Should You Keep Food in Your Car?

You don’t typically think of your car as a place you would keep shelf-stable foods. It’s usually something you think of as a tool–a way to get from point A to point B. But what if your car suddenly became a tool in your emergency toolbelt?

Did you know that lifeboats come with food rations? One great thing about these is that they are non-thirst provoking. If you run into a scenario where water isn’t available, lifeboat rations–which look like a solid bar–will help prevent thirst while providing survival sustenance. It’s an option to consider for your car in addition to the other options we’ve outlined below.

One thing you should always have in your car is water, and it isn’t just for drinking. Jugs or water bottles will work. It can come in handy for cooling an overheated radiator. If you’re in an emergency situation, the water could also quench your thirst. Finally, if you need to clean something, you have water to assist you.

There are some downsides to keeping water (or food) in your car in extreme temperatures. In the heat of summer, water stored in plastic bottles or jugs can absorb the flavor of the plastic, and if you plan to keep water in your car at all times, it is a good idea to replace it regularly to prevent the taste of plastic leaching into your water. On the flip side, winter’s cold temperatures can cause water to freeze if left in your car’s trunk. If you need the water immediately, this becomes a problem because you’ll have to wait for it thaw. If possible, you should store water in your vehicle’s cabin because running your heater will thaw any frozen water as you’re using the heat.

Now that you have water covered, let’s consider what food stores well in a vehicle. Keep in mind that extreme temperatures will affect food storage in a car just as it affects water, so you will want to ensure you’re switching out your food supplies on a regular basis. Here are some ideas:

  • Granola bars
  • Nuts or seeds such as sunflower or pumpkin
  • Jerky
  • Trail mix
  • Dry fruit
  • Chips
  • Instant oatmeal packets
  • Lifeboat Rations
Should You Keep Food in Your Car?

All of us have heard the stories of people who get stuck in their cars after having an accident or getting lost. They can’t get a cell phone signal to call for help, and they may be injured or too far into the wilderness to venture out. Sometimes, they resort to drinking melted snow and suffering through the ordeal without any sustenance. If they followed the advice to keep some non-perishable food items in their car along with some water bottles or jugs, surviving such an ordeal become a bit easier.

Should You Keep Food in Your Car?

We know getting lost or having no cell phone signal in this day and age seems like a farfetched idea. But it does happen, and having some food and water available to you at all times is a good way to keep your life primed and ready.