What to Eat on a 1100 km Solo Walk

by bart on May 16, 2013

One of the challenges of walking and trekking 1100 km alone, and with no support along the way is making sure I have enough food and water. Water shouldn’t be a problem. Along my walking route there will often be rivers or waterfalls where I can fill up my water jugs.

Food is a different story. I’m aiming at completing my walk in less than 55 days. I actually hope to complete it in 45-50 days, but that’s unofficial. Regardless, that’s still around 50 days of self sufficiency.

I will be walking through many small towns so there will be opportunities to buy food. My concern is about the weight and quality of the food.

Canned Goods
Heavy and bulky, contain lots of salt, and when on the road need to be finished in one sitting as the contents will spoil quickly without refrigeration. Good for the occasional meal.

Fresh Food
Heavy and bulky, and usually needs preparation and cooking equipment (pots, pans, etc.), of which I will only have the basics, such as a mess kit and a penny stove (more on the penny stove later). The exceptions are some fruits and vegetables, which I will buy and eat when available.

Packaged/Processed Food
Things such as peanuts, raisins, and other seeds and nuts will be great when I can find them. I will transfer them into resealable plastic bags for longer storage. I stay away from other packaged food as it’s full of salt, sugar, and fat, and not the good kinds.

My biggest concern of all is to make sure that the smell of my food doesn’t attract wildlife, such as bears and cougars. This is probably the most important reason not to have opened canned goods or fresh food around my campsites. Needless to say, I will have to observe proper camp food handling and storage procedures.

My new food dehydrator

My new food dehydrator

My Food Solution

My new food vacuum sealer

My new food vacuum sealer

So what will I do for food? After lots of research I have acquired a food dehydrator and a vacuum sealing machine. I am dehydrating meat (for jerky and stews), vegetables, and fruit, and sealing them in different combinations in vacuum bags. When on the road, all I will need to do is boil a cup or two of water, add the contents of one of my vacuum bags, wait half an hour or so (while walking), and then presto! My meal is ready, with dried fruit for dessert!

I’m also bringing a small fishing rod. You never know, a fresh camp fire grilled trout could be on the menu one of these days.

I’m getting hungry already.

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