What You Need in Your Survival Kit

Deep End Diner and Good Food contributor Eddie Lin headed to Rancho Cucamonga to the Honeyville store to find out what he needed to get for his survival kit.  Living in California, you have to be ready if disaster strikes.  At the store – which he said looks like a giant convenience store – he spoke to Johnny Ferry.  Johnny says that when food and water are scarce during an emergency, we need to be prepared:

  • Plan to have 1 gallon of water per person, per day.
  • Don’t rely on plastic bottled water as bacteria can leach into the soil.
  • When buying canned goods, be sure to check the shelf life.  Ideally, you want items that will last decades.
  • Don’t forget to set aside supplies like extra glasses and first aid kits.
  • How your items are stored is important.  Make sure the packaging won’t degrade if it’s stored for decades.
  • Find more tips here.

Eddie tried Honeyville’s various freeze-dried items… Hear about it on Good Food and keep reading for pictures…

Freeze Dried Ice Cream Sandwich
Freeze Dried Ice Cream Sandwich
Rehydrated Rotini with Meat Sauce
Rehydrated Rotini with Meat Sauce
Freeze Dried Pineapple Chunks
Freeze Dried Pineapple Chunks
freshly ground wheat for "Cream of Wheat"
  • Happy Scrappy Blogger

    I've got my kit ! (includes crank radio, water purifier, extra water, first aid kit, tools) As for food, we keep food that will last a while, but we try to cycle through everything. Every six months we use the water (because plastic can leach, as you pointed out), peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, applesauce, etc., and buy new stuff to replace it. It's made us choose our emergency food more carefully if we have to eat it twice a year!

  • Julio Zamora

    Storing some food, water, vitamins, small amount of cash, and other supplies like matches and fuel are a wise thing to do. Those that have these things will be really glad when they need them whereas those that don't will be stuck in long lines. I have a few months supply on hand of drinking water and freeze dried food and canned goods.

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