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Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages

Single serving packages can simplify shopping, packaging, and preparation of meals.

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by Ryan Jordan | 2013-11-19 00:00:00-07


This article will highlight, in part, how I simplify the shopping, packaging, and preparation of expedition foods by heavily relying upon single serving sized packages - especially for snacks that I eat throughout the day while on the trail (as opposed to in camp). Take note, however: I will not be discussing pre-packaged freeze dried meals. My preference is for foods that have a higher nutritional quality, a higher caloric density, and/or a lower cost than what is available in the food aisle at a local outfitter.

What I’m offering are my personal favorites in a few different categories. They are summarized in the following table.

CategoryFoodPackage SizeCaloriesCaloric DensityFatCarbProtein
High Caloric DensitySahale Snacks Glazed Nuts43 g210138 Cal/oz14 g18 g6 g
MoraleAnnie’s Bunny Snacks23 g7086 Cal/oz0 g18 g0 g
High ProteinSeaBear Wild Salmon100 g13037 Cal/oz2.5 g0 g26 g
High Caloric DensityWalker’s Shortbread Fingers32 g159141 Cal/oz7.9 g20.6 g1.6 g
High Caloric DensityJustin’s Almond Butter32 g200177 Cal/oz18 g6 g7 g
Fiber/Low-Sugar CarbTerra Sweet Potato Chips34 g170142 Cal/oz11 g22 g1.4 g
MoralePanda Black Licorice32 g10089 Cal/oz0 g25 g1 g

Perhaps some of these ingredients will find their way into your backcountry diet, or spark some interest in related foods.

#7. Sahale Snacks Glazed Nuts

I first discovered these at a Starbucks shop in Butte, Montana. I’m a fan of sweetened nuts and fruit/nut mixes more than just plain old nuts. Plain nuts (even salted and roasted) get old really fast on even short duration trips. I’ve probably returned from more trips with more weight of uneaten plain nuts than any other food.

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Sahale Snacks Glazed Nuts.

#6. Annie’s Bunny Snacks

The kids know what’s up with these. I like to trick myself into thinking they are healthy since they are organic, made with real fruit juice, etc. Some days, I may even believe that they’re fruit. I used to eat fruit snacks purchased in bulk from the likes of Costco (e.g., Kellogg’s), but I’ve been trying to avoid foods where the first ingredient is corn syrup.

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Annie’s Bunny Snacks

#5. SeaBear Wild Salmon

Single serving foil packets containing pre-cooked ground beef, chicken, tuna, and salmon are now common items found on the aisles of most grocery stores but many of them have strange additives and thus, taste a bit like, well, something else than what’s advertised. Such is the nature of most processed foods, I suppose. But the SeaBear Wild Salmon packets really are something special. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the son of a salmon fisherman, so I’m a little picky about my ocean fishes. SeaBear does not disappoint, and the only two ingredients are salmon and sea salt. I spread this on fried bagels for breakfasts, seed crackers for lunches, or fold it into noodle dishes or chowder for dinner.

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SeaBear Wild Salmon

#4. Walker’s Shortbread Fingers

I’ve been eating this glorious butter stick-disguised-as-a-cookie for as long as I can remember, and I’ve never grown tired of it. This is another really simple food - four ingredients: flour, butter, sugar, and salt. My favorite lunch snack includes two fingers slathered in almond butter - a 350+ Calorie snack that you can continue licking from your gums for miles!

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Walker’s Shortbread Fingers

#3. Justin’s Almond Butter

Another tasty food, considering that it contains only two ingredients: almonds and palm oil. An outrageously high caloric density (177 Cal/oz) and convenient single-serving squeeze packet make this a food that I buy by the case - often.

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Justin’s Almond Butter

#2. Terra Sweet Potato Chips

I’ll admit it. I love chips. I used to pack snack bags of Fritos, Cheetos, and Doritos on most of my trips, crushing them into little bits so they wouldn’t take up space in my pack. Then, when it came time to eat them, I’d tear off a corner and pour them into my mouth. More recently, as I’ve tried to incorporate more nutritious options into my backcountry trips, I discovered other types of chips that have higher levels of fiber and non-sugar carbohydrates, with Terra Sweet Potato Chips being my favorite.

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Terra Sweet Potato Chips

#1. Panda Black Licorice

For a candy, this one is very simply made: it contains only molasses, flour, licorice, and aniseed oil. I consider myself somewhat of a licorice connoisseur, which means that if it isn’t fresh, heavily salted, and delightfully chewy, then it isn’t licorice. Panda Black comes close. It’s my favorite food for the three o’clock blues when I’m tired from a long day with several miles still to go. There’s something to be said for morale food.

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Panda Black Licorice

Your Picks?

Help others by making the forum attached to this article a repository for packaged snack ideas. What are your favorites?


"Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages," by Ryan Jordan. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2013-11-19 00:00:00-07.


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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages on 11/19/2013 22:46:50 MST Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages

Jeffrey List
(jlist) - M

Locale: Cape Cod
Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages on 11/20/2013 06:49:30 MST Print View

150 cal/oz

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: expedition snacks on 11/20/2013 09:05:33 MST Print View

Now that winter is coming, a staple is Reese's Peanut Butter bars and Cadbury Roasted almond bars. Both in the 140 cal/oz range, as well as the 400 cal/$ range.

adam blanton
(adamallstar) - MLife

Locale: Central Texas
Sesame Snaps on 11/20/2013 09:15:01 MST Print View

Loucks Sesame Snaps, regular or chocolate

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Sesame Snaps on 11/20/2013 09:21:19 MST Print View

sesame snaps are good and Halvah is 130 calories an ounce 150 an ounce for chocolate Halvah.

Edited by annapurna on 11/20/2013 09:25:32 MST.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages on 11/20/2013 09:57:02 MST Print View

I make my own packages of oatmeal, powdered milk, brown sugar - in thin plastic. I use "Old Fashioned" oats rather than instant.

Same thing with soup packages. I repackage in thin plastic, add dehydrated green/red bell peppers, tomatoes, onions from packitgourmet.

For both - boil water, turn down to low so it doesn't burn, add food packet, bring back to low boil maybe 30 seconds, then let it sit for 5 minutes.

Chris Rife
pocket fuel on 11/20/2013 10:25:29 MST Print View


I originally tried this stuff for trail running, where I found it a bit hard to swallow without copious amounts of water. For backpacking trips, however, it's great! Works great either plain or spread onto a homemade bar.

Edited by vitaminc on 11/20/2013 10:26:28 MST.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: pocket fuel on 11/20/2013 10:42:50 MST Print View


Roughly, depending on flavor -

170 calories per 32 gram serving, 1.6 "servings" per packet, 270 calories total
190 calories per ounce
70% fat from nuts
30% carbs from sugar

$1.35/ounce in bulk
$1.50/ ounce in packets

Edited by greg23 on 11/20/2013 10:50:18 MST.

Craig Nadeau
(TacticalMountain) - MLife
Eatmore on 11/20/2013 10:42:52 MST Print View

Eatmore's - probably the most common backpack snack food amongst the people I hang with

Short story, I was on the West Coast Trail and stopped at the famous Chez Moniques. I bought a bag of gummie bears for $3.50 there were 32 in the bag. Nothing ever tasted so good.

Vance Russell
OK Solution but... on 11/20/2013 11:01:30 MST Print View

Interesting idea Ryan but has a couple of downsides: single servings never really the right size for the hunger you have at the moment; more trash to deal with; and more expensive than buying bulk.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Package on 11/20/2013 11:43:09 MST Print View

I buy most items in bulk and repackage them in snack or sandwich size bags. Lots cheaper and no problems with leftover snacks since they can be resealed in the snack bags for later use.

peter vacco

Locale: no. california
Re: Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Package on 11/20/2013 12:02:04 MST Print View

yikes :

for one, i can eat a 16oz bag of cashews while drinking a cheap bottle of wine (both avail at Trader Joe's) at one sitting. no problems what so ever.
so "extra uneaten nuts" ??? what's with that program ....
like, you CAN't have too many cashews. you just can't.
you probably could not have too many macadamia nuts as well, but lordy, they cost a Ton more money.

also, that nut butter and salmon packaging is like, an neutron bomb of problems about to blow in a pack. that be just my op, but just one of those salmon ied's going off would seriously compromise a trip. and you'd never get the stench out. worse than diesel fuel even. which, i guess it's not really that bad once you decide to appreciate the aroma.

the cookies are not going to live long unless in a bear can, and that can is not packed very tight.

all in all, an interesting article, if only to see how other folks deal in various ways with the issues of eating fun on a trip.

as far as dogma goes. it's all good. you can go faster and easier with single servings of foods, that deal with opening multiple bags and doling out this and such amounts of whatever at every meal break gets old.
for snacks, i figure out in the morning what is the day's ration, and dump that in my front bag. when it's gone .. it's gone.


Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Walkers Shortbread on 11/20/2013 14:49:18 MST Print View

Yeah, we go through a few packets of this ourselves.


spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
ok? on 11/20/2013 15:36:29 MST Print View

I'm not seeing the utility of this article. There's nothing here about simplifying meal planning or eating except the convenience of buying pre-packaged. That's a weak justification, easily countered by the extra expense and packaging waste.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: ok? on 11/20/2013 15:50:55 MST Print View

"... the convenience of buying pre-packaged."

Pre-packaged Snacks, at that.

Hardly "...the shopping, packaging, and preparation of expedition foods...".

But then, could it be that this Is all that Ryan eats? On one trip all he took were macadamia nuts and chocolate.

I guess it falls under HYOH and YMMV.

Kat ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re on 11/20/2013 15:56:17 MST Print View

I thought I was looking at ads for snacks, but it was the article :)

I would rather package my own.

Edited by Kat_P on 11/20/2013 15:58:28 MST.

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
Re: Re: Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Package on 11/20/2013 18:43:55 MST Print View

"...also, that nut butter and salmon packaging is like, an neutron bomb of problems about to blow in a pack. that be just my op, but just one of those salmon ied's going off would seriously compromise a trip. and you'd never get the stench out..."

I don't know about that - bear saliva is a great solvent!

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Why not both? on 11/20/2013 20:16:08 MST Print View

I think single serving packets have a place in a backpackers diet. I use single serving packets of Artisana nut butters and coconut oil. They sell Walnut, Pecan, Almond, Macadamia, and Cashew nut butters that I know of, and a wonderful blend called Cacao Bliss that Doug Ide turned me on to. It is a wonnnnnderful mix of coconut butter and chocolate that is, as The Colonel says, "finger lickin' good". I
also carry Justins Dark Chocolate Almond and Peanut Butter bars. All are calorie dense, and the Justins bars contain anywhere from 25-29 grams of carbs in a 2 oz bars, along with 2-3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein and 14-16 grams of fat.
The nut butters are up close to 200 calories in a 30-32 gram packet, with good amounts of protein and fiber, but not much in the way of carbs. Other than these items, I prefer to buy in bulk and repackage in zip locks. Cheaper, healthier, and more options for variety. Oh, and individual packets of Via coffee substitute. Sorry, Roger. ;0)

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Prepackaging in Grizzly Country on 11/20/2013 20:21:08 MST Print View

I'm a fan of prepackaged food in Griz country because I reason there is less chance of odors leaking out. Course the trash might smell so I don't know how much it helps.

The one thing I don't like about chips and GORP are that is hard not to get crumbs all over you and your gear. I wonder about that in Grizzly country.

Always nice to see someone else's ideas for food. I don't like gourmet style cooking on the trail but I like variety.

Most of my snacks are pre-packaged but I do like Pringles so those get repackaged. Sometimes I mix them with spicy nuts or chex mix, very tasty.

Edited by Cameron on 11/20/2013 20:24:52 MST.

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages on 11/21/2013 03:56:00 MST Print View

Epic bars...comes in bison, turkey or beef jerky. I like these for breakfast or when I have eaten too many gummy bears.

Shawn Bearden
(ShawnB) - F - MLife

Locale: SE Idaho
Smoothie on 11/21/2013 12:22:45 MST Print View

We package most of our food from the bulk (nuts, chocolates, etc.). However, for a bought/pre-packaged single serving, the PackIt Gourmet fruit smoothies are super delicious at roughly 4.7 kcal/g. Their Cheddar Jack Spread is also good and ~6.9 kcal/g.

I have no affiliation with PackIt Gourmet

John Coyle

Locale: NorCal
Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages on 11/21/2013 14:49:18 MST Print View

Snickers bar eaten like George Costanza did, except I use a spork and Swiss Army knife. Professional backpacker Andrew Skurka likes them too.

John Hillyer
(TrNameLucky) - MLife
Premier Protein® Bar on 11/21/2013 20:31:20 MST Print View

$1.18 per bar at Wal-Mart with 30 grams of protein per bar; 110 cal per oz

Premier Protein® Bar Protein Blend (Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate), Glycerin, Sugar, Hydrolyzed Gelain, Palm Kernel Oil, Water, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Cocoa (processed with alkali), Cocoa Powder, Inulin, Contains 2% or less of the following: Whey Powder, Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier), Tapioca Starch, Nonfat Dry Milk, Malt Powder, Corn Syrup, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Salt, Sucralose. CONTAINS: SOY, MILK.

Robin McKay
(rlmckay) - M

Locale: Auckland NZ
EMs Power Cookies on 11/22/2013 04:32:07 MST Print View

I've tried a lot of "on the go" foods over the years, but nothing, I say nothing beats Ems Power Bars and Cookies. Em is a nutritionalist and famous NZ ultra distance multi sport adventurer. Check these out at

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
re: Epic Bars on 11/22/2013 05:04:29 MST Print View

Those look awesome!

As someone who tries to avoid sugary, over-processed foods, I usually make all my own stuff, but I'll throw out Larabars, particularly the cherry ones, as one of my snacking staples.

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Re: Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages on 11/22/2013 09:37:17 MST Print View

how could you skip Poptarts? I actually like the Hannafords store brand better

200cal at 52grams breakfast on the go :) on long trips you can mix up the flavors so you don't get bored. if you pack them right they don't get broken too much and the packaging is very minimal.

Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
Packaging Food on 11/22/2013 16:47:40 MST Print View

Yikes, no wonder folks here only talk in 'base' weights.

Since this is backpacking light, attention must be paid to how much the food weighs. What point is there to pruning down the weight of the gear, often at great expense, if a ton of munchies are carried.

Not that I'd begrudge younger folk their munchies. There is another way, however.
It involves three meals a day, and even when much younger, there was no problem with energy levels while backpacking 6-10 hours a day, and that was before the pack weight was cut in half. All packaging is done using a U-Line packaging tool, looks like a giant stapler, that seals polyethylene envelopes and cuts off any excess, to create the lightest possible package.

For breakfast, a mix of instant breakfast, powdered milk and instant coffee is packaged in an envelope, and dissolved before use in cold water, and warmed if desired. A strip of 'fruit leather' is also consumed. That and a drink mix like cocoa or Alpine spiced cider are enough to provide energy and not feel hungry all day.

For lunch, just one energy food of choice. Tiger's Milk bars are small and light, nutritious, and provide me more energy than the bulkier hyped products. No need to repackage the bars, as no weight would be saved.

For dinner, a starch (rice, potato, pasta) is mixed with freeze dried meat, usually turkey or chicken, and seasoning, and packaged in the same size U-Line envelope as breakfast. Except the seasoning and thickening powders are packaged in a much smaller U-line sealed envelope that is sealed inside the larger envelope. This way, the starch and meat can be simmered till soft, and the seasoning with thickeners and sometimes veggies, can be thrown in later so less time simmering is needed - saves fuel and assures the food is fully rehydrated. The mix is designed to take always the same amount of water, the amount chosen depending on how much food it takes to fill the individual tummy and provide enough energy for the next day.

No longer use the sugary drink mixes. The berryish odors attrack wildlife. But another envelope of hot Alpine cider is nice with dinner.

All of the used envelopes and wrappers for a week fit into a ZipLock one pint freezer bag with room to spare, and weigh almost nothing kept inside the food bag.

With this system, food for a day, including packaging, is well under a pound, and I can go for a month like this, but stop occasionally to enjoy a good home-cooked meal.

A cut down Ursack, resewn with Kevlar thread, is used to hold a light zip-open food bag, and is hung at night. Not recommended for going to Grizz country, but while I don't go there anymore, I may add an odor barrier sack next year for black bears if tests next spring are positive.

Since the dinners are prepared from separately purchased ingredients, they are much more tasty than any prepackaged ones ever tried.

With the lighter food weight, a lighter TOTAL pack weight can be achieved, with more, not less energy and nutrition than derived from the meals bought prepackaged at retailers.

The larger supermarkets have plenty to experiment with, but organic ingredients are available at specialty stores if preferred. The freeze dried meat is mail-ordered.

Edited by scfhome on 11/22/2013 16:52:29 MST.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Packaging Food on 11/22/2013 17:18:30 MST Print View

"With this system, food for a day, including packaging, is well under a pound, and I can go for a month like this"

Hi Samuel,


I share your philosophy regarding food being an easy place to drop substantial weight. So far, I've whittled my food down to 19 oz/day, packaging included for trips up to 11 days, and would love to know more about how you got it down 4 or more ounces from there for even longer trips. Would you be willing to post a sample menu of a typical day's worth of food? It would be of great interest to at least me and, I suspect, a lot of other folks here.

Many thanks,


Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages on 11/22/2013 21:08:50 MST Print View

that is some high cost food. No question SeaBear Wild Salmon is way better than bumble be, but the price is beyond reasonable. Where is the dirt bag hiker food list for the same cals and protein? Justins is such a rip. It is just peanut butter. You won't remember eating that stuff the next day. I am in for buying high priced gear, but the food you just rent.

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Re: Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages on 11/23/2013 07:02:59 MST Print View

yea Tim. Thru hiker style ;) Pringles, tuna pouches, Pasta side, PB in a plastic jar, PB filled pretzels, powdered potatoes, French fried onions, peanut M&Ms, PB crackers, cereal + nido

Jeffrey List
(jlist) - M

Locale: Cape Cod
Re: Packaging Food on 11/23/2013 07:44:29 MST Print View


that sounds good, but can you say how many calories are in your "well under a pound" of food per day, and what the average cal/oz is? To me those are the key figures saying if it's enough food (for a particular person; obviously it works for you!), and how weight efficient the food is.

Also second the request for some of your menus/recipes.


Kat ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages on 11/23/2013 08:01:52 MST Print View

I agree with Tim Zen on this. The cost isn't really worth it to me. We are not even talking about "expeditions" here or real high density food if taking along a bag of chips....

(odarcy) - F - M

Locale: SW
WALKERS SHORTBREAD on 11/23/2013 16:51:13 MST Print View

Costco has 4.5 pound tins of Walker's Shortbread as part of their holiday selection this year . Don't remember the price but am sure
it's cheaper than buying the individual packets .

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: WALKERS SHORTBREAD on 11/23/2013 17:03:01 MST Print View

Years ago, backpackers were getting all worked up over how to pack more calories into a bear canister. Finally it was concluded that the method involves taking five or ten pounds of Walker's Shortbread Cookies and crumbling them up with a rolling pin. Then pour the crumbs into one big plastic bag inside the bear canister. You can just eat with your fingers for the whole trip, and you will probably not run out of food. That's because you will be sick of Walker's Shortbread before you finish all of it.


Desert Dweller

Locale: Wild Wild West
Bear can food packed full of.... on 11/24/2013 09:43:50 MST Print View

1/3 Mary Jane's Farm Nick's Organic Couch Potatoes with powdered butter added,
1/3 Mary Jane's Farm Bare Burrito,
1/3 Walker's Shortbread (crushed),
Lined with tortillas....
how's THAT? :-)

Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
U-Line bag sealer on 11/24/2013 12:02:09 MST Print View

Received a PM re ID of U-Line bag sealer.
BPL no longer lets me reply to PMs, but logs me out automatically instead.
Tired of contacting BPL about issues at this point.

The ULINE product is named "8" Impulse Sealer with Cutter," Product # H-161, purchased ca. 2004
The bags are #S-951, 6x6" 2 mil poly bags, 1000 to a box
S-5387, 2x3", 1 mil poly bag, 1000 to a box - used to hold anything that would thicken the food mix and impede simmering/rehydration. The little bags are sealed and go into the big ones. Could be a tad bigger, so long as would fit into the larger bags.

Kevin Flynn
(kmflynn_01) - MLife
Expedition Foods on 11/24/2013 15:41:59 MST Print View


and something new and very local to the Minneapolis/St Paul area is a paleo-centric bar and snack company called Whole Me.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Fritos Corn Chips on 11/25/2013 10:53:23 MST Print View

My 'morale' food for a long time has been Fritos Corn Chips. Ingredients: corn, corn oil, salt. Buy the single-serving bags, put a pinhole in the bag to get the air out then cover the pinhole with scotch tape. I found them vital in the Grand Canyon, when I really needed the salt.

Bonus- dual use as a firestarter! They burn almost as well as Vaseline on cotton balls! :)

Paul McLaughlin
(paul) - MLife
Re: Packaging Food on 11/26/2013 11:56:49 MST Print View

Samuel - I'd like to second Tom's request for menus and/or weights of food you take. Either you are achieving higher caloric density than I get from my usual foods/packaging, or you're just carrying fewer calories (or a little of both) Either way, I may learn something. I'm usually around 24 oz/day, and I'll lose some weight on a trip.

Michael Gillenwater
(mwgillenwater) - M

Locale: Seattle area
Minibiz on 11/26/2013 12:31:26 MST Print View

Unless I missed it, I'm surprised no one has mentioned these guys.

Gregory Allen
(Gallen1119) - M

Locale: Golden, CO
Re: Minibiz on 11/26/2013 20:30:26 MST Print View

Hadn't ever seen that store. Pretty cool. Bookmarked for later. Seems more reasonable than repackaging small quantities.

Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
Packacked foor weight on 11/27/2013 17:22:08 MST Print View

Tom and Paul,
Sure. It will take some time to put together some menus and weights, so please give me until after the first of the year when there should be time. Will put it on the gear forum where it'll be hard to miss. Thanks.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Packacked foor weight on 11/27/2013 19:25:20 MST Print View

"Sure. It will take some time to put together some menus and weights, so please give me until after the first of the year when there should be time."

Hi Samuel,

Excellent. If I can knock my weight down by even 2 of those 4 oz or so/day, I'll be one happy camper. I'll be looking forward to your input.

One request: Would you be willing to post your data here, instead of in the Gear Forum? This is an established thread that I, and presumably, Paul are already watching. If you establish a new thread in the very crowded Gear Forum, it will be all too easy for us to miss.

Thanks again for responding.


Michael Sagehorn
Colin Fletcher had a better diet despite being British (Welsh) on 12/10/2013 23:44:43 MST Print View

All of the packaging adds weight.

My breakfasts are simple-Grape Nuts, brown sugar, milk from powder, and dried fruit, plus coffee.

Lunch is cheese, salami, crackers, nuts, chocolate, and sometimes soup from an envelope

Dinner is also simple-dried potatoes from a box, crushed red pepper from the pizzaria, and gravy mix OR rice and gravy mix.

Nearly all the food can be packed in bulk. My pack weight goes down as I travel and with each day. For a week's worth of food, I can pack it all in a stuff bag the same size as my sleeping bag. A few fish add to the variety too.

Scott Tanner
Pre-packaged small spreads and condiments on 03/04/2014 00:00:59 MST Print View

I prefer to buy in bulk and package my own meals but I do horde prepackaged condiment packs, spreads, dressings and nut butters. Things like single serving packets of jams, jellies, peanut butter, and honey are great and combine well to make sandwiches or even consumed straight like a goo. Also I sometimes use mayo or cream cheese packets to add to foil packs of salmon or tuna and either eat straight with a spoon, slather on WW bread to make a sandwich or spread on a bagel. Think bagel, cream cheese packet, and foil pack of salmon.. Lox and cream cheese. Great for any meal. Cream cheese is great with jam or honey too.

Michael Witteveen
(Wittefish) - M
Dessert of the gods on 07/06/2014 17:05:01 MDT Print View

Pepperidge Farms Mint Milanos and a cup of Starbucks VIA coffee.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Re: Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages on 01/29/2015 19:19:09 MST Print View

Ryan is taking another shot at expedition food for us.

From his Facebook page. copied since I know great deal of you don't do fb.

"I'm violating rule #1 (posting food pics on social media) but we are putting together a series for @backpackinglight on training and nutrition for expedition backpacking and I couldn't resist this one, which @bigskysteph says "best sandwich ever."

It's loaf bread with fresh vegetables, cheese. Must be for short expeditions.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Re: Re: Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages on 01/30/2015 11:39:25 MST Print View

I repackage food into single serving ziplocks for week long trips at altitude. This helps me moderate my eating and force myself to eat at times and ensures that I do not over eat. On previous trips I either had A).way too much food left over due to loss of appetite at altitude or worry of running out of food when it wasn't divided by meal or B.) not enough of certain types of foods that were more appetizing to me than others at the time.

Now I predetermine each meal and snack and repackage in a ziplock with the weight and day and time to be eaten written on the bag with a sharpie. I try and make myself eat something every two hours of hiking to keep my energy up.

rick .
(overheadview) - F

Locale: NYC
hybrid bulk/singles on 01/30/2015 16:43:51 MST Print View

I package to not waste a ton of packaging:

Coffee in bulk
cereal in bulk (Bob's Redmill 10grain)

Lunch and snacks in one quart ziploc with nuts, dried fruit, and homemade bars. Sometimes there's packaged bars too for variety. This rides up front to dig in when there's a vista

Dinner is usually single-serve ziploc meals, solo, and double-serve if with a tarpmate.

This means on a 3day trip I use 2ish ziploc per day. First one empty is trash.

toss in a few morale items:
nutella repackaged in tiny nalgene jar
tuna packet

Henk Smees
(theflyingdutchman) - MLife

Locale: Spanish Mountains
Menus and weights (SamuelCF) on 01/31/2015 03:45:11 MST Print View

Hi Samuel (scfhome),
Have you ever been able to put together the menus and weights or have you posted these in the Gear-Forum as you said - if so, I can’t find these (maybe the search function here doesn’t work well). I’m sure many will be interested (at least I am).

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Menus and weights (SamuelCF) on 02/02/2015 17:50:07 MST Print View

"I’m sure many will be interested (at least I am)."