According to the Rule of Three, you can survive 3 weeks without food. But, why starve when a little preparation can go a long way?
Eating food is a basic human need. Ideally, the food should be nutritious and filling but people’s tastes differ considerably. Whatever your food preferences, all food is a source of energy in the form of calories. In a hostile environment, you will require energy not only to survive but also to fuel your exertions by day and night.
Before travelling anywhere, consider some basic nutritional requirements. Wrap a small packet of biscuits, an energy bar and a bar of very dark chocolate in duct tape. Leave this at the bottom of your pack and know that you will always have a few hundred calories to sustain you.
Remember, too, that you should not eat until you have access to water. Hydration is a priority because you can only survive for three days without water (see the Rule of Three).
6 foods to help you survive any hostile environment.
- Carry one or two Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) packs. These retort packs can be eaten cold. If you want the meal to be hot, immerse in boiling water for 6 minutes and use the boiled water to make a brew of tea or coffee.
- Freeze-dried meals are lightweight but require water to be rehydrated. There are many dishes available but their quality, taste and nutritional values differ from each supplier.
- Carry a small bottle (200ml) of cooking oil. You can prepare any food in a pot with some oil.
- Carry some salt, bouillon cubes and hot pepper sauce. These ingredients will heighten the flavour of any dish.
- Learn how to make chapattis from flour and water. This Indian bread is quick and easy.
- Always clean your cooking pot to prevent food poisoning from leftover food in the pot.
You can learn more about feeding yourself in a hostile environment by attending one of our courses.
H.E A.T. tip: If you forgot to carry a small tin opener, tins can be opened with a knife. Insert the blade into the lid and move the blade in a circular sawing motion around the rim of the tin.