If you are visiting this site, you are already making some sort of preparations in the areas of food, water, fuel, metals, and protection. None of us know exactly how everything will play out, but we are all trying our level-best to protect our families and loved ones as much as we can. Many of us already have some canned goods, a water filter, and so forth to make it through some of the bumpy weeks and months ahead.
It looks like in the short-term we’ve dodged another crisis, but something tells me that the skies aren’t suddenly going to open up with rainbows. Unicorns aren’t going to be floating down on us with their smiling faces. Since I’m skeptical of any so-called “solution” to the debt ceiling, I am going to keep making preps for my family, and I want you to be prepared as well. So let me give you another item to consider if you haven’t already: emergency rations. If you aren’t experienced with them, they are very dense bricks of food. I don’t claim to be an expert in all of the brands and types of this food. Like many of you, I am still learning, but I do have some personal experience with the Datrex Bars, shown and explained here by our friend Tom from Camping Survival.
Here’s the skinny: for about $7, the price of a super-sized GMO-laden beef-steroid-filled lunch at McDonald’s, or 2 cans of SPAM at the grocery store, you can get enough emergency food for one person to survive on for 6 days. There are other brands which I’m sure are very good, but my first-hand knowledge is on the Datrex Bars. These 3,600 Calorie Datrex Bar Packs come in sealed packets of 18 for about $7 each, 1 meal per bar, for a total of 6 days worth of caloric intake.
Being emergency food, they must taste horrible, right? No, surprisingly, they taste great! As Tom says in the video, these particular bars have a coconut flavor. They are like eating a crumbly granola bar…and I won’t lie: these things are very crumbly. I think it is next to impossible to open up one of these smaller packages with your hands and have the bar come out in one piece. With a pair of scissors, I have perfected that art. But getting back to the taste: my 3-year-old daughter LOVES these. All of my children have eaten these bars, and they all like them, but to have my youngest love them so much I think speaks for itself (especially when we can’t get her to eat eggs or any meat…but these, no problem!). So don’t let the taste scare you off.
As I mentioned, there is the crumbliness factor, which is more of an annoyance than anything else. But, my family has even found a way to even use that aspect to our advantage. Most likely, in a SHTF situation you won’t have much Vanilla Yogurt around, but if you do (or if you just want a quick, cheap, and easy meal now), the crumbled Datrex bars make for a great topping over the yogurt. That was lunch for me and our little princess just 2 days ago, and she gobbled it up!
Again, I cannot speak for all other brands of this type of food, but looking at Tom’s video, you can see that some other brands of this type of emergency food are just big bricks, which do not have individually-wrapped bars once the seal is broken. I do like how the Datrex Bars all have an individually-wrapped product after breaking the 5-year seal.
And that brings me to my last point: these particular bars have a 5-Year Shelf-Life, when stored under normal conditions. I have seen reviews of people complaining that they went bad after being in the trunk of their car for several years. If you live in Death Valley, California, or Dallas, Texas, common sense dictates that maybe that’s not the best place to store them. But if you keep them in a somewhat-controlled environment in your house, they will provide you with a source of emergency food which is dense, portable, and quite cheap compared to what you might pay for your lunch today at the local fast-food joint.