Survival is always contingent on a plan, unless you prefer to huddle up with the sheep, waiting for Big Brother to save the day. I prefer to have a plan, one for each situation when feasible. It might be hard to imagine, but the possibility of having to leave your home due to an imminent threat is entirely possible. When I first started thinking about an evacuation plan, it seemed very simple – toss the gear and guns in the truck and hit the road.
There was just one huge hole in this strategy, a complete and total lack of a large scale food kit. Lets imagine a situation where you may be on the road for days, heading to your safe zone. Sure you can dip into your INCH bag or BOB and use the food and cookset(s), but what happens if you have to abandon your vehicle and set off on foot and you’ve used up those supplies? What happens if you have to support a family or significant other? It makes no sense to use up your food and water, that should be the last resort! Based on these variables, I figured it was time to build out a dedicated survival food kit.
The first addition was my trusty Coleman propane stove. I’ve used it for years and love the simple design which is perfect in a survival situation. Not to mention the price which is right about $35 on Amazon. The two burner setup makes cooking quick and easy. The rest of the items below round out the kit, allowing me to setup an outdoor kitchen.
Coleman Bag: http://amzn.to/2g7k3ZW
Propane Bottle: http://amzn.to/2fdE1Bt
Paracord Spool: http://amzn.to/2gaGrmF
Sawyer Mini, Flashlight, Bic Lighter, AA Batteries
Aqua Quest Survival Tarp: http://amzn.to/2fdDM9g
Camo Drop Cloth: http://amzn.to/2gyfj4y
Food & Water
When it comes to packing the food and water, I prefer to keep it simple and pack for a three day time span. This provides a solid foundation of supplies that I can easily add to if needed. All the meals are dehydrated so water is a huge factor. The average meal requires 2 cups of water, so three gallons for cooking and drinking is reasonable. When combined with snacks, I have enough food to feed three people, maybe four in a pinch. The main source of food is the Premium Family 72hr Kit I picked up from Valley Food Storage, then to be safe, I added a variety of Wise Food meals.
When the packing was complete, I still had space for more items. The plan is to fill in with extra food and kid friendly snacks. In regards to the container, I picked it up on sale at Wally World for $20. It’s a basic wheeled design made from hard plastic with two carry handles and the ability to secure the container with a small padlock.
After combining the survival food kit with the rest of my evac gear, I’m confident that I have a great setup for whipping up some tasty meals on the road. The only variable is water, I can only carry so much in the vehicle. In the future I might add more, but for now it’s good to go.
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