To other power-users of Excel, this post may not be informative. But for new backpackers and non-users of Excel, it could be helpful.
Food planning for multi-day hikes & thru-hikes
I plan for a trip in two stages:
1. The theory. On my computer, I develop, refine, and perfect every aspect of the trip, notably my gear, supplies, route, and logistics. To do so, I rely heavily on applications like Excel, Word, National Geographic TOPO!, and Google Maps.
2. The tangible. I obtain everything that is a prerequisite to start. For example, I order my gear, bottle my stove fuel, print my maps, and reserve my air flights. This stage can be intimidating because I am now committing my financial resources, not just my time.
In the remainder of this post, I want to explain how I theoretically plan my food for multi-day hikes and thru-hikes.