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Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by towguy, Mar 26, 2020.
Looking for a small shelf stable meal replacement bar for vehicle storage. Ideas?
Lifeboat rations supposedly have a long and stable shelf life, taste like graham crackers and don't dehydrate you.
Various nutrition bars aimed at hikers (Clif bars, Kind bars, etc) also might be an option. I keep a couple of Clif Bars in my EDC pack in case I need a snack while I'm out and about.
Lastly, while it's not a small bar, I keep a few freeze-dried Mountain House meals and a case of bottled water in my truck just in case of an unexpected stay away from home. Regardless of what food you keep stored in your vehicle it'd be wise to have a case of water, or a few gallon jugs, as well. You can go far longer without food than without water.
I agree about the Lifeboat Rations,they are designed for terrible storage conditions and don't ever have enough taste that it can go bad really.
The problem with all of the energy bars is that none are really shelf stable if made with natural ingredients and without preservatives.
I too try to keep a case of water in the cars and usually a few MRE meals or several MRE items together in a bag with other stuff that I might need if it comes down to it.
I too have Mountain House packs in my kits but then you also need a stove and to use some of your water to bring them back to life.
The things with normal shelf life can be great though as long as I keep rotating through them AND do not go through them without replacement for the times that I really do need them,just ask Mr Murphy about that!
Ive got mre's, but wife wont eat them. Lifeboat rations seem to be hard to find lately or are way over priced right now. I want to stash something in the wifes car for just in case.
From Mountain House's blog:
The only need for a stove is if you want a hot meal and/or want it cooked faster, which is not entirely necessary (though certainly desirable). I keep a cook set in my truck bag but admit I don't have a stove of any kind. Been meaning to rectify that.
I can't imagine that they are any worse than some MRE when cold,but them again there is a whole lot that I can not imagine lately that seems to be going on too!
I do have a stove option in every BOB in each car but I also keep MRE parts in them all for instant energy which I think will be the call most of the time.
I order from a place that sells the MRE items ala cart which just makes more sense to me than getting only the entire package meal on many different levels.
NRG-5 from Germany. Refugee ration wheat biscuit. 25 year shelf life, opened they last at least a month in the car with no degredation, probably longer. Very dry, no real flavor, balanced nutrition and vitamins, the product was formulated to be a healthy sole source of nutrition for months on end. I always have a daily ration in the car, 500 gram packet = 9 biscuits = 2400 calories. Three biscuits is a full meal.
Sounds like hardtack..keep you alive, but you aint happy about it. I will have to track it down, im curious about these now.
I keep stoves in the trucks. Even have a Coleman propane single burn with fuel in my Tacomas sleep platform. Wife wont do that. So thinking cliff bars and jerky for her.
If you have a winco grocery store near you, they sell mre components and long term dry goods.
I have never even heard of a Winco store.
Its a employee owned store theres a few in the western part of country. Kinda nice store. Prices are very decent. And store brand is good quality to boot. And a 5 gallon bucket of honey was 50 bucks.
So picked up some kind bars, will test in my truck.
I ordered some of these from Amazon today, thanks for the tip.
If you don’t want to keep stove, you could possibly do some MRE beverage bags and MRE heaters. Put water in the beverage bag and then heat it with the MRE heater. It isn’t going to be as hot as if heated on a stove but better than cold. If you use an insulated kozy bag then it will stay warm longer.
Short answer is Lifeboat Rations. Cheap, long lasting under worst conditions, taste is from minimally acceptable to awful. Google for taste test and sizing of various brands. For a better taste, smaller format, but somewhat lesser shelf life, try the New MilleniumEnergy Bars. They are 3oz. and 400calories, per foil vacuum packed bar. Various fruit flavors. Bit more expensive than candy bars. I like lemon flavor best. Taste is acceptable.
Also, in my EDC kit I carry a 3”x5” , HD Zip lock bag filled with about 5 oz. of plain , old fashioned M&Ms. 5oz. equals about 700 calories.They are my favorite snack candy and I raid my hoard often enough to not worry about shelf life. My car center console hides 3 such bags. Finally, in my EDC bag is a small CVS pill Zip-loc type plastic bag with 9-12 Sour Ball hard candies. 2O calories per Sour Ball. Resists extremes of heat and cold. Long shelf life. Often found in military survival kits (sometimes called “boiled sweets”). They last a long time in your mouth and provide a very satisfying sugar rush. My car glove box always has a whole 12oz. round tin of them.
My EDC stash is designed to stave-off hunger for a day or so, replace lunch when I’m on the go, give me an energy rush In an emergency. I also carry caffeine pills as a coffee replacement & help to remedy sinus headaches when used with ibuprofen. & pseudoephedrine tablets ( for sinus congestion), But when I take it all together and add candy and water to rehydrate, it is for me, a good legal stimulant when I’m tired and overworked. Before u do this energy boost, check with ur doctor to see if you have any medical conditions which may contra-indicate the “ pick-me-up”, as described.
@The Slap Glad you mentioned this, which I would also recommend.
Just to complete the picture: for those who have a Gluten allergy there is also NRG-5 ZERO available.
An alternative from Norway would be BP-5 / BP-WR (Wikipedia).