We are well on our way to making our resupply boxes...Sort of. To me it's pretty freaking frustrating, trying to calculate calories, pack it, decide what I might be in the mood for, figuring out how hungry I'll be. That's why a lot of people suggest that Newbies like us don't make very many resupply boxes, and just buy as we go. We are going to do a lot of that too, but there are several places where it is really best to send a box.
Anyway, my first box is done, and I am sharing the contents with you below. I still need to figure out what maps to put in it, and all that stuff. (P.S. We are NOT experts, nor do we have ANY experience with this crap. I always pack too much food when backpacking, but I also haven't hiked for months on end. Sharing this with you is NOT intended to be taken as advice!)
P.S. Many of my dinners except the Knorr Rice are homemade and home dehydrated! Plus the applesauce! ok, that was Costco applesauce, but it's organic, and I dehydrated it. Yay me.
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BOX 1 Robin Warner Springs
Nido makes 16 cups 25003-bean Veg. Chili 2 cups dry = 4-5 cups wet 1200
1 knorr Taco Rice 2 servings 550
Split Pea Soup 2 cups dry = 4-6 cups wet 880
Fried Brown Rice 2 cups dry = 5 cups wet 920
4 peanut butters 500
2 annies instant mac and cheese 480
2 cups trail mix Coastal Berry 1280
8 oz Mixed Nuts 1360
2 bars, sweet and salty nut 340
2 bars, dark chocolate cherry 320
1 cup apricots 400
2 Belvita blueberry cookie packets 460
1 packet pumpkin seeds 380
2 cheddar/cheddar crackers 380
2 peanut butter crackers 380
1 idahoan instant potatoes 440
1 coconut milk packet 360
1 Knorr mushroom soup 220
2 oz angel hair pasta 200
2 packets cream of wheat 300
2 breakfast on the go, coffee bean flavor 400
6 servings special K 720
2 hot chocolate 180
2 applesauce squares (makes about a cup) 190
Iced tea with lemonade (diluted with more iced tea) approx 200
hummus - 6 servings of 2 TBSPN 270
1 box wheat thins 1120
Total Calories 16930
So, this is about right. It is a 5-day resupply, and works out to about 3,300 calories/day. The total weight is 9.4 pounds, making it about 1.9 pounds/day. Many resources say this is what you should aim for. If I add cheese, olive oil, and tortillas, it will bump the calories up even more.
The main problem is that by the time we get to Warner Springs, we will only have been hiking for 9-10 days. It's hard to say what our metabolisms will be doing, i.e. if Hiker Hunger will have set in or not. When hiking short-term, you don't really need a lot more calories than you are used to eating, especially since many of us, ehem, have something to lose anyway. In my case, once you subtract calories from beer, my food-calories are about 1500-1800/day in my normal life. So even at the low end, this resupply box is providing twice what I am used to eating in a day. If my metabolism has not ramped up yet, I may either be choking down these calories, or carrying unnecessary weight.
It is mind boggling at this point, but should become a piece of cake as we go...I hope.
Either way, we don't have much time left, so back to the salt mines.