Value is perhaps by far the most important factor to consider when purchasing just about anything. In regards to the best survival foods, in order to determine whether or not the food supply you’re considering purchasing will bring you the most value is for you to first determine your needs and lifestyle.
If you are a solo survivalist or outdoor enthusiast, your needs and lifestyle will differ from someone who is looking to purchase survival food for numerous people, bit it for a group or family. So first, determine your needs whilst putting into consideration your lifestyle. Second, put into consideration your tastes and dietary restrictions. From there, you should be able to decide whether or not the survival food you’re considering purchasing will bring you value or not.
There are several factors to be considered in determining the effectiveness of survival food. For this list, factors such as the food quality, assortment, preparation requirements, and shelf life were put into consideration in order to determine the effectiveness of the food on this list. Why? Because each of these factors plays a hand in how effective the survival food will be as each depends on one another.
However, keep in mind that effectiveness is a criterion that can be subjective. Consider first your needs, usage, lifestyle, and dietary concerns (for some). These factors too could be a game-changer in determining whether or not the chosen survival food will be effective or not for you and your unique needs. Nonetheless, if you are still uncertain, go for a survival food kit with a long shelf life and little to no preparation requirements.
Purchasing the best survival foods kit means that it is meant to last. This means both the food and the packaging it comes in should be durable. There is no point in spending your money on a kit that comes with deficient packaging and thus, ruins your food supply or shortens the projected shelf life.
It’s smart to look into the type of packaging the survival food is stored in. What type of material is the pouch made of (if applicable)? What type of food is being stored? Is it truly non perishable foods? What do the reviews say about the packaging? These are all valid questions to be made in determining the durability of the survival food as well as its packaging.
It should be portable. However, keep in mind that the items on this list come in a variety of different packaging so portability is dependent on a few other things. Whether the food comes prepackaged or pre-rationed in individual pouches or you’re left alone to pack or portion the food on its own, they should be portable.
Furthermore, if it comes in a larger storage bin, this also should be portable for the most part. Whether you intend on storing the bin, bags, gallon tub or box in your car, garage or pantry, it should be designed to be stored away for future use.
The bottom line considers all the criteria mentioned above into one final, bottom line. Value, effectiveness, durability, and portability each together is what determines the item on this lists’ bottom line.
Is it truly valuable? Is this product effective? Is it time tested and durable? Is it portable to away in a safe place while having the ability to everyday carry in pre-packaged or be hand portioned for outdoor excursions? If so, the item received a good score for its bottom line.
Non Perishable Food
In order for survival food to serve any purpose for you, it should be non-perishable. This applies to food such as freeze-dried meals, canned goods, bulk dried foods or dried meats, vegetables and fruits. These foods are non-perishable and therefore can last a long time. Processed food, while non-perishable, is processed, therefore has a longer shelf life than organic food. Canned foods such as fish, soups, vegetables, fruits, legumes can also be considered to be non-perishable.
Store your survival food supply in a cool, dry place. Places such as a dry basement or attic could be best to consider for storing if you have either at your disposal. If not, consider storing your food high up in a pantry. At the end of the day, you want to keep your supply safe and away from pests, vermin or the elements.
Other Factors to Consider
Always purchase survival food that is packaged with quality materials. You are guaranteed to get your money’s worth when choosing survival food packaged with quality material. If otherwise, you lose out on its shelf life and the food will no longer serve its purpose.
Take into account the materials used for the packaging as well as the storage container if it comes in one. At the end of the day, the best survival food should be packaged in durable and dependable material.
Ease of Use
The ease of use is another factor to consider when purchasing survival food. That is to say, is the food easy to prepare? Some of the survival food on this list requires hot water to prepare or water in general while some require no water.
Put this into consideration as this can be a determining factor in deciding which and what type of survival food is best suited for you. This factor is subjective so consider your purpose of purchasing survival food first.
It is important to consider the brand when purchasing your chosen survival food. As always suggested, do a quick search on the brand online if you’re unsure of their reputation.
Online outdoor reaction or survivalist communities are very vocal in their favorite and most trusted brands, review their online community forums if desired (some do require you to register first, however). If you can’t be bothered, go on Amazon and vet through the reviews.
In speaking of the size of the survival food, we speak mainly of the size of the storage container (if applicable). This is another factor to put into consideration before making your purchase.
Depending on your intended use and desired form of storage, the size of the container should be put into consideration. Again, this factor is too subjective to your needs and usage. For outdoor enthusiasts, this may defer from survivalists.
Weather resistance is the final factor you may want to put into consideration. Why is this factor important? Because of the materials used in the packaging cannot withstand extreme elements, this may hinder their ability to serve their very purpose.
If you intend on keeping this stored away in a cool dry place, this factor may not apply to you, nonetheless, depending on your intended usage and or environment, this is a factor to put into consideration.