Best Emergency Food – Keep Your Emergency Kit Stocked

Best Emergency Food

We all should have an emergency kit as any disaster (earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, flood, storms, etc) may hit at anytime. It is recommended that you have enough supplies to last you 3 days (72 hours) in the event that emergency crews are unable to reach you immediately. Unfortunately, food doesn’t last forever and must be replaced usually after 5 years (sometimes longer depending on what it is). Here are the best emergency food replacements to have in your emergency kit.

S.O.S. Rations Emergency 3600 Calorie Food Bar – 10 Pack

Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.2 x 5.5 inches
Weight: 18.5 pounds
Shelf Life: 5 years

This is a standard food bar which contains 9 individually packaged 410 calorie bars. It is US Coat Guard approved and has a shelf life of 5 years from the date of manufacture. It’s recommended that each person consume 3 individual bars per day so one pack is enough to sustain 3 people per day. The bars are produced with a non-thirst provoking formula so they won’t dry your mouth and make you consume more water. The above link is the 10 pack but you can check out the individual packs as well here.

S.O.S. Bar

As for taste, it’s like a graham cracker with a slight hint of coconut. It’s no Sunday dinner but remember that these aren’t supposed to be luxurious. The main point of these emergency bars are to sustain you until you can get rescued or find other sources of food.

The great thing this is that the mylar packaging is tough and tightly sealed so it’ll keep both air and water out to prevent it from spoiling. There was an experiment done where the package was dropped from four stories onto a cement sidewalk and both the packaging and food were fine. They also let the package sit in salt water for seven days in direct sunlight and it still tasted like new when eaten.

Because of its relatively compact size, it’ll easily fit in your emergency kit and it would also be a great idea to store one in your car and office.


Survival Tabs Emergency Food Ration

Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Weight: 14.4 ounces
Shelf Life: 25 years

If you want something with a bit more flavor, these Survival Tabs taste great and each pack contains a mixed flavors of Butterscotch, Vanilla, Strawberry, and Chocolate. They contain 100% of the U.S. RDA of 15 Essential Vitamins & minerals. 100% of vitamin A, vitamin C, Iron, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, niacin, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, iodine, vitamin B5, zinc, and manganese.

Survival Tabs Nutrition

It’s made with the highest quality protein and ingredients to help your body get the most out of the food. They are gluten free and use only non-GMO ingredients. With an incredible shelf life of 25 years, these tablets will ensure you will always have food in your emergency kit. Even though it says 25 years I still suggest you replace them much earlier than that to keep your supply fresh.

This pack comes with 4 bags of Survival Tabs and each pack contains 24 tabs in a zip-lock package. The texture is neither soft or chewy but rather like a soda cap candy. The packs are remarkably compact, lightweight, and nutrient dense and would be a perfect addition to your emergency kit.


Mountain House, Just In Case… Classic Bucket

Product Dimensions: 13 x 10 x 12 inches
Weight: 5.6 pounds
Shelf Live: 12 years

If you want actual warm food that’s more like your everyday meal and has variety and flavor, I suggest you get this Mountain House Food Bucket. Each bucket contains 12 delicious freeze-dried meals:

  • 2 x Beef Stroganoff
  • 2 x Chicken Teriyaki
  • 2 x Beef Stew
  • 2 x Lasagna with Meat Sauce
  • 2 x Noodles and Chicken
  • 2 x Granola with Milk & Blueberries
Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce. Sure looks tasty!

To prepare each meal, all you have to do is mix the contents with boiling water in the pouch provided and let it stand for a few minutes. Easy! If only cooking our everyday meals were that easy. So as you know you’ll need to have boiling water. Your electricity may be out so you might not be able to use your electric kettle or stove to heat up water. I recommend getting this Coleman Butane Instastart Stove to heat up your water.

I like how it comes in a reusable and stack-able bucket so storage is not a problem. The bucket also makes it very quick and easy to transport in the case of an emergency and you need to evacuate.

Mountain House has been in business for almost 50 years and they take pride in their products and over a “The Mountain House Taste Guarantee”. If your undamaged and properly stored meal is not as good as new for 12+ years in their pouched, they will replace that item at no cost to you with the same or equivalent product.


Final Thoughts

It’s always important to check your emergency kits and make sure your food supply is not expired. Kind of useless in an emergency if you can’t eat it.

The S.O.S Rations Food Bar is your basic survival food bar that is compact and can be stored anywhere even your car. The mylar packaging is tough, durable, and waterproof so it’ll ensure your food is safe and fresh. Taste-wise it’s not bad but you have to remember you’re not looking for a gourmet meal here. You’re only looking for a temporary source of food to get you by until you can find another food source.

The Survival Tabs Emergency Food Ration is a good alternative that provides more flavor and variety. They also contain a lot of vital vitamins and minerals to keep your body going. These are also compact and can be stored anywhere and I like the fact that the package is zip locked so you can keep it fresh after opening them.

.Those are all great options but if you really want real food that is quick to make and tastes delicious, I recommend going for the Mountain House Just in Case Classic Bucket. This bucket comes with a nice variety of delicious meals that is freeze-dried and can be easily made with some boiling water. I like the fact that you don’t necessarily need a bowl or container because you can pour the water directly in the pouch to make the food. They’re a brand name that’s been around for a long time and I like products that have a guarantee because it means they stand by their product.

Go give these emergency food options a try! You can even use them for camping, hiking, or traveling as well.


  1. ToveL

    Thanks for this informative post about survival food. I would never thought that some food are better than other foods. This is really good information to know about. I feel if I am prepared on earthquakes to happen I will feel much more relaxed when going through your must do list and actually by foods I need so I can survive without having to buy groceries for a long time.


    1. Andy (Post author)

      That’s great Tove! I’m glad I helped inform you of the various options there are out there. It’s important to keep your emergency kit replenished to ensure your food doesn’t expire when you need it most.

  2. Basem

    This is my third time checking one of your posts and I really loved it like the others. These packages are really important and I’ll recommend it to my sister she lives in the US. Keep up the good work and from now on you will see me a lot in your comments!

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks a lot Basem! Having an emergency kit is very important no matter where you live. There are disasters other than earthquakes like hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, etc that may affect you when you least expect it.
      Glad you found this post useful and thanks for mentioning it to your sister! Much appreciated.

  3. J Mario

    Thnks for sharing this very informative and needed information I’m sure a lot of people will benefit from it

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks Mario! Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. Shannon

    My husband and I have been looking into starting an emergency kit with food and supplies, but it is hard to decide where to start with everything that is out on the market these days. These items are definitely are great start for our food stash. Thank you for including details such as shelf life, # of ppl fed, and even how they taste!

    1. Andy (Post author)

      No problem Shannon! If you are looking for an already made earthquake kit here are some reviews. If you are looking at building you own, take a look at my Earthquake Kit section which lists all the things you should get.

  5. John Smith

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks for the comment! I checked out your article and it’s pretty awesome. Seems like we both mention a lot of similar products which says how great they really are.
      Glad that there are others who are trying help inform people to be prepared. The sad truth is that most aren’t so it’s important to educate and inform them.
      Have bookmarked your site for future readings. Great job!


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