What you'll need for 'living on the bike' depends entirely on the kind of trip you're planning, so some research before hand is a savvy option.
Are you going somewhere with limited resupply or passing lots of shops? Will it be cold enough that you need hot food, or can you leave the stove behind? Are you riding solo and carrying everything, or can you share the load between a few of you? Are you camping out, or finding accommodation?
All of these would effect our planning and pack list but here’s a few pointers we’ve learnt over lots of trips...
1: Easy (Sn)access
Keep your snacks where you can get them or you won’t eat them. That leads to under fuelling, where food intake is insufficient to cover your energy demands and generally not having a nice time.
A designated snack bag is useful to keep an inventory of what food you have, especially if you're making it last when there's limited resupply.
2: Avoid flavour fatigue
Flavour fatigue is when get sick of the same thing (particularly sweet stuff) and aren't inclined to keep eating, which again means you under fuel.
If you're looking forward to eating, you'll eat! So try mixing it up with savoury stuff - that could be a pre-made butty, chips and a swift half or our nut butter sachets, for example. In our opinion, the best bit of bikepacking is the spontaneous food stops, foraging and local delicacies you pick up on the way, so embrace them.