There are many options for those who want to be prepared for difficult times. In most cases, however, it requires getting ready in advance so that you are not caught unawares. This could include stockpiling everything from water to medical supplies but most certainly, a lot of the focus is going to be on food. Having a survival pantry is of utmost importance because you never know when you are going to need to rely on it. It can help to sustain you and your family for weeks or perhaps even months, depending on how you prepare in advance.
One of the questions that most people who are preparing for disaster will ask is if meals ready to eat (MRE) are good for prepping or if there are other options that are better considered. In order to answer this question properly, it is really necessary to consider your personal circumstances. To be quite honest, the human body could survive a very long time on the most meager provisions. In fact, you should be including some of those provisions in your survival pantry because they are easy to store and will last for a very long time.
Of course, there is more to life than simply dining on rice, wheat, and legumes. The fact of the matter is, all of us love some variation in our lives and this is particularly true when it comes to the food that we eat. Therefore, you really need to look at your personal circumstances and see if there is room in your life and your disaster preparedness for MRE meals.
It is also necessary to put out of your mind what many people first consider when they think about MRE meals. If your first impression of these meals puts you in mind of a soldier that is living on meager rations day by day, you really have not been introduced properly to the new options that are available. The fact of the matter is, MRE packages are not only creatively put together, they can also be quite tasty. In addition, they often contain all of the nutrition and calories that are needed to get you through a difficult day.
Many people use MRE meals when they are hiking or perhaps if they are putting their disaster preparedness skills to the test. These meals are perfect for those reasons because you can pack them and take them on the go very quickly and conveniently. In addition, there may be available options within the MRE meal that is not only convenient, it can really make a difference in your ability to enjoy what you have at your disposal.
One of the reasons why the MRE meal is good to have on hand is because it can give you a little bit of comfort when you would need it the most. Imagine if a large-scale disaster did occur and you needed to go to your survival pantry for what it was intended, in order to survive. During that time, you are probably feeling quite down because of the situation but a little taste of home and the comfort of normalcy could really go a long way. How can an MRE meal provide this for you?
One of the reasons why they are beneficial in this way is because they have a wide variety of options available. Typically, they will come with an entrée, at least one side dish and even a desert. Some MRE meals will also contain everything from coffee to condiments and they might even have some hand wipes or toilet paper, which can be convenient in certain scenarios. Perhaps the most beneficial reason why you would want to have an MRE stockpile available is that these foods can be heated easily with the available internal heater.
It is important to recognize that not every MRE package will come with its own heater but they certainly can be a convenience when they are available. In addition, we all have our own particular likes and dislikes as far as taste is concerned so this is something to keep in mind as well. The last thing that you would want is to stockpile boxes of MRE, thinking that they are going to get you through the most difficult of times and then finding out at the last minute that you hate the taste! It is always best to check these meals in advance and choose the ones that you truly enjoy.
The bottom line is, MRE meals are not an absolute necessity when it comes to preparing for disaster. That being said, they are also quite handy to have on hand because they can be stored easily, provide a much better taste than the basic stockpiled food and can be quickly and easily packed when you need to bug out.