Let’s start with how I came to be preparing a grocery list for my perfectly capable, but really busy husband. I was helping him get ready for his 4-day passage from Fort Lauderdale to Bradenton, Florida, sure. But, there’s more to it than that.
Far from being a 1950s-style housewife, for me, it took one miserable hike in the Grand Canyon to become an absolute control-freak for food planning. After 10 hours of hiking along the Hermit Trail, I was near delirious with dehydration. Sitting at the bottom of the canyon, wondering if I would ever make it back out, I struggled to keep down the unpalatable “Noodles and Sauce” that was given to me. That was when I let someone else handle the food planning.
Contrast that to my second trip to the Grand Canyon where I did all my own food planning, and understood that you really need to drink a litre of water per hour when hiking in the heat – I had a splendid time. Yes, splendid. Really. Careful food planning made all the difference.
Packing for an outdoor pursuit is something that I think I’m good at. I believe that a happy belly is a happy person. An outdoor activity is not the time to start some lightweight, convenience-food diet.
Because we are just taking possession of SV Aphrodite for the first time, the boat is empty of all food stocks. So, we are starting afresh to load the fridge and pantry.
Grocery list for a 4 day passage (2 people)
Here is the grocery list that I created for their 4-day passage, followed by “Le Menu” below.
Sandwich meats (ham and beef)
Chunky soups x3
Can of peas
The grocery list is organized roughly how you would find these items co-located in the grocery store. Here is the menu as to how they will be putting these groceries to use.
Bread with Jam and/or Peanut butter
Eggs and bacon
Ham or beef sandwiches
Salad (Lettuce and cucumber), salad dressing
Chunky soups and crackers
Chicken with salad, potatoes and cranberry sauce
Steaks with veg and potatoes
Pork with veg and potatoes
Spaghetti with meat sauce
OJ, Grapefruit juice
Coffee and tea
Nacho chips and salsa
I acknowledge that this is a lot of food, but I think it’s comforting to have more food than less while travelling.