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A survival food kit is essentially non-perishable food that will outlast the apocalypse, so it can help you navigate a tight spot or tricky situation. Made for emergencies, these survival food kits can prove invaluable in certain situations.
What separates these survival food kit from your typical survival food stockpiles is that these survival food kits comes in pouches, can be rehydrated with just water, and have ridiculously long shelf lives due to the way they’ve been stored. These aren’t just a secret stash of dried foods like beef jerky or berries and so forth – they’re often full meals and have multiple varieties of dishes included.
The closest comparison that most of these food kits have is the food packs you might expect the military to use while out on a nighttime mission, they can keep you satiated through the night and take care of those pesky hunger pangs which can impede your ability to focus and your decision-making ability. They’re similar to certain kinds of military rations (not MREs, which don’t require water). Being able to avoid hunger and starvation are obviously very important in any survival situation, especially if you are out into the wild and need to keep your wits about you to survive.
At the end of the day, even if you aren’t likely to encounter a desperate situation while out and about, you can still use a survival food kit as a good way to carry food around without worrying about it going bad. Most of these products have shelf lives of 25, even 30 years – so it’s a set it and forget it type of thing. Buy it once, and the next time a disaster hits your region, you can hunker down and know you have plenty of supplies available, and you won’t need to worry that they’ve gone bad.
Why do you need a survival food kit?
Whether it’s a hurricane, flooding or a large power outage, if you are suddenly left without a means to get hold of food, you’ll want a survival food kit handy to sustain you until it all blows over. Or perhaps you are the adventurous outdoor-type seeking exciting experiences in the wild, and camping out in the wilderness. In which case, you never know when a survival food kit might be useful (you could also choose to take it along as your campground food).
As you are well aware, I’m sure, disaster can strike at any moment. A giant storm rolls in, you get lost in the middle of the forest, you watch too many Bear Grylls shows and end up stranded in the wilderness alone. Any of these scenarios could feasibly occur, so you need to make sure you have your emergency contingencies in place, and a survival food kit is the best place to start.
Aside from the practicality of having your back covered should everything go haywire, there is a great comfort in having a backup food supply.
It can’t be stressed enough how important it is not to panic if things don’t go as planned, so just the fact that you have a survival food kit handy should alleviate stress and help you keep your cool if disaster strikes. This is especially important if you are with family or friends, since the extra responsibility will cause an undue amount of stress if you don’t have a safety net in place.
One thing to keep in mind with these survival food kits is that they are relatively expensive compared to building your own stockpile – so what we recommend is that you buy a couple of these products to get a ‘headstart’ on your stockpile of emergency supplies, then start working on building your stockpile based on our article about the best survival foods. Your entire stockpile doesn’t need to be comprised of these emergency food kits – having a few of them in storage is sufficient to sustain you through a shorter hunker down period (e.g hurricanes, blackouts, and so forth) – and for your more long term, “end-of-the-world” stockpile, you can slowly build up other kinds of survival food supplies.
What makes a great survival food kit? A buyer’s guide to emergency food kits:
So what exactly makes a great survival food kit, and what should you look out for when considering which one to go for with all the options out there?
First things first, if things take a turn for the worst, you’re going to want to be sure you have enough food to last as long as it might take to get back on your feet. This duration of time can be anywhere from just a few hours to a few days, or even more.
As a result, when deciding what survival food kit would be best for you, think about how long you and/or whoever is with you are likely to want to be sustained.
Say for example you are heading into the woods alone. You could be fine with a supply that lasts a couple of days or so, since it’s just one of you to look out for. However, if you’re planning on being the one in charge of a family expedition for example, make sure you have enough for everyone to survive off for at least a day.
Again, depending on what situation you are anticipating, convenience is a key factor.
If you are going to use the food kit as your main source of food while camping for example, you don’t need to worry so much about the time it takes to prepare, or anything along those lines.
On the other hand, if you are using the kit strictly for emergency situations, then perhaps you will want to go for one that is more readily accessible. One for example that doesn’t require much work, and can be consumed rapidly if need be, with minimal fuss.
Admittedly, the taste is much less relevant for emergencies, but if you’re looking for a product that you can use as your go-to food source in the great outdoors, then it should definitely factor into your decision.
While taste shouldn’t be given as much priority as the quantity or convenience, it’s still worth taking into account if you are fussy about food or have strong preferences.
Depending on whether or not you want this food to be part of a bug out bag of get home bag, the way that the food is packaged and how individually separated the meals are could make a difference to which emergency food kit you end up choosing. If this is purely part of a stockpile and you don’t need it to be transportable, then portability isn’t an issue. On the other hand, if you want to use this food kit as a way to supplement your preparations for bugging out, then having a food kit that breaks down into smaller pouches of relatively small serving sizes is more appropriate.