Survival Food List Items

Keeping an updated survival food list is essential for overcoming the odds during an emergency situation.

Lack of proper planning is the number one reason for failure, and during times of crisis, there is no room for error.

Along with your emergency supplies and survival shelter, you should always have a copy of your survival food list.

Knowing what's in stock and what you need could be the difference between life and death during a survival situation, and you shouldn't go long without fulfilling your survival food list.

Of course there are essential items that you should always have ready, like water, flour, sugar, and canned goods. But for those of you that haven't even started getting your survival food list completed, we're here to help.

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The Survival Food List

This list of survival foods will help you calculate how much of each item you might want in your survival food storage.

These are just estimates, but this list can give you a good idea of where to start.

Bare Essentials:

  • Water – One gallon per person, per day
  • Flour / Corn meal – 25lbs per person / month
  • Pasta – 3lbs per person / month
  • Beans – 4lbs per person /  month
  • Rice – 8lbs per person / month
  • Peanut butter – 4lbs per person / month
  • Canned Food – 2 cans per person / day
  • Sugar – 5lbs per person / month
  • Multivitamin – 1 per person / day
  • Medications (Pain relievers, inhalers, cold remedies, etc.)
  • Baby food (if applicable) – 2 or 3 jars per baby / day (also depends on age)
  • Pet food (if applicable)

Non-essential Items:

  • Tea / Coffee
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Snack foods
  • Dessert mixes
  • Hard Candy
  • Alcohol

The Essential Survival Foods

While it may seem obvious, water is an essential part of any survival food list, and having enough for everyone in your family or survival group is important.

Multivitamins are an important survival foodstuff. Click to order from Amazon

Chances are, during an emergency or disaster, the water supply will either be non-functioning or contaminated, so you really can't have too much emergency water on hand.

Humans operate on the rule of threes – we can survive without food for three weeks, without water for only three days, and without air for three minutes. Although it might have an expiration date, manufactured bottled water that is free of flavor or additives has an indefinite shelf life.

Sam's Club or Costco are probably your best options for getting bottled water in bulk at the cheapest cost, though you could check out Amazon prices too.

Unlike bottled water, tap water has a shelf life of six months. 2-liter soda bottles are your best choice of container, but some survivalists recommend glass. Don't use milk or juice bottles – they contain acids that can make your water go bad quickly.

Pasta, flour, cornmeal, and sugar can be stored in food grade buckets lined with mylar for up to ten years. If you keep these items it it’s store packaging, it can last about two years.

Canned meats, vegetables, and fruits are great for food storage – they can last up to five years. You'll want to have plenty of these items on your survival food list.

Mountain House is another great brand leading the way in survival preparation. Their pasta primavera comes in a #10 can and can last up to 25 years.

If you're really looking to jazz things up during the end of the world, Mountain House has an amazingly durable spaghetti and meat sauce that also lasts up to 25 years. Just add hot water!

Though not often thought of in survival planning, a simple multivitamin can help prevent some nasty illnesses when you're not getting full course meals.

Scurvy is caused by a lack of Vitamin C, while Rickets is caused by a lack of Vitamin D, both of which are abundant in a multivitamin. There are all sorts of multivitamins available, including ones made of whole foods.

While you can choose which ever one you like, the cost effective ones are just the generic, synthetic multivitamin, like the Kirkland 500-count.

Non-essential Foods

Sure, space might be tight, as is your survival budget, but if the you know what hits the fan, at some point in time, you're going to be wishing you had a cup of coffee in the morning, or a piece of candy to make you feel good.

While I'm not saying alcohol is a good or bad thing, it could potentially come in handy for a variety or reasons. If you're in a pinch and you need to sanitize something, pour some whiskey on it. Also, alcohol could be a good item for trading and selling.

Having non-essential food items around is great for moral and making things still feel "normal". I know I would miss having a relaxing cup of tea at night.

During the worst of times, you'll have to learn how to make the best of things, and having a dessert can really help liven the mood and make everyone feel a little more content.

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