Your bug out bag is ready – or is it?
Sure, you have the essential survival gear – from hydration packs, shelter and bedding, to clothing. But have you packed some bug out bag food?
If you’re wondering what food items to add to your portable survival kit, wonder no more. In this quick guide, you will learn the things to consider when packing food for your bug out bag. Plus, we’ll also look at specific food items you should consider.
If that sounds good, let’s get reading!
Whether you’re trying to survive a disaster or a week-long stay in the woods, know that your body will use a lot of energy and resources. You want bug out bag foods that can help you get through the physical ordeal.
First, check the calorie count. A food item with high-calorie count will provide more energy than items with lower calories.
However, remember that you don’t want your bag to get unnecessarily heavy. So look at the weight-to-calorie ratio. Go for food items that pack the most calories for every ounce.
And don’t forget to take your recommended daily calorie intake. For moderately active 30-year old males, the recommended intake is 2,600 calories/day. Women of the same age can get by with a little less at 2,000 calories/day.
But know that you are likely to engage in strenuous activities when outdoors, and you will require more physical energy.
Next, you want to store foods that have a long shelf life. Foods that spoil in a matter of weeks won’t help much – unless you want to update bug out bag often.
And lastly, go for food items that are easy to prepare. Remember, you won’t have access to a kitchen.
The most you can bring as far as food preparation goes is a steel canister or tin can, water, and matches. Food items you can eat right away or require little water and cooking are your best bets.
You just learned what to look for when packing food for a bug out bag. Check out the next section where we look at some foods that tick all the right boxes.
Nuts are one of the best bug out bag foods – and for a long list of good reasons.
For starters, nuts are a nutritional dynamite! They’re known for having high amounts of calories and healthy fats including unsaturated fats and Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids can even prevent heart attacks, which is the last thing you want to happen!
Note, too, that all nuts are packed with fiber. Not only does fiber help lower one’s cholesterol, but it also makes you feel full so you eat less. And this is a clear advantage especially for survivalists and adventurers with limited food supply.
Now, if you have to choose just one type of nuts, go for pistachios. These nuts are loaded with energy, with 100 grams of pistachios containing about 557 calories. Pistachios also contain iron, an essential nutrient that helps repair damaged cells while allowing the tired body to recover.
Oatmeal checks all the right boxes.
You can store this bug out bag food for ages – and oats can still deliver life-sustaining nutrition. Just how long can oatmeal last? With proper storage, this superfood can last up to 30 years!
Preparing oatmeal is a breeze. You only need to add boiling water and you’re good to go. And depending on the supplies in your bug out bag, you can also add sugar or dried fruit to improve the taste.
And just like nuts, oatmeal packs a nutritional punch! A half-cup of dried full oats (weighs about 40g) contains 6.75g of protein. For someone who runs on a 2,000-calorie/day diet, 50 to 175g of oatmeal is enough for your daily protein needs.
And thanks to its high-fiber content, oatmeal is slow to digest, leading to extended sensations of fullness.
Winning the war against hunger is impossible, especially if you’re in the woods or trying to survive a natural disaster. Your best bet is to eat foods are energy-dense and fiber-rich, so you feel well-fed.
Peanut butter fits the bill. Not to mention it’s an affordable source of calories.
Sure, you can spend money on energy bars. But you could end up spending $1.49 for 200 calories of an energy bar. If you need 3,000 calories, you have to shell out $22.35.
On the other hand, 200 calories of peanut butter only cost $0.15. And for the same 3,000-calorie diet, you’d only spend $2.25!
And last but not the least:
Peanut butter is tasty, unlike other bug out bag foods that sacrifice taste for nutrition.
First things first:
Dried foods can never replace canned or frozen goods. Drying as a preservation method result to worse taste and appearance.
However, taste and appearance hardly matter when you’re in the wild. Fortunately, dried foods can pack as much nutritional value as their canned and frozen counterparts.
And best of all:
Dried foods take up little space and are easy to store.
Take dried fruits as an example. Dried pineapples, raisins, berries, and apples may not be as tasty as when they’re stored in the fridge. But they’re full of concentrated fruit sugars. Munch on them when your batteries are running low.
Dried soups are also a good addition to your bug out bag. Dried vegetable mixes, in particular, can have as much nutritional content as fresh veggies when dehydrated at peak flavor and dried using a slow air-drying process. Just add boiling water and you’re all set.
Dried meat – or jerky – is fat-free lean meat that has been cut into strips. It’s easy to store, lightweight, and can be consumed even when you’re hiking or walking.
Dried meat is a good candidate for your bug out bag, but note that it can attract meat-eating predators. So if you decide to bring some jerky, make sure to seal them tight so you stay out of harm’s way.
What’s in your bug out bag? Let us know if you think we missed something!