Where do I store drinks in my backpack?
When the thirst is already there, it’s usually too late. Because you shouldn’t reach the point that your body starts to show signs of dehydration. So that you don’t forget to drink regularly during your hike, it is important to stow your drinks in the hiking backpack practically. This is how your liquid reserves are correctly stored and always at hand:
- For the time being: Choose the correct container for the drink, regardless of whether it is cold or warm. It should be watertight and not leak even if shaken. A thermos bottle with the right coating will keep your drinks warm or cold for a long time.
- If possible, single-use bottles with non-recyclable plastic should be avoided. Your own, reusable drinking bottle is ideal.
- As a general rule, you should take a sip of fluids every 20 to 30 minutes while hiking. You should therefore position your bottle in an easily accessible place on the side of your backpack. Most backpacks already have practical pockets for this. Have you already seen our Eurohike backpack? We have put together a practical hiking guide for you on our Eurohike Hikingblog.
Which drinks are good to drink while hiking?
The absolute winner among drinks while hiking is water. Whether as sparkling or still mineral water, or simply tap water – this liquid is the absolute favourite in every season. Here are our tips on how you can combine other things with water:
- Flavoured water: Whether with a piece of ginger, a slice of lemon, orange, cucumber, a few leaves of mint and lemon balm, or a fruity piece of apple or pineapple – with these healthy extras you not only create a wonderful tasting drink, but also ensure that you might drink more than usual.
- Cold or warm tea: Tea is more than just a drink. Whether you enjoy it warm or cold, prefer herbal or fruit tea, is entirely up to your individual taste. One thing is certain, however: there are different varieties that provide a lot of energy and concentration, such as matcha, green tea, mate tea, rooibos tea, ginger-turmeric tea, green tea with ginkgo or a cooling mint tea.
- Smoothies and self-mixed juices: The advantage of self-made drinks is that you always know exactly what is contained in them so you can do without flavour enhancers or additives. Regarding kitchen equipment: whether with a simple hand blender or a high-performance mixer, there are many possibilities to mix yourself a healthy and vitamin-rich power boost. With our recipe tips, we’ll tell you how you can conjure up a delicious energy boost with just a few ingredients.
Straight from the juicer: A particularly delicious option for a refreshing drink while hiking is a juice made from fruit or vegetables. A juicer is needed for this. If you have one at home, go ahead! Homemade juices with various ingredients are not only incredibly healthy, but also give you the liquid energy you need for activity. Are you still looking for recipe tips? We’ll tell you more now.
Our recipes for the ultimate energy boost while hiking
By sweating while hiking, we not only lose water, but also minerals and trace elements. We have a couple of smoothie and juice recipes that provide the ultimate energy boost so that stores are refilled quickly. With these drinks you will be perfectly prepared for your hike in any season. Note: The ingredients are for one smoothie each.
Green super-power smoothie
Ingredients: 1/2 banana, 1/3 cucumber, 1 handful of spinach (frozen or fresh), some parsley (frozen or fresh), juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 piece of ginger, 100ml of water or plant milk
Our tip: If you like, you can add a teaspoon of matcha powder – this provides an extra boost and sustains high performance.
Preparation: If possible, let the frozen ingredients thaw a little. Then blend all ingredients in a blender.
Tropical energy boost smoothie
Ingredients: 1 banana, 1 handful of pineapple pieces, 1/2 mango, 1 small piece of ginger, 1 pinch of cinnamon and a little turmeric, 100ml of plant milk or water, 1 teaspoon of honey or 2 dates (without core). If you like it very creamy, you can replace the milk with yoghurt.
Preparation: Put all ingredients in the blender and mix well.
Berry feel good smoothie
Ingredients: 1 banana, 1 large handful of blueberries and/or strawberries or raspberries (frozen or fresh), 100ml of plant milk, 1 teaspoon of chia seeds, cinnamon, 2 dates (without core), some oat flakes if desired.
Preparation: Put all ingredients in the blender, mix well and enjoy! The plant milk can also be replaced with yoghurt (e.g. coconut yoghurt, almond yoghurt).
Extra enjoyment: Various toppings such as nut butter, granola, nuts, desiccated coconut or cocoa ensure more enjoyment. If you don’t have all the ingredients for the drinks at home, that’s no problem, because they still taste great even with fewer ingredients!
Carrot and ginger juice
A juicer is needed for these two recipes.
Ingredients: 4 carrots, 1 piece of ginger (or ginger powder), a little olive oil
Preparation: Put the washed carrots and ginger (washed with skin on) in the juicer. Then add a small teaspoon of olive oil, stir well and enjoy.
Green super-energy juice
Ingredients: 4 stalks of celery, 1 apple, 1/3 cucumber, 1 small piece of ginger, 1 lemon
Preparation: Wash the ingredients well, chop them up if necessary and put into the juicer.