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In a survival situation one thing you must have is a supply of food. Without this you will soon lose the energy you need to cope with the first few days of an emergency. You need a stash of survival food ready for use in any crisis.
The amount of food you will need will depend on whether you will be staying in one location or if you plan to move around. Moving will take more energy so you will need to consume extra calories.
Will all members of your group be able to carry several days’ supply of food in their bug out bag? If not other members will have to carry more. Think about this carefully so that you can calculate how to provide for at least 72 hours worth of food for everyone.
Naturally the less weight you have to carry the better so bear this in mind when choosing your survival food. Usually your best bet would be freeze-dried food since this is lightweight and should last for at least two years.
With the right equipment this type of food can be homemade, but if this is not an option then here are some of the brands that can supply your needs.
Wise Company 52 Serving Survival Food Pack
Designed for a group of four this 52 serving prepper pack contains four different main meals, two breakfasts and a choice of two drinks. The mains comprise creamy pasta and vegetable, savory stroganoff , tomato soup with pasta and beans and rice. In addition there are two breakfast cereals together with orange and whey protein to drink.
Wise Company also supply larger packs for 60,120 and 240 servings. The 52 serving pack weighs 5 lbs and claims a 25 year shelf life so would be ideal to buy and store in readiness for a future emergency. This prepper pack costs about $60.
American Red Cross 4 Person 72 Hour Survival Food Supply
The American Red Cross has an emergency food supply pack designed to provide three meals a day for four people for three days. The meals include chicken flavored vegetable stew, black beans and rice and cheddar cheese grits with green chilies. For afters choose between creamy cinnamon rice pudding and brown sugar and cinnamon oatmeal.
The pack contains sufficient food to supply 2,100 calories for each person for the three days. If you are staying put that should be enough to keep you going, but you might need more if you were planning to move. This pack currently costs around $138.
Valley Food Storage 1 Month Supply
This pack provides meals for one person for a month. There a hundred servings including four breakfast varieties and six main meals. Some are gluten/dairy free and no GMOs. Breakfasts include maple and brown sugar oatmeal and multigrain cereal.
Main meals feature mac and cheese, pasta primavera as well as fettuccine alfredo and sweet and sour Asian rice. This product weighs 12lbs and is designed to keep for 25 years. The price point is around $150.
Mountain House Survival Food
Mountain House provides freeze-dried meals in a variety of different packs. There are individual meals as well as three day emergency supplies. These include beef stroganoff, pasta primavera, rice & chicken and chicken teriyaki. Other meals include eggs & bacon and fluffy buttermilk biscuits with savory sausage gravy which make for a comforting and satisfying breakfast.
Individual meals start at $8 with the three day pack priced at $68. Mountain House claims meals will still taste amazing 30 years after they’re made.
Goodto-Go has a greater variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free packs, but otherwise is similar to Mountain House. Individual meals include Indian vegetable korma, Mexican quinoa bowl and herbed mushroom risotto.
There is a 5-Day Emergency Food Kit made from real food. This is designed for one person and costs $99.
As you can see from the above there are a good selection freeze-dried meals available for your emergency survival kit. Check out the details carefully to ensure that you choose a pack that will meet your requirements.