The Most Suitable Foods to Stockpile for Emergencies

Having the best available food during a time of emergency or disaster is so important. Getting the right amount of nutrients to help energize in times of distress cannot be overlooked. This is why many people decide to stockpile foods to be prepared for any scenarios that require long term survival.

There are a range of options out there for starting your own stockpile, with various food types all having their own merits for long term emergencies and survival. Some will be more affordable, others will have a longer shelf life, whilst some things can just be great to give that little morale boost that could be sorely needed.
This guide will give a rundown of the most suitable food types, and their pros and cons for a long term survival situation.

The 6 Most Important Emergency Food Items to Consider…

Canned Goods

Canned goods are always one of the first types of foods people think of when stockpiling. They are cheap, and offer a long shelf life compared to most other foods. They can be consumed easily from the can, with the likes of tuna and salmon great examples of long lasting food that are high in protein. They are not too expensive, with multipack savings in particular being very useful when trying to fill your stockpile
Tinned vegetables will also last longer than buying fresh, and they are still packed  full of nutrients. They are also very cheap and can be a great place to start with your stockpile.

Bottled Water

Water could be the difference between life and death, especially in the more extreme survival situations. Each person will need half a gallon of water a day, as it will be essential to remain hydrated at all times, especially if all other sources of water are unavailable.

Water will be need for cooking and cleaning also, so it is very important to make sure you have enough. Luckily water isn’t too costly, it also wouldn’t hurt to get water purifying tablets just to be safe, they are a cheap option to that could be essential for survival.

Bulk Grains

Buying in bulk grains is a great idea for any stockpile; they have a massively long shelf life, and can be used as base ingredient for a lot of different meals, keeping you well fed as well as varying up mundane meals.
Barley, oats and dry corn are examples of hard and soft grains that can last several years; they are perfect for long term survival plans. They can be picked up at reasonable prices, especially considering their longevity, they are very much a worthwhile investment.

Rice, Beans, Pasta

Similar to grains in that they are cheap and last many years. For beans, choosing vacuum sealed packs give a lot more value for money than buying canned, they will however require water to cook them unlike their canned counterparts. They are full of calories as well as useful vitamins and minerals.
For rice’s and pastas, they last very long times and will help get the necessary calories and protein needed for a day, again they are cheap and very much a must have for any stock pile.


MRE packs, or meals ready-to-eat, are military inspired food packs that are incredibly useful for stockpiling. They contain large amounts of calories, protein and nutrients, and are meant for consumption in areas that do not have suitable food facilities.
As they are military designed they will cost a lot more than the average stockpile foods, yet their usefulness in an emergency or survival situations is massive.

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