I carry enough food for a least a week, sometimes as much as I'd need for a month. Most of it is dehydrated. I avoid canned foods due to the weight they add (the Prius has a 780 lb maximum payload).
|Pantry box on front passenger seat.|
|Small lunch bag pre-filled with the day's meals.|
Also, I find it easier if I pre-package meals. For example, I put a single serving of oatmeal in a small storage bag, adding dried milk, cranberries, and walnuts for a complete breakfast. Or, mix a single serving of minute rice, dehydrated black beans and freeze dried veggies with chicken bullion for a dinner meal. To "cook" these pre-mixed meals, I put them in a bowl and add hot water. Or, usually, I put them in a 12v mug with water and drive until fully heated. I saved these "used" storage bag for making more pre-packaged meals.
A typical day's meals might include: a protein latte*; oatmeal, banana; peanut butter sandwich, apple; rice and beans with veggies, and cashews.
If driving through town, I'll sometimes stop for a fast food salad, chicken sandwich, or chili. My weak spot are Starbucks soy lattes. Also, when I go to the grocery store, I'll often purchase something that needs refrigeration to eat right away, for example, yogurt, cheese, sandwich spread, etc.
So that I drink enough water, I pre-fill 5 water bottles each day, filtering if necessary. I also carry 2 additional 1-gallon water containers.
I carry a 1-burner butane stove, mostly to heat water. (Note: I no longer carry a Kelly Kettle as I found I didn't use it.)
To clean utensils and dishes, I scrape off any remaining food immediately, spray with a vinegar-water solution (disinfects), and then wipe clean. I typically use a 12v mug, a small tea kettle, 1 plastic bowl, paper bowls, knife, fork, spoon and the small pans that came with the Kelly Kettle. I use a pocket knife for chopping and slicing. I also use paper towels (instead of plates) for sandwiches and fruit.
Although I enjoy cooking when at my sticks-and-bricks home, I don't seem to miss it while on the road.
*Latte Protein Drink
- good warm or cold
- Optimum 100% Whey Protein (vanilla ice cream flavor),
- dry milk powder (to make 1 cup milk per serving), and
- Mount Hagen Organic Freeze Dried Instant Decaf Coffee (extra strong).
- mixed in bulk
- 1-gallon storage bag = 2 weeks of servings
posted 2/2011, edited 5/2013