Trail eats: Major league carbo-loading – New York News


The weight of the food, its price, whether you can cook it with your camp stove and how long it can keep without refrigeration are a few of the main things to consider when resupplying. This is of course assuming you’re not going stoveless, in which case it’s cold ramen, cold oats, candy, days-old fast food and Pop-Tarts all around.

The basic menu of a hiker bum (disclaimer: Some folks were able to eat quite healthy and wholesome food on trail. This was generally not my experience. Consider yourself warned.)

  • Ramen noodles.

  • Instant mashed potatoes.

  • Ramen noodles and instant mashed potatoes all mixed together, also known as a “Ramen Bomb.”

  • Mac and cheese with tuna.

  • Pasta sides and rice sides — you can find these for less than a dollar at most supermarkets. Even better with black trumpet mushrooms picked from the trail.

  • Oatmeal (extra tasty with fresh blueberries straight from the trail).

  • Snickers. Too many to count. Cheaper than Cliff Bars.  

  • Pop-Tarts, Honey Buns, Nutty Buddies.

  • Carnation Breakfast Essential chocolate protein drink mix.

  • Instant coffee.

  • Tortillas with peanut butter and nutella.

  • Cheez-Its or potato chips. They will turn to dust, but you will crave salt and you will drink the crumbs.

  • Frozen burritos — eat them when they thaw within the same day or so of resupplying.

  • The nights after resupplies are a good time for a bag of salad from the supermarket.One of the few ways to eat something green.

  • Though it was somewhat uncommon due to how heavy fruit is, I would almost…

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