List of Non-Perishables to Buy for Food Storage

A disaster can happen at any time, whether it's a natural disaster or man-made.


Non-perishable grains and foods can help you survive during a disaster.Non-perishable grains and foods can help you survive during a disaster.
In the event of a major catastrophe, you may not have access to fresh food or water for days or weeks. If you purchase more non-perishables than you need each time you shop for groceries, you'll avoid the frantic crowds at the store when an emergency does strike. Purchase a food dehydrator and you can make your own dried foods.

Pasta is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, important nutrients that give our bodies energy. Pre-packaged pasta is inexpensive and lasts a long while, making it a good non-perishable for storage.

Beans and Lentils

Dried beans give us necessary protein and have a long shelf life. A wide variety of beans are available to choose from, such as black beans, pinto beans, red beans and black-eyed peas. Add beans to rice for a healthy, filling meal. Split peas have a high fiber content, in addition to being high in protein.

Grain Products

Oatmeal, rice and wheat germ are all good foods to store. High in fiber, complex carbohydrates and other nutrients, grains help give you a feeling of fullness while providing you with necessary nourishment.


Dehydrated meats are the best source of protein from a non-perishable you can get. You can eat it as it is, or add water to soften it for soups.

Dried Fruit

Dried bananas will last up to one year and provide a good boost of potassium. Dried apricots, grapes and other fruits give you the sweetness you might desire while satiating your hunger.

Canned Foods

Canned foods take up little space, and can last for several years if stored properly. Purchase a supply of soups, vegetables and meats, like tuna, to give yourself a good variety of canned goods in the event you need them. Throw away any cans that show rust or have dents. Canned and vacuum-packed nuts are also a good survival food, and depending on the type, fulfill a variety of nutrition needs.

Dried Soup and Seasoning Mixes

Dried soup usually comes in packets packaged in boxes. These are easy to store indefinitely and provide an instant meal within minutes. Bouillon cubes and packaged seasonings may last for several years and can give foods a needed flavor boost.

Freeze-Dried Foods

Freeze-dried foods will last the longest and take up the least amount of space. These are good for when you go camping and don't want to cook or if a disaster is long-term and food runs short. You can find these types of survival items at military and camping supply stores.

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Based in Dallas, Sophia Cross has been a writer for more than 16 years. She began her career with a local newspaper and has also worked as a realtor and social worker. Cross holds a Bachelor of Arts in history.