Best Survival Food To Pack
It goes without saying that you need to carry enough food on your hiking or camping trip for as long as it lasts without being too cumbersome in your backpack or luggage. You might be confident that you can hunt and forage in the wilderness, yet having packed food saves you time and energy you can use for other activities.
By assessing the right amount of nutrients and calories you might expend on the trip with your body type and metabolism, you can determine how you will live through the pressures of the particular environment you will encounter.
Canned foods are already cooked and no longer need to be heated, saving you the trouble of building a fire in unfavorable situations like cold weather and rain. Choose canned food that offers lots of protein and calories as these do not come from plants and you may not have the option of hunting. While a bit heavy in your traveling gear, canned food does not take up a lot of space and is quick and easy to open.
Protein and energy bars can give you a quick boost while you’re walking along a trail and may not have the time to prepare a proper meal. These also provide rich amounts of calories and protein but you may need to check the product label to be sure that what you get will be as calorie-dense as you need it to be.
MREs (Meal, Ready-To-Eat) are pre-packaged, pre-cooked foods used as rations by the army. These are lightweight, highly nutritious and easy to carry around. Remember to bring MRE heaters in your survival kit.
Peanut butter is full of calories and nutrients as the nuts keep you sharp and alert enough. You can bring bread and crackers to add flavor and wheat to your survival diet.
Beans are your best source of calcium and iron to keep your bones strong during the trip and help you recover from injury. Soy, pinto, black and red beans are prime considerations in choosing which types of beans to bring along, but go with what works for you. Even when dried, beans are still good to eat for a long time and will last longer than many other fruit and vegetable choices.
Berries contain antioxidants to help you fight cough, colds and airborne viruses. These are indispensable in cold weather. They also taste great and add to the allure of being in the forest. When foraging, be sure to avoid poisonous berries that will cause stomach complications.
Fish can come in the form of canned sardines of may be caught at a stream or river then carefully packed in sealed containers, but will not last long and may need to be cooked the next day. Healthy fats and proteins come from fish and it may be your only source of Vitamin B12.
Barley lowers bad cholesterol levels and assures good bowel movement. Barley oats can be mixed in water or milk and you have an instant breakfast. It has nutrients such as Niacin and Vitamin B as well as minerals like manganese and selenium that are no very abundant in fruits.
Kale can be your staple green and leafy vegetable for your trip as it is loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals and you can easily boil the stems from a simple vegetable broth. As a close relative of wild cabbage, it can last longer than most other vegetables yet you should not wait too long.
Nuts are high in dietary fiber and easily stored in rounded or plastic containers. Like beans, they can also stay good for long periods of time and its nutritional value does not decrease too quickly if not fresh.
Be sure to take your metabolism and physical complications into consideration before you set out as the wilderness has a way of heightening allergic responses to food. Your food containers should be durable, properly sealed and airtight as freshness retains nutritional value in food.
You cannot go wrong by choosing the right food for survival since you don’t always have a full grasp of what’s out there, and it helps to have food on hand for quick sustenance.
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