Second last chapter to our Go-Book. Finally coming to an end. Then again I did take a year hiatus. Food storage is more for while you’re still at home and for insurance claims. You wont have much need for your inventory when you’re bugging out, but if you have a flood or house fire, insurance usually wants proof of what you had before paying out on insurance claims. On this list you will want to include how many of each item you have. This list is also good for cycling through your inventory. Ideally you want to have 6 months to a year of food storage. At least that’s a good start.
Food storage is an interesting term because I believe it refers to much more than just food. Not only should we get a stash of our favorite eats but we should collect water, personal hygiene, and fuel where possible.
Where to start
A good place to start is to get 2 weeks of water per person. 4 litres per day per person should be good. 2 should be used for drinking and the other 2 for hygiene and cooking. Water can be kept in plastic containers but should be used up (rotated) within 6 months. We don’t want the plastic bottles to break down into the water. 2 litre pop bottles work best for smaller containers Best for bulk storage is the HDPE barrels. I prefer smaller containers. Easier to transport when needed. Milk jugs degrade to fast and glass containers can break. Everything in your food storage should be rotated regularly. When ever you store water it is a good idea to also have purification tablets.
What food items should I include?
My biggest recommendation is to store food you actually eat. No point storing food you don’t like in the best of time. There is no way you’re going to want to eat it in the worst of times. Either way,here are some actual items: grains, legumes, cooking oil, powdered milk, salt, sugar or honey are great because they can last a very long time. Food should be stored in rodent proof containers. We definitely are not collecting a food storage to feed the rats. Meals should be easy to make. In emergency situations you may not have access to all your kitchen amenities. Buying in bulk can be cheaper. Or ideally, grow your own produce. Then can it and preserve it.
Food storage is not just for when the SHTF though. It is also for when you’re sick and cant make it to the grocery store. Maybe someone is unemployed for the time being. Food storage is meant as a cushion to be used in anything you deem an emergency. That could be you’re sick and cant make it to the store, unemployment, snowed in for a day, power outage, or a natural disaster. Technically we should always be using the food from the food storage anyways. We always want to be rotating the food through. Same goes for water, fuel, and clothes.
You should have a list for food, water, fuel and personal hygiene. You should know what you have and how long you’ve had it. This will make it much easier to know when and what to rotate.
If nothing else this page will act as a good reminder that you need to have a food storage. Every time you flip through your Go-Book you will see this food storage inventory page empty, staring back at you.
It is also a great way to save money. Being in control of your groceries and spending will help save money in the long run. It will keep you conscious of your spending habits and allow you to see any bad spending habits.
This isn’t just for preppers and doomsdayers. This is for anyone who wants a cushion just in case.