Preparing to survive if the world turns to crap.
Putting together a bug out bag is always a compromise between space and weight, and the gear you need. Here is the thing, and it's the problem that faces ALL preppers. We don't know what's going to happen. We don't know if we will be able to hunker down, or if we will have to leave right away. Is a 72 hour bag going to be sufficient, or will we never be coming home? The world is in flux and you need to try to be prepared accordingly. Your go bag might be the last thing you'll ever take with you, and you might have zero time to take anything but.
So, all that being said, I've been taking a look at my favorite foods for the bug out bag.
Lipton Chicken Noodle Packages
Lipton chicken noodle cup a soup packages are dry so they last a long time. They take up very little space. You simply add water and heat and you have soup. It has enriched egg noodles, vitamins, spices, real chicken broth and real chicken meat and real dehydrated vegetables. I find that in the lack of a plethora of food, having hot soup is both relatively filling and also mood enhancing. There's something about having a hot bowl of soup that lifts the spirits after a long days hiking or trekking. This is my #1 bug out bag food for those reasons.
Tuna has a lot of protein and some other stuff I don't know about but apparently is essential for your survival. Plus it's filling. My choice is pouched Tuna, like this Chicken of the Sea 2.5 ounce packages. Unlike cans, pouches pack much better into a pack and don't add weight like the cans do. Plus they are easier to open, and you can get them in a lot of flavours. I shouldn't just say tuna though, you can get salmon and other seafood in pouches too, whatever you prefer. I like Tuna.
Raisins or Other Dried Fruit
I like to pack in a mixture of raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricot, a mix like that. The reason (besides it tasting good) is that you're going to need something with vitamin C to prevent scurvy. If you get scurvy your teeth drop out and you bleed from orifices. Or something. It doesn't sound pleasant. This is why British sailors were called limeys, because they brought limes with them for vitamin C to prevent scurvy. I would imagine having no teeth and orifice bleeding would hamper your survival activities, so be sure to try to prevent it.
We're not talking about some hippie light granola bar filled with things you can't pronounce and with only 100 calories a bar! No, we're talking about things that have all sorts of calories, and protein, and vitamins, and did I mention calories? If you're out there surviving you can't stop by a McDonald's drive through and you certainly can't count on a steady food supply from wherever you are. This is why I like these Power Bar Protein Peanut Butter flavoured bars. Yea, they aren't exactly ambrosia, but they are edible. They also have over 2,000 calories a bar, which is almost a days worth of calories. You can keep one of these in your pocket and take a bite once every hour or so and keep yourself fueled. Keeping fueled on the go is important, and these things have a long shelf life. They are expensive but worth it.
A Survival Seed Vault
Sure, you can't eat heirloom seeds. But a survival seed vault like this one is an important addition to a bug out bag. Why? It seems kind of counter intuitive because this is a BUG OUT bag and you can't eat heirloom seeds. But the reason is as stated above. You may not actually be coming home and having non heirloom seeds will give you the ability for renewable food supplies if that's the case.
Now, I'm not saying the above are inclusive or the only thing you should have, but they are what I figure are the top choices and what you should include. Any changes, additions or other favorites are welcome!