So, you’re heading out on your boat and you know it’s going to be a few weeks or more before you’ll hit another grocery store. You want to make sure you have all the food you’ll want, but not too much of one thing. And you already have some food on board, and you don’t want to duplicate it when you go to the supermarket. What’s a sailor to do?
That’s exactly the situation this provisioning spreadsheet is designed for!
Although I call this a provisioning spreadsheet, it’s really a combination inventory and provisioning spreadsheet. It is NOT intended to be a recommendation of what you need on any particular trip — that is up to you, what you like to eat, how many people are on board, and how long you’ll be gone.
This spreadsheet will allow you to decide what foods you want, how many units of each you use in an average week, let you inventory how many you already have on hand, and then it will calculate how many you need to buy. Here’s a quick glance — you can download it at the bottom of this article:
This is an Excel .xls spreadsheet — if you have some other spreadsheet program that will read an .xls file, this should also work, but no guarantees. The formulas are already in the spreadsheet, and there is also a detailed instruction sheet in PDF format — be sure to download both. You don’t need to be a spreadsheet wizard to use this!
Be sure to actually SAVE these files to your computer or thumb drive — an easy way to do this is to RIGHT click on the link, then click on “Save Link As” and put it in the appropriate place.