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  Long Trip Food
  Posted by: old_user on Aug-10-13 10:28 AM (EST)

For a recent long distance multi-month trip:

Breakfast: Flavored oatmeal and Nescafe or Folgers caffeinated instant coffee. We bought the oatmeal in small prepackaged pouches, as well as pre-packaging it ourselves in meal-sized doses in baggies.

Lunch: Salmon or tuna fish sandwiches and PB&J sandwiches. If we stopped near a town, we would pick up some bread, otherwise we relied on stocks of tortillas in 22-packs. These tortillas stayed edible and "fresh" for weeks. Squeeze bottles of mayo and mustard for flavor for the fish sandwiches. Despite urban myths about mayo, it was good for at least 7-10 days after first opening, even in the south's 95F heat. By then they were empty anyway. The salmon and tuna fish came in sealed pouches, can't remember the exact weights, somewhere around 2 to 2-1/2 oz. each.

Dinner: Assorted blends of dried rice meals (Knorr brand, ~5-1/2 oz), and dried mashed potatoes (Idahoan brand, 4 oz). Surprisingly, only one per person of either was sufficient for dinner even after a hard days paddling. One Knorr rice meal was sometimes too much, and we'd save the extra for the next day. Mix a pack of the rice or potato mix in 7 oz. boiling water. These meals are quite inexpensive, but I don't remember their cost.

Energy snacks: 3-4 total/day of assorted PowerBars, Cliff Bars and Nature's brand granola bars.

Fluid: Gatorade mix. We pre-packaged the powder into baggies for 1 gallon containers.

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