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5 Food Must-Haves in Your Emergency Kit

#4: Peanut butter.

In the past few days, various provinces and cities experienced heavy rains and strong winds due to Typhoon Quinta (international name: Molave).

The typhoon was so strong that Typhoon Signal Number 3 was raised in some areas, including the southern portion of Batangas and some parts of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro. Even Metro Manila was under a typhoon signal warning because of the possible effects of Quinta.

Because of the strength of the typhoon, families were forced to evacuate and ports had to suspend operations as precautionary measures. Some towns also experienced flooding and roads became impassable because of toppled trees. Meanwhile, other aread suffered power outages because of the heavy winds and continuing rains.

Instances like this highlight the importance of having an emergency kit ready at all times. And while it is a must to have the basic medicines and first aid items in our kits, we should not forget that food and water are also important things that should be included in our emergency kits. (Read: Here’s Why You Should Learn First Aid Today)

But what food can you eat if you don’t have the necessary items you need to be able to cook and make rice? Check out this list that we made for you!

Food for Emergency Kit: Trail Mixes and Dried Fruits

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Trail mixes are snacks that were made for people who go on hikes that take several days to complete. But it isn’t only used by hikers now, as it can also be put in emergency kits for when natural disasters happen. This is because the trail mix contains nuts, granola, chocolate, and dried fruits, which provides the body with enough energy to last them a few days or until help comes along.

Food for Emergency Kit: Canned Goods

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Most of us think of eating canned food during times when we are anxiously waiting for our next allowance or salary—or in other terms, “petsa de peligro.” But despite us not preferring to eat canned goods on a regular basis, they play an important role in keeping you fed during storms, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. (Read: Quick and Healthy Recipes Made With Canned Goods) This is because canned food like tuna, sardines, and mixed vegetables have a long shelf life, some even lasting for up to two years. They are useful especially if you are stuck at home without anything else to eat or nothing to use to cook.

Food for Emergency Kit: Water

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Even on a regular day, we are told to drink enough water to keep ourselves hydrated, as dehydration is bad for the body. And during times of emergency, it is even more important to keep drinking water so we would have enough energy to get by until rescue comes. (Read: 5 Quarantine Habits That You Should Keep Even After the Pandemic) Experts recommend having at least three days of water supply for emergencies—one gallon for each member of the family. This means that if you are a family of five, you should have at least 15 gallons of water as part of your emergency kit.

Food for Emergency Kit: Peanut Butter

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It may sound a little weird, but experts actually recommend having peanut butter in your emergency kits. It’s because peanut butter contains protein and healthy fats which is important for the body. It’s also a good source of energy and doesn’t need to be refrigerated even after opening—unless stated in the package!

Food for Emergency Kit: Sports Drinks

Photo from Paul Sakuma / AP / NPR

There is a reason why athletes always have a bottle or two of sports drinks in their bag during a game. Sports drinks like Gatorade contain electrolytes and carbohydrates that help the body rehydrate especially when you are tired. (Read: These drinks may be well-loved, but they can make you even more thirsty) It can also be a substitute for when you are running out of drinking water and you need to keep yourself hydrated. Remember that dehydration can cause lots of things like dizziness, weakness, and even muscle cramps. So you better stay hydrated!

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