1000 Miles FAQ: Food & Drink
1000 miles solo: faq’s about food & drink
How are you going to get water?
I’ll be topping up from streams, lakes, waterfalls, campsites and fuel stations. My wild camping spots are as close to water sources as possible; I’ve planned this meticulously, as finding a water source doesn’t necessarily mean I can use it (fast-moving rivers, steep banks, barbed wire fencing, boggy ground etc. makes some water too dangerous or difficult to reach).
Isn’t it dangerous to drink water straight from streams and lakes?
Not in Iceland – the water is safe to drink without treatment so long as it’s clear.
So you won’t filter water?
Technically I won’t need to but I am taking a lightweight water filter to aid me in reaching and collecting it more easily. I’ll be discussing this in another post.
How much water can you carry?
2 or 3 days’ worth at a time. I’ll top up at every opportunity.
How will you carry water?
I have a combination of water bags and water bottles. I’ll go into this in another post.
What will you eat?
I’ll be cooking on my stove, so plenty of one-pot meals to save on gas. Plenty of natural fats, lots of protein and some carbs. Butter, lard, fatty meat, fatty fish, eggs, cheese, nuts, cream, nut butters, coconut oil etc. I’ll have vegetables as and when I can. I’ll have rice and pasta as and when I fancy it. Most days I’ll probably opt for bacon and eggs with cheese, plus plenty of cheese and meat dishes with vegetables when I can get them. I’ll snack on nuts, coconut oil and nut butters as I walk if needed but I plan to load up on food mainly at the end of each walking day and maybe halfway through the day’s walk (rather than start out walking on a full stomach, which I don’t like to do). I will rarely buy food in cafés or restaurants as it’s too expensive and is usually high on carbs, which I want to avoid.
Don’t you need carbs for energy?
Quite the opposite – I find that carbs zap my energy. Bacon and eggs keep me energised for hours while a bowl of pasta makes me fall asleep.
Won’t food go off quickly?
I should be able to top up with food at least once a week as I pass villages and the occasional town so I’m not too worried about that – plus the air is cool and I’ll store my food (except eggs of course) under my expedition bag, away from sunlight. Another way round it is to cook up a few meals at a time and store them in bags or boxes (not sure yet), to avoid raw meats going off. If I buy fish I’ll just eat it the same day.
What about disposing of rubbish?
Whenever I buy food I’ll remove as much packaging as possible at the shop to avoid carrying unnecessary rubbish. I’ll be transferring some foods into plastic bags to save on weight – for example if I buy coconut oil or salt in a glass jar I’ll transfer it into a bag to save weight. Whatever rubbish I produce along the way will obviously be carried with me until I find a suitable bin.
What will you drink?
Water mainly, as I usually do. I might take coffee for a treat. I don’t drink hot drinks usually but it might help morale now and then to have something on hand for comfort. Thinking about it, I could add butter and cream and have ‘bulletproof coffee’ before I set off each day – that’ll keep me going without having to walk on a full stomach 😁
I’ll take an electrolyte powder that contains magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium. I’ll be sweating a lot and may not have access to lots of green vegetables (too expensive) so my gut feeling says it’s wise to keep topped up.