Food In Your Vehicle – What’s Best For 72 Hour Survival Kit?

Food In Your Vehicle – What’s Best For 72 Hour Survival Kit? by Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

Do you keep any ‘survival’ food in your vehicle?
Is it more than just a few snacks for while on the road?

I’ve posted a number of articles on 72-hour kits to be kept in one’s vehicle along with suggestions for items that you might include.

One important item is food.

While the vast majority of circumstances will benefit from simply having a snack, you don’t want to overlook having some substantial food too.

There are some hypothetical scenarios whereby you might not have the luxury of stopping at a fast food joint, grocery store, or other establishment to get some food. And it’s good to consider this for preparedness while on the road.

I do keep a variety of foods in my truck as part of my 72-hour kit. I also rotate this food during the year to avoid spoilage.

It’s especially important to rotate given the summer heat that can build up inside the vehicle which greatly reduces it’s shelf life.

With that in mind, let’s think about what specific foods or types of emergency food might be better suited for keeping in your vehicle.

– Snacks
– Calories
– Balance



This is what you will likely semi-regularly dip into. A quick little snack.

For this purpose I keep a handful of ordinary food bars of various flavors, brands, and variety.

I keep them in a Gallon size Ziploc bag which I store in the center console. They’re out of direct sun that way. Although they still get good and warm during the summer, I do rotate them indoors after awhile.

Note: The soft gooey type food bars will melt in the heat. To avoid this you might focus on the granola type (harder) bars.

Note: Food bars will run anywhere from 100 calories to several hundred each.


While you will be much less likely to actually consume these (reserved for actual emergency or SHTF or bugout), you should consider counting enough calories for 3 days (general rule of thumb).

That’s potentially a lot. You’re looking at 2,000 calories per day.

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Ken Jorgustin

Ken Jorgustin’s survival blog focuses on a wide variety of preparedness topics varying from short to long term actions and solutions for wide-ranging scenarios of preparation… for daily life, disaster, or even SHTF collapse. Subjects include situational and risk awareness, the dangers, systemic risks, and avoidance of dependence upon the major ‘modern’ systems that we take for granted, topics of self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and practical solutions to live a way of life while surviving these uncertain times. Modern Survival is Preparedness For Life Preparedness is a process and will become a way of life – one in which you have more control over your own destiny. Being better prepared will help liberate you from “the system” which in many ways is designed to hold you down and keep you “dependent”. Modern Survival Blog has been committed since JAN-2010 to produce a wide variety of information to hopefully provide you with ideas for your own preparedness.