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Doe Nob
08-14-2012, 10:52 PM
working on my list for a 7 day trip, I think i'll get sick of anything after 7 days no matter how good, so trying to introduce some variety.

I have found the Pro Bars to be more slightly more caloric and better than the old school cliff bars. 380 calories in a 85 gram Superfood Slam bar.

I was studying trail mix and nuts at the grocery store, here's an interesting table to help you build your own nut mix:


I'm putting a mix together of quarter cup of peanuts, quarter cup of brazil nuts, quarter cup of macadamia nuts that should be good for about 630 calories a day if I can choke it down. More calories by weight or volume than any trail mix I could find, but I may get some of that for some variety.

Mountain House and Backpackers Pantry dinners should yeild 500-730 calories depending on the meal.

I know pop tarts are good for breakfast and everyone loves thier PB bacon and honey bagels.

What are some other good new ideas?

What about these energy Gel Shots. Rereading David Longs book, he says he ate 3 of them (GU) a day (barf).

08-15-2012, 07:06 AM
Emerald nuts has a pretty good can of mixed nuts, it has cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans.. No peanuts though. I hate paying for peanuts in a can of mixed nuts.

My meals this fall will consist of a cliff bar and some oatmeal for breakfast, pb and honey bagel, mixed nuts and a small candy bar for lunch, and mountain house for dinner. Throw in some jerky and some trail mix, and I'm good to go. I'm thinking about some hard salami and cheese on a bagel for the first day or two.

08-16-2012, 10:56 AM
Here's a list of some of the kinds of things we take:
Ramon Noodles or Cup-o-soup
Instant Mash taters
Instant oatmeal
PB Singles
Individual Tuna or chicken packs
crackers (which usually end up crushed), sandwich thins (tend to be more durable), or tortillas to eat with the singles
Granola cereal just to snack on dry
power bars of some brand and flavor
Mountain Home Breakfast / Dinner meals

08-16-2012, 12:02 PM
I also do the tuna packets.. The only problem with them is they seem to pack a smelly punch to them.
I like the little plastic cups of fruit
I have a sweet tooth and rice krispy treats are good even when smashed.
Carnation instant breakfast is usually always with me.
Lunchables are delicious.
Cans of smoked oysters! Yumm
This was a bad thread to read at lunch time!

09-26-2012, 12:13 PM
Asian food stores have a bunch of great stuff: 3-in-1 instant coffee w/ sugar and creamer already added, canned plain tuna, canned red pepper or kimchi tuna and canned herring, ramen noodle cups with various flavors (spicy seafood, spicy beef, kimchi, chicken, etc). Those kinds of ramen have more to them and more flavor than the standard Ramen cup-o-noodles.

Something that's also nice to have is hot cocoa, by itself or mixed with the instant coffee.

Cliff makes some bars called Mojo Bars, they're like trail mix in a bar, I love the things. Their Builder protein bars are also good. I like both a lot, not too sweet (unlike their other bars), no chemical sweeteners and they're about $1 a bar, which is an aweomse price.

Gatorade now sells powder in small individual-serving packets.

09-26-2012, 02:19 PM
I second Lunchables. They are light enough and keep pretty well.

I haven't tried it yet, but have heard of a guy making one or two pizzas up a head of time, folding them in half and wrapping them up in saran wrap. Eat it cold or re-heat on the stove, be good either way I'd say.

Individually wrapped cheese sticks.

Chippy Hacky
09-26-2012, 03:48 PM
Maybe not "food" but I have to have my Starbucks Via in the morning and afternoon and de-caff peppermint tea at night.

10-02-2012, 02:29 PM
Kashi has a trail mix bar that is not sweet, does not taste like cardboard, and has nothing to melt! I also like the Kirkland (Costco)individual Fruit and Nut packs (sold in a box of 18). They have good taste, good nutrition, do not melt, and the packet size is just about right. You can also mix half a pack with oatmeal for a nutritious breakfast.

10-06-2012, 11:10 PM
Some good ideas. Do lunchables really last. I thought they were perishable. Tuna packs, instant oatmeal, mash potatoes and ramen noodles. I am trying to make my own dehydrated meals.

10-08-2012, 11:34 PM
What do you guys normally prepare your instant mash potatoes in.

10-17-2012, 01:40 PM
Thought of this after my trip this year (of course)...

I'm going to try it at home first, but my 700ml cup looks like it's about the same size as the cup the instant ramen/ramien noodles come in. I'm going to put some boiling water in my cup at home and toss one of those in. If it works (big enough to hold the soup and noodles), next year, I'm going to buy the noodles, take them out of the cup and put them in plastic bags, then just toss them in a cup of boiling water.

When most of the noodles are gone, I toss some tuna in. Lots of protein and carbs and if you get the Korean hot stuff, lots of red pepper and garlic. Warms the cockles of your heart, among other things, on a cold day.

10-17-2012, 01:45 PM
"Some good ideas. Do lunchables really last. I thought they were perishable. Tuna packs, instant oatmeal, mash potatoes and ramen noodles. I am trying to make my own dehydrated meals."

I would suggest bringing along a couple of MREs or something similar. They're a bit heavier, but you can strip them down, get the cardboard and anything you don't out, then tape them back up.

I actually bring one for each day, strip them, stuff the other food I have for that day (tuna, oatmeal packets, some coffe, etc) into the bag and then tape it up. Makes a nice little food packet for each day.

Reason I say to bring a couple is because they're pre-hydrated, have a lot of calories, don't have to be heated and are designed to be edible right down to freezing temps.

If you can't or don't want to use your stove for some reason (broken, weather, low/out of fuel, etc) you can still get at least one full meal in.

slippery ann
10-18-2012, 10:02 AM

I throw a few of these in the mix. Drink lots of H2O with these.