When it comes to thinking, and planning ahead, there is one thing many people do not take into consideration, and that is emergency preparedness and survival food.
Everyone knows deep down that they should be prepared for an emergency, whether it be financial, or something else out of their control.
When we find out there is a big winter storm on its way, everyone gets on the phone and orders heating oil, rushes to the grocery store and stocks up on food and coal for the fire, the problem with this approach is that it may be too late if this where a more serious event such as a flu pandemic.
Instead of waiting for news to break of the next world wide pandemic that is set to wipe out millions, or an economic collapse that will send the country into the dark ages for the next 6 months, head out now, and pick up some survival food supplies, heck, even order them online!
According to the government run website, Ready.gov, “Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils.”
Keep reading to see the survival food list!
If you don’t have much money to spare at the moment, you can check out my post, Prepping on a Budget of £100.
Survival Food List
1. Dried Fruit
Dried fruits are a great replacement for fresh fruit when it is not an option.
Dried fruit provides necessary fibre and potassium, plus they are great to snack on. They can also provide a good amount of calories and nutrients.
2. Canned Fruit and Vegetables
Canned fruit and veg is a great food for any prepper to stock up on due to its long shelf life, and ease of preparing.
Remember a can opener! Your preps will be useless without one.
3. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter, a necessary survival food. It is a great source of energy, and has lots of healthy fats and proteins.
Peanut butter can be kept unrefrigerated, which makes it an ideal food to be placed on this survival food list.
They can replace break for sandwiches, and are great to munch on.
When buying crackers, you should aim to get whole grain crackers, as they contain more fibre than normal cream crackers. To prolong their shelf life, consider vacuum packing them in mylar bags.
5. Canned Juice
Canned juice is great for a survival kit, and can provide you with vital vitamins when access to other sources may be limited.
It also tastes great!
6. Whole Grain Cereal
Like crackers, whole grain cereals have enough fibre to be filling, and are also a great snack food.
Having vitamins in your survival store is vital, you never know how long your are going to be without a proper meal, so keeping your body supplied with the vitamins it needs to function is essential.
Multivitamin supplements can help replace nutrients that your body is missing.
8. Baby Food and Formula
If you have a baby, it is important that you also stock food and keep formula on hand.
If there are no babies in the house, not to worry, adults can also eat baby food, and it contains around 60 to 90 calories per jar, enough for a quick boost of energy.
9. Pasteurised Milk/Powdered Milk
Pasteurised milk and powdered milk is non-perishable, and therefore makes it a great food to add to this survival food list!
Pasteurised milk and powdered milk contains calcium and Vitamin D, which is essential for the bodies immune system. This makes it great, when you do not have access to fresh milk.
These types of milk do not require refrigeration, and so make a great survival food item.
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One of the most important items on this survival food list is water. Without water, you will last 3 days, so it is essential you have access to clean drinking water.
You should have enough water stored, that each person in your household has access to 4.5 litres per day, and you should always try to have at least 3 days of water stored.
Check out this article on How to Filter and Purity Water for Survival.
11. Granola/Energy Bars
They are a good source of carbohydrates and protein, and are great for kids too.
12. Nuts/Trail Mix
Nuts and trail mixes are a great source of energy for the body, and are also a healthy way to snack.
13. Canned Meat/Fish
These types of food are great for survival packs. Canned meat and fish usually last well over two years when stored properly. They provide an essential source of protein.
These can also be eaten straight out of the can, so make for an easy meal.
14. Sports Drinks
Just like water, a sports drink can keep you hydrated, along with providing you with electrolytes and carbohydrates, which provide you with energy in addition to helping you rehydrate.
If stored properly, these drinks can last a number of years.
15. Canned Soup
Canned soups are a great survival food. When preppers are building their survival food supply, many opt for canned soup, and for good reason.
Canned soup can serve as an entire meal, can be eaten hot, or cold, and can be prepared relatively quickly. They also have a long shelf life, which makes them an ideal food for stockpiling.
16. Sugar, Salt and Pepper
Lastly on the survival food list is sugar, salt and pepper.
If you have access to a propane stove, or charcoal grill, you may want to do some cooking.
Spices like salt and pepper will greatly improve the flavour of your food, and make it that bit easier to eat, giving you a small sense of comfort.
In order to properly store your spices, you should keep them in sealed containers, away from damp air.