Travel with Peace of Mind: Include a Stash of Emergency Food on Your Luggage

Packable Food - Image by Ish Frost on Flickr, used under Creative Commons LicenseThese days, enthusiasts of the “prepping” movement are appearing everywhere. This movement emphasizes the importance of storing away an abundance of food, water, and other items in the instance of there being a natural disaster or an emergency of another kind.  That way, if you are unable to leave your home for whatever reason or you have to evacuate in a hurry, you will be as prepared as possible.

You can go one step further, and have an emergency food supply with you when you are traveling. It is obviously quite aggravating when your flight or other mode of transportation is delayed, but imagine how you would feel being stuck in an unfamiliar place while on vacation. You can relieve some of the stress by having food on hand to last you until you can make it to the store. Be sure that you do this, and you can travel with peace of mind.

There are certain food items that are great for taking with you. Many of them do not require refrigeration of any sort. These include freeze dried food items such as fruits, vegetables, and even simple meals. Also, nonperishable food/drink items such as cereals still sealed in their packages, crackers/pretzels/chips;   canned foods, evaporated/dry milk, and sealed containers of juice are excellent options. Carefully consider the right amount of each of these to bring along for yourself and whoever is in your care.

You can use the same tips for an emergency food supply while traveling, that you would for your at-home emergency preparedness kits. Many preparedness websites suggest having at least three days’ worth of food on hand for each person. Choose food that will last you longer, such as high-fiber and high-energy foods with a lot of protein and vitamins. It is especially important to take these in when you are in situations of high stress, since our bodies burn up the energy faster during these times. Another type is to include items that are ready-to-eat, since you may not have access to clean water or any electricity or gas stoves.

Relief workers most likely will be “on the scene” immediately after the disaster hits, but you may not receive assistance for a while. It all depends on the number of people affected and how accessible your road/area is. Have an emergency supply with you, such as daily bread freeze dried food, and you will be able to sustain yourself and your family.


  1. This is a really nice tip i always keep food with me whenever i want to visit any place as we don’t know what type of food we will get and whether or not it is healthy for us.

  2. Outside foods are not good to health. The best way to maintain our good health by carrying some essential food like dry fruits, cereals and sealed juices with us while traveling.

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