Recent world events have caused many of us to reevaluate our lives a little bit. Things such as the economic decline, storms across the east coast, earthquakes, tsunamis, and conflicts raging across the world no doubt have more than a few of us thinking about what is really important in our lives. And for most people, the answer to that is family. And more specifically, keeping yourself and your family alive and healthy. That is why recent years have seen a spike in the amount of people who have created an emergency food supply for their homes. If you want to join the ranks of the prepared, but just don’t know where to begin, here are a few tips to help you get started.
Choosing the Food
The first and most important question to ask yourself is, what sort of food should I store? Start by creating a list. What goes on the list? The most important thing is that you store things that have a long shelf life. If you are not sure, you can check guidelines online. Some basics might include pasta, powdered milk, wheat, and peanut butter, not forgetting to store clean water for drinking, washing, and cooking. While you are choosing your food you should also think about the kinds of food that you eat on a regular basis. After all, you are planning to eat this food at some point, and it will be a lot more pleasant for you if it is food that you actually like! You should also take into consideration your health, being careful to stock all of the food groups, and any necessary vitamins and minerals. You might not mind living off of tubs of peanut butter for days on end, but your body might disagree!
Now that you know what food you need, you can go about buying it. You can either take your list and spend a day buying your supplies, or you can add to your storage gradually over a period of time. The advantage of the first method is that you can create your entire food storage in a day. The advantage of the second is that you can create it gradually without worrying about extra cost or time spent. You can probably buy most of your storage from regular grocery stores, but there are ways to save money, such as buying what you can in bulk, and keeping an eye on special deals and coupons.
So you have all of your survival food, now where are you going to store it? It is best to set aside some space before you buy your supplies, and it can be anywhere. If you don’t have a separate room or pantry that you can use, get creative with the space that you have. The great thing about food storage is that it does not require any sort of refrigeration, and you don’t have to reach it every day. This makes it perfect for storing anywhere you like. Under beds, in end tables, at the bottom of wardrobes, store your supplies anywhere you can find the space.
About the Author: Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and expert in survival techniques and outdoor resourcefulness.