Ok, so I'm going to be taking my first backpacking excursion within a couple of weeks, for 3~4 days in and out. I've been doing a lot of research on what to take, since I will not have a car this time to haul around food, in a cooler. My base metabolism makes me burn about 1800~1900 just being alive, and I'll probably be burning around 4000 calories per day average (probably around 5000 on the days i hike up and down the mountain). Considering that, i intend to take enough for around 3000 calories per day for 4 days. So here is the list of items I plan to take. If anyone is interested, i can add in the amounts, cost, and calorie counts for all of them.
Italian dry salami- I was able to find a 1.5 pound role of this stuff for only $4! It's the "Gallo" brand. The dry sausages and salamis usually cost $7~$10 per pound minimum, so I will be eating lots of this on the trail.
Cheese- I'm going to be taking some form of hard cheese, likely gouda in some wax and cheesecloth. I'm able to find gouda at $5 per pound, though i havent tried it before. I like cheddar, blue, jack and provolone but really dont like swiss cheeses. Would I like the flavor of gouda?
tortillas- A calorie dense flat bread, perfect for some melted cheese and salami.
nuts- All kinda of nuts, though I'm trying to keep a balance between roasted and raw. Roasted may keep better (really doesnt matter over 4 days), but I don't know if i digest it as easily as raw nuts.
dried fruit- Mostly just the huge red/pink flame raisins from bulk bins. taste much better than typical raisins, not to mention rather cheap at $2/lb (nuts are also cheap from the bulk bins) and packed with much needed carbs.
coconuts- Calorie dense as a mofo (one coconut, 1400 calories) with mostly fat, but coconut fat is a peculiar medium chain fatty acid that provides quick energy, similar to carbs, but with more calories per gram.
canned mackerel- A wonderful canned food, imo. Tons of protein in a small package, delicious, and lots of calcium to boot.
bagels- calorie dense and delicious bread, high in carbs and protein.
And maybe some miscellaneous sugary snacks.