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Friday, July 06, 2012

Food box

I've been ruthlessly downsizing again, struggling to land somewhere between surviving the zombie apocalypse and starvation the first week of an economic downturn.

My dear friend Bri is a constant source of inspiration in this. I want to be like him when he grows up :-)

This corresponds with some of the "structural" changes in the van, such as getting rid of all of the under bed drawers and the sterilite chest of drawers that held my clothes.

This food box is under the bunk next to the shelves behind the drivers seat. It is a more solid bed support than the large sterilite drawer that I removed, and more estheticaly (sp?) pleasing. It serves dual purpose as a seat in camp or a footstool in front of my turned around passenger seat/recliner.

Contents of the box are trail mix, couscous, lentils, dried berries,fruits, eggs and veggies, bouillon, instant soups, foil packed salmon, seaweed, rice noodles, oatmeal, nuts,and honey. I keep a Ziplock bag of single serve packets that I harvest in my travels.

Under my bunk I have extra water, some canned goods, and zip lock giveaway bags. More on them later.

The last sort of foodstuffs I keep under the bunk are a small selection of foods good if you are sick, think the BRAT diet recommended by pediatricians which consists of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. For long term storage of these items ( to have available when you are too sick or too far out to get to a grocery store) I keep puréed bananas (found in the baby food isle) along with puréed rice and banana combo, instant rice packets, single serve applesauce and jello, and crackers. Ginger ale completes the menu. A few servings of each doesn't take much room and has come in very handy for both mutt and I in our travels.

Would love some feedback as to ideas or suggestions I haven't thought of....

9 comments:

cmterry said...

You are such a smart lady. Thanks for sharing this info with us. I will have to update my supplies.

hoboknitter said...

Necessity has been the source of my smartness :-) Mutt and I had Giardiasis on the road once. This kind of stuff was a life saver for both of us.

Steve said...

I'm going to purchase one of the higher priced options from this company ... http://wisefoodstorage.com/ ... but they do have many cost effective ones too.

hoboknitter said...

I bookmarked that site til I get my computer back. I've been working on basic food storage at the farm but want to increase the options/ shelf life of what I currently have.

Nemo said...

wish I could make myself downsize faster... thinking I need to let go of the bike, would sure give me alot more room in the truck, but not ready to let go yet

hoboknitter said...

Wow, the bike! That would be one of the last things I would have expected. Definitely understand about the space issue with it. It's not like you can put it on the roof....

Linda said...

Sounds like you've got it all down. Very efficient. I love organization, especially on the road. Good to have you blogging again. Hope all your travels are happy ones.

cuzzin dick said...

uh huh, I admire yur preps cuz, wish i had the fortitude to assimilate yur doings, I commend ya for the ideas I picked up from ya. Keep on pedaling gurl.

Kevin said...

Nice information. Jumped the link from cheaprv site. Am finding convergence of ideas and thoughts in your blog, and others I have read. Hope someday to meet you and other nice online folks, at an rv gathering.