Photo by Megan Hedden  @wild_flower_woman

Photo by Megan Hedden @wild_flower_woman

Food Shopping List

Food for eight to nine days (including food for driving) for two people.

Main Courses From Restaurants

  • 2 servings Panang Chicken

  • 2 servings of Tom Kha Kai soup

  • 2 servings Chana Masala

  • 2 servings of Butter Chicken

  • 2 servings Palak Paneer

  • 8 servings rice, individually wrapped in cling film

  • 2 servings Tonkotsu Tantamen Ramen

  • 1 Mac n’ Cheese

  • 1 large Pizza

Notes: All of this food gets eaten, albeit some might be during the drive home. These meals taste amazing on the playa. Discounts probably can be found with a little haggling from your favorite restaurants, especially if you ask in advance and let the cook it when the restaurant first opens as is not crowded. These are all great for dinner and for a 4 a.m. second dinner.

Food Cooked at Home

  • Breakfast burritos: Crisp potatoes, scrambled eggs and chorizo (well cooked and with as much oil as possible drained and blotted out). Prepare all fillings, wrap in cling film in single burrito sized portions and freeze. Do not put into tortillas until ready to eat for best taste.

  • Enchiladas

  • 1 lb Bacon, cooked in oven to very crisp


  • 1 can Little links 

  • 6 packs Costco microwave rice bags (which is to supplement the rice we froze from the restaurants, if needed)

  • Spaghetti-o’s

  • Chunky soup

  • Chai tea mix

  • Soda (40 cans Izzy soda)

  • 10 Canned Iced Coffee

Note: The Izzys and Sodas get consumed. The rest is less likely to be eaten, but available just in case.

Perishable, Non-Refrigerated

  • Bread

  • Pita or naan

  • Beef jerky

  • Doritos 

  • Tortilla chips

  • Flour tortillas

  • Chips and onion dip

  • Avocado

  • Tomatoes for slicing

  • Watermelon, sliced seedless.

  • Apples

  • Oranges

  • Peanut butter

  • Granola bars


  • Hummus

  • Olives

  • Shredded cheese

  • Sliced cheese

  • Hot dogs

  • Sliced chicken breast

  • Charcuterie Salami (incl. kosher)

  • Salsa

  • Butter

  • olive oil spray

  • Frozen grapes

  • Frozen chocolate cake (we eat it pretty frozen, and it’s amazing).

  • Frozen carrot cake

  • Frozen cupcakes

  • Pudding cups

  • Frozen tortillas


  • Watermelon syrup 

  • Passion fruit syrup

  • limeade concentrate

  • sour syrup

  • lime juice cubes

  • 1 Tequila

  • 1 vodka

Other Resources:

Captain’s Log on Sustenance. A good discussion of lots of different types of food choices.