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Gear Heads - Snacks

You’ll want to supplement your meals with snacks. Care must be taken when selecting them. I always keep an eye on the caloric content as compared to the weight of the snack, trying to keep the calorie-per-ounce ratio as high as possible. It is also important to make sure your snack food can handle the trail conditions. Obviously, potato chips will not hold up well on the trail. In addition, some foods, like chocolate, won’t survive a hotter climate. Other foods may become difficult to chew at colder temperatures. Choose wisely, as your snacks become a major luxury item on the trail. Also, vary what you bring. After 10 days even the best of snacks get boring. Finally, if you are traveling abroad, check the custom’s policies on carrying food into the country or you may lose it at the airport.

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