Disaster Survival Food: 2 Unbeatable Tips For Bugging Out

Disaster survival food is about the last thing on your mind when you’re trying to bug out of an emergency. Imagine you live on the east coast. 5 miles from the beach. An emergency disaster comes, and even though you don’t live directly on the beach, your area is going to be ….not wiped out … but.. .useless and uninhabitable just like with hurricane Katrina. Evacuation notices go out, and you have to leave. now.  What do you grab?  What about food supplies for survival?

Everyone in the house is accounted for and ready to go. Each of them has their own bug out bag ready to go. money? Check. Important documents? check. In the car you go. And you join the thousands of other cars jamming the highway trying to get out of dodge.  The last thing you’ll want is to end up in the middle of civil unrest.

So while you are in the giant parking lot….. with time to think… you wonder…. what about your disaster survival food? What are we going to eat? …When’s dinner?

Well, lets backtrack a moment. Before leaving the house, what if you packed a bunch of survival food for the family just to tie everyone over for the short term?


What are the problems that people encounter with disaster survival kits, emergency food supplies and disaster survival food? When hurricanes and earthquakes come, what survival foods are best? What kind of food preparedness is best?

The problem with carrying survival food is that its so bulky. Just because its bulky doesn’t mean it will last in the long term

Water is very heavy for what you can carry. You need water. But you have to balance what you will be drinking against what you’ll need for cooking.

And as time goes on people get tired carrying the bulky heavy water and emergency food for survival, so they eat it to lighten their weight, but it shortens their food life span too

In a very short amount of time, the emergency food and water are gone. and the battle for survival begins.

You could do emergency food storage and food supply, but what if your area gets shut down from nuclear / flooding/something geographical, then you’d have to transport your entire disaster food storage system to a new place. How are you going to do that, especially when you need to do it quickly. You know, the space in your car is going to be at a premium anyway, transporting people and their own personal disaster survival kits.

And let me add a note here. Just because you think natural disasters are isolated to your area.. think again. Just recently, the entire country of India had a power grid outage. So its entirely possible that power outages can happen here in the US as well. And then you’d have nowhere to run to. And your food problem would be unsolvable other than what you can pull out of a rabbits hat.

Another problem with survival food is the premade survival kits with food in them. For the most part, they don’t have enough calories in the kits for even 1 day. There’s not not enough reserve foods in these kits. Your disaster survival food supply would run out in very short time.

How long are you going to have to need survival food and last, not knowing how long the disaster is going to take to stabilize?

Probably the grocery store shelves will be emptied out of emergency supplies very fast. (canned goods, bread, peanut butter, milk, soups, stews, water)

It will be to late to order online once the disaster hits. Who’s going to deliver in the middle of the emergency?


Now, imagine this second scenario. again, the hurricane is coming, and the family is heading out in the car, but this time, food wont be an issue for at least a week.

Forget restaurants, you wont need them. forget grocery stores, you wont need them either.You’ve got plenty of food that’s compact/lightweight/nutritious. Water jugs for drinkable water? forget it.

You are covered.Here’s a strategy that will work every time. it combines 2 very solid technologies. freeze dried foods and water purification with UV technology.

So now that we know the benefits and drawbacks of this combination of technologies in a disaster preparedness survival situation, lets take a look at how it plays out in reality.

How do you make it work? what do you put in your kit to make it happen


An idea is only as good as your ability to execute it. So here are the specifics on making the freeze dried food / UV water purification idea work together.

On the food side we’ll combine proteins, veggies, fruits and nuts.

  • For freeze dried proteins / meats the best place to get them is HoneyVilleGrain. Be sure to check out these links for products that will do the trick.
  • freeze dried meat 
  •  For protein, take a look a this peanut butter powder. just add a little water and you get your own peanut butter paste. Of course protein bars are the ultimate source of nutrition as well. They are protein rich and high in calories, which you’ll need for survival.
  • peanut butter powder
  • Freeze dried veggies, fruits, proteins
  • A great place to start with veggies is broccoli. Take a look at this link . Each can has 30 servings of 1/2 cup rehydrated broccoli. The weight is reduce by about 90% which makes it a very light item to carry. The taste and nutrition are the same as fresh broccoli. On the fruit side, make sure you look closer at the blueberries and for protein in the form of beans make sure you don’t forget to look at this link for beans.
Now, once you’ve had a great meal, its time for dessert, right? Have you ever had freeze dried ice cream?Once my daughter and I decided to get some ice cream.

Freeze Dried. Let me tell you, its very weird eating ice cream that’s… dry… and not cold.Its everything that ice cream…isn’t….. but at the same time… it tasted perfectly like ice cream.

I’m not sure I would have wanted to add water to this. So eating it dry was fine with us. it was very tasty.

Alright, I’ve given you a great starting point for food.

And I hope you can see that there’s a large variety that exists with freeze dried disaster survival food.


But you still need water to cook with and to drink. and if you aren’t carrying the water, you’ll need to purify it.

Boiling it is one way to get what you need. but if you want it a little faster, check out the Steripen UV filter. this is essential as a survival disaster too, because there will be times where you wont have the time or resources to build a fire to boil water with. you might be on the run and only have minutes to get what you need. that’s where the Steri-Pen comes in.

Purifying water with the Steri-Pen UV filter

This thing is awesome. I’ve had mine for a few months now, and it works great. The Steri-Pen UV destroys 99% of the waterborne microbes, viruses, protozoa and bacteria that cause water borne illnesses. Each use will clean up to 16 oz of water in about 90 seconds. There are two Steri-Pens.

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First is the Opti. it looks like a small flashlight.It takes two 1010A batteries that look like AA batteries but 1/2 the length. These batteries have been known to last up to 50 liters, but each situation is different. People have used these things in Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and every where else where people are afraid to drink the water.

Another version of this is the Steri-Pen Sidewinder. It doesn’t use batteries. The sidewinder has a dynamo crank on it, so you just crank it for 90 seconds and you get clean, pure, drinkable water. Nice thing about this is the container that the water is in… you use as your drinking cup. So it saves space.


Carrying all of your emergency food in the form of freeze dried pouches makes lots of sense because it, would be the

A) lightest  – because as much as 98% of the water content has been removed, the food is extremely lightweight, which significantly reduces the cost of shipping.
because it requires no refrigeration, shipping and storage costs are even further reduced.
if you want the best combination of lightweight food with the best taste then freeze dried foods are the best option. Freeze dried foods are pre-seasoned, cooked and mixed. All you do is add hot water and they are ready.

B) most nutritious – freeze dried foods, on the other hand, are usually foods containing a multitude of ingredients and seasonings. From a packing survival, hiking, camping perspective these are awesome. Because of the way food is freeze dried, once its done, you get up to 98% of the nutritional value but only 20% of the weight of the food. Its nutritional and light for camping/hiking.

C) provide you with the most quantity if you were to pack fresh potatoes or broccoli in the same space that you stored freeze dried versions of the same foods, you’d be amazed. The freeze dried versions take up less than 1/2 of the space that the fresh versions take. And the freeze dried tastes exactly the same, and has the same nutritional value.

D) safe to eat & store
freeze-dried food is also relatively contamination-free since the dehydration process makes it virtually impossible for yeast and potentially harmful bacteria to survive.
finally, since the physical structure of the food is not altered during the freeze-drying process, the food retains much of its color, shape, texture, and flavor when it is prepared for consumption by reintroducing water.

what’s really nice is that unlike fresh foods, you can store this indefinitely without having to freeze it. if you were to buy the equivalent in fresh foods, and freeze it, and the grid went down, then all of your food would go bad. but with freeze dried, it generally has a shelf life of about 20 years.

E) convenient
this makes it more attractive to consumers than food preserved by some other methods.
nothing more is needed, just a little cook time in hot water to rehydrated them to have them ready to eat.
they are pre-seasoned, pre-cooked and pre-mixed with other ingredients, making them the fastest and easiest foods to cook.
even more convenient than dehydrated foods


Even though freeze dried food has many benefits, it does have a few disadvantages.
first is the cost. one evening I went to the grocery store and priced out some veggies. When I compared the two, the freeze dried version is about 3-4 times as expensive as the fresh version. the freeze dried version is about 50-60 cents per serving while the fresh version is about 15-20 cents per serving.

Another downside is the equipment. Its not easy to setup your own freeze drying operation. the equipment needed requires a large financial investment and the process of freeze drying is time intensive as well.  For these reasons, the high cost of making freeze dried foods gets passed onto the consumer.


Of course with any technology there has to be a drawback… right?
With the UV water purification option, batteries are required. So if you don’t have spares when it runs out, then you cant process any water.

Electronics might go out although its water resistant, it might get soaked and ruin the electronics. an alternative would be to have water filters on hand.  Another drawback is that it only purifies maybe a liter of water at a time. So if you have a large group, then this wont be the answer to keep the entire group hydrated.


the benefits of purifying your water with UV are enormous.
first of all, you don’t have to carry …any… water around with you. so that eliminates the weight and bulk of water. A second benefit is that you can use just about any source of water as your drinking source.  Also its widely used in a variety of locations world wide and it has a solid proven track record.

Emergency preparedness isnt just about gear. When hurricanes earthquakes and other disasters hit, your emergency food supply is critical.  For peace mind, look into freeze dried food and a water purification device like the Ster-Pen.  Emergency survival kits and survival food supplies are great but without the right foods, you could find yourself in a bad situation.  Soups stews and canned items are great, but you wont be carrying much of it if you have to get out of town fast on your feet.