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In a survival situation, the energy provided by food can mean the difference between life and death.
It’s important to stay fueled and to make sure that you’ve stashed enough survival food to get you through the first few days of an emergency, at least.
How much food you’ll need will depend on a few things. Are you planning to be on the move?
If so, you’ll need to increase your calorie intake. Is each member of your party capable of carrying their own bugout bag with a several-day supply of food?
If not, you’ll need to plan to carry more than your share. Are you going to be staying in one place?
If so, you can easily stash more than just 72-hours worth of food.
If you’re going to be on the move or are concerned with saving space, freeze-dried food is your best bet.
It’s lightweight and has a shelf life of at least a couple years. If you have access to the right equipment, you can make your own freeze-dried meals.
If you plan on buying them prepackaged, read on for a few recommended brands.
Wise Company 52 Serving Prepper Pack
Wise Company 52 Serving Prepper Pack also come in 60-serving protein packs, 240-serving emergency packages, and 120 serving breakfast buckets.
Wise Company prepared meals come in flavors such as savory stroganoff, apple cinnamon oatmeal, southwest beans and rice, and pasta with vegetables.
The 52 serving prepper pack also comes with whey protein and an orange drink.
Wise Company is a great option if you are planning on staying in one place and are trying to store away as much food as you can. The 52 serving Prepper Pack runs about $60.
American Red Cross 4 Person 72 Hour Food Supply
The American Red Cross has its own emergency rations kit. For $109, this kit provides enough food for a four-person household for 72 hours.
Meals include cheddar and broccoli rice, black beans and rice, chicken and vegetable stew, macaroni and cheese, and cheddar cheese grits.
The kit is designed to provide 2,100 calories per day per person.
You may need to bring additional food if you are going to be on the move, but if you are staying in one place that should be adequate for your party’s caloric needs.
Valley Food Storage 1 Month Supply
Valley Food Storage provides non-GMO options that cater to those with special dietary needs or restrictions.
The meals can be made gluten and dairy free. The one month supply comes with meal options such as gluten-free buttermilk pancakes, macaroni and cheese, fettucini alfredo, pasta primavera, and tomato basil soup. The one month supply sells for $150.
Mountain House is a brand of backpacker’s food, and backpacker’s food just happens to be ideal for a survival situation.
These are freeze-dried meals that usually contain two fairly large portions of food. Meal options include chili mac with beef and homestyle turkey dinner casserole.
Mountain House also makes breakfast and snack options, such as granola and ice cream sandwiches. Each meal costs between $7-$12.
Goodto-Go is similar in style to Mountain House, but offers more vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Some of the choices include herbed mushroom risotto, Indian vegetable korma, and Mexican quinoa bowl. Goodto-Go meals usually cost around $13.
There are many good options for freeze-dried meals out there. Make sure you calculate how much food to take based on your party’s caloric needs.