So it seems like every time I go to the grocery store, a good portion of what I spend is going towards my 2015 trip, and every large cookie order I make, I wonder what large ticket item I can tick off my list of things to buy.
Yesterday on Ebay I bought a couple of small ticket items, including a camp mess kit and also a rain cover that goes over the rear and top panniers. Then when I went to the grocery store I picked up Chapstick (2) that's SPF 30. I saw these in the store and almost picked them up until I noticed the expiration date was too soon. However, I may pick them up closer to the time. I like them because of the pouch design which means less weight than a can. I really don't want to take canned things. Talk about weight on the bike!!! Uncle Bens also makes some ready rice packages, and anything that will help with saving time on cooking after a long day on the open road will be greatly appreciated.
I've heard the recommendation of making tortilla rolls filled with peanut butter and honey. I don't have the honey (yet but will get raw organic) but I have picked up some of the Jif-to-go individual servings (come 8 to a pack for about $3), and I found one called Chocolate Silk - a blend of peanut butter and chocolate flavoring. So I spread that on a tortilla, and it was tasty for sure, more like a dessert. Definitely will be using those Jif-to-go/tortillas on the road for snacks and quick fuel.
I will also be making my own granola-type bars. Thankfully working in a Christian camp kitchen for two years led me to collaborate with the head cook on a camp book that included all the recipes (this book is not available for purchase - only a few copies were ever made). I am very happy to share these recipes and maybe even make a video or two on them. There is absolutely no reason to ever purchase any type of energy bar or granola bar thingie. Very easy to make even for the person who is certain they can't cook.