5 Survival Foods to Consider for Your Emergency Supplies


The following survival foods have a history of providing nourishment during winter months, in times of famine, or for travelers: coconuts, flatbread, pemmican, butter tea and dried plums. These endurance foods may not be on the typical list of prepper supplies. However, these foods and recipes are worth your consideration, whether you want emergency supplies or portable snacks for a wilderness trek.

Husked coconuts photo by Carole Cancler

Tropical Coconuts

Coconuts are an important staple food for most people living in tropical climates. An average coconut provides a few ounces of water, 1,400 calories, 13 grams of protein, fiber, many essential vitamins and minerals, and other beneficial digestive and metabolic components. Mature coconuts are the preferred choice because they provide more energy and nutrients, although less water, than young coconuts.

Most of the caloric energy in mature coconuts is provided by fat and protein. While coconut meat is very high in saturated fat, the makeup of the fatty acids is proven to increase good-HDL cholesterol and provides other cardiovascular benefits. Modern nutritionists recommend limited intake of coconut meat (about 1/5 of a medium coconut or 80 grams) due to the saturated fat. However, as a survival food, coconuts provide many components that can sustain you.

Coconuts with the thick husk intact can be stored for up to six months if kept cold; husked coconuts will keep up to 2 months. Once the hard shell of a coconut is cut open, coconut meat deteriorates rather quickly at room temperature, so needs to be consumed as quickly as possible.

Lavash cracker bread photo by Carole Cancler

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