Kit list: Food and drink

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Cook system:

Brunton 0.8L anodized aluminum cookpot with lid

aluminum windscreen, made from dryer vent

pot support, from stainless steel spokes and baling wire

alcohol Penny Stove, from Ska Brewing beer cans, with simmer ring

cheap stainless steel spoon

Swiss-Army knife

seasoning: grey sea salt, ground pepper, blend of cumin and savory spices, garlic

Bic lighter

1L plastic drink bottle of alcohol for fuel

16oz. enameled steel mug

0.5L aluminum bottle for olive oil (on Lael’s bike)

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Alternatively, the Klean Kanteen or steel mug can be used to heat or sterilize water.

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Water:

64 oz. Klean Kanteen, contained in Salsa Anything Cage

26 oz. Specialized Purist water bottle, in standard bottle cage to King Top Cap bottle mount

1L plastic drink bottle for overflow capacity, mounted to fork with Profile Design Kage

70 oz. Platypus bladder in arid climates

MSR Hyperflow water filter, field serviceable

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Food storage:

large nylon sack

Ziploc-style bags for compressible dry goods

peanut butter stored in bottle cage when necessary

additional food stored in framebag and Carradice saddlebag

50ft. nylon cord, Coughlin’s brand found at most outdoor stores, for hanging food when bears are present

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Creative meals are inevitable.

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And local delicacies.

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Through the kindness of strangers, even a few home-cooked meals along the way.

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Meals are some of the most memorable experiences on the road.  A moment alone can alter my mood from ragged to revived, and a contemplative apple on the roadside or an awakening cup of coffee can affect the pace of the day. Making time to cook and eat is an important step to a fun, sustainable adventure.

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For a nearly complete list of DIY stove designs, visit the Zen Backpacking page dedicated to alcohol and multi-fuel stoves.  I will be presenting the items I carried this summer, categorically, for the remainder of the week.  Currently, the only place where I have published a packing list is on on the Velo Orange Blog in a post entitled “Packing the Campeur Bikepacking Style, Part 2“.

A road diet

Little jewels in rugged country: raspberries along the Flathead River, B.C., Canada.

…I eat food; mostly normal food, and sometimes lots of food. While touring I enjoy a variety of foods from a mundane handful of salted peanuts and a swig of water to extravagant dinners cooked with friends over multiple stoves in the backcountry.  These meals are the best, as we share secret delicacies from our unpacked bags– chocolates, cheeses, cinnamon and cilantro….Everything I know about cooking and digestion and nutrition, I learned on the road.  More on the Dovetail Learn page…