15 Must-Have Foods to Put In Your Survival Pantry

15 Must-Have Foods to Put In Your Survival Pantry

Most preppers know the importance of food storage, but few of them have the must-have foods for adequate prepping sitting in their survival pantry.

Well, my job is to help you get prepared to the best of my ability; that’s why I came up with this handy-dandy checklist of long-term food storage. This covers all the basics, from commonly known foods that are long-lasting and crucial to survival, to those that aid in medicinal uses.

Rather than spoil the fun, I’ll get right down to it – here’s my checklist of:

15 Must-Have Foods to Put In Your Survival Pantry

1 – Rice

Rice is a huge staple in most people’s diets, and for good reason. It’s cheap, healthy and a great source of carbs. Plus, you can dress it up with all kinds of sauces/toppings for a whole variety of versatile dishes. I recommend storing plain white rice, as it has a longer shelf-life than brown.

2 – Meat Cans

You should buy these in bulk and keep a variety on-hand, such as pork, beef, and chicken. Feel free to add canned fish, too, such as salmon and tuna. Canned meats are great for long-term storage, and can be used in a ton of different dishes to keep your taste buds interested.

If you’re not sure which ones to buy, we’ve got an incredibly popular 12-can variety pack to get you started:


canned meats


3 – Oats

Oats are a crucial ingredient for a number of foods, such as oatmeal, breads, and cookies. Plus, they have great nutritional value, and are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

Fun Fact: you can use oats for more than just the tasty treats listed above – you can also use them to add bulk to casseroles and meatloaf. This is a trick used in the Great Depression – mostly to help folks get full faster with as little ingredients as possible.

If you’re not that savvy at making delicious, homemade breakfasts off-the-grid, we can help you out with breakfast mixes like buttermilk pancakes and super nutty granola right here:

4 – Coffee And Tea Bags

If you need coffee or tea to wake you up now, what makes you think it’ll be different in a survival situation? Stay alert by stocking up on your favorite coffee (choose from instant, pre-ground or whole bean) and teas (caffeinated and non-caffeinated).

If you’re looking for convenience, you’ll LOVE this – we’ve got 350 servings of coffee, complete with carrying container AND french press! Who can pass up a deal like that?!? See it here:

5 – Chicken/Beef Broth Cans

Broth is great for adding flavor and giving you a boost of sodium in your diet. Plus, you can throw your favorite veggies and meats in there, bring it to a boil, and serve it as a hearty soup.

Helpful Hint: boil your rice in chicken broth (instead of water) to make it extra delicious.

6 – Powdered Milk

Much like its liquid counterpart, powdered milk is a great source of vitamins A, D, and B12, as well as protein. However, unlike the liquid version, powdered milk stores for WAY longer. When you’re in a crisis, you’re going to depend on this substance for bone-strengthening energy.

Well, look no further – we’ve got 120 servings of delicious whey milk alternative, ready to go for your survival pantry. Simply add one cup of water to each and enjoy! See them here:


Whey Mile Alternative


7 – Fruit Cans

Fruits are generally high in fiber and nutrition, yet are often overlooked by preppers – this is a shame, since their canned versions are often delicious and store for years. Add some sweetness to your diet by stocking up on your favorite kinds such as pineapple, pears and peaches.

If you don’t want to go canned, you can always try this super tasty 120 serving variety of freeze-dried strawberries, bananas, peaches, and apples. Add them to oatmeal or cereal, or enjoy by themselves! See the incredible selection here:


8 – Vegetable Cans

Veggies are overlooked by lots of preppers, too (after all, how many people actually like to eat their greens?). However, missing out on veggies means missing out on a lot of vitamins and nutrients in your diet. Plus, many preppers say they actually like the canned versions better than the raw. Stock up on canned veggies to keep you feeling full and energized.

Now I like canned carrots as much as the next person, but let’s face it – too much canned stuff often leads to sodium overload. That’s why I prefer these freeze-dried vegetables – 120 servings of broccoli, corn, green beans, and sweet peas, all in a handy carrying container. What’s easier than that?! Click here for all the deliciousness:


canned veggies


9 – Honey

This one might seem counterproductive; after all, isn’t honey just basically pure sugar, and mainly used to sweeten your tea? Well, all these are true, but honey also has some surprising medicinal benefits. For one, it is a natural anti-inflammatory, and helps reduce cough and allergy symptoms.

It’s also a natural antibiotic, and can be applied to wounds and burns to help treat them. Plus, you might scoff at the sugar content, but not only does it help keep the honey last for years, but it also acts as a natural energy booster and helps boost memory.

Here’s “Healthy Prepper”with more on the subject:

I should mention that honey, though helpful, can’t assist you in every emergency – however, these first-aid kits can. Explore their usefulness and versatility (they are perfect for your car, home, or office!) by clicking here:

Medical Kit

10 – Variety of Seasonings

So many preppers don’t think about the importance of seasonings! Condiments such as garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and cinnamon (i could go on and on) are healthy, nutritious and add a boost of flavor to your survival food.

Plus, let’s be honest – eating the same foods day in and day out can get tedious – you’ll liven up your taste buds and make these meals more bearable with the help of spices and seasonings. Stock up on all your favorites.

11 – Pectin

Most preppers couldn’t tell you what pectin is, but it’s incredibly helpful. Pectin is a natural substance found in berries, apples and throat lozenges.

It’s what causes jams, jellies and fruit juices to thicken up, and is the element that really soothes your sore throat (sorry, that cherry flavor in the lozenges is just to keep the flavor bearable).

Stock up on pectin to help you if you get sick, and use it for thickening up your jams and jellies so you use less ingredients.

12 – Pasta And Spaghetti Sauce

No prepper should be without these two ingredients. The pasta will help keep you full and energized, and the spaghetti sauce is low in fat and saturated fat.

Plus, both items can be found for incredibly cheap and can be stored for years. There’s few long-term storage meals that offer this kind of bulk for your buck.

Now if you’re like me and want even more variety, I’ve got just the thing. Here’s a link to a sample pack of Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken by Backpacker’s Pantry.

Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken by Backpacker's Pantry

13 – Cooking Oils

It’s a lot easier to cook stuff in the pan when you’ve lathered on a little bit of oil. Plus, oils are great for storage and offer lots of healthy, nutritional benefits. Stock up on plant-based cooking oils for survival.

14 – Peanut Butter

Peanut butter may just be the perfect snack – not only is it great by itself by the spoonful, but it also helps make a variety of delicious sandwiches. Plus, peanut butter is naturally packed with protein and fat – crucial for muscle building and energy levels. Make sure to stock up on this long-term storage snack.

15 – Purified Drinking Water

This is one of the most important items on this list. After all, it’s been proven humans can survive up to three weeks without food, but only up to THREE DAYS without water. Stock up now on lots of gallons of purified water (or better yet, store it in stackable storage containers like these!):

water storage containers

WaterBrick Pair - FREE Spigot included when you purchase 6 or more!

Now I know this list was chock-full of survival pantry supplies, and I believe in every single one of them. However, I’m also a big believer in making things easy for myself, too. After all, prepping should still be fun, and as stress-free as possible.

That’s why I LOVE these simple, quick, and DELICIOUS survival sampler food bundles.

Not only are they healthy (each one is high in fiber and low in fat, sodium and cholesterol with no MSGs or trans fats), but they also store for up to 25 years!

My favorite part, though, is the variety you get with these – these comfort foods seriously give you the taste of home, even in a crisis.

Like I said, survival pantry prepping is all about stocking up on tasty, nutritious, and filling ingredients that’ll give you a variety of bang for your buck.

Click here or on the picture below to stock up on all this deliciousness today – it may just be the best thing you do for your family’s food supply.

family food supply

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Bradley Pick

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James Larson

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