Whether by weather, economic collapse, attack, or other earth-shattering circumstances, the chances of something catastrophic leaving you with little else other than what you have with you or in your home are significant enough to at least take the time for some simple precautions.
First on your list should be the most vital thing to keep you alive, food and water.
Without these, all else is lost, and having food stored away can make things much easier than having to grab a branch, fashion a makeshift spear, and stabbing the first Grizzly bear you come across.
Even though the average American has access to a seemingly unlimited supply of food, thanks to modern technology and farming methods, recent polls show that the average family only has enough food to last for about a week.
On a broader scale, the ratio in grocery stores and supermarkets is about the same.
This means in the event of a global calamity or even something as simple as a heavy snowstorm, if we’re stranded more than just a few days, our food supply could quickly run dry.
Here are a few tips to ensure you have the right foods stored in the right way to provide the most bang for their buck and needed space.
5 Survival Food Storage Tips
- Variety. Bland, bland variety. Sure, the most storable foods aren’t the most flavor-packed, but you can store large amounts of these nutritious foods for long periods of time: powdered milk, survival seeds, cabbage, potatoes, and more.
- Latest expiration date. When buying fruit and other perishable goods from the store, always look for the latest expiration dates, because even only a few days could mean the difference between hunger and starvation in an emergency.
- Buy it in bulk. Try to purchase as many of your storable foods as you can from wholesale stores to save money. Plus doing your regular shopping there could ensure you have more current food available as well.
- Put on your chef’s hat. Learn the proper way to prepare each of your survival food items, especially without the convenience of modern technology or a power supply, so you’re prepared for any situation.
- Protect your investment. Store your food in an airtight and durable container to protect it from insects, rodents, and the elements.
Once you have your survival food storage in place and maybe even a few outdoor survival skills, you can rest easier knowing that you have the bare essentials to ensure you and your family’s survival for an extended period of time.