When I started planning my menu and prepping food with Sarah she asked me ‘what do you like to eat?’ It didn’t occur to me that you should enjoy hiking food, rather it was something you ate to survive. Although I asume the answer to that question would not be dehydrated vegetables and minute rice, when planning food you should plan to enjoy eating it. I have not exactly followed this advice.


– Gatorade powder (Orange)

– Western Family Iced Tea Mix

– Emergen-C: Cranberry Pomegranate and Orange

– Tea: Twinings Honeybush, Mandarine & Orange, Stash Peppermint, Celestial Mandarine Orange Spice

– Nescafe Rich Coffee, President’s Choice Extra-Rich Chocolate Milk Mix, Roger’s Organic Sugar, Soy Milk Powder


– Kirkland Signature Trail Mix

– Kirkland Fruit and Nut Medley

– Kirkland Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

– Wild Roots Coastal Berry Blend

– Ann’s House Unsalted Mixed Nuts

– Philippine Brand Dried Coconut

– Philippine Brand Dried Mangoes

– Dried Apples

– Peanut M&M’s



– KitKat Chunky


– Clif Builder’s Protein Bar

– Clif Energy Bar

– Larabar: Cashew, Peanut Butter & Coconut Cream Energy Bar

– Premier Protein: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Yogurt Peanut Crunch, Double Chocolate Crunch

– Nice & Natural: Pomegranate Almond, Rich Peanut Butter, Simply Sweet Seeds, Apples, Figs & Walnuts, Pistachios & Mixed Berries, Cranberries & Cashews


– Casbah Powdered Hummus

– Peanut Butter


– Honey Almond/Raisin & Almond Granola, Dried Bananas, Shredded Coconut, Raisins, Cranberries

– Quaker Instant Oatmeal: Maple & Brown Sugar, Regular, Apple & Cinnemon

– Powdered Soy Milk

LUNCH (buy in towns)IMG_2600

– Wraps, Tortillas, Bagels

– Cheese

– Salami

– Avocado

– Anything fresh and easy to carry


– Tomato Pasta: Prego Pasta Sauce (dehydrated), Spiral Egg Noodles, Soy Protein, Onion Flakes, Freeze Dried Peas, Salt, Parmesan Cheese (wrapped separately)

– Mash Potato: Butter & Herb Mashed Potato Flakes, Seasoned Stuffing Mix, Maple Leaf Ready Crisp Bacon, Onion Flakes, Freeze Dried Corn, Salt

– Mac + Cheese: Elbow Macaroni, Soy Protein, Powdered Cheese, Maple Leaf Ready Crisp Bacon, Salt, Parmesan Cheese (wrapped separately)

– Rice  & Black Bean: Minute Rice, Taste Adventure Refried Black Beans, Freeze Dried Corn, SaltIMG_2552

– Tuna Casserole: Minute Rice, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Freeze Dried Peas, Tuna, Salt

– Vegetable & Pinto Bean Cous Cous: Plain Cous Cous, Chicken Stock, Pinto Bean Flakes, Freeze Dried: Mushrooms, Peas, Corn, Sun Dried Tomato and Spinach Flakes

– Knorr Side Kicks: Chicken & Broccoli, Stroganoff, Teriyaki Noodles, Teriyaki Rice, Creamy Vegetable Primavera, Butter & Herb Pasta

– Alpine Aire Foods: Chicken Gumbo, Brown Rice & Chicken

– Richmoor Beef Stew


– Pop Tarts: Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Frosted Chocolate Fudge, Raspberry


Bon Appetit!

13 thoughts on “Food

  1. I really like how you organized these pages. The purchases, the food, the inspiration for others to move out their comfort zone and /or donate. Well written blog Muk Muk!
    We following your adventures.
    Glow in the Dark and 3-Guy

    • Thanks guys I really appreciate your feedback! I really wanted to create a blog that would help fellow hikers and adventurers plan their trip!

  2. Muk Muk, how is the food working out? Did you go with the “mail to” packages as apposed to just getting stuff in town? How is your different combinations for dinner and lunch working for keeping you full and also being able to eat the some thing on the trail?

    I have been reading a lot lately about long distance trail food and the nutritional value of a lot of the traditional hiking food, I guess it is not that great. 🙂

    Thanks for the GREAT Blog, keep it going, your hike that is!


    • Hey Wolfman,

      The resupply strategy is going well and I’m still enjoying the food that I prepared back in Vancouver. I’ve shipped food to each of my town stops and I’ve been happy that I did the work before I left because I feel I eat a lot better than I would have and saved a lot of money buying in bulk. The one resupply I had to do at the Chevron in Tehachapi was something I would never want to do again.

      I’m not very good at counting calories etc and I have lost some weight but I feel I’m eating pretty well except for my lunches which are always an afterthought of tortillas and peanut butter.

      UB eats a lot of the pre-made Mountain House meals etc which are delicious and have more calories than my dinners but they also come at a price. I took 8 days to prepare just over 100 dinners but I pretty much worked at it all day each day including the shopping and taste testing.

      If you have specific questions I’m happy to give my feedback including what I’ve observed out on the trail with other hikers.

      Hope that helps for now!

      Muk Muk 🙂

  3. I noted on your food list that you have the Costco Trail mix and the Fruit and Nut mix. I know this has a lot of calories for the size, not sure about the weight though as they are both rather heavy.

    Are you eating this as a snack, at all, or what? Reason I ask is I was thinking of doing something like this as a walking lunch on most days. But I wonder if it is OK for long periods of time (eating it day in and day out), and what you think of the weight?

    Also how is the powered Soy milk? Did you chose Soy for a reason or just something you found. I know Carnation sucks, I have heard good things about Niva (sp?) but have not found any in my local stores.


    • The trail mix is HEAVY, but I eat it as I walk every day and I wouldn’t go without it. I tire of the bars quicker than the trail mix.

      I chose soy milk because I sometimes have issues with dairy but I don’t think it makes a huge difference. It only tastes good when I mix it in the Quaker Oats and granola for breakfast!

      • Many thanks!

        Any thoughts on your dinners? Are some better then others or are they all about the same? Also, you don’t seem to eat a lot of meat on the trail, is their any reason for that, other then it’s heavy? 🙂 (Foil packs and the like. – the only other option I have been able to come up with for meat is something like peperoni sticks of small summer sausage tubes.)

        Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated.

      • Still love all my dinners. I would definitely pack out more tuna if it wasn’t so heavy and if I pre-packaged it to myself when I planned my resupply. I combine my Cous Cous with my mash potato dinner – so yummy!

        I did buy beef jerky at the beginning for snacks but haven’t bothered recently, I try and catch up on meat eating in towns.

        I eat less food on trail than in the real world because I simply can’t carry it all but I don’t often get fatigued because of hunger so I’m doing ok!

        Hope that helps 🙂

  4. I like the idea of adding soy protein to my dehydrated meals. What brand are you using? Has it been good in the meals?

  5. Hi im learning about resupply But coming from the uk , I dont have the luxury of a base .
    My plan is to fly into San dieago and try and organise my food drops over a weekend before catching a bus to compo am i mad yes maybe
    I love the photo of the food break down , could u maybe go into more detail on a days ration thanks

    • Just a quick one…
      Breakfast: small bag of oats mixed with granola and powdered milk or carnation breakfast mix AND coffee.
      Snacks: small zip lock bag of trail mix and dried fruit and two energy or protein bars
      Lunch: one or two tortillas with peanut butter, spam and cheese or dehydrated beans
      Dinner: one of my meals on the food page
      Drinks: emergen-C or something with electrolytes, hot chocolate

      I would eat more but it’s heavy to carry! 🙂

  6. Roz: I’m stuck in a wheelchair now and out of the scene but in my day I (and others) THRIVED on a cereal called “Bircher Mueseli” (maybe how just ‘Museli” but check ingredients – you want everything in it) It has/had coconut and dates and oats and…well…it was f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c as a cereal, as a snack, as a meal. If you (or one of your friends) can get your hands on some please let me know – I’d love to know if it becomes your ‘breakfast of choice’. Gawd I miss it. (I think I first read about Bircher Muesli in Fletcher’s book…along with ‘Kendall Mint-Cake candy ‘ a Lake-Land treat’ I bought some at Kelty’s when they had a store in Burbank, CA. which stocked all the treats. (I also bought some REAL ‘bacon bars’ hmmm…wilson???) Gawd they were good! I think all this great stuff has been long l discontinuted but perhaps there are new versions. I admire you so much for maintaining your almost-daily blog when, like the attrition on the trail, other bloggers are dropping out. You have a place in our heart forever!

    • Thanks for the tips and kind words Staci, really appreciate it! I will look out for that cereal but they probably don’t stock it in the tiny places I’m resupply in through Oregon. You never know though 🙂

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