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    • I heard a camper say the other day..."living on the road is just a steady diet of cheese and meat and food that will still be edible when I'm dead!"

      Well yes and no, obviously there are great options to carry whatever you want, but when you are going to be off grid for more than a few days and the fresh food has gone, it time to eat less desirable options.

      I just returned from a motopacking trip around some of the lesser visited points of the Grand Canyon, and I knew there would be days where good food would not be an option.

      So what did I choose to bring?

      I had some Mountain House meals laying around and remembering what that other camper said I looked at the use by date, yikes!

      Sure that can't be good for you and it tastes like warm styrofoam with a seasoning full of things that are unpronounceable, using a lot of E's

      Obviously staying out for days on end it has to have a decent pack size, forgot to mention I'm on a motorcycle so extra space is at a premium.

      I had a walk around the supermarket before heading to the ditch, knowing I would have no choice but to eat somewhat dried food/ goods with lots of preservatives, but could I find something a little tastier that Mountain House and also not pay $8 for what is listed as two servings but is bearly one meal?

      What would be going in your pack?

    • @rtwPaul I'm wondering if buying dehydrated foods in bulk and then creating smaller portions for your trips would be a good way to go. You'd probably have to add those little absorber packets, though. If you have campfire access and a little pot for boiling water, you could buy the staples: beans, oatmeal, pastas, grains and then bring along some type of all seasoning like Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute. Is there any taste difference between freeze dried and dehydrated? I know it's tricky to get good meals on road trips, and especially when you are squeezed for space. I've had those MREs and they are not great, but work in a pinch!

    • I do not have a good answer, mainly because I never stray for too long, too far from a good restaurant or a 'Fresh Market' kind of store... ;-) But I thought multiple times when traveling that carying a few sardines would be a great idea.

      That and Wasa Crackers make a great - dare I say delicious - meal.


      Additionally since someone here mentioned them, I do carry occasionally these, they're quite tasty and healthy too, supposedly:

    • Interesting options, @Jain it would be good to create my own dehydrated selction but not really having a home base thats a tough one to accomplish for me.

      @Dracula canned fish, i'm gonna pass, and canned goods even though obviously easy to carry are additionally heavy from the can, take up a lot of space, not only going to the location but also having to bring your garbage out. One trick though if you do bring cans, they are always made tough on purpose to crush, if you have a fire, throw the empty cans in there and retrieve when cold, the steel will have been annealed and made softer so easier to crush and make smaller to take out with you.

      What I opted for this time was 1/4 of the price of Mountain house, way more tasty and easy to make.

      I chose some zesty lemon chicken and fettuchini, and also to mix it up a little, some four cheese mashed potatoes

      Again these have presevatives to give them long life but don't have the silica packs in them, btw can cause major food poisening or stomach issues if they split or forgotten and cooked/ eaten, don't laugh a friend of mine did it by mistake and was in agony for about 3 days.

      Each of these packs are around $1 each, taste 10x better than the MH, use by dates are not 30 years so that has to be a good thing, and pack small and light, and the packaging could be burned on the camp fire after use

      Not overly creative or gormet dish of the year, but tasty and filling, and no food poisening, all positives in my book.

      i'll be packing a few for Mongolia next year where I know the food is the worst ever from previous experience!

    • Hey @rtwPaul . . . wow .. Mongolia! Can't wait to 'follow' your travels. I think over there would be quite challenging to carry your own food supply, I'd assume you ought to try and eat with the locals most often. So I guess, it's going to be meat!

    • if only all food in mongolia looked that good, sadly not even close, thats a specal occasion meal. Most food last time I was there that I saw/ ate was gray and tasteless, a trip to the super market wasn't too exciting.

      To be out in the middle of nowhere there, the staple meat product that I found that was ok for non mongolian digestion was dried Yak meat/ jerky. Ended up cooking it in every variation possible

    • It's got to be really tough to stay sufficiently nourished and not get sick, on a trip like that. As far as remoteness goes, I've only done a moto trip to Alaska yet still felt what it means to be on the move every single day, in regards to food. I've had few MRE's as emergency backup and ended up using them in Toad river, at almost midnight when there was enough light to still ride but gas station and everything else was closed. I perturbed the indian lady owning the motel and she came out saying to just go pick any room that wasn't taken, and wait until morning! A rider whom I shared that meal with, that evening, said next day it didn't do very good to his stomach, but I had no troubles. Anyway this kind of travel ought to have serious potential to wreak havoc with one's gut, not to mention I guess one should simply forget about any attempts to stick to 'health-conscious' diets...

    • Interesting options, @Jain it would be good to create my own dehydrated selction but not really having a home base thats a tough one to accomplish for me.

      Have you tried ethnic grocery stores?

      I’ve often found Chinese markets to have dehydrated mushrooms that are sold in bags. It may help to increase the nutritional value of your meals if you toss them into a dish as a supplement.

      Mushrooms are packed with nutritional value. They're low in calories, are great sources of fiber and protein (good for plant-based diets). They also provide many important nutrients, including B vitamins, selenium, potassium, copper, and (particularly when exposed to the sun) vitamin D. (Source)

    • honestly don't normally have an issue, I was fine last time in the stans, mongolia and russia, good food was available if you looked except mongolia within a day or less, this was more about being remote for days and days on end, carrying something that would feed you as good as or better than MH and in that time not go bad