Suggested Food Items and Supplies

* Note: Drinking water in your kit should be rotated (replaced) every 3 to 6 months. Food items should be rotated too, intervals vary depending on the type of food.

Non-perishable food items (those that do not require refrigeration) that you may want to include in your emergency kits include:

  • Canned tuna, beans, meat, fruit, etc. with flip-top lids (that do not require a can opener)
  • Dry cereal
  • Nuts and dried fruit
  • Graham crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • High-energy protein bars or snacks
  • Beef jerky or similar protein item
  • Bottled or canned juice
  • Tea or instant coffee; sugar and powdered creamer; powdered juice or lemonade
  • Comfort foods such as cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals
  • Bottled drinking water

Supplies you might need for storing, preparing and cooking food include:

  • Plastic containers with lids
  • Heavy duty garbage bags
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Aluminum foil or plastic wrap
  • Packets of spices, salt and pepper
  • Cloth or paper towels
  • Plates and utensils
  • Plastic food bags
  • Manual can and bottle opener
  • Portable camp stove or hibachi, plus fuel and matches