What kind of food should you pack in your 72 hour kit? You can use camping food or lunch packs. Dried fruit and granola bars are okay, but some food needs to be calorie dense. Since access to a cooking fire might be non-existent, most of these items should be ready to eat right out of their package. Be sure to pack the type of food you will eat. Why not take some time and practice making an emergency escape and eat the items you’ve packed? Here are some suggestions.

72 hour kit food

  • Emergency Food bars
  • Granola bars
  • Protein bars
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Peanut butter snack packs/crackers
  • Tuna lunch packs
  • Beef Jerky
  • Dried or canned fruit and veggies
  • “Canned” meats like chicken, deviled ham or
corned beef, tuna or sardines
  • Canned meals like Ravioli or spaghetti
  • Gum
  • Home-made MREs
  • Fruit rollups/dried fruit
  • Comfort foods like hard candy or cookies
  • Any special dietary foods
  • Can opener if your cans aren’t pop-top
  • Camping plates/utensils
  • Soup packs
  • Drink packs (fruit juice, cocoa, cider)
  • Nuts / trail mix
  • Water bottles/ water straws/ purification tablets
  • Freeze-dried meals (remember extra water for rehydration
  • Yogurt on the go
  • Multivitamins

Suggested 72 Hour Menu

Day 1
Breakfast: 1 Granola bar, hot chocolate
Lunch: 2 beef jerky sticks, boxed drink, gum
Dinner: 1 MRE, several crackers
Snack: Fruit snack, nuts
Day 2
Breakfast: 1 oatmeal pack, raisins, hot chocolate
Lunch: 1 MRE, crackers, gum
Dinner: 1 pkg Soup mix, 1 beef jerky, fruit snack, crackers
Snack: Peanut butter & crackers
Day 3
Breakfast: 1 Granola bar, apple juice
Lunch: Tuna lunch kit, water
Dinner: Ravioli, apple cider
Snack: Trail mix


Day 1
Breakfast: Power bar, granola bar, cocoa, vitamin
Lunch: Soup mix, 10 crackers, 1 juice box
Dinner: 3 Beef sticks, 1 fruit cup, Peanut butter & crackers
Snack: Nuts, hard candy, gum
Day 2
Breakfast: Trail mix, Yogurt on the go, cocoa, vitamin
Lunch: Tuna lunch kit, fruit, power bar, apple cider
Dinner: Mini-can of beef stew, dried fruit
Snack: Raisins, nuts
Day 3
Breakfast: Granola bar, fruit snack, apple juice
Lunch: Peanut butter crackers, mini-can of chicken
Dinner: 1 soup mix, crackers, fruit, granola bar
Snack: Nuts, raisins

Billie Nicholson, editor
July 2016


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