When the grid goes down, you can bet that there will be hundreds if not thousands of people swarming all the grocery stores and supermarkets in town in an attempt to buy as much food as they possibly can before things get worse (and before the looting begins).
In fact, stores are likely to become flooded with people even in anticipation of a disaster, and if you don’t take action to begin stockpiling food right now, that will be you as well.
Regardless of whether you plan on stockpiling food right now (like you should) or whether you will once a disaster has struck (or right before it does), the grocery store can actually be one of the best places for you to buy food.
Many people believe that buying survival foods means they have to buy bulk, “official” survival foods online, but the truth is that an ordinary grocery store can still be a perfectly good outlet to turn to.
First, let’s go over some criteria that you should keep in mind when buying food from the grocery store for survival purposes.
The basic rules you will want to follow are as such:
- Only buy food that is cost efficient (don’t spend money that you don’t have)
- Buy a variety of food for optimum nutrition, and don’t just buy beans and rice alone and consider yourself good to go
- Buy food that has a long shelf life of at least one year or more (and remember to rotate it out appropriately)
- Do not buy food for survival that requires freezing or refrigeration in order to store
With the above criteria in mind, let’s go over some foods that will be suitable to buy from the grocery store for survival and disaster preparedness purposes.
The Best Survival Foods You Can Buy at the Grocery Store
Here is a list of the very best survival foods that you will be able to buy at the grocery store, presented in alphabetical order:
- Canned Meat
- Canned Fruits
- Canned Vegetables
- Dried Beans
- Dried Fruits
- Peanut Butter
- Protein Bars/Energy Bars
- White Rice
Including each of the above foods in your survival stockpile, or at least a significant portion of them, will mean that your food stockpile will be very balanced and versatile.
Just as you should eat a balanced meal in your daily life, you should also strive to do this in a major disaster as well.
Tips for Storing Survival Foods
Even more important than the type of food you choose to store for survival is how you choose to store it. This is because it doesn’t matter how much food you store: if it spoils, it will all be wasted and completely unsafe to consume.
The best places to store food are any locations that meet each of the following criteria:
- Dry and free of moisture
- At normal room temperature
- Does not have any major fluctuations in temperature
That’s it! Pretty simple, right?
There are many places in your home that should effortlessly fulfill the above criteria as well, including but not necessarily limited to:
- Basements (assuming it’s not damp – you may want to invest in a dehumidifier otherwise)
- Any spare bedrooms or offices
There are also many places that will NOT be suitable for storing foods, including:
- Attic (it may be indoors, but it’s going to have temperature fluctuations)
- Outdoor sheds
- Anywhere outdoors
- Laundry rooms
Follow the above basic but essential tips on food storage, and you should be good to go.