If you're preparing for an emergency situation, whether it's a natural disaster or any other catastrophic event, you probably already have stockpiles of canned food and dry staples in your pantry or basement. This covers the long-term situations. You might also have some MREs or freeze-dried food packets in your 72-hour bag or vehicle for medium-length survival situations. But what about the short-term events?
There are plenty of instances where you might need a quick meal, but don't have time or resources to heat, mix, slice, or rehydrate anything. For example, you might be having a particularly busy day and need to eat while driving or walking. Or maybe you're packing light for a quick day hike, and don't plan to bring prep-intensive foods. In any case, it's advantageous to have survival snacks in your pocket or get-home bag to tide you over until the next meal.
For the purposes of this article, we have a few considerations for these survival snacks:
If not for the above points, you might as well whip out an MRE or boil some water for a freeze-dried meal. Fortunately, there are lots of choices to consider in this category. Check out our poll below for a list of potential survival snack options, and select the foods you currently carry or prefer. Some items, like aged hard cheeses, can offer a surprisingly-long shelf-life and break up the monotony of carb-heavy trail foods. Others, such as energy gels, gained popularity from ultralight backpackers and runners.