Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. From storms, to wrecks, to breakdowns, it’s never a bad idea to keep an emergency supply of food on hand.
It’s always best to keep 3-5 days worth of emergency, backup food on hand that doesn’t have to be cooked or refrigerated.
Here’s our list of food items that travel well and have a long shelf-life.
-Powdered milk– Instant Dry milk is great to keep on hand. Simply mix the powder with water and you have milk.
-MREs- Meals-Ready-To-Eat have come a long way over the years. Gone are the days of dry, tasteless food. Today’s MREs come in a multitude of offerings. MREs can be purchased at most survival stores and online.
-Canned chicken/tuna- Canned chicken and tuna can provide an abundant source of protein. The chicken is pre-cooked, so you can eat it fresh out of the can. It’s also great for chicken salad sandwiches and tuna salad sandwiches.
-Canned ravioli- While it may not be wonderful to eat while it’s cold, canned ravioli has a long shelf life and can provide complete nutrition in an emergency situation.
-Back-up gallon of water- Every driver should always have an extra, emergency gallon of water on hand.
-Canned vegetables and canned fruit- Keep a couple of cans of vegetables and fruit on hand at all times.
-Peanut butter-Peanut butter provides an abundant source of protein and calories. Pair peanut butter with bread, crackers or fruit.
-Crackers- Crackers don’t go bad as quickly as bread. Try to keep an extra box on hand at all times.
-Trail mix and granola-Trail mix provides a great source of carbs and protein. Look for mixes that are low in sugar and high in protein and skip the ones that are loaded with candies.
-Protein bars-There are hundreds of varieties of protein and meal replacement bars on the market. Look for bars that are low in fat and sugar and high in protein.