What did you do about food?
I mostly bought food along the way. I do not have any dietary restrictions and so, was able to live off peanut butter, gummies, oatmeal, Nuun or Crystal Light electrolytes, Breakfast Essentials, Starbucks Via instant coffee, Snickers bars, chips, tortillas, beans, and instant mashed potatoes. I also carry supplements and when I get to town, gorge on vegetables, fruits, and meat. Click HERE for a really good article on trail nutrition! These are locations I sent boxes to every year:
California: Warner Springs, Kennedy Meadows
Oregon: Crater Lake, Shelter Cove, Timberline Lodge. Make your boxes in Ashland, then send them forward. Research whether you send USPS or UPS.
*If you’re into eating only organic, you’ll need to send yourself boxes, most resupply towns are small and don’t have that option.
*One downside to mailing all your resupplies is having to work around post office schedules. Many times I saw hikers trapped in town waiting for their boxes. If you’re hiking on the cheap, you don’t want to get trapped in town.
*Buying as you go supports local economies
Did you sleep with your food?
Yes, but I like to put it in an odor free bag which you can get HERE
Cook or No Cook?
I have done both. Lately I’m into the No Cook method because it saves time and you don’t have to look for or carry stove fuel. Hot food is nice but you’ll get hot food in town.
Click HERE for some great on trail food recipes