FreshStop’s Tips and Snacks for the Perfect Winter Hike
Winter hiking can be a fantastic way to experience the great outdoors and get some exercise in the colder months. However, being well-prepared with the right gear, snacks, and tips is important to stay safe and comfortable on your winter hike. In this blog, we’ll cover some essential hiking tips, snacks, and gear for the winter season.
4 Pro Tips for Winter Hiking:
1. Check the Weather
Sounds obvious, but a lot of people forget this one. Before you hit the trails, check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. Be aware of the temperature, wind chill, and potential winter weather hazards.
2. Dress in Layers
Dressing in layers is essential for staying warm and comfortable on a winter hike. Choose moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and a waterproof outer layer to protect against the elements.
3. Protect Your Extremities
Your hands, feet, and head are particularly vulnerable to the cold. Be sure to wear warm gloves, insulated boots, and a beanie to stay warm.
4. Choose the Right Backpack
You will probably carry more than you would on a summer hike to ensure you have everything you need to stay safe and comfortable, so a sturdy backpack is essential for carrying extra winter hike supplies. Look for a backpack with multiple pockets and compartments to keep your gear organised and easily accessible.
Easy Snacks for Winter Hiking:
A classic snack for any hike, trail mix is a great option for winter hiking. Mix nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate chips (like M&Ms that are currently on special) for a sweet and savoury energy boost.
Energy bars are a convenient and portable snack for winter hiking. Look for bars with a mix of protein, carbohydrates, and fat to keep you fuelled and satisfied, like Kellogg’s Granola Bars. Grab 2 for an impressive R21.
You should pack a flask of hot choccy or coffee. Firstly, it’s comforting, and Seattle Coffee’s & Manhattan Coffee’s hot beverages are a great reward when you get to your summit. Just be sure to pack it in a sturdy container to prevent spills.
Biltong is a protein-packed snack that is easy to pack and doesn’t require refrigeration, and it is super yummy and nutritious.
By following these essential tips and packing the right snacks and gear, you’ll be ready for a winter hiking adventure!