With global warming and with all the hurricanes currently raging in the United States, it’s hard to know when disaster will strike.
Whenever it [eventually] does though, you always need to make sure that you’re prepared in all the right places.
And of course, one of the most important aspects of life, not just for survival, but in general, is food.
We all love food, and as much as we like to stuff our face with chocolate and crackers every day, it is actually essential to our well-being. So, naturally, when the disaster hits the homeland, we need to be prepared to stuff our face even then. With that in mind, here are the best survival foods to prepare you for the next hurricane, or perhaps even the zombie apocalypse.
1. Dried fruit
Just because fresh fruit won’t be available when disaster strikes doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your five a day!
Even though, admittedly, dried fruit contains [a lot of] added sugar, it’s still fruit, and to keep your food intake healthy even in the most apocalyptic times, you should keep a well sized stash of dried fruit nearby.
2. Canned fruit and vegatables
Dried fruit is not the only option, you can also invest in canned fruit and veg. However, if the catastrophe is a bit too… catastrophic, you’d be lucky to find any grocery stores or surviving cans of fruit and veg. Because they’re canned, they can’t go bad and they can be eaten without any preparation.
Crackers are a nice, feel-good snack, and if they’re wholegrain, they can be healthy too! They’re very handy for emergency situations, just make sure they stay dry and sealed.
4. Trail mix
For those of you who are from abroad, trail mix is a snack that usually means a mix of nuts and seeds and sometimes sweets. They’re full of fatty acids and salts that your body needs, so it might be a good idea to invest in a bag or two of trail mix.
5. Peanut butter
Peanut butter is one of the best foods in the world, but it’s also full of fatty acids and a great source of protein, meaning that you’ll have a ton of energy.
6. Energy bars
While ingredients in these things vary from brand to brand, they’re a great reliable food source that will keep you full until you get to the real food, thanks in part to the rich fiber content.
People tend to rely on caffeine to get through the day, so being deprived of it can turn your day into a bit of a nightmare. Seeing as one of the best sources of caffeine is indeed coffee, it’s a good idea to keep a thermos or two ready at all times.
8. Salt and pepper
Oh, and sugar as well. While you’d be hard pressed to cook anything during a catastrophe, whenever it’s possible, the spices can make your food taste a lot better.
9. Canned food
Specifically soup and chili [con carne]. Canned food seems like the most obvious choice of grub when it comes to preparing for the apocalypse, so to say, and they function similar to the canned fruits and veggies we mentioned before, it’s just that they’re full meals.
10. Sports drinks
While drinks like Powerade and Gatorade aren’t the best for daily consumption, they’re full of electrolytes to keep you active and they’ll stay good regardless of the temperature.
11. Canned meat and fish
These have quite a long shelf life and can really elevate the quality of your meals.
This one is quite obvious. Due to how obvious it is, we sometimes forget how important it really is. You should always make sure that you have plenty of water on hand.
13. Baby food and formula
An important one if you have a young child, but sometimes, when you’re out of food, they can make great quick snacks as they’re full of nutrients and they have a ton of variety.
14. Sea veg
Sea veg might be difficult to come by in an emergency, but stuff like chlorella and powdered seaweed is great because it’s full of vital micro-nutrients.
15. Wholegrain cereal
The high fiber content of wholegrain cereals means that you’ll stay full for long. Store them right and you’re set!
Keep a large amount of supplements nearby if all else fails and you can’t get a hold of food with a high vitamin content.
17. Beef jerky
Despite it being processed, it’s high in protein and it can last for months. It also tastes great so you might want to store it in your survival kit.