I've been putting together a plan for mail drops for my hike in October, since I will mostly be stopping in towns that have little more than post offices. I've got most things worked out, but if anybody has any input I'd love to hear it.
To start, I put together a table of caloric density for a bunch of foods, then decided how many days' worth of food I'd need. The rest was simple. For example:
Breakfast/Lunch for the first 5-day stretch: 18 instant oatmeal packets (3 per day, including the morning I pick up the mail drop), 10 clif bars (2 per day), 4 oz banana chips, 1 pound gorp, 8 oz dried mangoes, 5 snickers bars, 8 oz sesame sticks.
This comes out to 6 pounds, averaging 2331 calories per day. I haven't weighed dinners yet, but they're expected to add 500-750 calories per day.
The big question is: do you think this is enough? My mail drops seem to average between 1900 and 2400 calories per day, but the volume seems like it could be a little low.
When I get to dinners, I'll need to start thinking of ways to mail olive oil without it leaking. Any advice on that?