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Food That Drivers Can Keep On Hand For Emergency Situations


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 milkInstant 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.


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