This 72 hours bug out bag emergency food rations (see full description here) from S.O.S Food Labs includes a total of 9 bars and 3600 calories per package. These rations are specifically made for emergencies such as natural disasters, but are also commonly used by campers and backpackers. The ration can be used by one person for three days or by three people for one day. It is meant to provide a total of 1230 calories per person per day. The rations have a 5-year shelf life if the packaging is kept sealed.
This ration is lightweight and easy to store, and is a number 1 bestseller on Amazon for emergency food preparedness. They come in special vacuum-sealed packaging that provides durability and ensures quality even in extreme conditions. The rations take up 20% less space and weigh less than other emergency rations. Each bar within the package comes individually wrapped and provides 410 calories. The company recommends eating the bars within 72 hours from opening the vacuum-sealed package.
These bars currently come in coconut flavor. They have a pleasant smell and taste somewhat like a very dense cookie. The bars are baked, making them different from compressed or uncooked food.
Ingredients and Nutrition
Serving Size: One bar
Fat: 18g, 7 sat, 3.5 trans
Carbohydrates: 53g, dietary fiber 1g, sugars 31g
Vitamin A: 6% daily value
Vitamin C: 15% daily value
Calcium: 2% daily value
Iron: 6% daily value
It is important to note the amount of sodium. A high amount of sodium will result in increased thirst. In the event of an emergency and reduced water rations, increased thirst can result in extreme discomfort. These rations have made an effort to reduce the amount of sodium per bar in order to decrease the amount of thirst created after eating. The bars also include a reduced amount of calories from sugar when compared to other brands.
S.O.S Food Labs emergency food rations are United States Coast Guard, Transport Canada, and SOLAS approved. Approval from the US Coast Guard has become a world standard and these packages have also been approved for a 5-year shelf life. These rations are meant to sustain you until rescue, or until other food becomes available.
- 9 bars per pack
- 3682 calories total
- 6 pounds
- 5 x 2 x 5 inches
One of the shortfalls of this product is that although they are reduced in sodium, the dry texture of the bars makes them difficult to eat without water. The bars only provide 1230 calories per day; which is sufficient for an emergency situation, but will leave many people in a state of hunger. For emergency preparedness, you may want to supplement these bars with other shelf-stable foods.
Does My Bug Out Bag Need Them?
It is always important to have shelf-stable food available. The best use for these rations is to store them in your home or bail out backpack for use in the case of an unforeseen emergency. However, while these rations are made for emergencies, they are also great to use when participating in outdoor activities such as camping and hiking. Their minimal weight and durable packaging make them ideal for those who want to move quickly and pack light. In the backcountry, they could be used as a supplement to other foods that you may bring and would work very well as a quick lunch or snack while on the move.