The Grand Canyon is a great place to visit while in Arizona. You get to enjoy the breathtaking view of river Colorado as it winds along the rough canyon terrain.Be sure to search the best Grand Canyon rafting trip routes for your trip before leaving, so you know the terrain you’ll need to pack for. There is so much you can do there including water sports, boat tours, hiking, and camping. You expect your expedition to be fun, but failure to adequately plan for food will surely mess things up. The last thing you want is running out of food or getting food associated complications while on your expedition. Carrying adequate amount of the right food ensures that you meet your body’s nutritional requirements and stay clear of eating foods that you don’t like. Here is a step by step guide on what food to pack for the Grand Canyon
The first item that you should have in plenty is water. Water ensures that your body stays hydrated at all times. You should note that the Canyon has a desert-like environment with temperatures hitting highs of 81 degrees Celsius at the southern rim of the canyon. The hot sun can cause massive dehydration leading to a faint. Ensure that you carry adequate drinking water. It is recommended that you pack at least 2 liters of personal drinking water for daily consumption.
Why carrying prepackaged foods id better than preparing them on site
When it comes to food, you still need to eat healthy balanced meals on your expedition. This calls for you to pack adequate protein, carbohydrate, and vitamin foods. There is the option of preparing your own foods or eating prepackaged foods. Preparing your own food has the advantage of consumption of healthy foods at lower costs while prepackaged foods are easier to prepare. They also need less cleanup after meals. With improved packaging methods, prepackaged foods have greatly improved in terms of flavor and texture. They are what I would recommend for that Grand Canyon expedition.
Carbohydrates and other energy sources
You need to pack adequate high energy foods to maintain your body energy levels. Snacks such as crackers, pretzels, oatmeal, and granola are an excellent choice. Apart from providing energy they also help to satisfy your appetite during the day reducing the need for consumption of more food. You also need to carry revitalizing drinks such as Pepsi, Morning dew which help you quench your thirst while at the same time releasing considerate amounts of energy. However do not consume excess of these for they have some health effects. At times they may cause dizziness. If you do not have caffeine addiction stay away from coffee, soda, and alcohol for they have a dehydrating effect and may cause lightheadedness.
As you choose the proteins to pack, stay away from difficult to digest proteins such as pork, beef, and Salami. These need more water to digest and have a tendency to make you thirsty. Instead go for canned fish, chicken sticks, peanut butter or string cheese. You can check out refillable tubes to carry your peanut butter or cheese. With these tubes, you do not need to carry your butter in cans.I
Dried fruits are the most appropriate for outdoor hikes and camping. Mixed with oatmeal dried fruits are excellent for breakfast. They, however, tend to make you thirsty since your stomach needs to rehydrate them before digesting them.
That is our list of recommended foods to pack for the Grand Canyon. However feel free to carry with you other food items you deem necessary.