As much as we don’t want to think about it – emergencies happen. They’re unexpected and if we’re not as prepared as we can be, it can becoming a complete disaster.
Creating and compiling your own prepping supplies list is a good first step in being semi-prepared for any type of emergency that may limit your ability to get a hold of food or water. If you’re a “whole foods” eating family, this may seem little more difficult, but it really doesn’t have to be. Check out the Homestead Living page for more ideas on prepping.
Now, depending on space or desire, you can determine how many prepping supplies you need. A good starting point is to have enough food for 72 hours, per person in your family. You can grow that as needed, but start off with the 72 hour kit.
Here are some of the great whole foods prepping supplies that can be kept very easily in your kit:
Prepping Supplies List
Dry Beans– Okay, this was an easy one-but a cheap food that can feed a lot!
Canned Fruits and Veggies– This is also a given, but the fruits of your labor from your garden can be a great addition to your kit.
Beef Jerky– Great way to get some protein in!
Dehydrated Fruits– These are like nature’s candy, but a different way to get fruit intake other than your canned items. This is also a perfect snack for the kiddos to have on hand.
Granola Bars– There are literally hundreds of great recipes for these, you are bound to find one that suits your family (or individual family members) needs.
Nuts and seeds– Certainly great for energy, but a little bit goes a long way.
Honey– Not only does honey last what seems like a lifetime, but it also has great antibiotic properties.
Peanut Butter– Protein! PB is another way to keep blood sugars stabilized but also to give everyone an energy boost when needed.
Coconut Oil– This one may sound weird, but CO is a a great fatty food. You do so much with it, it definitely needs to be a staple in your kit.
Coffee– Okay, this may not be ESSENTIAL, but it sure wouldn’t hurt. Sealed up, coffee can last a good while!
Salt-There are so many uses!
Apple Cider Vinegar– Another food item that has many uses: cooking, antibacterial, and even cleaning.
Grains– these sealed correctly can last years.
This of course is not an extensive prepping supplies list, by any means. One only has to Google “Prepping Supplies” or even “Emergency Kit” to find hundreds of resources on what to place in your kit. Another item (probably the most important) is water. Of course there is a particular way to store water, and there are various places to get information on how to do so correctly. Water should definitely be top priority!
You can organize these items in various fashions as well, but a good way for the starter kit would be backpacks. Each person in the family could have a backpack filled with the 72 hours worth of food. You can store additional food in larger containers.
Do you already have a emergency food kit?
If you are working on being prepared, you might also want to read our list of the Best Emergency Preparedness Books and learn about Prepping on a Budget! And don’t forget to create the rest of your 72 hour kit to help you with survival prepping.
And don’t forget…make sure you are only prepping with things your family will actually use/eat.
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What is in your your kit? What would your family need to add to my emergency food supply list?