Food for 8 days in Iceland Hornstrandir

Food, the thing that keeps you going on the trail.

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For the past couple of years I’ve been opting for freeze bag cooking. I think it’s really neat, packs small, no dishes to do and you got mini-trash-containers for each meal. Is it always the most fun things to eat? No. But for me personally, the food I bring on a trip I see more as fuel rather than a dinner at a fancy restaurant.

For this 8 day trip I’m bringing 7 breakfast soups, 16 bags of noodles, 18 powerbars and 4 bags of nuts and candy for that extra punch. Total weight is 3900g so roughly 490g per day. Between 400-500g per day is good enough for me with the things I’ve chosen.

8 days worth of supplies is quite a lot for my Zpacks Arc Blast backpack, almost bursting at that point, but it’s doable. Best thing with food is that you consume it and after even two days it’s way easier to close the bag.

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Before I leave my tent in the morning I always bump the meals that I’m gonna be using through out the day. Putting Noodles in the back mesh pocket and snacks goes in the side pockets for easy access while walking. If it’s a really small meal I can even put it inside my cooking kit that I have right now. All of the above will save you time and not having to dig through your food bag inside your backpack. If possible I try to have everything I need during the day in the mesh pocket so I don’t have to open the main compartment of the backpack.

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Before going to Vålådalen, Sweden, 2016. 7.5 days worth of supplies.

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88 tips to keep you safe while traveling

I OFTEN GET QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO STAY SAFE WHILE TRAVELING TO DISTANT AND UNSECURE DESTINATIONS. THE SHORT STORY, USE YOUR HEAD. IF SOMETHINGS SMELLS BAD, IT’S USUALLY BAD (GOES FOR FOOD TO). THE MORE YOU PAY ATTENTION TO PEOPLE AND EVENTS AROUND YOU, THE MORE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT HOW IT WORKS AND YOU’LL BE ABLE TO FORESEE IT. A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER WILL SEE IT WHEN IT HAPPENS. A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER WILL SEE IT COMING. HERE IS EIGHTY EIGHT TIPS THAT WILL HELP YOU KEEP SAFE AND SANE ON YOUR TRIPS.

– Jens Lennartsson

Vandring Franciscusleden med start i Borghamn, Omberg.

Here are a few, find the complete list here!

  1. Drink a lot water
  2. But boil it first
  3. If you are crossing a busy street, walk at the same time as a local and keep him between you and the traffic
  4. Never approach people with guns from behind
  5. There is no such thing as ”earning easy money”
  6. Keep your hand on your camera at all times
  7. If the first sentence starts with ”Hey, friend!”, he’s not your friend
  8. Use sunscreen
  9. Keep your equipment with you all the time
  10. Keep your money in several places

You’ll find the rest at the end of that link above. It’s probably nothing new for you but still it’s worth repeating them…