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07/28/2017 04:46PM
Unless you're taking more than you can carry, don't sweat it. Having too much food will always get fewer complaints than not having enough.

And head bilconner's advice on having enough wine for every meal. Worth the weight.
07/29/2017 04:36PM
Too many snacks - that's crazy talk.

Personally I see no sense in trying to exit with a zero pound food pack. To me its good planning to have an extra day's food at a minimum in case you get stuck somewhere or cross someone else in trouble. In practice I usually exit with probably enough food for 3-4 more days. So my food pack is still 5-7 pounds - so what. By the end of the trip, its the only pack that got drastically lighter, and by then Im feeling much stronger and leaner. A big reason I go up there is for the exercise anyway.

I also never portage wine out.
07/29/2017 06:10PM
I would go with what you have in light of your husband's diabetes; it will be better to err on the high side. You will have a much better idea after this trip and can adjust on future trips. I don't know how much it applies to your situation, but my snacks are about 25-30% of my daily calories. I package the snacks in daily rations of 4 ounces of mixed nuts with some raisins, which is 600+ calories. Each morning I put my lunch (a ProBar Meal, 380 cal.) and one snack bag in my pocket. Sometimes I eat all the snack, sometimes I have some left over. I usually pack a couple of extra snacks and usually come out of a trip with some snacks left over, but not a whole lot else.
07/27/2017 07:35PM
I take one dinner too few and figure one evening we'll eat snacks. I do have enough wine for every meal....
07/28/2017 04:36PM
I have NEVER finished a trip with a depleted food pack. Sometimes several pounds of food was left over - just dead weight. Not a fan of portaging stuff I don't need; however, medical reasons ought to trump that.
07/28/2017 04:51PM
We NEVER have to portage out wine.
08/07/2017 07:58AM
Last trip, I decided for the first time to plan daily food based on calories, because I was tired of returning with a lot of extra food. I'm sure the idea came from someone on this forum, although can't recall who. Came much closer to balancing what I carried vs. what I needed. I did not plan an extra day's food, just some extra snacks. Diabetes would alter that equation, I'm sure. I paddled a couple times with an acquaintance who had Type 1, and he carried some kind of tablets (glucose in some form?) that he used when his sugars were low.
08/07/2017 09:08AM
I usually bring peanut M&Ms and dried fruit for snacks. Lunches are the thing we under pack on though. This year I think we are going with the cliff bar lunch though, unless we have enough fish for a shore lunch of course. Point is that you want to make sure you have the protein to keep you going, for diabetes though, make sure you are covered and have a backup in case a bear gets your food pack or something.
Savage Voyageur
08/03/2017 07:28PM
It's up to you. As far as our group, we never bring any lunch. We have a big breakfast, fish until supper, after dinner is cleaned fish some more. We just don't have time to eat lunch or snacks.
08/02/2017 11:33AM
I always have left over snacks and food. I always bring an extra day's worth of meals just incase. This last trip I had lots of food leftover because we were wind bound for 3 days and I did not each that much. I guess I would rather have extra food and feed my body when it needs to be fed rather than bringing just enough and end up going hungry because we traveled farther and worked harder on the portages.
Instant mashed potatoes with cheese and bacon are superlight and make a great extra meal or 2 if needed.
07/27/2017 12:23PM
We usually plan for a couple of snacks per day and end up with leftovers a lot on our canoeing and backpacking trips. It's funny how you think you will eat a lot but then end up not feeling hungry when out actually doing it. Of course being diabetic he does need to watch this and eat something to maintain a balance.
07/27/2017 06:13PM
Better too many than too few if you're concerned about a diabetic.

We always used to come home with WAY too many snacks. Two summers ago I started counting what was left when we got back. We've gotten a little better at it but our snack bag is still often the largest of the bunch. I snack more and hubby eats larger meals. so i bring 2-3 snacks per day. He brings 1-2. and then we eat them whenever we choose... in the canoe... with a meal... at the campfire... or on the car ride home ;-)

07/26/2017 08:01PM
I've been working on food for two people for 7 days...a normal sized woman and a large man. I just divided it all up by meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. The snacks bag is as full as the others. Am I bringing too many sbacks?

I think I'm paranoid of not having enough to eat...
07/26/2017 08:15PM
What kind of snacks? If it's vegetables, then yes. If peanut M&Ms, then no.

07/26/2017 08:16PM
Additional info: hubby is a diabetic and will need a snack between lunch and dinner. This diabetic thing is new to us so sometimes I forget. I guess the snacks should stay (healthy gorp, freeze dried cheese, peanuts, fiber bars...)
08/11/2017 06:08PM
How did it all work out for you, nojo?