Food & Drink On A Canoe Expedition

Good food is essential on any expedition.  By paddling through the day you will be expending more energy and burning more calories than usual.

This quick guide is based on the Eye Feel Good 3 day expedition.  It’s by no means a comprehensive guide and you may want to add or remove items based on their own dietary needs.



It’s true what they say, this really is the most important meal of the day.  Get up early and give yourself plenty of time to get a good breakfast and enjoy it.

  • Cereal/ Porridge
  • Fried Bread, Bacon & Eggs
  • Orange Juice
  • Tracker Bars/ Nutri-Grain / Cereal Bars
  • Tea/ Coffee


The good old packed lunch is the best option. Quick, versatile and easy to prepare.

  • Sandwiches of your choice
  • Boiled Egg
  • Bananas, Apples, Oranges
  • Jaffa Cakes
  • Flask of hot water (Add tea bag or coffee sachet)
  • Bag of Crisps


You want to have something that is quick to prepare BUT it must also be hot, tasty and nutritious.

Why not prepare your meal(s) before you leave and store them in a tupperware box.

Here are a few ideas.

  • Fresh Pasta & Bolognese Sauce with Parmesan Cheese
  • Chicken Curry & Rice
  • Irish Stew

For desert why not treat yourself to one of these:

  • Angel Delight with a Cadbury’s flake sprinkled over the top
  • Toasted Marsh Mallows
  • Chocolate Button Banana Fritter
  • Swiss Roll and Custard

Think of the worst case scenario and prepare for it.

Can you eat the food that you have brought with you if :

  • You are too tired to be bothered cooking it
  • You have no fuel to cook it with
  • You cannot get your stove to work

That 14oz sirloin steak sounded like a good idea when you bought it but it’s not such a good idea now when you have to cook it in a pan the size of your hand.


During the day you will want to have food readily available for snacking upon in order to keep your energy levels up.

Also, there’s nothing like a cup of tea and a biscuit sitting under the stars.

OK, so what are you going to squeeze into that last space in your barrel and pockets:

  • Sweets eg Jelly Babies, Barley Sugar
  • Energy Bars
  • Peanuts
  • Gum
  • Crisps
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Biscuits


Do not underestimate the importance of keeping hydrated.  It’s vitally important that you have a supply of clean drinking water on you at all times.

Consider having a supply of each of the following with you:

  • Water
  • Milk
  • Isotonic Sports Drinks
  • Diluting Fruit Juice

You should be drinking water or milk with each meal and continue to drink water throughout the day.

How you carry your water is up to you.  The things to consider are bulk and weight.  Also, do you need to bring 5 ltrs of water on the boat when there is water at each campsite ?


Don’t forget the fundamentals of good personal hygiene and food preparation.  You don’t want to spoil your trip by getting food poisoning.  So here are some useful tips:

  • Wash your hands prior to preparing food or touching any preparation items
  • Clean all utensils well after each meal
  • Keep soap with your toilet paper
  • Make sure your water is clean
  • Dispose of any food waste and rubbish in a responsible fashion


Before packing your food for the trip remove all excess packaging.  This saves on weight, bulk and disposing of rubbish at the camp sites.  One thing though, keep a copy of any cooking instructions, especially if you bring ‘boil in the bag’ varieties.

Consider taking up the hobby of collecting tea, coffee and sugar sachets from every hotel room that you stay in.  You wouldn’t believe the fine array of beverages that you can collect and enjoy on your camping trip.

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