The food that you want to store for your 72 Hour Bag (3 days) should be compact, easy to prepare (no heating), and high energy. Nutritious is also good and is easier to achieve by planning ahead. Figure on 2000-2500 calories a day or thereabouts per person, for a total of about 6000-7500 calories each…
Some good food items for your 72 hour BOB (“Bug Out Bag”):
- granola/trail/Clif bars
- packaged trail mix (fruits, nuts, seeds, etc)
- dried meats (jerky, slim jim, etc)
- canned meats (tuna, chicken, corned beef, etc) *don’t forget you need a can opener
- dried fruits
- packaged nuts (almonds, peanuts, etc)
- peanut butter crackers
- cheese and crackers
- MREs (government issue “meals ready to eat”)
- freeze-dried hikers meals (many are outstanding and require only water)
- candy bars/hard candy
- protein/energy powder mixes
- powdered Gatorade
- instant powdered milk
- sugar cereals
- pop tarts
- Grape nuts cereal
- instant mashed potatoes
- instant cereals (oatmeal, cream of rice, grits)- make sure they are instant
Each family will have their own preferences and you don’t need all of these items. You should rotate these items occasionally (the freeze-dried food and MREs will generally last 5 years or even longer) by eating them and replacing with fresh items.
Both the food and water that was discussed previously don’t have to be stored in your car at all times if space is at a premium or if you don’t want to have these survival items staring you in the face all the time. Just have them near your car where you can throw them in at a moments notice and bug out.
If you have two of these food kits, then you already have enough food to survive a week in your house without the need to cook.