How Much Food to Bring?
I thought it would be interesting to hear how everyone goes about deciding how much food to bring on a trip.
The idea came to me after I attempted my first FKT a couple of days ago and I really struggled to know how much food I would need. I have a great understanding of how much I would need on a standard hike, whether that is one day, one week, or one month. But tackling something where I would be moving for around 20 hours threw off my calibration.
Should I focus on bringing food per distance traveled? Elevation gain? Duration of movement? Will I even be hungry if I am constantly moving throughout the day without much time to rest and digest?
My approach was to base it on distance, I would be hiking about twice as far as my average so I assumed I would go through twice as much food. This was a bit of a mistake, but perhaps longer trails I would have eventually caught up with my caloric deficit and required more food.
What is everyone's approach to food? Does anyone have a chart or system they follow depending on the trail? Do you find bigger days you actually eat less? How long can you push through caloric deficit before really needing more calories to keep going?