How To Make Your Own DIY Emergency Food Kit?(4 Easy Steps)

Written By: Paul

DIY Emergency Food Kit

Emergencies and disasters are always unexpected, and unfortunately, most people are usually unprepared!

However, the best way you can be more prepared is to create an at-home emergency food kit. It’s inexpensive, simple, and is guaranteed to give you a large degree of peace of mind. 

In this article, we’ll show you exactly how to go about compiling your DIY emergency kit and everything you need to make it! We’ll cover:

  • The steps you need to take to make your DIY emergency food kit
  • A sample 1-month food kit for two people
  • Knowing how many months of food you should store.

Let’s get into it!

DIY Emergency Food Kit

Steps to Make Your DIY Emergency Food Supply

Before you get to work putting together your DIY emergency food kit, you’ll want to get a few things planned out first to ensure your kit will last and that it has all the necessary items. 

This includes determining what specific foods you will need, ensuring they are fit to last in an emergency kit, and knowing to keep your emergency kit well-maintained. Let’s go over each step you need to take in more detail! 

1. Determine your basic needs

In order to get to work compiling supplies for your kit, it’s important that you first think about any specific needs you and your family may have. 

Perhaps someone in your family has a dietary intolerance or allergy or other specific dietary requirements. You may also have a baby in the family, in which case you will need to ensure you have the appropriate baby formula or baby food! 

You will also need to consider your nutritional needs throughout the day; perhaps you are someone who is particularly active and requires more calories. 

You will also need to consider ensuring you get enough nutrients such as protein and vitamins. Once you have determined your and your family’s needs, you will be ready to select the specific food items for your kit.

2. Choose your food items

When it comes to selecting your food items, you need to ensure you have all the major food groups covered. 

Your kit should also contain foods that have a long shelf life, are nutritionally dense, and are easy to prepare in emergency situations. 

You may include frozen food in your kit, but these will need to be the first eaten when the emergency occurs. Remember to include in your kit a can opener, and equipment such as a gas cooker to heat food! 

Some great options for protein are canned tuna or fish, canned beef, canned beans or lentils, dried beans or lentils, beef jerky, peanut butter, and powdered milk. 

Fruit and vegetables can be accounted for through canned options. For example, you can stock up on canned beetroot, corn, beans, peas, and mushrooms when it comes to vegetables. Canned fruits can include pineapple, peaches, apricots, and cherries. 

Don’t forget other essential items such as coffee, tea, sugar, salt, and condiments! You will also need enough water to last at least 3 days.

3. Store your food properly

To get the best shelf life out of your kit, you need to ensure that it is stored properly. This involves ensuring that the kit is stored in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. Dried goods should be in airtight containers. 

Once opened, canned goods need to be transferred to another non-metallic container and should not be kept for more than a few days refrigerated. If there is no method of refrigeration, then the goods need to be eaten immediately. 

4. Keep your emergency kit up to date

To ensure your emergency kit stays up-to-date and safe to consume, there are a couple of things you can do periodically. 

The first is to check all cans for any signs of rusting, bulging, or leaking which will compromise the safety of the food. Additionally, ensure that all food is still within its best-before date – and replace those that are not!

Sample 1-month Emergency Food Kit for Two People

Now that you have a basic understanding of how to put together an emergency food kit, let’s take a look at what a sample food kit would look like. 

Here’s an example of what could be found in an emergency food kit for two people that would last approximately one month:

Food ItemQuantityPeopleSingle Serving SizeCalories Per ServingNutrients
Powdered milk2 kg2250ml155Protein, calcium
Protein Bars4 packets21 bar150Protein, carbohydrates
Peanut Butter2 jars21 tbsp120Protein, fats
Crackers4 packs24 crackers120Carbohydrates
Oats2 packs21 cup300Protein, carbohydrates
Canned Fruit30 cans21 cup75Vitamins, carbohydrates
Rice8 kg21 cup360Carbohydrates
Pasta8 kg21 cup360Carbohydrates, protein
Tomato Pasta Sauce8 jars2100g45Vitamins
Canned Beans20275g50Protein, Vitamins and Minerals
Dried Lentils2 kg250g200Protein, Vitamins and Minerals
Canned Tuna20 cans295g80Protein, Minerals
Canned Chicken20 cans295g100Protein, Minerals
Cookies4 packets 225g120Carbohydrates
Soup packets30 packets2300g200Vitamins, Minerals
Canned stew20 cans2250g120Vitamins, Minerals
Canned Vegetables30 cans275g50 Vitamins
Milo1 kg220g80Carbohydrates

How Many Months of Food Items Should I Store?

At this point, you might be wondering how many weeks or months your emergency food kit should last you. 

Everyone should have an emergency kit for at least 3 days, though a 2-week kit is even better! 

Essentially: the more well-stocked you can manage to make an emergency kit, the more prepared you will be in an emergency or natural disaster.

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