i'll be leaving here in a few weeks (!!!!), and i'm semi-clueless when it comes to packing and planning food.
i'll say this, i WON'T be using a dehydrator and mailing myself things. recipes and shipping and planning and buying is just too labor/thought/planning intensive for me right now.
other than "planning" your four to six months' worth of food in advance and cooking and shipping it to yourself, how do y'all plan and portion y'all's meals? i know some people say, "oh, you need X amount of calories per day." so do you just aim for 5,000 calories and then just sit down and say, "okay, that's three packs of ramen with vegetable oil added, two peanut butter sandwiches, etc." or do you not worry about calories and just take what you can pack?
also, i will be hiking with limited funds. i aim to spend no more than $1,500 on my thru. i might indulge myself a little bit, but i won't be able to afford to spend a night a week in hotels and ordering two large pizzas while i take a hot shower. some people say, "oh, you say you don't plan on doing that, but just wait til you get on the trail. everything changes." well... it can't for me. i won't be able to afford to stay on the trail if i'm blowing money left and right like that. i spent hundreds of dollars on a tent and a bag. that's what i bought them for.
SO... being on a budget, and not dehydrating my food, what's the best way to plan? i can do ramen five days a week, and maybe even seven, if i get to add spaghetti sauce and chicken packets to it. i've done it in society.
i know you only need between 3 and 6 days' worth of food for pretty much the entire way, obv. other than the 100MW, so i don't guess my question is "how do you plan so you have enough room for your food in your pack" but moreso "how do you plan for food for calories and budget combined?"
thanks in advance. y'all are great.