6 Supplies to Stock with Food Storage

August 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments

One of the first things most preppers begin stocking is an emergency food supply. This is great, but it’s only part of the picture. Canned and freeze-dried food is more than adequate for a short-term disaster, but when it lasts several weeks, you’ll need additional supplies to stay healthy.

Here are a few things you should stock along with your emergency food supply.

Herbs, spices and seasonings

Stock up on the herbs and spices that you regularly use because if you want to stay healthy, you’ll have to eat your dried goods like rice, beans, and wheat in addition to freeze-dried food and canned food. Dried goods have less sodium, no preservatives, and more fiber to help you to stay regular, but they need seasoning because they’re bland on their own.

Healthy oils

Healthy oils like coconut and avocado oil are a great way to supplement calories and add flavor to your meals. This is especially important during a grid-down scenario since freeze-dried food has fewer calories than traditional food and you will likely face greater physical demands than normal.

Cooking fuel

Sure, you can eat cold food during a disaster, but you’ll get tired of it pretty damn quickly. You can avoid this by storing plenty of fuel such as:

  • kerosene
  • oil
  • propane
  • hardwood
  • charcoal

Lighters and matches

Whether you want to start a campfire, a grill, or even a lantern, you’ll need a lighter or matches. They are cheap and store indefinitely, so get plenty—you can never have to many.

Disposable dishes and utensils

Water will be in short supply during a disaster, so make the most of what you have by using disposable dishes and utensils that you don’t have to wash. I suggest paper plates, bowls, and cups because you can toss them into the fire when you’re done rather than dealing with the trash.


Your diet probably won’t be as robust or balanced as usual during a disaster and the added stress will place even greater demands on your body, so you should supplement it with a high-quality multivitamin. Be sure to store them in a cool, dark place, and pay close attention to the expiration date.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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  • Mike says:

    Great information. Things you never think about instead concentrate on just food and water. Can’t forget other things either

  • Warren says:

    Dishes–a system of cleaning dishes that preserves water also works. Scrape and wipe garbage off first. Then use old water from washing your face, for instance. Use more soap and heat it. Wash dishes even in cold water. Then rinse in water as hot as you can get it. Soap removes dirty stuff and hot water removes the rest.

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