12 Emergency Essentials Foods

When you first get into prepping, there seems to be a lot of essential things to remember. All of the terminologies are new, and you are wondering what things like a “bug out bag” can be. Most fellow preppers like to overwhelm you with information, and sometimes it just gets to be too much. But, there are some things which are more important than others, and there are 12 emergency essential foods you shouldn’t forget about. Some of them might surprise you.


Essential Food Number One – Honey

My husband, an Egyptologist, keeps finding thousand-year-old honey in the tombs in Egypt. It doesn’t seem to matter if the person buried in the tomb was rich or poor, honey was often left for the person to take with them into the afterlife. The honey which he finds is still okay to eat, and surprisingly it tastes fresh. Honey is not only a good food which can add flavor and be used when cooking, but it is a natural remedy as well. It can be used to treat all sorts of infections and is fantastic when it comes to wound care. Next time you cut yourself, put on some honey and see how quickly your cut heals.



Essential Food Number Two – Peanut butter

Peanut butter is very high in calories and that makes it the ideal food when it comes to prepping. It will give you quick calories to burn up when you are in a crisis, and it can help your food taste better as well. Add it to casseroles and chicken dishes, not only do you get essential nutrition but at the same time you get tastier food and increase your protein intake.


Essential Food Number Three – Dried Meat

In a crisis, fresh meat will become a real problem. It is best to be prepared and investing in freeze dried meats should be on top of your essential food list. It is rich in protein, and none of the nutrients would have been lost during the freeze-drying process. Freeze dried meats are also quick to prepare, and if you have limited energy, they are a better option than fresh meat, should you have access to it.

Dried Beef Strips

Essential Food Number Four – Freeze dried vegetables

One of the best ways to make sure that you get healthy vegetables during a crisis is to stock up on freeze dried vegetables, Just like freeze dried meat, vegetables will not lose any essential nutrients during the process. They also taste great, and more than anything, they will give your body essential vitamin B. Our bodies cannot manufacture vitamin B, so we need a daily intake.  One of the best ways to store dry foods like this is to seal them inside Mylar bags.  We get ours from MylarPro.com.  They seem to have to most durable food storage bags and they usually even include a bundled package of enough oxygen absorbers to remove any oxygen residing inside the sealed bag so that your food won’t perish. 



Essential Food Five – Nuts

Become a squirrel and start storing nuts. Fresh unshelled nuts have an almost unlimited life and make a fantastic prepper food. You can store them almost anywhere, and they are easy to take with you. A handful of nuts every day will help to keep up your intake of vitamin E, and you get an enormous amount of slow release energy from nuts. There are some places you can gather your own nuts, and the humble hazelnut is one of the best nuts for energy. Just ask as a squirrel!


Essential Food Six – Canned Fish

Yes, fish is good for you, but you should focus on fish like cold water fish. All cold water fish is rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids, another nutrient your body cannot manufacture and will help to keep you healthy. It is also rich in protein, and you should stock up on salmon, tuna, herring and mackerel. The more cold water fish you have in your pantry, the healthier you will be.



Essential Food Seven – Rice

White rice is one thing, but there are many different kinds of rice that you can store. The truth is that whole grain rice is much better for you. There are more nutrients in whole grain rice, and is a good way of getting extra vitamin B in your diet. It is also versatile to cook with, and you can prepare it in the same pot as your vegetables and meat. Learning how to cook with rice, is a good preparation exercise.


Essential Food Eight – Dried Fruit

We should never ignore the health values of dried fruits. Some fruits, like apricots and prunes, actually increase their nutritional value during the drying out process. They become richer in protein, and natural food sugars. But, also remember to include dried apples and bananas. Both are packed with natural energy, rich in potassium and pectin.


Essential Food Nine – Wheat

Wheat, or other grain products, are natural foods which can be stored for a long time during the right conditions. You can use them for baking, and add them to food. Don’t forget that white flour isn’t that good for you, and it is better to focus on whole grain products.

Wheat Grain

Essential Food Ten – Salt

Salt is really good when it comes to preserving meat and fish if you can access fresh foods. If, you can, learn how to preserve with salt before a crisis. You will be surprised to discover how versatile salt can be. It can be used to preserve fish, meat, and vegetables.


Essential Food Eleven – Sugar

Sugar is important when you do your baking, but it can be used as part of preservation techniques as well such as canning. It can also be used to make pastes with for wound treatments. Sugar is a quick source of energy, but may not be good if you need to go on a long hike. Much more likely to make you tired than to keep you going.


Essential Food Twelve – Have a drink

We should never underestimate the importance of tea and coffee. Both are actually good for us in more ways than one. They can help to raise our mood, and warm us up at the same time. Herbal teas belong in your medical cupboard as well, and coffee can aid an upset stomach.



It always surprises me when preppers’ blogs don’t mention vinegar. I know that it may not seem essential, but to me it is. You can use it to start pickling your own vegetables and fruit. In this way, you can take advantage of your garden’s and nature’s bounty. Yes, there are 12 emergency essentials food you shouldn’t forget about, but there are other food products you should add to your prepper’s essential shopping list as well.


Best emergency supplies that every prepper should have

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Prepare in advance for a natural disaster

To protect yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors, you need to be always prepared for the unseen events. Sometimes, even the rarest of all natural disasters can occur in the most unexpected way. Arming yourselves with the best emergency supplies is fundamental to your survival. There are lots of useful supplies that you could choose from. However, high on the list of important emergency supplies, you really should get at least these items before any potential disaster hits:


  1. Clean water supply – Water is life. A prepper must have a large supply of bottled water. Furthermore, the prepper must have the knowledge to procure water from contaminated sources of water. These processes are mainly distillation and filtration.
  2. Non-perishable food – These are those types of foods that have long shelf life. They do not require refrigeration. They are usually perfect during food shortage seasons.
  3. Portable sources of light – They are lanterns, headlamps, and flashlights. Both headlamps and lanterns can be quite useful because they can free up your hands since they can be hung overhead with a string. This way, they can illuminate your shelter, or if you need to explore, work or even cook, you can do so with both hands
  4. First Aid Kit – A prepper should always have a well-stocked first aid kit. They should contain all the necessary generous supplies that a first aid kit should have plus more.
  5. Sources of heat – A prepper may have a lightweight ax to help in collecting firewood for heat or may have a propane for cooking with ample supply of propane.
  6. Personal hygiene items – When there is a widespread disaster, you will probably not be able to go shopping for quite some time, so stock up on them for future use as a conservative measure. The last thing you will want to worry about is your personal hygiene when disaster hits.
  7. Hiking backpack – In case you and your family need to flee when things get dangerous, you will require a hiking backpack to be able to carry the most basic of necessities, such as water, food and even a map of the area.
  8. Map – It is an essential tool. It helps you identify safest paths to follow away from danger.
  9. Compass – A prepper should know how to use a compass. Some good compasses come with a built-in thermometer and signaling mirror that are quite useful in survival situations.
  10. Pepper spray – You never know when danger strikes. Having strong pepper sprays that can ward off grizzly bears, cougars, and wild dogs is paramount.
  11. An emergency radio A small emergency radio is good to have if any news of progress is being broadcasted. Also, a prepper should have a good amount of batteries stored up so that you can power up the radio to receive potentially life-saving information.
  12. The right clothing – It is important for a prepper always to have the right clothes such as warm clothes for cold seasons or snow clothes for the snowing seasons. Having the right clothes helps withstand harmful elements such as snow and slush.
  13. Sleeping bag – Not just any sleeping bag but the one that will keep your body warm even with a significant drop in temperature, especially since the electric or gas heater may no longer work. It should be able to hold up to repeated use.
  14. Hiking boots – It is important to have hiking boots built to withstand heavy hiking. When fleeing the state or your home becomes the only option, they will serve a great purpose.
  15. Warm room – It is essential that a prepper has a separate room built just for warmth in his or her own house. A heavy duty tarp can also serve the same purpose plus much more.