We don’t need to tell you that food and water are massively important for maintaining your strength, but if you’ve set yourself a grueling schedule, you’ll need to be extra prepared.
You’ll need to stay hydrated and eat regularly (obviously), but working out this balance takes work. Do your research and use your training weekends to try out different snacks and amounts to find your balance between feeling low and light-headed, and carrying so much food you need extra calories to manage it all. Healthy snacks like fruit, nuts and cereal bars are a good place to start for trickle-feeding energy to your body. Remember, also, that you’ll need to stock up and ration if you’re heading into sparse or remote regions.
When it comes to water, we recommend staying near sources of fresh water for your first few expeditions, as a situation without water can get pretty dire, pretty quickly. Carry a few litres plus a purifier or pump filter, and you can gradually increase what you carry as you do more expeditions and move away from those constant water sources.