Essential Items for a Long Term Food Supply

When preparing for a long term disaster, it is essential to have provisions in place to secure long term needs.  That being said, beginning a food supply must begin with research.  Finding out how many calories a person needs per day in order to survive, and knowing how much food to store for the long term is […]

When preparing for a long term disaster, it is essential to have provisions in place to secure long term needs.  That being said, beginning a food supply must begin with research.  Finding out how many calories a person needs per day in order to survive, and knowing how much food to store for the long term is essential when beginning to prepare a long term food supply.  Additionally, going to survival/prepping forums to read about what others are doing is another way of finding more research.  Some suggested items for long term supplies are:

Long Term Supplies

Higher levels of food are needed to last 3+ years.  Keep buying some of the short term items to compliment the long term:

  • Water
  • Larger Amounts of Short Term Supplies
  • Vitamins
  • Longer Term First Aid Supply
  • MRE’s – susceptible for temperature and storage problems.  good for more short term problems.
  • Canned Goods – find some on sale and make sure of the expiration date.  Most last 1-3 years.
  • Drink Mixes/Teas/Coffee
  • Oil
  • #10 cans – Freeze Dried foods can last for  20-30 year shelf life.  Buckets of mylar packaging material.
  • Seeds of all kinds – Heirloom and Non-GMO seeds are better. Some to grow, and some to be used for sprouts (pumpkin, alfalfa, broccoli, lentil).
  • Mylared Packaged Goods or Super pails of Goods – grains, rice, beans, oats, legumes, flour, corn meal, powdered milk, sugar, salt, baking powder.
  • Spices
  • Large Storage Containers
  • Tools – Axes Shovels, Wrenches, Hammers, Multi Use Pliers, Farming Tools
  • Wood – pre chopped
  • Matches and Other Fire Starting Equipment
  • Paper Plates, Plastic Eating Utensils – You dont want to waste water on washing dishes.
  • Matches and Other Fire Starting Equipment
  • Paper Plates, Plastic Eating Utensils – You dont want to waste water on washing dishes.
  • Bleach
  • Freeze Dried Foods
  • Personal Hygiene (Paper, Towels, Toilet Paper, Soap, Deodorant, Toothpaste)
  • Clothing (Lots of Warm Clothing, and Items to Layer Under)
  • Food For Pets
  • Gasoline and Other Fuels (Keronsene, Lamp Oil)
  • Candles (Camping Candles Burn Longer)
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Garbage Bags
  • Batteries
  • Weapons – Just in Case

This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on February 15th, 2009