as sleeping bag or rain gear into the bag first and heaviest items in the middle/middle top so you can centre them for even weight distribution. If all the heavy things end up on the bottom or one side of the bag you will end up with sore shoulders and a bad back! If you have a sleeping mat, fold this up so it’s along the back part of your bag that will be nearest your back for extra back cushioning.

Make sure you have enough room for the essentials

Sure, it might be nice to bring that comfy blanket to sit on while you have your lunch, or that video camera to capture the view at the top of the mountain, but if you have to sacrifice bringing your lunch, or a first aid kit, is it really worth it? Make a list of the absolute essentials, and only after you have that sorted, should you consider what else you might have space for.

Food

Bring light, energy dense foods. Consider a space saving freeze-dried camping meal or our self-heating meals, which means you don’t need to cart about a stove or other cookware. Simply use the water in the pouch provided to activate the unique heater and you can have a hot meal anywhere you travel to. Each pack also includes a food tray, knife fork and spoon, salt and pepper and a napkin. Bring other small snacks in sealable bags rather than containers to save space. Don’t bring tins! They are heavy and you can get a better weight to nutrients ratio from other items.

Tailored Expedition Food

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As not everyone has the same needs when it comes to food for their expeditions, our expert nutritionists can tailor a nutrition plan that’s right for you and your activities. We have put together some packs of popular options, but if you contact us we can help to put together a complete meal plan for part or your entire expedition.

Our freeze dried breakfasts, desserts, vegetarian and meaty main meals all come in sizes ranging from 125g and 180g meaning you can mix and match different meals to get the right amount of weight in your packs as well as the right amount of calories.

For bigger appetites or those needing more energy to fuel their adventures, we stock 800kcal  extreme breakfastsvegetarian and meaty main meals. We also stock 1000kcal main meals for those needing even more energy.

You can fit more in your pack as well since we aim to make our food the lowest weight and most compact size available! We also stock a range of drinks and snacks meaning you can get all of your supplies from one place.

Email us at info@bewellexpeditionfoods.com for a tailored nutrition plan for you and your next adventure.

5 Reasons to Camp in the Autumn

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Camping is an all year round activity, providing you have the right equipment! When green turns to oranges and reds, Autumn can be a beautiful time to enjoy the outdoors.

Here are some of our favourite reasons for Autumnal camping;

1.Enjoying warm drinks by the campfire

Campfires may be an all year round camping staple, but there’s something about bundling up, hot chocolate or tea in hand and warming up by the fire in the Autumn. Cosy!

2. Foraging

Foraging is great in the Autumn months- sweet chestnuts line the trails, rosehips can be collected, blackberries are at peak ripeness in September, acorns, mushrooms and more. 

3. Quieter

As people tend to camp more in the summer, you can enjoy open spaces virtually empty in the Autumn months. Get some well needed outdoor time in while relishing the quiet. 

4. Brisk Air

Wrapping up warm, layering and feeling the fresh crisp air on your face is one of life’s simple pleasures. Warming up by the campfire after a long day of hiking in  the fresh air is an extra bonus. 

5. Foliage

Would it be an Autumn camping list if it we didn’t mention the gorgeous foliage? The leaves changing signalling Autumn is spectacular. Hues or orange, red and yellow across the country. Don’t forget to look up at the beautiful trees while hiking.

Why Choose Freeze Dried Meals

Opposed to frozen or dehydrated food, freeze dried food only removes the water content, leaving you with tasty food once you’ve added water back to it. Unlike other methods, freeze dried food retains it’s shape and tastes just as fresh when rehydrated. The freeze drying process removes around 98% of the water from the food, but not the great fresh taste or vitamins and nutrients.

The benefits of choosing these types of foods are

  1. They are much lighter to pack when you are traveling. Since they are such low weight and a smaller size, they are easy to toss into packs for hiking, camping etc.
  2. They have a long shelf life because the water content has been removed and the food then stored in airtight and moisture-proof packaging, they can be stored for months, and sometimes even years without spoiling.
  3. They can be stored virtually anywhere. As freeze dried meal packs only need to be stored at room temperature, you can store them virtually anywhere for a ready meal when you need it.
  4. They don’t just stop at main meals! At BeWell we offer a range of meaty and vegetarian main meals, along with breakfast options and even dessert. So you can have a three course meal throw in your pack or waiting for you at your cabin in the woods.

What Food to Pack for a Hiking Camping Trip

While it may be tempting to pack lots of fresh fruit and vegetables for a camping trip, the reality is these spoil quickly and can make a mess of your packs. Especially if you have to hike a long ways to get to your base camp. Try packing these non-perishables for longer treks.

Tinned Fruit – Fresh fruit doesn’t have a long life and can get squished in your pack. Add some tins of fruit to add to your breakfast or to even have as a dessert. 

Long life milk – There are many brands readily available now for long life milks, make sure you choose a resealable package so no leaks! 

Dry cereal – Cereal can be a great breakfast or even a snack while you’re out and about. Pair with long life milk.

Hot Drinks – Don’t forget your tea, coffee and hot chocolate! Decant into small containers and only take what you’ll need. 

Ready to eat bars – Granola bars, protein bars, cereal bars, all good to toss into your backpack for a day of hiking. See our range of biscuits and flapjacks here https://www.bewellexpeditionfoods.com/biscuits-and-flapjacks/

Freeze Dried Meals – Enjoy a hot meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner without the mess of cleaning up pots and pans or carrying bulky equipment or ingredients. Simply add hot or cold water and eat straight out of the bag. Shop our range here https://www.bewellexpeditionfoods.com/Meaty-Mail-Meals./

Enjoying Camping with Your Family

With Covid-19 and travel restrictions, everyone has had to get a little more creative with their holiday plans. Camping is a great family activity. Family holidays can be some of the strongest memories we have from our youth, so make your next camping trip go smoothly with these tips and ideas.

Car activities
Kids can easily become bored on a long journey to a campsite. Older children could enjoy an audio book or playing some car games together such as eye spy to help keep them entertained. A new toy can hold a little one’s attention if they have to be in the car for a while. Breaking up the journey with rest stops to stretch their legs can break up the monotony and help keep everyone happy.

Rainy day options
If you’re camping you probably have lots of plans to be outdoors, but if the weather does turn bad, it’s useful to have a backup plan. You could check out indoor things to do locally, and bring a few colouring books and games they can play with in the tent. It’s also an idea to look for woodland walk that have lots of tree cover.

Enjoying nature
Take advantage of your surroundings to enjoy the great outdoors. Nature walks can be exciting for kids, especially if you live in a city. To help keep their interest why not try a scavenger hunt, or a nature bingo card. You could even bring cheap or disposable cameras and see who can snap the best picture. Get a family shot and you’ll have a lovely souvenir of your trip.

Try something new
There are some activities that you might have done as a child but would be a first for your children. Try singing campfire songs and toasting marshmallows together. Have you thought about trying one of our self-heating meals? Kids will enjoy the novelty of a meal which gets ‘magically’ warm by itself, and if you come back tired after a long day of adventures, you might be glad of an easy meal with no preparation or mess, which is ready in 10 minutes!

Be Prepared on Your Expedition with Ready to Eat Meals

Be-Well Expedition Foods have a range of delicious Ready-to-Eat meals made with healthy and fresh ingredients. These meals can be eaten straight away, either hot or cold. 

All you need is a pan of boiling water and boil the whole bag to heat the meal inside. No scrubbing pots and pans on your expedition or camping trip!

MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) food pouches do not require refrigeration and have a long life shelf life making them ideal for long expeditions, or to store in your cupboards to toss into your pack for short camping trips. 

This ensures you’ve always got a ready to go meal for any occasion. Shop our range here

Duke of Edinburgh Award Food Supplies

Our range of easy to pack meals are a great food supply options for young people starting to gain an interest in expeditions and the outdoors. 

The duke of Edinburgh program run by many schools is a perfect opportunity for students to gain knowledge of the world around them and develop outdoor skills.

For the DofE award, students must prepare themselves a hot meal at night. Our easy to prepare meals are an ideal alternative to carrying around pans, mini gas hobs and tins of food. Especially when heavily weighed down by other essentials such as tents, sleeping bags and clothes. 

High in calories and energy, our food ration packs are great for keeping their energy up while giving proper nutrition. A warm meal helps on a cold night as well!

Choose between self-heating meals, lightweight pack and go meals, or ready to eat meals that can be eaten both hot or cold.

Multi-Day Race Nutrition Made Easy

If you’re doing a multi-day race it can sometimes be difficult to figure out what food you will need to pack.

Multi-day races are physically and mentally demanding, so you need to be prepared with the proper nutrition to keep you going and help aid in recovery. We’ve helped runners with their nutrition who have competed in Fire and Ice Ultra, Marathon des Sables, Annapurna Ultra and similar multi-day events.

We help take the guesswork out with our 24 hour packs, which include all the nutrition you need and some extras you might want. Bringing you the highest energy, lowest weight & most compact size possible, a sample pack includes 2 different kinds of high energy 800kcal food packs, a breakfast and a dinner, such as our chicken pasta and vegetables, a deluxe expedition brew pack, cliff bar and shot blocks, and an Extreme Ultra Fuel 4:1 Energy, Endurance, Electrolyte and Protein recovery. These packs total 2,400kcal, give or take depending on flavours.

You can choose to pick your own variations and flavours from our online store, or choose one of our packs already put together for you. We have both vegetarian and meat options so there’s something for everyone.

What You Need to Know About Creatine

Creatine is one of the most well-researched supplements proving its effectiveness in performance benefits, aiding in workout recovery, and helps with muscle building.

Creatine is a peptide molecule that the human body can use for energy.Muscles need fuel to work. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the primary source of energy for cells. ATP comes from a variety of sources, including sugars like glucose.

Some activities, like lifting weights, quickly use up ATP. Exhausted ATP becomes adenosine diphosphate (ADP). Since creatine is stored in the body as creatine phosphate, it can provide a phosphate group for the ADP, which quickly regenerates the ADP into emergency ATP.

Creatine is a good source of energy because it kicks in when your body needs it.

Creatine 100% pure Creapure® from Go Protein is the most effective ergogenic supplement currently available to athletes in terms of increasing high-intensity exercise capacity and lean body mass during training. It is one of the most important building stones in our muscles.

Creatine is a non-essential nitrogenous organic acid and it is also synthesised in the human body from L-arginine, glycine and L-methionine. Approximately 95 % of  the creatine pool in the body is located in skeletal muscle.

Creatine supplementation isn’t just beneficial for getting a few more reps under the bar. The latest research shows it can have a positive effect in a lot of places, including helping with Neurological diseases, diabetes, improving cognition, and more.

These health benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. Research on creatine  continues because it affects everything that goes on in your body. Creatine supplementation is safe, effective, making it worthwhile to take every day.

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