Today I’d like to talk a little bit about some ‘good’ survival food you can have in your survival kit. A couple of days ago I talked about the reasons why you should have a disaster plan for your family and Ken has also been talking about the different types of survival kits you should have ready. Let’s talk about something that goes inside the kit – your survival food.
Canned foods are convenient for your car kit or a kit that you want to use to survive for more than a day. They are heavier than other foods, but not a problem for in the car or several in a survival pack. Canned foods are already cooked so you can eat them without heating them. They will provide you with a nice amount of calories and protein if you choose wisely. Read the labels.
Another convenient item would be a brand of protein/energy bar. There are many brands out there at your local market. Ken and I prefer Power Bars, but there are so many others, such as Kashi and Kellogg’s and many more. A variety of these bars will give you calories and protein, but read your labels as some of them may not be as calorie-dense as you may expect.
An important thing to remember is the food packed in your kit should be calorie dense, easy to carry and easy to eat/heat (if necessary). Another ‘easy’ food that is great for your survival kit are MREs. They are relatively lightweight and can provide you with a tasty nutritious meal (except for the very high sodium content :=) Just remember to put some MRE heaters in your kit!
Peanut butter is another easy and calorie dense food. You can eat it right out of the jar or spread it on crackers if you have some packed. Be aware of the thirst that some foods may bring on though.
Nuts are another great food to have in your survival kit. Stored in an airtight container or vacuum sealed in a plastic bag are a few good ways to pack them. Nuts are very high in dietary fiber, and are one of the best plant sources of protein.
Another survival food consideration is if you have any dietary related health issues, this should be a factor you consider when packing your ‘food’. Things like diabetes and high blood pressure may cause you to pack different food types. Just bear that in mind. For example, if you need lots of potassium, you could pack some dehydrated banana chips. You get the idea.
Don’t forget to have some water packed, or water filter, depending on your kit.
These are just a few ideas to get you thinking so you can make sure you’ve packed your survival kit with the right survival food for you and your family.
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