What to Pack in Your Hydration Vest

What to Pack in Your Hydration Vest

When you're pushing your body to its limits in endurance sports, the right fuel makes all the difference. Whether you're out for a long trail run, tackling a grueling bike ride, or aiming for that triathlon finish line, the last thing you want is to hit the dreaded "bonk". Your trusty hydration vest becomes your lifeline for carrying those crucial calories and electrolytes.

But what exactly should you pack in there for optimal performance? 

Hydration First

Before we even talk about food, let's get the most vital element right: hydration. During intense exercise, you're losing fluids and electrolytes through sweat. Plain water is a start, but to keep everything working smoothly, you need electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Consider using the spacious bladder in a vest like the Orange Mud Endurance Pack V3.0 for carrying your electrolyte drink of choice. For shorter outings, the RFP Hydration pack with its convenient front bottle pockets lets you easily mix in electrolyte tablets with your water.

Types of Fuel

Now to the fun part – the snacks! Endurance sports demand easy-to-digest, quick energy sources. This is where gels, chews, bars, and stroopwafels come in. Experiment with different brands and flavors to find what works for you. Don't be afraid to try some real food options too, such as bananas, dates, or even small sandwiches. Some of our personal favorites are blueberries and gummy bears but, at the end of the day, Tthe key is finding grubstuff your stomach tolerates well during exercise.

How Much to Carry

A general rule of thumb is to aim for 200-300 calories per hour of activity. However, listen to your body – you might need more or less depending on intensity and individual needs. For longer adventures, it's smart to pack a variety of fuel sources to keep things interesting and to combat flavor fatigue.

Strategic Packing

This is where Orange Mud vests excel! The Endurance Pack V3.0 and RFP Hydration Pack offer fantastic options for organizing your fuel. Utilize those convenient front chest pockets for items you'll want to grab often – gels, chews, or small snacks. The front shoulder pockets are also great for these items too if you plan to place soft flasks in the front chest pockets. In addition, larger compartments in the back are great for storing bulkier items like bars or even a sandwich for extended adventures. Always pack a bit more than you anticipate needing, just in case unforeseen issues extend your workout.

Fueling for endurance sports is a key factor for success and enjoyment. Just like your training, find a fueling strategy that works for you through experimentation. Orange Mud's hydration vests, like the Endurance Pack V3.0 or the RFP Hydration Pack, are your ideal companions, ensuring your essential fuel and hydration are always within easy reach. Get out there, push your limits, and fuel your adventures!