It is important to prepare for any possible crisis by following a trusted survival guide and learning survival skills. But do not forget to also prepare the food that you will need to sustain you and your loved ones during any difficult times that may lay ahead.
If you have had a warning about an emergency or pending disaster, or perhaps wish to be prepared ‘just in case’ then one of the first items on your agenda will be the preparation of your ‘survival food list‘.
After all your survival will depend on you having food to eat and in case of an emergency it is going to be increasingly hard to find food, as most, if not all of the stores will be closed. Even if stores are open the shelves will quickly become empty as people panic and buy all they can!
You will therefore need a good selection of different foods to tide you over until you are able to source it again. In this article I want to discuss a little bit with you about the various types of food that should be on your ‘survival food list’, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Basic Different Survival Food Options
- Canned foods
- Dry foods
- Ready to eat meals
- Dehydrated and freeze-dried foods
- Grow your own food
Canned and Dry Foods
At the top of any survival food list should be a number of commercial food products. This means a good selection of canned foods, boxes of cereal and bottles of water.
You have an almost limitless selection of ideas to choose from here, and it will only take a quick trip along to your local grocery store to find out exactly what is available. The great thing about this type of food is that you will be able to get it in place a number of days, weeks or even months, before the emergency happens. You may find this very difficult to do with some of the other types on your ‘survival food list’.
It is only when you need to store this type of food for longer periods of time that you are going to run into problems. Much of it is incredibly bulky, which means it isn’t ideal for storage in small places, although the biggest problem you are going to face is the short expiry dates.
Whilst canned and dry foods have an average of 2 years lifespan, many of them are considerably shorter, which means you are going to need to carry out ‘rotation’ of the products on a regular basis. By doing food rotation and using the older stock you will ensure all of the items you have on hand are still good in case of a catastrophe.
I suggest that if you are going to go down this route you should only use it for ‘short to medium term emergencies’ or in combination with some of the other foods listed here.
Ready to Eat Meals
If you have ever been in a fairly large shop, which specializes in camping, then it is likely you have seen ready-made meals gracing the shelves. Often these meals come in fairly compact packages, and as the name suggests, have a complete meal inside which is ready to eat whenever you wish.
Any survival food list should include a good selection of these meals so that you are ready to face any emergency. The great thing about this type of food is that it can be stored for long periods of time; in fact, they often have a shelf life of many years.
In addition to that, they are ‘pre-cooked’ which means they can be eaten without being heated up, although if you wish, you can purchase a special little heater for them.
The only real downside is that they are incredibly expensive on a ‘per meal’ basis. This means that if you have a family you may need to limit the amount that you purchase!
Dehydrated and Freeze-Dried Foods
This type of food is a relatively new craze amongst those preparing for survival. With this kind of food, all you need to do is add water and it is ready to eat. Which is great if you are facing an emergency where warm water is going to be in easy supply, but may not be so good if water is limited.
There are a number of huge benefits to this type of food of course. Firstly, as there is ‘no water’ in the food, it tends to be far more compact than other types of food, which means it is ideal to store in smaller areas.
The biggest benefit though is that it has a huge shelf life. In fact, some foods on the market can have a shelf life of up to thirty years! If you are preparing for survival then it is suggested that you have up to six weeks supply of this type of food at your disposal.
Grow your Own Food
The last set of food that deserves a mention often gets left off survival food lists, mainly because many people don’t seem to realize how much benefit it can bring them. This is the idea of growing your own food.
After all, if you grow your own food then you aren’t going to be worried about storage or expiration dates. Which means that during those ‘longer emergencies’ you are going to have access to fresh food.
Of course, the downside is the fact that some emergencies can quickly wipe out your food supply, but these are few and far between. Ideally you would combine this food source with another on your survival list.
Growing your own food obviously is not limited to just vegetables, fruit and herbs, but you can also have chickens for eggs and meat. On a larger scale, if you are able you can also have a cow or goats for milking and meat.
Prepare in Advance
Hopefully these suggestions are going to be of some use to you when it comes to preparing for your survival. Remember to plan your survival food list well in advance to be sure that you have everything ready to go should the worst happen.
It may not ever occur, but you will have peace of mind knowing that you are ready should it do so.