Emergency Ration

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Emergency rations are high density rations that are usually a solid block of nutrition.

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Considerations

When considering emergency rations as a possible bug-out food, there are several things to consider. The first is diet fatigue, or getting sick of eating the same thing. If emergency rations are used as your only food this could become a problem. The second is digestive shock, or making yourself sick by subjecting your digestive system to a new and unusual food. If you have never eaten an emergency ration, you probably shouldn't include them in your bug-out bag or other food supplies. Even with these concerns, emergency rations are still a worthwhile food as they will offer you maximum nutrition is the smallest possible size and weight.

Types of Rations

There are several types of emergency rations from multiple manufacturers. You can also make your own ration bars.

ER Bar

Datrex

Datrex rations currently come in two sizes denoted by their colors.

Blue Ration

The blue ration contains 15,075 kj or 3600 kcal per package.
Non thirst provoking.
Small and lightweight.
All natural ingredients.
No preservatives.
Individual packs: 701g.
20 packs per case..
Tabletized and subpackaged for ease of rationing.
5 year shelf life.

Certifications

USCG (Expires 9/24/2010)

White Ration

The white ration contains 10,000 kj or 2400 kcal per package.
Non thirst provoking.
Small and lightweight.
All natural ingredients.
No preservatives.
Coconut flavor
Individual packs: 500g.
Tabletized and subpackaged for ease of rationing.
5 year shelf life.

Certifications

BV-SOLAS (Expires 7/3/2009)
BV-SOLAS-MCA (Expires 7/3/2009)
USCG (Expires 9/24/2010)
Transport Canada (Expires 1/30/2013)

Mainstay

Mainstay rations come in 3 different size bars which provide 3600, 2400, and 1200 calories respectively.

5 year Shelf Life
Non-Thirst Provoking
Withstands Temperatures of -40° F to 300°F (-40°C to 149°C)
Individualized Portions eliminate the messy breaking-up that occurs with other bars
Contains no cholesterol or tropical oils.
Meets the US Coast Guard standards (160.046/23/0). It's new modern packaging even meets the stringent guidelines set by the Department of Defense (SOLAS 74/83).
Enriched with vitamins and minerals exceeding the RDA requirements.
Lemon flavor.
Mainstay is Kosher and it meets the dictates for Halal.

Mayday

Survival Tabs

According to the Survival Tabs website, 12 of these tablets provides complete nutrition for a day.

10 year shelf life
100% of the U.S. RDA of 15 Essential Vitamins & Minerals


Make Your Own

You can also make your own ration bars.

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