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When packing for your kayak trip, plan your menus in advance and remember that all food must pack into bear canisters. Space is an issue. Shop as though you are going on a back packing trip rather than a river rafting trip! Remove all grocery store items from their bulky packaging, put them in zip lock bags with the cooking instructions. By doing this, you can cut in half the space needed to store them and allow a lot more room for your gorp! Feel free to mail your dried food items to us in advance, U.S. Priority mail. (Private carriers take much longer to deliver to rural Alaska.)  See our mailing FAQ for details.


Oatmeal, instant oatmeal, & cook cereals
Pancake mix
Dried fruits
Powdered juice mixes
Powdered milk
Coffee, tea & cocoa mixes


Peanut butter and jelly
Instant soups*
Flat breads (wraps) or firm breads
Mayonnaise, mustard, & other condiments in plastic or squeeze containers
Cream cheese & jelly
Sardines, tuna, pate, etc.
Hummus, Tabouli w/Pita bread
Dried fruits
Lots of gorp and snack mixes
Powdered fruit drink mixes
Powdered milk


Here are some grocery shelf alternatives to the over-priced, frequently tasteless freeze-dried meals.

Maccaroni & Cheese
Boxed pasta meals
Boxed noodle meals
Boxed rice meals, Rice-a-Roni. etc.
Instant refried beans, tortillas, salsa & burrito fixin’s
Polenta, grits, etc.
Curry soup ingredients
Spice kit with onions, garlic, olive and/or sesame oil, soy, etc.
Drink mixes, coffee & tea

And don’t forget your chocolate!

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