Food Ideas for Long Haul Kayaking Trips

Mini Lesson: Food Ideas for Long Haul Kayaking Trips


Storage savvy and tasty food ideas for long haul kayaking trips.


1.1 To expand food and seasoning choices for long haul kayak trips

1.2 Learn how to create, buy and pack a menu plan for a long haul kayak trip


Dowling, S.P., Personal notes.

Macklin, Harvey.  The Back-Packer’s Cookbook.  1978. Toronto, Canada. Pagurian Press Ltd.

Content Outline:

Activities and Procedures:


– Fill out Menu Planner.  Brainstorm for food ideas

 Go on your own hunt for new ideas, get a pen & paper and go down the aisles of your local supermarket, ethnic grocery stores and health food stores.

 Sample Menu Planning
















































Remember that space is limited! Good planning and packing is essential.

Step 1

Plan the menu by the week. Tip: when you’re out in the bush you’ll be very grateful for menus planned with taste and variety in mind!

Step 2

To get an idea of quantities needed, gauge how much a very hungry*You* could eat for each meal, then multiply that by the number of people on the trip.

Step 3

Now take the filled out menu plan, and make a ‘grocery list’.  Go shopping!  Tip: to make the shopping a little easier try to tally up totals of the more common items on the list, ie. soup is on the menu 6 times, eggs are needed in 4 meals = 12 eggs , GORP snacks for 2 people for 10 days @ ½ lb./day = 5 lbs total, etc…

Note* There might still be some over/under estimating but after the next step you will have more of a handle of what is still needed or what you have too much of.

Step 4

At home the food needs to be separated into kayak friendly bundles.  I like to group the food, drinks snacks, etc., that will be needed for each day in separate packages (packing!).

Tip: Spices & condiments, and emergency food, I also like to keep in separate packages.

Good Recipes for Happy and Hungry Paddlers


1cup flour    ½ tsp baking powder    ¼ tsp salt

 You can pre-blend the dry ingredients at home and bring in separate baggies.

Add enough water to make stiff dough.

Knead it to a flat cake and cook slowly over coals or low stove heat until the bottom is crusty.  Turn and repeat.  Get creative with it…add onions, or berries, or…

 Hard Tack

Despite the harsh sounding name, hard tack can taste great.  Its other good points are that it packs well and Hard Tack plus water can keep you on your feet a long time in the bush.

I prefer to make it at home and bring the finished product in a tight fitting tin box.

2cups graham flour                   2 tsp salt                       1 tsp baking powder

Mix the above dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Add…

1 cup lard (melted)                   and blend, then add…

2 cups buttermilk (room temp).

Knead the dough in enough white flour to make it hard enough to roll paper thin.

Traditionally each piece was a 10 inch circle with a hole cut out in the middle so that after being pan fried they could be hung on a pole for drying.  Alternatively, you could quickly cook each one in a skillet (both sides) then pop them into the oven at 37C (100F), overnight.

 Evaluation and Assessment:

Minute Paper. 1. What was the most important thing you learned in this class?         2.  What important question remains unanswered?

 My Brainstorming List

Cabbage                                  spices                                                   tin food

dried food                               packaged/dehydrated food                   home made dehydrated food                 wild food                                                dried fruits

granola                                     trail mix                                                cereals

fresh foods                               eggs                                                     soups

emergency food                        quantities                                              instant coffee/tea

sweetners                                 grains                                                   water purifier

field guide to edible plants         GORP= good old raisins and peanuts

nuts                                          seeds                                                    legumes

peanut butter                            honey/sugar                                          milk powder

drink powders                          lemons                                                  ketsup

salt/pepper                               garlic (fresh or powder)                        bay leaves

mint leaves                                ginger                                                   potato

bouillon cubes                           rice (converted)                                    quinoa

chocolate                                  hot chocolate                                        coiled meat

curry powder                            chili etc powder                                    beef jerky

cinnamon                                  dandelions




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