The abbreviation GORP is commonly thought to stand for Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts. But it has become an acronym for trail mix in the outdoor community. And it makes an excellent travel, camping, and survival food. The concept of a combination of certain nuts, cereal and dried fruit as a munchable meal is universal. In Germany they refer to it as Studentenfutter (“student feed”) and in Poland it is called Mieszanka studencka (“students’ mix”). (You need to be able to read either German or Polish to read those pages, so if you don’t, then kindly take my word for it).
Trail mix has been around for a long time, and many companies offer commercial, ready-made mixes that you can buy outright. But you can make your own GORP much cheaper, and custom design it to your taste. Having a survival type food in your bug out bag is essential. Weight and space are always a problem. For it’s size and weight, GORP is nutrition packed. Generally nuts and seeds have approximately 6 calories and 0.3 grams of protein per gram. That translates to about 2,721 calories and 136 grams of protein per pound. For the weight, this exceeds the nutritional value of even custom designed survival food such as SOS Survival Bars. And it tastes a whole lot better!
Making your own GORP is easy. Here is a simple recipe. You can change the quantities to suit your needs.
- 1/2 ounce whole shelled (unpeeled) almonds
- 1/4 ounce unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
- 1/4 ounce dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon pitted dates
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chocolate chips (or M&Ms)
There is a whole world of things you can add to your GORP to suit your individual taste:
- Personally, I add raisins. It wouldn’t be GORP without the R!
- Banana chips
- Oat Granola
- Sunflower Seed kernels
- Dried apricots
The list is only limited by your imagination and taste.
This website has a lot of interesting recipes. Check it out for some great ideas! I’m sure many readers have their own favorite recipes, so share with us and post away!
Storing Your Gorp
So how long will your GORP last in storage or in your bug out bag? It will depend on the moisture content of the items you make it with. If stored in Zip Lock freezer bags it should last a very long time, months even. Remember, you should be rotating your food stocks anyway.
So Why Bother?
- It is a lot cheaper to make your own trail mix than buy it.
- It is actually a nutritious and tasty survival food.
- You can pack more nutrition in less space and weight in your bug out bag than most other survival foods.
- You can customize your own special recipes, even individual recipes for each member of the family or group.
- It is much healthier for you when you get those midnight munchies that what you are probably eating now.
So, experiment, and find the GORP that is right for you. Happy Trails!