Food for Your Bug Out BagSeptember 4, 2014 by Melanie Swick | 1 Comment
Bugging out requires energy, and energy requires food—so you need plenty of tasty, nutritious food for your bug out bag.
Traveling on foot, especially with a heavy pack, forces you to expend more energy than usual, so you’ll need food that is dense in calories and nutrients, but also has a long shelf-life and is simple to prepare.
Below are three types of food that are ideal for your bug out bag.
This is my preferred option. Companies like Wise Foods and Mountain House offer a variety of meals with a shelf-life of up to 25 years. Preparation takes a little more effort compared to other options because you have to pour in boiling water to reconstitute the meal, but the reduced weight and extremely long shelf-life more than make up for that. Freeze-dried food is also very cost-effective.
I’ve eaten more than my share of MREs during my time in the Marine Corps, and I can tell you they have come a long way since the late 90s. They have a shelf-life of up to 5 years under ideal storage conditions, but expect closer to 1 year when stored in a hot environment, such as the trunk of your car. Preparation is simple—just open and eat, and they are tasty and loaded with calories so they are perfect for your bug out bag. They are a little more expensive than freeze-dried food though, at about $5 per meal.
These are compact, calorie-dense bars designed with one purpose—to provide the calories you need in a survival situation. You won’t get excited about the taste or texture—they taste the way I would expect sweetened sawdust to taste, but they have a long shelf-life and are completely unaffected by storage temperature. An added bonus is that they require no preparation.