Well, let’s see.  Here are some of the foods I rec­om­mend you keep in your car kit.  Some of these are per­son­al pref­er­ence, and some are what I keep min my car.  First, how­ev­er, I want to let you know I keep a min­i­mum of two liters of water in my car kit as well as a bot­tle of iodine tablets so that I can puri­fy water for drink­ing and/or cook­ing in the event I get stuck or decide to do some impromp­tu camp­ing.

That said, here are the foods and com­po­nents I keep in the kit:

  • MREs — Meals Ready to Eat.  I keep at least two in my truck.  With as many as 3,000 calo­ries in a meal, it has enough ener­gy to keep you hik­ing for about 10 miles before you need to fuel up again…
  • Oat­meal pack­ets — Good for break­fast in a pinch pro­vid­ing you with some good carbs.  I keep’em in my truck in the kit.
  • Dehy­drat­ed veg­etables — you can eat them dry or you can boil them up as a soup.
  • Ramen Noo­dles — Why?  They’re dehy­drat­ed, easy to store in your kit, you can eat them dry or cooked.  A good source of com­plex car­bo­hy­drates.  I put my dehy­drat­ed veg­gies in the pot with the water, boil them up, and then add the noo­dles.  You get the carbs and more fiber in the noo­dles this way.
  • Dehy­drat­ed soups in a bag — Gen­er­al­ly a good source of carbs, fiber and pro­tein, you can ration them because they are pow­dered.
  • Dehy­drat­ed emer­gency foods —  from such ven­dors such as Wise or Moun­tain House.  You can buy Moun­tain House sin­gle serv­ing pack­ets at Wal­mart if you are so inclined…
  • Pow­er and Ener­gy bars —  I think these go with­out say­ing.
  • Bag of trail mix from the gro­cery store.

Oth­er items you may want to keep in your food por­tion of your kit:

  • 18oz steel camp­ing cup to boil water and cook food in.
  • WWII style mess kit
  • Mini stove with Tri­ox­aine fuel bars
  • One Gal­lon plas­tic zip-lock bags
  • One five gal­lon col­lapsi­ble water con­tain­er
  • Alu­minum foil

So that is what I have in my kit in a back­pack in my truck for food.  It is always there in the event I need it.

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