I haven't played the game in a while, but since I came back it seems like I'm taking a lot more damage in combat while soloing.
(This may be in part from the sudden boost of levels and not having my gear catch up)
I find that if I attack a mob 2-3 levels above me my health is down to 25% by the end of the fight.
I was looking at the possibility of loading up on food to help minimize my down time, but I was also wondering if there were other options that would help?
Or perhaps I'm not using a solid rotation for my attacks? I tend to:
1. Barbed Arrow
2. Swift Bow
3. Quick shot
4. Penetrating shot (I have enough focus by now)
(now I'm in melee)
4. Go to town with my melee attacks for that last couple 100 of hitpoints.