May 25 , 2023

How long does emergency food last in your car?

In times of emergencies or unforeseen situations, having an emergency kit in your car can be a lifesaver. Among the essential items to include in such a kit is a Heaven’s Harvest emergency food bucket. But how long does emergency food last in your car?

In this blog post, we will delve into the various factors that affect the shelf-life of emergency food, the different types of emergency food available, and provide you with practical tips to ensure our emergency food kit remains safe and ready for consumption when you need it most.

Understanding Emergency Food Shelf Life:

The shelf life of emergency food can vary significantly based on multiple factors, which are discussed below. And our 60 Serving Food and Drink Kit has you covered - Containing 4 freeze-dried meal varieties, and one drink mix, our kit is enough for one person, for one week.

1. Type of Food:

Emergency food typically falls into two main categories: dehydrated and freeze-dried. Dehydrated food has moisture removed from it, while freeze-dried food is flash-frozen and then the moisture is removed. Freeze-dried food generally has a longer shelf-life compared to dehydrated food, often ranging from 15 to 25 years. On the other hand, dehydrated food typically lasts around 10 to 15 years. It's important to check the packaging or manufacturer's instructions for specific information on the shelf life of the emergency food you have.

2. Packaging:

Packaging plays a crucial role in preserving the quality and longevity of emergency food. Look for durable, airtight packaging that is specifically designed for long-term storage. High-quality packaging helps to protect the food from moisture, oxygen, light, and pests, all of which can hasten the deterioration of the food. Vacuum-sealed packaging is particularly effective in maintaining freshness and extending shelf life.

3. Storage Conditions:

Proper storage conditions are paramount to prolonging the shelf life of emergency food. Aim to store your emergency food in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Extreme temperatures, high humidity, and fluctuations in temperature can accelerate the spoilage process and decrease the shelf life. Ideally, the storage temperature should be below 75°F (24°C), and humidity should be less than 15-20%. Consider utilizing airtight containers or storage bins to provide an additional layer of protection.

Types of Emergency Food:

When selecting emergency food for car, you should consider both nutrition and convenience. Here are some popular options:

1. Energy Bars: These compact, calorie-dense bars are designed to provide a quick energy boost. They are often packed with essential nutrients and have a relatively long shelf life, typically around 1-5 years, depending on the brand and type.

2. Ready-to-Eat Meals: Pre-packaged meals, such as MREs (Meals Ready-to-Eat), are specifically formulated to provide a complete meal in emergency situations. These meals often come in durable pouches or cans and can last for several years when stored properly.

3. Freeze-Dried Meals: Freeze-dried meals such as egg powder and corn are lightweight, easy to prepare, and retain most of their original taste and nutritional value. They typically have a longer shelf life compared to dehydrated meals, ranging from 20 to 30 years.

4. Dehydrated Foods: Dehydrated foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and jerky, are lightweight and require minimal storage space. Their shelf life usually ranges from 10 to 15 years, making them a practical option for long-term emergencies.

Tips for Maintaining Emergency Food

When it comes to emergency preparedness, having a reliable source of long-lasting food is essential. Heaven's Harvest understands the importance of high-quality emergency food supply - which is why we will share valuable tips and insights to help you maintain your emergency food for prolonged shelf-life and peace of mind during challenging times.

1. Choose High-Quality Products:

Invest in premium emergency food products from reputable brands like Heaven's Harvest. Look for foods that are specifically designed for long-term storage, ensuring they have a longer shelf-life and retain their nutritional value. Quality ingredients, proper packaging, and rigorous quality control processes contribute to maintaining freshness and taste.

2. Optimal Storage Conditions:

Proper storage conditions play a crucial role in preserving the quality and longevity of your emergency food. Follow these guidelines:

a. Store your emergency food in a cool, dry place with a stable temperature; ideally below 75°F (24°C).

b. Keep your emergency food away from areas prone to high humidity or moisture, such as basements, garages, or bathrooms. Consider using desiccant packets or moisture absorbers in the storage containers to reduce humidity levels.

c. Keep your supplies in a dark area or use opaque containers to shield them from light.

3. Regularly Monitor and Rotate:

Implement a rotation system based on "first in, first out" (FIFO) to ensure you consume the oldest items first. This practice helps maintain freshness and prevents any food from exceeding its expiration date.

4. Practice Proper Handling:

Handle your emergency food with care to avoid compromising its shelf life and quality:

a. Prevent cross-contamination by using clean utensils and equipment when handling your emergency food.

b. Before consuming emergency food, practice good hygiene by washing your hands thoroughly. Sanitize preparation surfaces and cooking utensils to reduce the risk of contamination.

c. Pay attention to the recommended preparation methods provided by the manufacturer. Properly rehydrate or cook freeze-dried or dehydrated meals to ensure optimal taste and texture.

5. Regularly Update and Expand Your Supplies:

Regularly reassess your emergency food supplies and consider expanding your stockpile to meet the needs of yourself and your loved ones.

Last words

In the last, maintaining emergency food supplies is a critical aspect of preparedness. By choosing high-quality products, storing them properly, monitoring expiration dates, and following proper handling procedures, you can ensure your emergency food remains safe, nutritious, and ready to sustain you during times of need. Trust in Heaven's Harvest to provide you with reliable, long-lasting emergency food options that prioritize quality and peace of mind.



1) Are there vegetarian or vegan options available for emergency food?

Yes, there are vegetarian and vegan options available for emergency food. Heaven's Harvest offers plant-based meals and food options that cater to specific dietary preferences and restrictions. Check out their Protein Kit or Fruit and Vegetable Kit!

2) Can I store emergency food in my car?

Storing emergency food in your car is possible. Keep all items in a suitable storage container that can maintain proper temperatures and protect the food from sunlight and moisture. Extreme temperatures in cars can degrade the quality and nutritional value of the food.