The average person doing minimal amounts of work needs about 2500 calories per day to maintain full functionality.
Partaking in survival activities can easily increase this to over 3000. Although to support human life 1200 calories can be targeted in severe survival situations
Calories are an important and overlooked aspect in any survival plan. A calorie is a unit of energy and refer to the energy people get from the food and drink they consume. A big concern in a survival setting is losing calories too quickly that you've put into your body
The minimum calories per day needed to survive is a highly variable figure. It depends on your age, gender, activity level and even your genetics.
Everything we do during an emergency boils down to two actions: saving calories and getting more calories. Vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients are key to helping your body and brain perform at peak levels. The extra calories by working a little harder to make a suitable shelter, rather than wasting calories shivering each night. For every calorie you burn, you must find ways to replace it.
Vitamins, minerals, fibre and other nutrients are key to helping your body and brain perform at peak levels. It's important to know that your body needs to be putting in as many calories as it's letting out. If you are in a survival situation and you need to go out and hunt for food (which you need to be trained on what you can safely eat anyway) it's most likely safer for you to stay in your shelter and fasting because your body will tap into it's protein and fat storage.
There are a number of foods that last almost indefinitely however, as with everything there are procedures to follow to ensure these foods remain edible. We have put together links to some great guidelines for those who would like to know more about each of these long life readily available products. The usual tips of airtight containers, away from moisture and low temperature apply to almost all but there can be specific tips and traps.
If stored properly and you ensure there is no chance of external bugs getting into your stores white rice has an almost indefinite shelf life.
More info : https://www.riceland.com/rice-faqs
Honey has been in Egyptian tombs over 3000 years old. Honey is said to never expire if stored correctly however can change in consistency.
Pure salt is a mineral, meaning it doesn’t expire but needs to be stored and sourced correctly. Different salts can be used to make ice cream, cure meats and pickling. It has also been used in bartering due to its many useful properties.
More info: https://seedtopantryschool.com/how-and-why-to-store-salt/
Soy sauce is made up of water, salt, wheat and soy beans. The process of making soy sauce uses a fermentation step so be wary of brands which use chemicals to try and make this process complete faster.
More info: http://www.eatbydate.com/other/condiments/how-long-does-soy-sauce-last-shelf-life/
Sugar lasts indefinitely unless contaminated by water. Because salt attracts water molecules, bugs and insects you will need to store it super securely.
More info: https://www.doesitgobad.com/does-sugar-go-bad/
Time alone won’t make beans go bad, but it can change the taste. If you store your dried beans in a sealed container at room temperature they will keep almost indefinitely. And if you take into account 500 grams of dried beans can make up to 6 cups of beans when rehydrated and cooked you can see how they make for a compact lite weight food source.
More info: http://centralbean.com/storing.html
One of the good things about maple syrup is that it can't freeze, so can be kept in the freezer to inhibit any chances of contamination from mold. Although, even this can be removed from the top and the syrup decanter into another bottle for safe storage.
More info: https://fruitfulkitchen.org/does-maple-syrup-go-bad/
Although not forever, powdered milk can last up to 25 years if unopened and stored correctly. It has the added bonus of not only helping you survive in a disaster, it's also available when you have no milk in the fridge and are having guests over for tea.
More info: http://yourthrivelife.com/2014/03/10/powdered-milk-mysteries-revealed/
Liquor does not expire as such but will lose its flavour over time. The key storage tips are similar throughout this thread, store upright although it is recommended to lay bottles on their side once a year for about an hour to keep the cork wet and stop it deteriorating over time and compromising the seal.
More info: https://kitchenadvisor.net/tips/does-whiskey-go-bad
This is an interesting one. Pemmican is a survival super food made from tallow, dried meat and dried berries. The shelf life will depend on what it contains and how it is made. Pemmican has been used historically as an important part of indigenous lifestyles in North America and is still made today.
More info: https://www.wildernesscollege.com/pemmican-recipes.html