by Matt Ficke
Greetings from Fontana Dam, North Carolina! Or, 164 miles into a 1,000-ish mile backpacking trip. Which means I’m about sick of the same food day after day.
A quick rundown of my daily menu: 3 packets of instant oatmeal and instant coffee for breakfast, a burrito with peanut butter for lunch, same for afternoon snack, and various Knorr-brand Pasta Sides dishes mixed with foil packet tuna for dinner. Condiments are salt, pepper, and tabasco.
Not all that bad, actually, and it’s cheap as hell (I think my daily food cost is around $5), but it’s already starting to wear on me. So I turn to you, the internet, for help: do you have any ideas for backpacking food that’s lightweight, cheap, and easily available at grocery stores in the rural south?