One of the most common questions we are asked is how do we get our food? There are several ways thru-hikers do this. They can buy their food along the way in the towns along the trail or they can mail their supplies to the towns that are too small to have a good selection and buy it at the towns that have full size grocery stores. Another way is to mail all your food. The last scenario is, hikers can resupply out of the hiker boxes along the trail. A hiker box is a surplus of supplies and food that other hikers have discarded. All towns along the trail provide one.
We will be mailing all of our food. There are four of us and buying that much food in the small towns would be very expensive. We can get exactly what we want, in the quantities we need at home. Some hikers buy prepared meals from hiking supply stores however, this becomes terribly expensive. We prepare our own meals from ingredients we buy at Walmart or Costco. Some of the meals are: spaghetti, basil orzo, vodka pasta sauce, egg and sausage burritos, rice and bean burritos, chili, chicken salad wraps. It is a lot of work to do this, but it is far cheaper. We have friends that will be mailing our “food-drop” to us as we hike. Since we live on the west coast, the mailing cost is a lot lower than for those who live else where. An advantage to mailing is that we can make changes to our boxes as we go. All it takes is a phone call.