Food for Your Crew
Bringing food for your crew if you’re doing an 8+ hour swim is a detail that hasn’t been discussed much here. I hope others will give tips on what has worked for them, from the swimmer and crew ends.
real food: sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, bagels, packages of nuts, jar of peanut butter, loaf of bread
treats: cookies, chips etc
drinks: water, individual bottles of soda, hot water/coffee/tea if not supplied by the boat
I’m thinking collapsible insulated bags, and multiple Ziploc bags to hold hotel ice to keep food like sandwiches cold.
How much to bring? I don’t want to run low, but also don’t want the hassle of hauling unnecessary stuff.
I flew to the last long swim I attempted, so bought all the food locally less than a day ahead, trying to pick things that could be eaten standing up and handed to a paddler. It worked out fine, but it'd have been less stressful if I'd gotten more advice ahead of time.
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