There are many different types of storable foods for an emergency food kit. Some of the major requirements for survival meals are ease of storage, long lasting before the storable food expires, and how the emergency food rations taste.
We have created a list of some of the foods that we think go best in an emergency food kit. Feel free to use your imagination when thinking of your own emergency food kit ideas. We are here to help you get started so you can come up with your own survival meals.
Emergency Water is first on our list of emergency food kit items. We understand the article is mainly about food, but when you talk about emergency food rations, you have to talk about an emergency water supply.
If you are survival prepping, you will probably have an established emergency water supply. Whether that be a tank based water supply, water purification system, or bottles of water stockpiled. We are talking about emergency food kits, so we are thinking about small scale emergency water.
There are multiple different options for your emergency water. Our particular favorite short term option is getting some emergency water pouches. Our favorite water for emergency food kits is the Datrex Emergency Water Packet. The Datrex survival water is perfect for emergency food kits. Particularly because the packaging is durable and small.
MRE’S or meals ready to eat, are next on our list of best items for emergency food kits. MRE’s are tried and tested by militaries around the world. Designed to be carried in a rucksack, and to be used anytime or any place. It will be almost guaranteed that MRE’s will come in to consideration for anyone’s emergency food kits.
MRE’s are one of the top choices for storable food. With a shelf life of 3 – 5 years, they will last plenty long enough before you have to think about throwing them out. Another major plus of the MRE is that they come with their own heating element, so you won’t have to worry about electricity or using a cooking stove to make your meals.
MRE’s can be purchased from most military surplus stores, or can be purchased on Amazon here 2021 MREs (Meals Ready-to-Eat) Genuine U.S. Military Surplus Assorted Flavor. They can be purchased in whatever quantity you would like for your emergency food kit.
Freeze Dried Food is next up on our list of items you should have in emergency food kits. Freeze dried food is designed with the sole purpose of being a storable food. Not to mention, freeze dried food can be a rather tasty survival meal.
Most freeze dried food comes in containers designed for storage. So they can be accessed quickly when you need emergency food rations. Freeze dried food is used on expeditions around the world. All that’s needed to cook the survival meal is hot water.
Our favorite freeze dried food is Mountain House survival food. You can purchase Mountain House survival food from Amazon here Mountain House Expedition Bucket | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food |.
There are many different companies making freeze dried survival food. Mountain House survival food is our pick, but there are a lot of great emergency food kit options out there.
Canned Foods are next on our list of food for an emergency food kit. Canned foods have been in prepper survival kits for many years. Some of the best canned food for survival are tuna, beans, canned meat, canned fruit in water or juice, canned vegetables in water, low sodium soup, and canned milk.
All of these help to make great survival meals and are all considered to be shelf stable. Which means as long as they have no cracks or dents, they can last indefinitely.
Canned meat such as SPAM is another long lasting food that is considered one of the best foods for survival. One of the major perks of canned storable food is the fact that they stack and don’t take up a tremendous amount of space.
Rice is next on our list of storable food for your emergency food kits. Uncooked rice is a great storable food because it can last for years. 25 – 30 years to be exact, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular prepper foods out there.
Not to mention, rice is one of those foods that act as a base for many different meals. As well as being able to be eaten alone. If you’re planning to store rice for your emergency food kits, make sure to store the bags of rice for survival in a good place out of the way. Mainly because you don’t want to tear or damage the bags in any way.
Beef Jerky is another great storable food for emergency food kits. Beef jerky has a shelf life of up to 2 years and is high in protein, as well as a tasty survival meal. Beef jerky should always be considered in any emergency food kit or for any emergency food rations.
Be sure to store your beef jerky in vacuum sealed packaging in a cool, dark place. As you may have noticed when building any emergency food kit, make sure whatever you store your survival meals in is rugged and durable.
Eating and Cooking Utensils are next on our list for emergency food kits. Some of the storable foods we listed can be eaten without cooking, and without utensils. Some of it requires the survival meal to be cooked.
It will never be a bad idea to grab some knives, forks, spoons, plates, bowls, pots and pans to be safe. Grab the extras out of the kitchen, or pick up an emergency survival food kit set such as the Bisgear 16 Pcs Camping Cookware from Amazon. Anything to cook your food with will work.
Cooking Stove is next up on our list of items for emergency food kits. We have a great article on some of the best ultralight cooking stoves on Amazon here. Our main goal with a stove is something small that doesn’t use electricity. Most emergency situations mean there is a low chance of having electricity.
A butane camping stove, or even a propane grill would work fine. Emergency survival meals really only need hot water. As long as you have hot water, your emergency food rations should be just as tasty as a restaurant dinner.