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So you are out in the wasteland, scrounging for your most basic supplies, bartering what scrap you find for produce and herbs that you can try and make into something resembling a meal... but you don't want to starve yourself for real at game! What are you to do? Here are some helpful tips about providing for yourself on camp.
• Hydration - Invest in a decent water bottle or canteen, something you can scuff up with some sandpaper or steel wool to look a bit more genre appropriate, and make sure you keep it filled and regularly partake of it! Winter, summer, spring, or fall, hydration is a big part of what keeps you healthy through a Dystopia Rising event. Coffee, tea, and sugary drinks drain your body of precious water, and you need to be sure you are regularly replenishing.
• Trail Mixes and Energy Bars - The easiest way to stay on your feet and healthy is to keep a stash of energy bars (I'm particularly fond of Cliff brand bars) and a trail mix of your choice. Nuts, dried fruits, and simple sugars help keep your body going, and having some trail mix in a food bag or some protein bars makes it super easy for you to eat on the go, so you don't miss out on adventures in the wasteland!
• Eat a Solid Breakfast - Breakfast, they say, is the most important meal of the day. With a camp burner, campfire, or a sterno can you can easily prepare hot water to make yourself oatmeal or similar warm breakfasts. Oatmeal is particularly good because it's dry-stored and quick to make. For those who prefer other breakfast options, consider breakfast bars and rice cakes with preserves or spreads to help get those important starches and sugars into your body to give it long term energy through the day.
• Fruits and Veggies - While some foods just don't really suit camping, simple fruits like apples and oranges are fantastic camping foods. Naturally packaged and requiring no refrigeration, these fruits provide lots of excellent options for quick wasteland snacks.
• Keep it Simple - It's the wasteland, and camping. In the end, it's up to you to make sure that what you have prepared for yourself is easily stored, easily prepared, and easy to clean up. You don't want to lose hours of play time to complicated food prep and clean up.
• Keep it In Game - Wasteland cuisine isn't the greatest in the world, but it's a marvelous opportunity for characters to share an experience, bond over a meal, and perhaps make new friendships. Keep your cooking and eating process in game and use it as an opportunity to interact with your fellow players. If you're a giving sort (or perhaps playing a cook or farmer...) you also can consider bringing extra food to prepare in game to share or sell (with the requisite generic food item cards or proper meals!)