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October 09, 2012
Essential Food to Pack in Your Bug Out Bag - 6
by Tim MacWelch
Any good Bug Out Bag should include a minimum of gear, most of which would be similar to the gear you would take on a backpacking trip.
Just for starters, you need necessary prescription meds; shelter items; 2 to 3 quarts of water, and purification equipment to disinfect more water; fire starters; first aid supplies; spare clothes; and, of course, some food. But that’s where all of the experts’ opinions diverge from a recognizable average into wildly different food lists based on personal preference and influenced by tastes.
MREs are popular for Bug Out Bag food, and they definitely have the high calories and long shelf life that you need. But they are also bulky and heavy.
Freeze-dried backpacking food can be a lighter-weight choice over the MRE, but they may not work for everybody. The calorie content can be much lower than in freeze-dried meals. They also require extra water and a heating source, and either or both of those could be in short supply during a bug out.
Don’t be skimpy with your meal plan. Running around in the woods can require a lot of energy and you may find yourself blowing through 5,000 calories or more per day. The best foods for that level of exertion are quick-and-easy carbs (starches and sugars) and food high in proteins and fats that provides you with more long-term energy.
So what do you really want to have with you?
Let us know in the comments what tasty vittles you have packed in your BOB.