When preparing for the worst, remember the brain: buy smart!
We can’t just go stocking up the food we like. Fueling our bodies during a crisis is different from our usual day to day diet, since we’d most likely expend more energy than what we usually would. Emergency situations call for high-energy, high-protein, and high-fat consumables.
Food scientist at Washington State University, Berry Swanson, explains, “In a disaster or an emergency you want those calories. You want some nutrients and some fiber—something to keep your diet normal.”
Since supplies are limited, it’s ideal to have higher quality food that could be eaten in small amounts. These goods must also be easy to eat, highly nutritional, and reasonably priced with a long shelf life.
Here’s our list of everything you need to stockpile in case of catastrophes:
One of the most important human necessities. Try to stock at least a three-day supply—you need at least one gallon per person per day. A normally active person should drink at least a half gallon of water each day, while the other half gallon is for adding to food and washing.
It’s a comforting food, chock-full of healthy fats and protein. Unless the jar indicates otherwise, it does not need to be refrigerated after opening.
An excellent substitute for bread and a fine alternative when making sandwiches. To prolong their freshness, consider vacuum-packing them.
Nuts and trail mixes
These are incredibly healthy and convenient for snacking. Again, vacuum-packed containers, could help prevent the nuts from oxidizing and losing freshness.
These portable snacks are healthy, filling, and they stay fresh for at least six months. They’re excellent sources of energy.
These world class AM meals were originally invented as a low-fat health product to deliver more fiber to bodies in desperate need. It’s best to get multigrain cereal that are individually packaged so they don’t become stale after opening.
Dried fruits like mangoes and raisins
A replacement to fresh fruit, these healthy snacks provide significant amounts of nutrients and calories. They are a great source of potassium and dietary fiber.
Canned goods (vegetables, meat, and soup)
When the real deal isn’t an option, canned varieties can provide you with essential nutrients. These generally lasts for two years in the pantry.
Most dairy products require refrigeration, so stock up on this substitute for an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D.
P.S. For safety and sanitation purposes, keep these food in covered containers. Also have clean cooking and eating utensils ready. Finally, don’t forget to have a can opener on hand at all times. Because what’s the use of all the food if you won’t be able to open them.