This thread is for those of use that are on a much tighter budget when traveling, or those of us that like to cook. While putting together a budget for my up coming trip I realized that factoring in food for $20 would make up 27% of my overall budget. So I'm on a quest to reduce that number. I believe you can eat good for much less than $20 per day. I'm sure that number can be cut in half and eat healthier in the process, especially in lower income areas of the world. I know some will say eating out is half the fun, etc... but some of us are also looking to cut the cost of traveling and this is an area that can be adequately trimmed. First we must remember that when traveling we cannot pack food into a refrigerator, so this really minimizes how much we can buy at a time, where we buy our food, and how much it will cost. However there are many ways to preserve foods beyond just keeping them cold. Some food such as oat meal, potatoes, rice, squashes, and many fruits and vegitables can be kept at 70-90 degrees for a few days with good ventilation, temps at or below 70 is preferable however. Other food such as meats can be dried prior to leaving on you trip and then added to soups, salads, mashed potatoes, eggs, etc. Canned food is another obvious food that stores easily, but can be heavy. Now the idea here is to buy your food when you stop for gas, or at the nearest town every day or two. Buy things such as meats, eggs, cheese, milk, vegetables, etc to use for your cooking. But you can pack and carry some items such as butter, cooking oil, garlic, spices, potatoes, rice, oatmeal, tortillas, small condiments, etc. But it would be great if people could post some good recipes or tips on cooking and eating your own food while traveling. I want to compile some good recipes that are for the minimalist people out there planning their trips. I will post up some of mine tomorrow when I have had some extra time to type them up.