37 Items You Must Have

damian campbellYou’ve probably heard about the 37 crucial food items before. This list has been circulating around the Internet for a while now. What’s so great about this particular list is that if you get all 37 items, you will have enough variety to avoid appetite fatigue and get all the essential vitamins and nutrients. Here, then, are the 37 food items you must have (in alphabetical order).

  1. Baby Food – Get this even if you don’t have a baby. You can always barter with it, or you could just eat it. Baby food is very nutritious.
  2. Baking Essentials – This one is pretty broad. It includes baking powder, baking soda (for which there are many uses), bread crumbs, dry yeast, spices, and sugar.
  3. Beans – There are many options here. Stock up on your favorite beans and be sure to get a mix of dried beans and canned beans (including things like canned chili).
  4. Beef Jerky – It’s a great snack that will keep you full until your next meal and give you the protein you’ll need if you do any physical labor.
  5. Canned Fruits and Veggies – They’re all good, so stock up on your favorites.
  6. Canned Meat – You can find canned chicken almost anywhere, but at Internet Grocer you can get all kinds of canned meat including beef, turkey and even bacon.
  7. Canned Soup – ¬†Canned soup is a particularly easy meal. Just hold it over a Sterno stove for a bit and it’s ready to eat.
  8. Cereals – They’re nutritious, delicious, and they have a fairly long shelf life.
  9. Coffee and Tea – If you’re a caffeine addict, make sure to have plenty of this on hand. Besides, the antioxidants are good for you.
  10. Condiments – Ketchup, mustard, salsa and the like. Most condiments don’t need to be refrigerated. However, mayonnaise and salad dressings do, so I wouldn’t bother with them.
  11. Cooking Oils – This includes coconut oil, olive oil, canned butter and lard.
  12. Corn – Canned corn, corn flour, popcorn, it’s all good. Just be sure to check for the Non-GMO seal.
  13. Crackers – They’re not particularly healthy, but they provide quick energy and go well with soups and peanut butter.
  14. Dried Fruit – You can find these in bags at any grocery stores. Apricots, banana slices, blueberries, and raisins are my favorites.
  15. Flour – Whole wheat flour and potato flour are your healthiest options. With these you’ll be able to bake comfort foods like bread and pancakes.
  16. Food Bars – Cereal bars, grain bars and protein bars all last a long time and can substitute for meals if you’re too busy to cook.
  17. Hard Candy – Don’t eat this all the time. The last thing you need during TEOTWAWKI is a sugar crash. However, it’s a great morale booster at the end of the day.
  18. Hard Cheese – The great thing about hard cheese is if you wrap it in wax it can stay good without refrigeration.
  19. Honey – You cannot have too much honey. It lasts forever, and it’s good on all sorts of things including bread, oatmeal and pancakes.
  20. Instant Mixes – This includes instant potato flakes, instant stuffing, instant rice and other mixes that only require butter and boiling water.
  21. Jams and Jellies – Another way to make an ordinary meal delicious.
  22. Juice Powders – This is so you won’t get tired of drinking water all the time. I recommend something with lots of electrolytes if you’re going to be working and/or sweating a lot.
  23. Liquor – This isn’t for you to drown yourself in while the world falls apart all around you. This is for barter or for disinfecting wounds. That’s all.
  24. Milk – Either condensed or powdered is fine. You’ll need this for many recipes (not to mention your cereal).
  25. MRE’s – These are great when you don’t have time to cook a full meal.
  26. Nuts – Get a variety including almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans and walnuts.
  27. Oatmeal – It makes a very filling breakfast (and is great with honey).
  28. Pasta – Everything from elbow macaroni to spaghetti is great. Pasta has a very long shelf life.
  29. Peanut Butter – This is one of the most calorie-dense foods there is. A definite must have in any food cache.
  30. Pet Food – Have you thought about your pets yet? Both dry and canned pet foods have a very long shelf life so stock up.
  31. Pickles – These keep for a very long time and go great with meat as they aid with digestion.
  32. Protein Powder – These usually come in flavors such as chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. Mix them with water and it’s like having a shake that is nutritious and keeps you full for hours.
  33. Ramen Noodles – The main advantages of these are they’re very cheap and they have a long shelf life. You may as well grab some in bulk.
  34. Rice – Be sure to only get white rice. Brown rice has a much shorter shelf life and will probably go rancid before you get a chance to eat it.
  35. Vitamins – Since you won’t be eating many fresh fruits and vegetables you’re going to need a multivitamin to make up the difference. I also recommend a vitamin B complex for energy and vitamin C for your immune system.
  36. Water – I know, this one is obvious, right? You’d be surprised how many people forget about it. Plan on using 2 gallons per day per person.
  37. Wheat Germ – This stuff is high in fiber and very nutritious. You can’t eat it by itself, but you can mix it into your oatmeal or add it to your flour and bread crumbs when baking.

So there you have it! The 37 crucial food items. Now I have a few questions for you:

  • Do you know how to get these items for lowest price possible?
  • Do you know how to store these foods properly so they’ll last for years?
  • Do you know what non-food items you need to get before the crisis?
  • Do you know how to collect and purify water?
  • Do you know what to do for light, heat and power after the grid goes down?

All of these questions and more are answered in Damian Campbell’s Sold Out After Crisis guide. His book goes far beyond the 37 critical items and covers everything you need to know to be self sufficient after a major disaster. Follow the image below to learn more.

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