How to Prepare Survival Food

How to Prepare Survival FoodNobody starts their backpacking or hiking trips expecting to be in a survival situation, but the key to living through a survival situation is being prepared for it. There are some simple things you can do before you head out to make sure that if something does go wrong, you have what you need to live until help arrives.


Difficulty: Easy


Things You’ll Need:
  • Sandwich bags
  • Beef jerky
  • Unsalted mixed nuts
  • Power Bars
Step 1
Decide how many days of survival food you will carry. The farther from civilization you will be, the more food you will want to carry. If you are taking a three-day backpacking trip, you should carry three extra days' worth of survival food. If you are close to a town or close to home, one day of survival food will be enough.
Step 2
Measure out one 10-oz. portion of beef jerky for each day of survival food you are preparing. Split the portion in half, and place each half in its own sandwich bag.
Step 3
Place a Power Bar in each bag, and fill the rest of the bag with mixed nuts. Each bag is one half a day's worth of survival food.
Step 4
Place two bags of survival food into your pack for each day of survival food you've chosen to carry. With any luck, you will be able to keep your survival food stored with your camping and hiking gear for the entire season.

Tips & Warnings

You can substitute any sports nutrition bar in place of the Power Bar. Just make sure that the bar you choose has about 250 calories.
In cold weather you will need more calories, so add another nutrition bar to each package.

Article Written By Mati Bishop

Mati Bishop has been a freelance writer since 1999. He has been published in "Hawaii Skin Diver Magazine," the "Hawaii Wellness Directory," "Kailua-Kaneohe Sunpress" and a collection of Web sites. Bishop studied journalism at Windward Community College on Oahu, Hawaii.

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