Bug Out Bag Food Choices

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What goes in your bug out bag?

One of the most important things you need to remember to include is food.

And you'll want a lot of it.

The times I've used my bag, I've been surprised at just how much my kids have been able to eat. A lot of prepper guides will advise you to plan to feed each person 1200 or even 1500 calories a day. This is fine, but only if that's how much you normally eat.

If you, like most adults, eat more than that, you're going to need to plan accordingly.

Nothing is going to make survival less fun than being cold, wet, and hungry. While I'm all about minimalism in most aspects of my life, I do not feel this way about food in my bug out bags. I don't want to feel hungry and I certainly don't want my kids to feel hungry.

That said, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to deciding what you'll pack.

First off, consider figuring out exactly how much you eat each day. Track your daily calories for a week to determine your average. There will always be days when you eat more or less than usual, but planning for a happy medium can be very helpful. It's also a good idea to consider how much your kids each eat. Babies and toddlers will obviously need different amounts (and different types) of food than older children.

It's also a good idea to consider how often you plan to repack your bug out bag. If you only want to pack your bag once a year, you're going to be choosing things like MREs and camping meals. If you don't mind switching out your food more often (3 months is usually a good time frame) you'll have more options and can include things like granola bars.

Also remember that you don't have to have all of the food groups each day when you're in a survival situation. Would it be ideal to be able to give your family protein, fruit, vegetables, and fresh bread each day? Absolutely, but a bug out situation isn't going to be ideal, so forget about well-rounded and choose foods that will store well, that your kids like, and that your family members will actually eat. Storing up on a year's worth of granola is useless if your kids hate the darn stuff.

Here are a couple of possible options that you can buy inexpensively online and that will last a long time:
20 Detour Lower Sugar Whey Protein Bars 1.5 Oz Bars Variety Pack
Trader Joe's Freeze Dried Fruit Assortment
Bare Fruit Organic Variety Pack, Gluten Free Baked Snacks, 6-Multi Serve Bags
Jack Link's Beef Jerky, Original, 3.25-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4)

In our bug out bags, I always try to include dried fruit and beef jerky, as well as protein bars. These are also things that my kids eat on a regular basis, so they're already familiar with it. If you plan to pack lots of water, you could include oatmeal, too. Some families like to pack MREs. Some like camping meals. Some choose high calorie protein bars. For me, I know that my kids aren't going to eat something high calorie if it tastes bad, so I choose foods that they know, that they aren't scared of, and that they'll actually be able to handle if the going gets tough.

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  1. For bug out bag food I really like having freeze dried foods. Freeze dried is light weight because contains no liquids and all that is required is adding hot water. However I would also suggest having some snacks such as protien bars for quick meals you can eat on the move. I haven't tried many of the other brands but I've tried many of the mountain house freeze dried camping meals and found them to be very edible.