My wife and I, along with a buddy of mine, will head to the Smokies this weekend for a nice little (overdue) get-a-way. Typically I will do a video, or at least write about the gear that I take on these trips, however, I feel like I have done a few of those recently and figured I would go a different route this time. Something more…difficult (at least for me). So, I thought to myself, “I will do a video on the food that I will be carrying.” So, this is what I did.
For some reason, figuring out what food I want to bring is a little difficult for me. Mostly because I just cannot think of what I want. But, I do know that I want to keep it very simple, both to prepare as well as to eat, and let’s not forget to clean up after as well! So, saying that you can probably figure out that I like to simply add hot water.
This is fine. I am good with eating Oatmeal each morning (for a while anyway). There are quite a few different flavors in those instant oatmeal boxes and they even come in their own little prep/serving pouches. And until I figure out how to dehydrate food (correctly), there are tons of other choices (ok, maybe not tons, but there is quite a bit to choose from). But what really gets me is lunches. I do not want to cook for lunch, and I want it super-simple. So, I have been stuck on tuna wraps…I figure if anything gets old quickly, it will be these… I must say though that my favorite lunches so far have been the ones in which we stop at a Subway on the way in and get a cold cut with those little packets of oil and such… yum… But we will be leaving to early this time to accomplish this…
Also, since our (my wife’s and I) overall pack weights are pretty low (finally) we have decided to split the food up this time (ok, it was mostly my idea). She will be carrying her food and I will be carrying mine. So, before packing our food up, but after laying it out, I decided to do a little video to show what we will be carrying, and here it is:
We will not be leaving for a few more days, but due to our itineraries we will be busy the next few days so we went ahead and loaded our packs up tonight. So, getting away from food (and back to the fun part!) I can talk about total weight. Her total pack weight, counting food and 1L of water comes to exactly 20 pounds. And happily, my total pack weight after food, 1L water and ~ 14 oz of HEET comes to a grand total of 22.4 pounds! This is awesome. There are a few things that I could cut out still, but at this weight I am not worried about it!
But anyway, I do have a detailed gear list for each of us, which I will link to here:
Of course while on the trip I will also do some more videos of the trip in general, as well as some gear reviews on a few items which I will post sometime after I get back. So, until then, if you have any comments please leave them below and as always, thanks for reading!