Yeah.Food is a big deal for me.Almost always make sure there is food in the pockets, bag or truck.And water.Water is pretty important too.
YES. I have a pantry in my vehicle. I always have some type of bars in there. Cliff are my favorite but I'm not picky. I also have crackers with peanut butter. I keep tuna in the pouch in there as well. Those are really handy. I eat that with crackers but I cannot keep them in there too long or they go stale. Fruit cups are in there. I tend to keep a case of water along with crystal lite when I get bored of just water and want a little flavor. I like dried fruits too so I keep some in there. Beef jerky is good to have but I don't always keep it since it can get pricy. My vehicle pantry needs restocking as I've had one heck of a busy time.
Any specific types of food that you gravitate to? I like the Life Savers and granola bars because they are individually packaged and easy to carry. I have given serious thought to beef jerky, but then I a just going to be constantly eating which isn't going to help the afore mentioned obesity issue. Water is a good one too, although I don't usually carry it unless I am planning to be active.Def
You guys are technically right about not needing food for days or even weeks. (I've gone without food for a week or so and know this is true.)However, don't underestimate the tremendous benefit of a mug of hot instant soup when you are dying from hypothermia. (I know about this, too.)Remember the first rule of being lost: stop and eat something. The actual calories might not be all that important, but the psychological comfort of some warm food (or just food) is hard to overstate. I carry food with me not to survive, but to have that psychological edge. I'm stuck in a snow drift, but, I can light a fire and eat a snack. Life has gone from being uncomfortable to fun. This is why military survival rations contain things like instant soup and 'Lifesavers'. Will those calories make much of a difference? Probably not. But, your brain runs on glucose, so, in a tough situation, a Lifesaver may actually be a life saver. A little 'food for thought.'
...unfortunately I couldn’t keep water in the back come winter.
Sometimes the water I keep in the vehicles freezes in the winter. I've had (unopened) standard store-bought disposable plastic water bottles go through any number of freeze/thaw cycles, but they don't seem to leak or otherwise be any the worse for wear as a result. I also keep a stainless steel cup and a couple of cans of Sterno in the vehicles in case I need to melt ice or snow.
My luck the bottle would have crackedJR
Not likely, based on my experience. With regard to the standard disposable plastic bottles (16.9 fluid ounces), I buy and store them in my vehicles by the case, and have been doing this for a number of years. They do freeze at times during the winter here in PA. Freezing sometimes tends to deform the bottles a bit, but the plastic seems to be pliable enough to deform without cracking, and I don't ever recall a bottle leaking due to freeze/thaw cycles. The very few times I've had one leak, I'm pretty sure it was due to blunt force trauma, i.e. me carelessly tossing something heavy on top of a loose bottle.
Where in Pa, I think I asked beforeJR
Near Williamsport; kind of north-central PA.