Preface: The length of the trip, time of year, and expected weather conditions are always considered.
Some of my preferences:
Smoke ham, or hard Salami sandwich on rye, with lettuce, tomato & mayo sandwich.
Cheddar, Gouda, or Swiss cheese
Chips or pretzels
Olives, pickles(Clausen dills), mixed nuts.
Cookies, or sweet/salty Grainola bars
Apples or grapes
1 can soda
Multiple canteens of water
Might have a small flask of Toulamore Dew handy; might never see daylight, but probably will.
I remember the “good old days”; a canteen of water, a can of Beanie Weinie, and 8 or 10 crackers for lunch. Or a can of Dinty Moore beef stew if we really splurged. Also remember eating more than a few C rations; all of which basically sucked.
The"good old days weren’t really that great; I been there, and done that.
I “never” miss the good old days when it’s time to eat.
The thing I DO miss about the good old days?
The scarcity of drunken “river dorks” & “bozos” on the rivers.
Help you get your canoe, or kayak out from under that nasty strainer you floated into?
Surely you jest!