Prepping at its most basic form is about taking measures to guarantee that you and the rest of the family are ready with skills, supplies, and a plan for any disaster, whether it’s a hurricane, a medical emergency, or even the apocalypse!
One thing you need to do when prepping is stockpiling food and water which are man’s basic needs. We all need food and water to survive. Going a few days without water and weeks without food can deteriorate your health.
When it comes to stockpiling food and water, many preppers ask how much you need to store. Here’s an in-depth guide that will answer this question.
How Much Water You Need
The amount of water you need to store depends on many factors. The rule is to have one gallon of water per person per day. You may not be able to finish one whole gallon a day, but you’ll need it for freeze-drying foods, cleaning, cooking, and washing your body.
A more specific way to know how much water you need to store is to multiply the number of people you are prepping for by the number of days you want to be stocked up for. It’s up to you how many months of water supply you need to store. Most preppers store water for three months, although it is ideal to have a year of water supply in case of large-scale disasters.
How to Stockpile Water
What if the disaster lasts longer than a month and you’re running out of water? What if the town’s water supply is still not safe for drinking at that point?
One great way to store water is to use a heavy-duty container that holds about 7 gallons each. This will reduce the chances of lacking water in an emergency. They are portable, can be stored in small spaces, and can be transported in case you need to bug out.
Another way to store water is to use rain barrels which can be refilled by nature without you having to do anything except disinfecting it. You can only use one if you have space outside your house where you can back up the barrel under the gutter.
As for disinfecting water, boiling may be the easiest method. This will guarantee that the bacteria and viruses are killed. However, if there is a power outage, you may have to start a fire and use a container.
If you want to disinfect your water more conveniently, buy a water filter. They are easy to use, compact, and also ensure the cleanliness of your drink.
How Much Food You Need
Again, how much food you need to store still depends on you. It can be a week’s worth or a year! The key to stockpiling food is to start small. You may also consider how big your storage room is as well as your family size.
The recommended amount of food you need on hand is three days, according to the federal government. But you can always go beyond that. A year’s worth of food is generally the goal of most prepper, as with water. It may take time to get there but it is very doable if you’re persistent.
As soon as you reach your goal, continue improving and rotating your food supply, and you’ll be able to discover new recipes, ways to store food, and so forth.
How to Stockpile Food
Some may think that stockpiling food is not ideal because foods with long shelf lives are usually unhealthy and very limited. That is why preppers consider preserving their food by dehydrating them and by even growing their own food.
What food should you store exactly? The answer is, whatever you and your family eat! Don’t store food that your family wouldn’t eat or hasn’t tried. Here are some food with a long shelf life.
- White rice
- Dried beans
- Canned fruits
- Canned meat
- Powdered milk
- Baking ingredients
- Salt and pepper
- Dried meat
- Tomato sauce
- Sandwich spreads
- Granola bars
- Coffee and tea
- Gravy packages