How to Calculate How Much Food to Store for Survival

Food to Store for Survival
Food to Store for Survival

In a survival situation, everyone will be trying to hoard as much food as they can. Although this is the ideal thing to do, it is paramount to calculate the required amount to hoard to avoid wastage.

Maintaining a home emergency supply kit is very important when preparing for any survival situation. Although you need a lot of things to stockpile, your emergency kit should include the basic necessities for your family like clean water and food that can last you up to two weeks. Always replenish the items in the kit biannually.

As you hoard food, take into consideration all your family’s needs and tastes. Your stock should include those foods that they enjoy eating and are also nutritious. Always go for foods that don’t require refrigeration or cooking as this might be impossible to do during a survival situation.

Do not forget members with allergies, elderly, and toddlers as they require special diets. Nursing mothers will also require liquid formula since it might be hard to nurse in a survival situation. Canned soups and dietetic foods will be great for the elderly. Do not forget to pack non-perishable food for your pets.

To prepare adequately, pack at least 2,000 calories worth of food for every adult in your household per day. Also, include a gallon of water for every person every day for both drinking and sanitation purposes.

There are various calculators online that one can use to calculate the amount of food each of your family members will require without starving them or wasting any food. Since most calculate per year, you can divide the result by four to get the target for three months.

It is very important to stockpile staples as they serve as the body’s building blocks of other foods. All you need to know is how to rotate them with the other food options you might have.

 With this information, you can comfortably calculate how much food to store for survival.

Below Are Some Useful Tips

  1. Do not buy things that your family hates as it will go to wastage. In its place, buy something they all love.
  2. Eliminate foods any of the family members are allergic to as there is no need of having too much food that half of the family can’t eat. Remember when an emergency hits, you will not be able to start buying these foods. So, plan to avoid any inconveniences later.
  3. Sneak in one staple that your family dislikes but are not allergic to. Try mixing it with something familiar and your family might end up with a new favorite dish.
  4. Start incorporating recipes with these strange foods well before any emergency. This way, they will get accustomed to the dish well before. You do not want to force your family to like a certain dish when you are already in an emergency situation.


Most food calculators and storage lists omit herbs and seasonings, yet they are also important. With a couple of dried spices and herbs, you will transform bald food to a finger-licking meal. The beauty of herbs is that they can be dehydrated and frozen to last a long time.

Long-term food storage is meant to keep you from starving to death. This is why you need to answer this question. What is most important to avoid starvation?

Your best bet is food that can be stored for longer periods without losing the nutrition value and taste.

What Not To Stockpile

There are a lot of things you will hear people should not be stockpiled. Below is a list of such foods:

  1. Brown sugar: it has too much moisture and thus cannot be stored for a long time.
  2. Oily nuts and grains: they tend to go rancid very fast and lose their nutritional value.
  3. Commercially bottled water: this water is not safer than the ordinary tap water. The bottle this water comes in cannot be reused either as it is meant to be used once.
  4. Milled grain except for rolled oats: the process of grinding exposes the inside of grains to oxygen which can make them go rancid. Always have your grains whole.


Always store your food in the appropriate containers to avoid exposing it to harmful microorganisms which might make it go bad. Eating contaminated food can do more harm than good to you especially when you are trying to survive.

Below is a list that should help you with stockpiling food for one adult to last him/her a whole year

  • Grains: 300 pounds (includes: wheat, rice, cornmeal, pasta, flour, etc.)
  • Legumes: 60 pounds (Lima, soy, lentils, peas, dry beans, etc.)
  • Fats and oils: 13 pounds (peanut butter, Veg, shortening, oil, etc.)
  • Dairy: 75 pounds (dry milk)
  • Sugars: 60 pounds (honey, sugar, etc.)
  • Cooking essentials: (salt, vinegar, etc.)
  • Water: (at least 1-gallon for each person per day)

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