You know that moment when you spend a couple of days in the house because you don’t feel like going out and you find yourself without food or water? Now you have alternatives: go out and buy what you need or make the best with what you have around the house. Of course, when you realize there isn’t anything around the house that could constitute a nutrition source, and your laziness is so advanced that you hate just the idea of getting off the couch, you blame it on yourself for not shopping more carefully and you make a promise next time to buy at least the essentials in case this situation strikes again.

So here’s a guide on how to start your own food storage – and you should consider this as a must do: remember that recently Germany announced that it will be an obligation for its citizens to stock up 10 days-worth of food. In other words, the world knows that you have to be prepared for the worst – because at a point it could be more than just staying inside the house and not feeling like getting out!

Being too lazy to go out to buy food is considered a first world problem (as there isn’t in fact one, you just perceive it like this). But what if you wake up tomorrow in the middle of a real crisis and you won’t be able to go out and buy food, you’ll just have to live from your reserves? At this point, the imminence of a crisis (economical, political, religious, etc.) is so big that planning at least a very few details, would do you lots of good. So, let’s see together a few basic rules when starting to think about storing food to ensure your survival, as well as your family’s well being:

1. Think about quantity
You need to figure out the minimum of food storage for your family for a year. In order to get an idea on the approximate amounts you can use a calculator. Now make sure you take into account periodically any changes in your household (new baby on the way, relatives coming to live with you etc). Figure out the most people that could live with you at a certain point (it’s better to store more than less, however the possibilities of storage will be limited so don’t go overboard – you need to take into account the possibility of having to move the food from a place to another).

If you’re just starting out, it can be overwhelming to just buy one year’s worth of food so stat low: first build up enough food to last you for three days in case of an emergency. Then, after completing this task, move to food for 7 days. Then work for 1 month and so on until you reach the ideal 1 years’ worth of food for you and your family.

2. Think about diversity
Try and do this test: look everyday this week at what you and your family eat daily and think about how much of what you eat could be preserved. If you realize you only eat things that cannot be preserved for more than a few days, you might want to start adding to your everyday diet products that you will be eating in a crisis. This way, your body won’t suffer a shock when you switch to a complete new diet. Now don’t go overboard changing your entire diet but get your body used to certain foods you might have ignored so far – it will probably do you good as diversity is an important principle when it comes to nutrition.

3. Think about a storage place
Of course, when starting to prepare and buying products, you will follow some ground rules – everything you choose must be easily stored, shouldn’t impose a lot of storage conditions and it should last for as long as possible. That favorite sauce of yours might taste good, but it’s the stuff that doesn’t go bad after several years that you should consider in this case. You also need to determine a storage place in your house that is easily accessible. You will probably need lots of shelves and you will want to organize the food as efficiently as possible so it can be easy to locate. You might want to prepare for a crisis with no electricity so no refrigeration possible. When choosing a place think about temperature, humidity, pests, oxygen and light.

4. Think about calories
If there’s ever a time I would recommend counting calories this would be it. You need to calculate the necessary calories input for each family member and take into account that some crisis might require physical effort, so you might need a bigger input. Foods that you stay away from now, due to high calories input will be your best friends in a crisis! Remember: you’re preparing for survival, not for a week-long vacation away from home!

5. Think about cooking and recipes
If you already cook, you might try once a week to prepare a meal with the ingredients you find in your storage room. Go to the next level and think about a crisis where you don’t have access to electricity or fire and try to plan the meals for a whole week using only the ingredients in the storage room. This is the best way to figure out what you’re missing, what you need to add and what you need to drop.

You can also check you the government’s recommendations for safe food storage here.

Do you know any other recommendations on how to start food storage? Let us all know by sharing your opinions below!