I eat lots when hiking :D
Okay so here's the kind fo scenario....I plan on doing 4-5 day hikes in Scotland without resupply. I plan on doing 6-9 day trips in Sweden, Norway and Iceland without resupply. I travel as a semi professional landscape photographer so the dry weight of my pack is going to be 14-16kg.
What would everyone recommend for food?
So far I have been making do with muesli (recently replaced with flapjack) for breakfast, Crackers with cheese and salami for lunch, noodles/couscous for dinner and trail mix for snacks.
Thing is I am getting a bit bored. If people want to talk to me about dehydrating my own food then great! Or if people have other suggestions for prebought meals that is great too, although I have no intention of buying anything that is 'heavy'.
I'm a big guy (6'4) I walk fast and I eat a lot!
Savoury rice, add things like, pepperami/salami, smoked sausage, herbs and spices.
Can get a few flavours, so can have differnt ones each night.
I wouldn't recommend pasta ones, as normaly need milk, and take far longer to cook.
Most come in packets that are meant to do a meal for two.
One packet usually does me for a meal. If still hungry, cheese and crackers for 'dessert'.
Should have said I meant oatcake crackers.
Sort of like porridge does, realses energy over time, not in 'one big hit'.
one a day for a freshness treat, last for ages,virtually indestructible.
Alexander Nail wrote (see)
I plan on doing 6-9 day trips in Sweden, Norway and Iceland without resupply... the dry weight of my pack is going to be 14-16kg.
Hmmm... don't forget that currency alone in those countries will weigh another kilo!
Great places for week-long treks, but expensive when you want to buy specialised lightweight trekking food... if you can find it in the first place. Take as much as possible with you, and when you need to resupply, try and do in in big places, because little shops in the middle of nowhere won't have what you want, and they'll charge a fortune. You can make ends meet by checking to see what's on the 'free food' shelves in the huts. Towards the end of a week-long trek in Iceland, where my own supplies, though adequate, were running low, I was able to add an extra couple of days to the trek because someone had kindly left lots of really delicious stuff at one of the huts.
Alex: If you want to chat about options on freeze-dried meals do give me a buzz. As Paddy says, taking stuff with you is likely to be cheaper.
You can buy food in the Norwegian huts (honesty box in unmanned ones) but it's not cheap.
I usually go with a mix of products depending on how long im going for, I usually spend only around 2 nights at a time when wild camping.
I'm also a quick walker and like to eat a lot, my usual menu goes like this.
Breakfast - instant oats with jam / trail mix or freeze dried meal such as eggs n ham.
Lunch - snack lunch, usually couple of bifi rolls, energy bars, cup o char.
Tea/Supper - again either a freeze dried meal (home made or store bought) and snacks.
trail mix while im on the go.
Snacks of trail mix, (nuts, fruit and m&m's) and flapjacks / oatcakes (even cadburys brunch bars are great) , Bifi rolls and ofc chocolate hobnobs
2 nigh stay usually has
3 x 300g trail mix
6 x flap jacks / energy bars.
6 x bifi rolls (or pepperamis if im out of bifi) - (bifi roll is like pepperami in wheat bread roll)
2 x instant oats
1 x MH egg n ham breakfast.
3 x MH meals / home made dehydrated meal.
pack of mixed drinks, tea, coffee, chocolate, iso's and jam packets, salt pepper sugar ect ect.
weighs in around the 2 kilo mark for the 3 days, 2 nights but has a nice mix of fat, protien and carbs and i also like to have a little more than i need when it comes to food.
Usual solo cookset is a simple jetboil and spork, but ill take my multi fuel trangia if im going with a couple of people, but then thats a different story all together as ill take more dry ingredients and do more proper cooking.with more proper cooking involved but then ill usually source half the ingredients on the move such as bacon n eggs, sausage and steaks ect ect but i will carry instant mash, noodles, pasta ect ect.
I can also reccomend MRE's tho they are helluva expensive nowadays, but a couple stripped down can make a huge difference to variety.
Thats great, thanks guys, loads of good ideas there. I really can't see myself spending money on any form of specialist hiking meal. One of the great things about camping for me is that it can be so cheap.
FYI last time we took 6 days of food to Iceland and supplimented with a bit of salami and smoked salmon. We definitely bent the 'only 2kg of food through customs' rule, but it did make the holiday pretty cheap!
Anyway thanks for all the suggestions, much appreciated
...last time we took 6 days of food to Iceland and supplimented with a bit of salami and smoked salmon. We definitely bent the 'only 2kg of food through customs' rule, but it did make the holiday pretty cheap!
Well... they should have made that 'rule' abundantly clear to me, but as they didn't, I took in as much as I could carry!
I was at the Cicerone office today, having a look at the first few maps they're generating for my Iceland book. I have a good network of routes near the airport, that can be accessed without even getting on a bus. I covered those trails for the benefit of poverty-stricken walkers, who might be able to stump up the airfare, but not much else. I reckon with a pack full of food, you could spend a week on foot, out from the airport, and back to the airport, following centuries-old trails and taking in amazing bubbling mud-pots, endless lava flows and stunning coastline.
2 kg food thru customs??? We took 17 days' worth! And yes, it was bloody heavy, especially added to the paraffin we bought there for 17 days and the axe, crampons and bit of rope. Great trip tho.
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