Question #7 – “What food should I bring, and how should I pack it?”

In this post we’ll concentrate on what to pack for personal food reserves, and how to pack them.

3. Try packing your food reserves this way:

Place each day’s three cold meals inside three small, separate ‘zip-lock’ freezer bags. Write on each bag, “breakfast, day-1”, “lunch, day-2”, etc.

Note: If you need more than a quart-sized bag for each meal (per person), you’re probably packing too much food.

Then place the three meals of each day in three larger, gallon-sized ‘zip-lock’ bags, each labeled “day-1”, “day-2”, etc.

Place all three days’ meals in a larger bag, stored inside the one large piece of luggage permitted.

Remember: it’s dark — very dark — when you wake up and go to sleep. So the less you pack, and the smarter you pack it, will afford you more time to pay attention to the important things: foremost prayer at holy Mass, breakfast (!), prayer & charity on the road, lunch (!), fellowship with friends, supper (!) and prayer at night.

There are probably better ways to pack, but these should help, or inspire better ideas.

Organizers supply bottled water throughout, and supplement meals with hot soup & bread in the evening and hot water & bread with jam at breakfast.

Pilgrims supply their own powdered coffee, hot chocolate, tea bags, instant hot breakfast cereal, as well as cups, plates, bowls, spoons et cetera at each meal.

Company of St. René Goupîl volunteers help prepare bivouacs along the way. Pilgrims assist one another — especially the women & children — to pitch tents.

Friday and Saturday’s privately owned sites are equipped with running water, toilets, a few showers and wash basins, with remote electrical supply only.

Pilgrim families or/and seniors participating in the “Modified Pilgrimage” may park RVs at each private campsite for an additional fee paid directly to the campsite owners on location.

Pilgrims may no longer camp at the Auriesville Shrine. Pilgrims staying overnight in the area make reservations at local lodgings.

Read the FAQs online for more information.

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