Emergency Rations

Do you carry emergency rations when you travel in the outback? I suggest that if you do not, you should. You must be self sufficient and cover potential problems and that includes a vehicle break down in remote areas. With modern technology you may consider this unlikely. However, this is not the only reason as weather may trap you; consider heavy rain on unmade roads in black soil country. I know of one case where a family was stuck for a week. Luckily they were prepared with sufficient food.

A supply of tinned food is probably the easiest to carry, preferable to any item carried in glass that is prone to breakage. It is possible in this day and age to obtain a great variety of different foodstuffs. Nothing is more boring than eating the same food for three meals a day. Dehydrated vegetable that only require boiling water are another possibility and take up little space. You might also add to this list such items as matches and fire lighters, they just might be invaluable if and when the time comes. Keep these valuable items in something that is completely waterproof.

It’s probably best to contain such items in a specific box. We rotate all such items every couple of trips, it freshens the stock up and allows inspection to insure nothing has developed a leak; they tend to be bounced around a bit on unmade roads. Oh yes, and don’t forget the can opener!

5 thoughts on “Emergency Rations”

  1. I’ve been thinking about this and wondered if the US style MRE’s (Meal Ready to Eat) are available locally. By all reports they are good meals with all the basics thrown in. Best of all you can have a hot meal with little effort.

    Anyone know where to get MRE’s?

  2. Ron – that’s good common sense advice in your writeup. Water really is your no 1 priority in the bush over food but we always take more than what we plan to eat. The flint stick fire lighters are great, I always have one in my day pack and in the car. With all remote areas trips we always carry a satphone and GPS equipped EPIRB which normally lives in the boat. These items are quite reasonably priced these days compared to the cost of a few long range tanks full of diesel out in the bush.

  3. You can get MRE and other pre packaged meals at camping/disposal shops/ , they are however quite expensive. I think you are generally better off making your own set of rations up. It’s just common sense with what you put in. Things that will not “go off”. Also remember if you do manage to get a MRE ,that the protein content is designed for one meal and there is a lot of packaging in them unlike Australian Ration packs which are for 24 hours or a whole day.

  4. All the above are good points but is really comes down to what each person/group wants to cover and the type of terrain likely to be encountered. Water of course is a priority anywhere. Good discusion.

    Ron James

  5. Hi, We distribute Mainstay 5 year shelf life food and water kits in Australia. If you would like some samples sent our for review/comment please let me know.


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