Hitting the great outdoors with the fam this summer? Use these tips to keep your crew from getting “hangry” while out in the wild.
PACK MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU’LL NEED
It takes energy to hike through those woods, swim that creek, and chase down those fireflies. All the increased activity will mean that everyone is hungrier than usual. Forget fear of bears: You don’t want to see the panic that sets in when (gasp!) you run out of everyone’s favorite granola bars.
INCLUDE SIT-DOWN AND ON-THE-GO SNACKS
Aim for a mix of hearty mini meal-type snacks that you’ll take a break and sit down to eat (such as PB&J sandwiches or roll-ups, bagels and baby carrots with hummus, beef sticks, chicken strips, and mozzarella sticks), as well as snacks that can be eaten while on the move (think trail mix, granola bars, nuts, apples, bananas, crackers, and pretzels).
PACK FROZEN WATER BOTTLES AND BAGS OF FROZEN FOODS (LIKE GRAPES)
Replacing at least some of your ice packs with frozen things that you’ll eventually consume helps keep foods cold longer while lightening the overall weight of your cooler. Do keep track of how everything’s thawing, though— you’ll have to eat perishable things as they thaw or add fresh ice for longer trips.