Best Emergency Food

In the world of emergency preparedness, your options for brands and suppliers is seemingly endless, and new ones are springing up every year. If you are new to the survival industry, you may find the wide array of options to be intimidating, and we completely understand where you are coming from.

In terms of emergency food, your options will be even more expansive than when buying a survival kit, and since the cost and investment will tend to be relatively high, you will want to make sure that you are picking the best items and brands for your particular preparedness strategy.

There are a number of different ways to categorize the “best” types of emergency food. You can look at packaging and how products are offered, you can segment on a brand-by-brand basis, or you can use a combination of the two. In terms of quantity, you will be able to order endless amounts from any brand, so this will be largely irrelevant, and price should be factored in only when comparing to an equal quality option.

It may be tempting to choose an emergency food option simply based on price, but this is a temptation that you should avoid if at all possible, because you may regret the decision in the event of an actual emergency. We are not saying this to encourage large orders, either, but to instead make it clear that safety and the best choice for you should take precedence over price itself, especially if the difference is very small. Like many other consumer industries, you often get what you pay for when it comes to emergency food.

Best Types of Emergency Food

The best type of emergency food depends on a number of factors, including, but not limited to: food quality, taste, ingredients (gluten free or non-GMO for example), and preparedness ease. Each of these aspects will play a role in deciding what the best option is for you and your family. The first thing we will look at it is food quality.

Survival Food Quality


When it comes to survival food quality and taste, they are both best measured by a combination of its ability to stay ready to eat (usually 25 years or more) and whether it will actually taste good. After all, do you really want to spend your money on emergency freeze dried food that doesn’t taste good? Of course not.

One way to measure food quality without spending a lot of money is to request samples. These can be obtained from retailers and suppliers alike. Make a few servings and try a few different types to compare and see whether it meets your expectations. If the product does, great, you found a winner; if not, try again with a new brand until you find one that you enjoy.

Gluten Free Survival Food


Your gluten free preferences are your own. Some people require gluten free emergency food, while others prefer it, and others still do not care either way. GF emergency food will tend to cost a bit more, but this may be an unavoidable expense, especially if your body and health require it. When deciding on GF food options, simply read descriptions and ingredients to make sure your individual needs are met. You can also look out for the “Gluten Free” marking on the packaging, but it is still recommended that you thoroughly look over the ingredients to make sure.

Preparing Survival Food

The preparation required for emergency food should always be considered as well. If you have food that requires a stove, heat, and water, you will need to spend a little extra effort making your meal, but you should expect it to taste better as well. If you want food that is ready to eat right away, like granola for example, your preparation will be much less intensive. This is all about personal preference, of course.

Best Emergency Food Brands

Living Rational will give its own opinion when it comes to which brands are the best in emergency food. As mentioned earlier, the options are virtually endless. A lot of companies come and go in the emergency food market, and choosing one that has stood the test of time is the first step. While there are dozens upon dozens of options, only a few have stood the test of time and have proven to be top brands in the industry.

ReadyWise Food Storage

Our top pick for emergency food brands is ReadyWise Food Storage. ReadyWise tends to have the most readily available stock and they carry an incredibly diverse and dynamic selection of items to choose from. Whether you want gluten free, ready to eat, small or large kits, ReadyWise has an option available for you. Plus, they are consistently one of the most affordable brands on the market.

They do a large volume of food sales, enabling them to keep costs down. They also have one of the largest networks of distributors in the market, meaning there food kits are always fresh. A leader in innovation, our top recommendation for freeze dried emergency food goes to ReadyWise Foods.

Numanna Food Storage

For picky eaters, health-conscious individuals and those with dietary restrictions, Numanna Food Storage is another top choice. We were one of their first distributors, first offering their products over a year ago. Since that time we have heard nothing but great things from our customers regarding the quality and taste of their emergency food. We have even tried it ourselves several times, and the meals they offer taste great. They are widely known for their use of non-GMO ingredients, and offering of gluten free options.

Other Food Storage Brands

After ReadyWise and Numanna, the competition tends to drop off quite dramatically, and it is one of the reasons they are the primary suppliers for Living Rational when it comes to emergency food. We have always had positive reviews, timely delivery, and repeat orders for ReadyWise and Numanna products, and it is the reason we are confident in offering their products.

Mountain House, for example, has name recognition but is very expensive, has inconvenient packaging methods, and is frequently out of stock or on very lengthy delays. Their products were originally made for outdoor activities, but quickly crossed over to the preparedness market due to the long shelf life of their foods. This is one of the reasons why we can no longer confidently carry their products.

Conclusion on Emergency Foods

In the end, the choice for the best emergency food brands is up to you and your preference of taste. It also has a lot to do with the particular needs of you and/or your family. For these reasons, we encourage you to request samples from these companies if you have not tried them in the past, and we are sure you will end up finding the emergency food brand that is best for you. In this way you and your family will be better equipped to thrive in any emergency or natural disaster.