12+ survival foods to have on hand in an emergency


I’m sure that at some point in your life, the electricity has been cut off in your home. Maybe it only lasted a few minutes, or maybe it lasted a few days. The fact is that we can never be sure of the natural disaster or emergency that is coming. Maybe the zombie apocalypse will even happen Either way, you need to be prepared for anything. Check out the following list of items that everyone should have on hand in case of an emergency.

1. Water

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This is the most important item of this entire list. Water is pertinent for survival, and is usually the first item that sells out when an emergency or natural disaster strikes. Aim to have a few large jugs of water stored somewhere in your home, or as many as you are able to fit comfortably.

2. Canned Soup

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The easiest, quickest thing to eat when there’s a loss of power? Canned soup, noodles, chili, etc. These cans take up very little room, so stock up on as many as possible.

3. Canned Fish

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Grab some canned fish in case of an emergency. It’s a simple, quick way to get a lot of protein into your diet when other options are scarce.

4. Granola/Protein Bars

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Granola and protein bars provide a quick dose of sugar, protein, and carbohydrates, not to mention they keep for a very long time. An extremely good thing to have lying around!

5. Baby Food

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Obviously, this one depends on whether or not you have any babies in your family. If so, stocking up on sealed jars of baby food and baby formula is an absolute must.

6. Peanut Butter

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Every survival food surplus should include a jar or two of peanut butter. It can be used for a ton of different purposes, and it provides healthy fats and protein.

7. Canned Vegetables

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Canned vegetables are a great addition to lunch or dinner, they keep forever, and they can be eaten right out of the can. Definitely stock up on different types of canned veggies.

8. Crackers

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Crackers are a simple carbohydrate and can be eaten as a snack at any time. Stock up on a few boxes with lengthy expiration dates, just in case.

9. Oats

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It’s always a good idea to have a bag of oats on-hand. As long as you have water, you can easily make oatmeal for a quick and filling meal.

10. Trail Mix

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A mixture of nuts, dried fruit, and salty snacks is the perfect snack to have in case of emergency. Plus, these ingredients stay good for quite a long time.

11. Powdered Milk

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When the power goes out or some other sort of emergency occurs, milk is the first thing in your fridge to spoil. Have a few cans of powdered milk in the back of your pantry.

12. Healthy Cereal

Another good reason to have powdered milk lying around? So that in the event of a power outage, you can still enjoy a bowl of (healthy!) cereal for breakfast.

13. Sports Drinks

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It never hurts to have a pack of Gatorade or a similar drink stored in your pantry. These drinks will provide an instant boost of electrolytes and energy, both of which may be hard to come by in the event of an emergency.