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self-catering in remote areas

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1. Posted by melwurmus (Budding Member 22 posts) 7y

How do you cope when you rely on public transport, won't be able to get to a shop for a week and go from hostel to hostel?

So far I managed 2-3 days without a problem, getting everything before the trip and I stayed in one place.
I actually eat more healthy on those occasions, but it's all fresh ingredients.

I wonder what kind of food I should plan for without breaking my back.

What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks for your input.

2. Posted by melwurmus (Budding Member 22 posts) 7y

I get the feeling I wasn't specific enough with my question. :)

Nevertheless I thought a bit more about this and on such occasions I should probably get items like couscous, stock cubes, salami or jerky and as last resort ramen noodles. Easy to carry, don't take too much space and refrigeration doesn't pose a problem.

So what items are you carrying with you as emergency food, when there is no other way to get food?

3. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Just one thing that would help.. If you could be more specific as to where you're travelling to?

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Quoting melwurmus

So what items are you carrying with you as emergency food, when there is no other way to get food?

Biscuits (there is a kind known as hardkeks which you can keep for ages and have high nutrition values); fruit bars; nuts; chocolate; cabbage if I were to go somewhere where I know I can't get any fruits or veggies for more than a few days. Fortunately, I never did that :)

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Sep-2009, at 12:33 by bentivogli ]

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

There is special food designed specifically for trekking through the wilderness without coming into contact with other humans. This food usually requires that you have hot water to mix it or boil it, so a small cooking stove is a must. You can mail order the stuff from the usual suspects. But if you consider ramen noodles a last resort you will probably hate the trekking food because most times the taste is craptastic - hunger is the only way to get it down.

But as a rule - where there are hostels there is a way to get food.

6. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

As water is your heaviest food item, I'd suggest you get yourself a good filter. I have a 'sports bottle' design and use it everywhere even if I'm staying in hostels. Rivers to garage taps it's very easy to use - no pipes or pumps. I also have a large folding bottle - you might want to look at a couple of litres if you get one of those.

My filter is the older model (they last for ages) but here's a link for the latest product.

edit: Seems I've gone link mad.

Just a thought. Coffee creamer is good for use in porridge, hot drinks, mashed potato and white sauces.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Sep-2009, at 06:19 by fabyomama ]

7. Posted by melwurmus (Budding Member 22 posts) 7y

Thank you for your comments.

I wanted to get ideas in general, so no specified location. As for the hostels in question, they mention on their website that you should stock up on food in advance.

I'm just back from walking the hills and did my shopping on a late Sunday afternoon in a village shop. I almost feel silly for my question, I wasn't aware how much microwavable food is out there.
In my defence I haven't done grocery shopping for years since I have a live-in position, where all food is provided.

Thank you again.