No refrigeration needed

I carry a little bit of everything, but thinking about the non-refigerated stuff specifically:
Vienna Sausages
Bush's Baked Beans
Easy Cheese / crackers
Peanut butter and jelly
Beef jerky
Right on, this looks interesting so far.

So, now that I am back in front of the computer I can add some items that I've been gathering and trying/testing that should hold out during at least 2 weeks in hot/cold climates.

As I test more items at home, I'll add them to this list.

  • Meats:
  • Spam singles
  • Smoked clams
  • Sardines (Lemon Pepper, Kippered, Smoked, Tomato Basil)
  • Chicken of the Sea Tuna single serving pouch
  • Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon single serving pouch
  • Chicken of the Crab single serving pouch
  • Starkist Tuna Single serving pouch
  • Starkist Tuna Creations two serving pouch (Herb Garlic, Hickory Smoked, Lemon Pepper, Sweet Spicy) These are AWESOME and need absolutely nothing added like mayo for moisture.
  • Icy Point Salmon (Red or Pink) Wild caught, just salmon and salt. Tasty right out of the can.
  • Canned Chunk Chicken
  • Jerky (Beef, Chicken, Turkey, etc.)
  • Pork Rinds (Several flavors available)

    Breads, Pastas, Mixes:
  • Tortilla (corn or flour)
  • Artisian breads
  • Pita breads
  • Bisquick Mix
  • Pancake Mix
  • Corn Bread Mix
  • Baking Mix (found a really good one at the Dollar Tree)
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Pasta Noodles
  • Instant Pasta (Lots of brands and flavors out there)
  • Macaroni and Cheese Delux (Cheese sauce, not powdered cheese)

  • Instant Potato flakes
  • Boxed Scalloped Potatoes (Too many flavors to add here)
  • Idahoan Instant Mashed Potatoes (Too many flavors to add here)

  • American Cheese Singles
  • Easy Cheese (Cheeze in the pressurized can)
  • Cheez Wiz (Still looking for smaller container for 1-2 servings)
  • BabyBel Cheese Round Singles in wax coating (An assortment of flavors) I tested one of these by placing in the window sill facing South for nearly 3 weeks. House is usually 67º-70ºF and the window sill saw upwards of 85ºF. After sitting there all that time, I tried it and found no issue with the flavor, texture, or usefulness in eating or cooking with.

  • Water
  • Fruit Juice boxes (Way too many brands and flavors to list here)
  • Hershey's milk boxes (Plain 2%, or Chocolate) Not a fan of the plain milk, tastes kinda chemically to me.
  • Horizon Organic lowfat milk. (Plain 1%, or Choc, Straw, Vanilla) Tried this one warm, and it's actually good. Tastes like warm milk, and not chemical at all.
  • Gatorade
  • Capri Sun drinks
  • Crystal Lite/Lipton drink mix singles for 8-16oz water bottles (Lots of flavors to choose from)
  • Instant Coffee (Starbuck's VIA, Nescafe flavors, etc.)

  • Dried Fruits
  • Freeze Dried Fruits
  • Nuts (Most anything dry roasted)
  • Canned Peaches (Yum!)
  • Canned Pinapple Rings (On the BBQ!)

  • Honey
  • Real butter (Sealed in individual servings) The Food Saver comes in handy here.
  • Various condiments from favorite fast food places (Taco Bell, McD's, etc..)
  • Canned anything! (Olives, mushrooms, peppers, green chiles, refried beans, fruits, veggies, etc. )
  • Pickles
  • Cookies
  • Chips
  • Crackers

I like all the details provided! Thank you!
I am interested in growing a good solid list of foods that don't require refrigeration for storage during overland travel. Travel temps could be 20º-120ºF, so freezing or melting points may become note worthy.

Smaller portions for maybe 1-2 people is my aim here. I don't want to deal with left overs, or much to throw out when done eating.

I do have a pretty good list myself, but thought I'd pick your experience as well.

Gotta head to work at the moment and wanted to start the thread while I was thinking about it, but will get back on here and add what I have come up with.


I buy a variety of Mountain House brand backpacker freeze-dried foods which literally have a 25 year shelf life. They have all sorts of meals--breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks--even dried ice cream [never tried that but, who knows.] Anyway, they take minimal water to reconstitute, are available at most every Walmart Super center, and have portions in the single or 2.5 serving variety. Cost is between $4 for a single serving to about $8.50 USD for the 2.5 I have been using these for years and they have never disappointed. Oh yeah, I think most of them are delicious. Don't know what that says about me, but it is what it is.