Food: 12 days of backcountry and road.

In an effort to show what it looks like to live and eat on the road, my next two posts will be about packing. It seems like a pretty trivial thing, but planning is an extremely necessary part of having a happy trip. Especially when you are wanting to: save money, stay healthy, stay energized, travel lightly and be able to stay in the wilderness successfully. This post is about the food aspect. For my upcoming trip I will be driving, backpacking, climbing and living in the wild. I do not plan to stop for food- other than the random gas station coffee, and a quick lunch at the half way point in Salt Lake City.
Note: in Idaho, during the climbing portion of the trip, my breakfasts and dinners will be provided for me. I'm not sure what they'll be, so I packed a couple extra meals- but for the duration of the trip you'll notice breakfast and dinners are for less days than the other meals.

 All of the food I will be consuming over twelve days.

All of the food I will be consuming over twelve days.

Breakfast!
-16oz cinnamon raisin peanut butter
-10 ziplocks of oatmeal
RECIPE: 1C gluten free oats, 1T sunflower seeds, 1T chia seeds, 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2T cinnamon

 I plan to add a scoop or two of peanut butter to the oats. Breakfasts are going to be a large meal.

I plan to add a scoop or two of peanut butter to the oats. Breakfasts are going to be a large meal.

Lunch!
-3 bags of jerky
-2 cans of smoked oysters
-4 Indian meals
-2 dehydrated egg meals
-3 packets of rice

 The jerky will be switched into ziplock bags. Lunch is a lighter meal, because I snack a lot during the day. Lunches are also sort of mix and match depending on hunger and activity.

The jerky will be switched into ziplock bags. Lunch is a lighter meal, because I snack a lot during the day. Lunches are also sort of mix and match depending on hunger and activity.

Dinner!
-2 dehydrated meals
-8 rice packets
-16 fish packets

 Two fancy dinners. These dehydrated meals are amazing, but a little expensive and sometimes I'm too hungry to wait for them to cook. My main dinners are two fish packets mixed with a rice packet. Plain, but very filling and relatively low sodium.

Two fancy dinners. These dehydrated meals are amazing, but a little expensive and sometimes I'm too hungry to wait for them to cook. My main dinners are two fish packets mixed with a rice packet. Plain, but very filling and relatively low sodium.

Snacks!
-19 bars
-3 mixed nuts
-9 trail mix bags
RECIPE per bag: 1/4C raw walnuts, 1/4C chocolate covered almonds, 1/4C dried pineapple, 1T dried canberries
-8 dried apple bags
-1 chocolate bar

 Snacks must be easy and quick, so bars are a good option. Some of these contain high protein and fiber, which is also helpful. The chocolate bar is a treat for whatever I deem the most beautiful night. I might replenish the snacks in SLC, but I think this will be enough.

Snacks must be easy and quick, so bars are a good option. Some of these contain high protein and fiber, which is also helpful. The chocolate bar is a treat for whatever I deem the most beautiful night. I might replenish the snacks in SLC, but I think this will be enough.

Drinks!
-15 cups of coffee
-3 pots of tea
-4 hot chocolates
-1 tube of Nuun
-3 teabags
-3 bottles of wine (to share!)

 I plan to mostly consume water, but it's lovely to mix things up. I also have a hard time without coffee. It makes me happy. Hot chocolate is for carbs and energy, mainly. The wine is for celebrating the gorgeous sunsets with my love. We haven't had a sip of alcohol for months, so it will be a special time.

I plan to mostly consume water, but it's lovely to mix things up. I also have a hard time without coffee. It makes me happy. Hot chocolate is for carbs and energy, mainly. The wine is for celebrating the gorgeous sunsets with my love. We haven't had a sip of alcohol for months, so it will be a special time.

Car food!
-6 coconuts waters
-4 La Croix waters
-1 almond butter
-3 olive packets
-2 jerky sticks
-9 bars

 Realistically, this is probably not enough car food. Not because of calories or nutrition needs, but because driving can be really boring and it's fun to eat in the car. I tried to get some variety here. Gas station coffee will be a delight.

Realistically, this is probably not enough car food. Not because of calories or nutrition needs, but because driving can be really boring and it's fun to eat in the car. I tried to get some variety here. Gas station coffee will be a delight.

The way everything is organized is so that I can pull out what I need and put it into my backpack when I leave the car. Having things sorted means I can quickly grab: lunch, snacks, dinner, breakfast, snack, coffee and be all set for an overnight away. Or longer. For my Idaho portion, I will be in back country for four fulls days. So being able to grab what I need in an organized way is super important. Forgetting one or two snacks or coffees could mean a very bad day.
In the car, there will be a 20L jug of water and I will always be backpacking with a minimum of three liters. I have a SteriPEN to clean water if I need to do so. Water is the most important thing, so never ever overlook it. It's not just for drinking- but for cooking as well.

Happy travels! Yay food!