Should a disaster hit, unless I’m evacuated, I plan on bugging in rather than bugging out. I have three kids at home and it just makes sense to stay put, if at all possible. Most people I know have the same plan.
So, I want my home to be as well stocked as possible, with enough food, water, and emergency supplies to weather any emergency.
Usually, when I speak to people about emergency preparedness, they mention not knowing where to start. I always say start with storing water – 1 gallon per person, per day.
Next, they want to know about food storage, how much and what kind. There are companies that make pre-packaged food and you can find several good options, from single meals to multi-day packs, in our store.
However, for those who prefer building their own prepper pantries, I have included a shopping list below. The list may seem extensive, but it’s a one month supply. The best way to build your pantry is to shop the sales (just this week my local grocery store was selling my favorite canned soup for $1 per can) and build it over time.
Remember to check expiration dates and rotate your supplies.
One Month Supply of Shelf Stable
Grocery Store Purchased Foods
Based on the MINIMUM (1600 calories) recommendations in the USDA Food Pyramid
• 18 ounce box oatmeal
• 1 pound rice
• 20 ounces pasta
• 5 pounds flour (you can replace flour with whole grains and a grain mill to grind your own flour)
• 1 pound popcorn
• 34 (15 ounce) cans vegetables
• 26 (15 ounce) cans fruit
• 2 pounds Velveeta
• 4 (12 ounce) cans evaporated milk
• 3.2 pounds powdered milk (powder to make 4 gallons)
• 1 jar (18 ounces) peanut butter
• 4 (6 ounce) cans tuna
• 4 (5 ounce) cans chicken
• 4 (5 ounce) cans ham
• 8 (15 ounce) cans cooked dry beans
• nuts/dried fruit
• baking powder, yeast, baking soda
• raw honey
• dry bullion powder
• spaghetti sauce