It doesn’t take an apocalyptic level catastrophe to understand that it’s always best to be prepared. Make sure you always have some survival food to hand.
I know the idea of surviving in the wild without food and water sounds far-fetched. You would think that it would never happen to me and even laugh at the idea. Just check the internet and you will find stories and articles of people going on cross country drives, boating in a lake, hiking in the woods, and riding on a plane suddenly fighting for their lives.
These are activities that we normally experience. And once we realize how serious the situation is, that’s when we think that we should’ve been prepared.
What if you were thrust into these types of situations? Food may not be the most pressing survival need if you have water and a comfortable place to stay since most of us can live many weeks without food. However, food is important for your mental and emotional state, as well as a source of energy and to maintain a normal body temperature.
Ideally, it’s best to use animals, fish, and birds as a source of nutrition but it may take time, energy, and special skills to capture and prepare them. In that case, what are your immediate survival food options? Apart from our emergency food packs, obviously.
Plants as Survival Food
According to experts 120,000 out of 300,000 classified plants are edible.
It is generally safe to try wild plants you see being eaten by birds and animals. Nature has a lot of edible plants to offer, but it also has a lot of poisonous plants, and it may be difficult to identify which is which. There are many good rules on plants to avoid, for instance, any plant that has a milky sap or white berries. You can perform a universal edibility test to find out if the plant is edible.
Insects as Survival Food
Sounds disgusting, right? But in a survival situation, we must turn off our cultural bias.
Insects have been eaten by indigenous people for thousands of years. They’re a good source of nutrition and they can be quite tasty.
Take note that there’s a difference between insects and bugs.
Insects have an exoskeleton, a three-part body, six legs, and one pair of antennae.
Arachnids, such as spiders, ticks, and scorpions, have eight legs.
Myriapods, as their name suggests, are bugs with a myriad of legs, such as centipedes and millipedes.
Generally speaking, you can eat insects but should avoid other types of bugs like spiders and millipedes. Remember to stay away from bright colors. This also applies to plants, amphibians, and marine life. It’s nature’s way of telling you that eating it might kill you.
Mollusks and Worms as Survival Food
If you think insects sounds unappealing, think again.
Snails, slugs, and worms sound a lot less appetizing compared to insects. They’re slimy and just look flat out disgusting. But worms and mollusks have also been eaten by indigenous people for thousands of years. In some parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America, people regularly eat worms.
They’re high in protein which are comparable to consuming eggs and cow’s milk and have high levels of iron and amino acid along with calcium. Take note that there are some insects such as butterflies and moths that are commonly mistaken as worms and should not be eaten.
Survival Food is What Separates Life or Death
Using plants, insects, mollusks, and worms as survival food are the easiest and quickest ways to get sustenance in a life or death situation in the wilderness.
The tips that were provided can help you survive but your chances of survival will greatly increase if you’re always prepared. You may never know when you will be thrown into this type of situation.