Food & Water


  • If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Include a selection of the following foods:
    • Canned juices, milk, and soup (if powdered, store extra water).
    • Comfort / stress foods: cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, and tea
    • Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons on special diets
    • High energy foods: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola mix, and trail mix
    • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
    • Sugar, salt, and pepper
    • Vitamins
  • Select food items that are compact and lightweight.
  • Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation, or cooking and little or no water.
  • Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.


  • A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need more.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household.
  • Store one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation / sanitation).
  • Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles.