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Why use N/P food? Enjoy the local delights. Although I don't know were you are going
I used to pack in all my food too and I still do when I go mountaineering. But when riding around on a bike, I'll buy local food. It's cheaper and there are some delightfull things to discover!
An other plus is that you safe weight and volume.
I do take some powerbars with me as emergency ratio's.
Normally I would agree whol heartedly but I plan on goin up into the far Canadian North and most of the places I'll end up at won't have any roads much less places to eat. If I'm lucky I'll be able to catch some fish and eat those.
So far I have
Dried fruit and nuts
Those sound the most appealing to me any other idea's for a tasty treat would be great!
Cans of tuna
Concentrated milk (in tube)
Mix cans of corn, string beans and tuna. Add some tomatoes (not really N/P but it will do for the first couple of days) and hard-boiled eggs: you have a Salade Nicoise.
Cook some 5-minute rice with a can a tuna, a small can of green peas and a little bit of tomato paste (in tube too): you have a paella.
And the best... gather some wood, light up a fire, open a can of small appetizer sausages and a can of black beans, push the cans near the fire using the pliers of your Leatherman Tool (or alternatively your tire irons), heat until it boils, mix... and you're up for a real Marlboro dinner! Yummy!
I looked around last year for a filter for drinking water only, not for cooking, and concluded that ExStream was the best for me: very light, very simple, and no maintenance. You fill it up and sip through the hose, like a straw. It doesn't work very well if you need to cook because pressing the bottle to process 1/2 liter or 1 liter is a chore.
The solution for my next trip (where I won't have any water source for up to 3 days) will be to have a 20 liters jerrican containing unfiltered water, the ExStream for drinking water and a second filter (I don't recall which one but REI certainly carry it) for processing larger quantities of water (cooking + camel back)
We almost always have to carry a plastic bottle anyhow for drinking water, so why not making it one that purifies water too? The additional weight is almost negligible. http://www.exstreamwater.com/
Some very good information on the Mountain Equipment Co-op site, and also the REI site.
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"To fully disinfect suspect water using a water filter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 1) mechanically filtering the water, 2) treating it with a halogen (chlorine or an iodine solution), 3) letting it sit 15 to 60 minutes, 4) then drinking.
Per REI, "A water 'filter' removes bacteria (e.g., Campylobacter jejuni) and protozoan cysts (Giardia lamblia, cryptosporidium) from contaminated water.
A water 'purifier' removes bacteria, protozoan cysts AND viruses (infinitesimal organisms too tiny to be trapped by a filter, e.g., hepatitis A) from contaminated water.
Devices identified as "purifiers" usually cause water to interact with iodine (often in the form of iodine resins), which can render viruses inactive.
Another purifier uses a positive electrostatic charge in its filter medium to capture viruses."
So the good news is that there is a non-chemical alternative - the First Need Deluxe Water Purifier: "The Deluxe is the only non-chemical water purifier certified to EPA Guide Standard for microbiological purifiers against bacteria, cysts and viruses. It also removes unpleasant tastes and certain chemicals."
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Here's a simple British solution - the Aqua Pure Traveller. www.aquapuretraveller.com An ordinary looking 500 ml water bottle that filters as you drink. Laimed to deal with dodgy water the world over. When they bring you a drink with ice in it in India or wherever, decant the whole lot into the bottle. It should keep the locals amused.
Yes, you should always carry some filter / purifier with you. Bottled water may not be available when you need it, and it isn't always safe either. When we were in Nairobi, the local news had a story to the effect that all but 2 of the 50 or so brands of bottled water being sold were just ordinary Nairobi tap water!
Nick, the AquaPure filter looks good, and is comparable in price to the US products, so that's a good alternative for travellers based in the UK.
Here's a picture so you can see the concept:
The only two things I notice as possible negatives in the AquaPure filter are:
1. You are supposed to wait for up to 15 minutes before drinking, to let the 'iodinising sleeve' do its work.
2. It does use iodine, but then so do the similar products from REI. If someone really objects to chemical treatments or the taste of iodine, the First Need Deluxe Water Purifier seems to be it, but it is a little more bulky than just a bottle, does require pumping, and also it's US$86.00.
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