What Type of Container Should You Use for Storing Survival Food?

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You know you should store your survival food in a cool, dry, and secure space. But what containers should you be using? Do standard zip-seal bags and plastic food containers work? Here’s what you need to know.

Why Does Storage Matter?

Imagine this: Disaster strikes, but you’re prepared. You’ve been creating your stockpile for months. You head to your storage space, only to discover mice have gotten into your food items that were on the floor. Several containers of food on the shelf are rotten. Now what?

Proper food storage is just as important as the food itself. For your food to last months or years, it needs to be stored correctly. There are a few key things to remember:

  • Store food off the ground
  • Store food away from heat
  • Regularly check expiration dates
  • Keep food out of sunlight
  • Keep food dry
  • Limit oxygen

With those things in mind, which containers work best?

Cans and Jars

One of the best ways to extend the shelf life of your food is by canning it, either through pressure canning or the boiling water method. Canning has advantages, like preserving vitamins and flavors of food. Additionally, when you can foods, you’re able to eat all sorts of delicious foods all year long. Learning how to can will help you and your family stay prepared and fed.

Mylar® Bags

Did you know air can pass through plastic? When you put any food into plastic containers, it will be exposed to air. If you’re searching for long-term bulk food storage containers, Mylar® bags are a great option. These pouches protect your survival food from air, light, and moisture.

4Patriots survival foods come in triple-layer “disaster-resistant” Mylar® bags1 designed to last 25 years in proper conditions. Oxygen absorbers in each bag help to eliminate air exposure even more. Pick from a variety of survival food kits, from 4-week to 1-year supplies.

Food-Grade Plastic Buckets

Why use one layer of protection when you can use two? Food grade buckets can protect your survival food from several enemies, like moisture. Store your pouches within food-grade buckets with airtight seals for extra protection. If, for some reason, the seal on your bucket is broken, the Mylar® bags should still protect your food. 

While it’s a good rule of thumb to always use two containers for your survival food stash, buckets might not get the job done. Food-grade buckets can be extremely tall. If you don’t’ have the indoor space for their height, you might need to put them in your garage or shed. Unfortunately, this leaves them more exposed to pests, and mice can chew through plastic containers!

Stackable Storage Totes

Your food supply should be protected from air, sunlight, humidity, moisture, and pests, but it’s also essential to consider organization and portability. 4Patriots stackable storage totes are durable and water resistant. They’re ideal for keeping your stockpile ordered and easy to manage. Thanks to their slimmer design, you can stash them under beds, on top of fridges, and on closet shelves. By storing the totes inside, you can keep them away from mice and other pesky rodents. Plus, if a crisis arises and you need to transport your food, their easy-carry handles will help you move quickly.

4Patriots is here to help you and your family prepare for any emergency. We have what you’re looking for, from survival food packed in Mylar bags to water-resistant storage totes. Shop online for the emergency food and survival gear you need.

1. Mylar® brand is a registered trademark of DuPont Teijin Films. DuPont is not affiliated with and has not endorsed or sponsored this product.