Although you may not know of any immediate dangers or emergencies, it is best to be prepared for something long before it presents itself. Often, when a disaster arrives, supermarkets will run out of food rapidly. In fact, typically grocery stores only have a maximum of three days of goods on hand before they run out, so it would be best to prepare now.
Below are 103 items a prepper should consider to have on your long term food storage list because they have a long-shelf life, have multiples uses and can be great for bartering. and should pick up during your next grocery store visit to hold in case of emergency:
When the world is not the same as we knew it now. Chances are there will be no one restocking the food at the nearby Walmart. One of the best bet is to store only food that can last for decent amount of time.
Unlike in video games, cash does little but to use as artificial fuel to keep your campfire burning (not that it is of much use in that aspect as well). Ensuring that you have items on hand that are essential for survival will also mean that you have bargaining chips in negotiations as well.
Food are not only used to nourish our bodies. Some food even rises up to special occastions when you couldn’t find any such as cleaning or antibiotics.
These ingredients are those that should be on any survival food list because they are foods that are the foundation of many meals. That being said, many can be eaten alone if need be.
As you are likely aware, grain are a stable in many people’s diets and are crucial to have available during a disaster. They offer a viable way to keep you filled when looking for alternatives.
Depending on the aridity and coolness of where these are stored; the shelf life can vary.
When stored properly at 70 degrees F, these grains can last for 10 – 12 years. They can be stored longer due to their hard outer shells.
Buckwheat is usually considered as an alternative to rice. Low in GI and filling. It is a worthy choice to store
2. Dry Corn
Lesser known as Maize, these corns is a good source of vitamins B, fibers and essential minerals for the human body.
High in protein and minerals compared to modern wheat.
4. Hard Red Wheat
Brownish, high protein wheat
5. Soft White Wheat
Made from red wheat, these grains contained lower protein but higher carbohydrates.
Great for the heart and can be stored for a long time.
7. Duram Wheat
Durum wheat is a very hard wheat with high proteins
8. Spelt Or Hulled Wheat
Triticum spelta, the scientific name of Spelt is a more nutritious counterpart to wheat; containing more carbohydrates and fiber.
In contrast to the Hard Grains, these have a softer outer shell; hence the name. If stored properly at 70 degrees F, soft grains can last for about eight years.
Chewy and having a nutlike flavor, barley contains maltose which are essential for the human body.
Oat Groats are the kernals of Oats. They can take a long time to cook. It is an excellent source of Fiber, vitamin B and Protein.
Highly nutritious. Quinoas are gluten-free and one of the few plant food that contain all 9 essential amino acids
Contain lower gluten and higher fiber than wheat
Another preparation method of the Oats. Think Quakers.
Fact Check: Most beans are in fact, seeds that we can use as food.
Beans are a great source of protein, fiber, iron and should definitely be on your food prepper list. They must be sealed and kept away from oxygen.
The beans below can last for up to 10 years.
Very High in Dietary Fiber and Proteins and usually consumed in US
High in Iron and Potassium and various vitamins. Essentially a good choice to store for various disasters.
Also called butter beans for their buttery texture. They are good sources of Fiber vitamin B
Native to East Asia, also known as red mung beans. High in Fiber and good for the heart.
Also known as Chickpeas.
The green cousin to the Adzukzi Beans.
Low Gl, high in fiber, protein and Iron. What’s more?
Literally having a black eye. These beans are high in Potassium; have good Iron and protein
Coming from Asia and North Africa. It is one of the oldest sources of food and a rich provider of protein and carbohydrates.
Also known as legumes or pulses, these dried beans are one of the world’s oldest food source. They are also excellent sources of protein, dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates
Dried Peas are available around the year, making it a good choice to store whenever you need to at the mart.
Flours, mixes and pasta can last anywhere from five to eight years if stored properly.
1. All Purpose Flour
2. White Flour
3. Whole Wheat Flour
6. White Rice
If frozen, dried fruits are nonperishable and still last for a long time if left out in the open. See below for some options.
2. Dried Cranberries
3. Dried Blueberries
5. Dried Mangoes
7. Dried Cherries
8. Dried Plums
9. Banana Chips
While it may seem unnecessary to focus on adding flavor or cooking well during a time of emergency, if you have time to prepare in advance, investing in spices and ingredients that add flavor to your food is well worth it.
Flavoring your food during a tough time can help to raise morale during a tough time. Spices can often last over ten years or forever if stored properly.
3. Brown Sugar
4. White Sugar
5. Raw Honey
9. Maple Syrup
12. Dried Herbs
13. Pure Flavor Extracts
Most types of oils aren’t going to last long enough to hold onto for long term disasters,but there is one that will at least for a couple years!
1. Coconut Oil
There aren’t a ton of non perishable condiments, but there are a few if you are hoping to add them to your survival food list.
1. White Vinegar
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
3. Balsamic Vinegar
4. Rice Wine Vinegar
5. Red Wine Vinegar
6. Raspberry Vinegar
7. Worcestershire Sauce
If you plan on cooking, the below items would be useful to have on your long term food storage list.
1. Corn Starch
2. Baking Soda
3. Corn Syrup
While the below items have already been listed, it is important to call special attention to them because even if you don’t think you would need them for your food prep, you may need them for another use.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar for its cooking, cleaning and as antibiotic properties
2. Baking Soda for cooking and cleaning functions
3. Honey for it’s antibiotic wound properties. It also alleviates allergies, treats burns and acts a sleep aid.
It’s fair to assume that during a short term disaster you won’t be able to or won’t want to do any food preparation or cooking and the below foods are perfect for that. Make sure to pick them up during your next trip to the grocery store.
People are born with the innate desire to survive, but sadly, many in our increasingly dependent society look to others for relief and assistance following a disaster. The fact is that help from government, family, or neighbors is often unavailable when needed most, and in the end you may have only yourself to count on. Do you know what to do and how to do it if disaster strikes?
1. Canned Tuna
2. Canned Meats
3. Canned Vegetables
4. Canned Fruits
5. Peanut Butter
7. Corn Oil
8. Cocoa Powder
10. Ramen Noodles
11. Hard Candy
12. Powdered Milk
13. Dried Herbs And Spice
15. Vegetable Oil
18. Pasta Sauce
20. Jell-O Or Pudding Mix
21. Instant Potato Flakes
22. Olive Oil
23. Bouillon Cubes or Granules
In order to survive any sort of disaster you must also be prepared with the appropriate non-food items. Add the below items to your long term food storage list.
1. Bic Lighters
2. Toilet Paper
4. Bottled Water
11. Lighter Fluid
12. Canning Supplies
You certainly do not need to buy every item on the survival food list to be prepared for a short or long term disaster, but I would suggest getting a few items from each category.
Speak with your family about what items they would like most and then narrow down your list. Be certain not to forget water in addition to your food items.
Once you’ve made up your mind, don’t delay, head to the grocery store immediately or order any supplies you may need before disaster strikes and the stores become empty.
Before we end this off, here is an useful video on how to increase your odds of surviving.
Colin is a freelance writer and editor. He is passionate about the outdoors as it often provides him with relief from the urban jungle. A fan of The Walking Dead. It led him to think what if SHTF and what does it takes to survive. Colin hobbies includes gears, tech gadgets and day-dreaming about the mysteries of the universe.