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Of the many things to include in a bug out bag, calories is a very important one. You know, it’s not even that you really need them but they can make such a difference. To be honest, a 5-hour bugout does not really require that you eat.
However, if you choose to stop and rest or to visit a cache location, having some tasty food to eat makes all the difference. It can lighten the dark mood and offer up some form of solace to those around you.
So, what are the best types of food that you can store in your bugout bag? Shelf life, taste, calories are all great qualities of BOB foods. Let’s look at a few.
Millennium Energy Bars are high-calorie bars come in many great flavors and have a shelf life of 5 years! Now that screams bug out.
It’s nice to drop some bars in bags that you don’t need to check each year. These bars are also packed with 400 calories each. Not something you want to be eating in your off time but a delicious high-calorie bar for the bugout bag.
These high-calorie bars are just that. They are empty sugary calories but when you are on the go and looking to pack light they can be very effective.
The Datrex emergency food ration offers up 2400 calories per 17oz package. Now, that is pretty impressive, in terms of a day’s worth of calories.
Homemade Bugout Foods
Things like homemade granola and pemmican have had a long run as high-quality trail foods.
Pemmican was something the earliest Native American explorers depended on to get from point A to point B. With the advent of cheap ingredients and high effective kitchen tools we now have the ability to make trail food as customized as we want.
It’s made of lean, dried meat that’s crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. I like to add dried fruit for taste.
The best part is just a handful will sustain a full-grown man or woman all day long – even while working. This makes it a great food to have in an emergency.
Find your preferred flavor and either start storing or start making it yourself!
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.