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Written by Iron Vegan

Summers are made for adventure! Whether you love hiking, going on long-distance bike rides, or exploring the backcountry by water, there are plenty of exciting activities to get you outside enjoying all that summer has to offer. Preparation is key though – from having the right gear, packing the essentials, and fueling your journey – it’s all important to ensure you have an unforgettable experience. Read on for our tips before you hit the road or the trails.

Summer Bike Rides

Hitting the open road on two wheels is not only one of the best ways to get around, but also to explore the sights, stay healthy, and get an awesome workout in at the same time. Here is our general checklist of essential gear to help you prepare for a great summer ride.

Essentials:

Clothing:

Accessories:

Personal Items:

Repair Kit:

Fueling for the Long Ride

Depending on the length of your ride and the weather conditions, before you head out you will need to consider the heat, your sweat loss and how much hydration to bring with you. Replenishing your electrolytes will be key, especially on those days. Coconut water is a tasty and easy way to rehydrate and top up your electrolytes. But be sure to bring plenty of water on your ride as well and adding BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) to support your physical efforts and prevent muscle breakdown during your efforts.

Just as you will need fluids on your ride, you’ll want to bring fuel in the form of snacks as well to prevent your body from crashing. Your muscles crave a constant supply of energy, and longer rides will quickly deplete your body’s glucose levels. Be sure to pack a few Sprouted Protein Bars in the pockets of your jersey or in your bike pack for an easy and tasty refuel!  

If Exploring By Foot Is More Your Thing

Getting out for a hike is an incredible way to immerse yourself in nature and spend quality time with friends or family (or yourself, if going solo). There are so many options when it comes to hiking – do you prefer to explore well maintained trails that are closer to home or are you looking to explore the backcountry of a Provincial Park, for example? Your hiking checklist will depend on how far you plan to hike, the terrain, how remote the location is and what kind of weather conditions you might experience while you are out. For the most part, you will need to pack more in terms of food, clothing and gear the longer your trip, the more remote you will be, and the more variable the weather. The exact items you take should be specific to your trip, but here is our general packing list for an unforgettable day hike.

When Hunger Strikes

There is nothing quite like enjoying snacks out in nature! Adventuring by foot takes a lot of energy and it does not take long to work up an appetite. Food on trail is special – there is something about your heightened senses combined with that gorgeous natural setting that just makes food taste so much better, and especially if you’ve prepared it yourself. Here are some of our favourite make-ahead snacks that travel well and are the perfect addition to any day hike or camping adventure.  

Kick-Start Granola – This nutritious, delicious granola blend is a great way to kick-start your day.

Matcha Energy Bites –  An easy-to-make, no bake recipe that will provide a delicious pick-me-up while on the trails.

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookies – Another wholesome and filling snack recipe that will delight your taste buds! 

If you’re short on time and need a quick grab-n-go option, be sure to pack a variety of Sprouted Protein Bars to have on hand to help fuel your adventure.

With gear in tow and snacks packed, now it’s time to slap on the sunscreen and get ready for some summer thrills! We’d love to see where your adventures take you – tag @myironvegan on Instagram!