Food for Survival

Food for SurvivalFood for Fuel

Once shelter has been secured and a reliable source of drinking water established, it’s time to start hunting and foraging for food.  Your body will need fuel in the form of calories for long-term survival. Depending on the situation, you may be looking for canned goods from a pantry or hunting for rabbits and other small game with a .22 rifle, a bow, or by trapping.

Depending on your circumstances, it is important to understand the basics of hunting, fishing and trapping to obtain food.  Knowledge of edible, wild vegetation can help supplement your diet as well.  Ultimately, in long-term survival situations, being able to grow reliable crops (sustainable agriculture) and raise livestock is the way to go; however, in an outdoor survival situation, your food sources will come the old fashioned way. . . from hunting and gathering, often times using primitive tools.

Food Sources in the Wild

  • Fish & Game
  • Insects and Grubs
  • Wild Vegetation, Including Nuts & Berries

It is important to remember that there are species of plants and animals that are not fit for human consumption. To be properly prepared for an outdoor survival scenario, you should be familiar with edible plant and animal species in the area in which you live or are planning to travel, if at all possible.

Maintaining Your Health

Food provides essential vitamins and minerals as part of your diet.  Additionally, it contains macro-nutrients to prevent atrophy of muscle tissue and to maintain proper blood sugar levels.  Proper nutrients improve mental acuity and help prevent injuries. Lack of food can lead to potentially serious errors in judgment that result in injuries or decisions that may be detrimental to your survival.

Psychological Advantage and Mental Acuity

Having a full belly not only affects your physical energy levels but can drastically affect your mood. In most situations, you will not likely be alone. Lack of calories can lead to deterioration of communication and teamwork that could be the difference between success and failure in survival situations.