Food That Drivers Can Keep On Hand For Emergency Situations

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.

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.