“Deep” Larder List

Planning Your Survival Pantry – An Engineered Approach

Back in 1996 it was estimated that the US has a three to five day supply of food in warehouses on any given day. The government stopped publishing this type of estimate back in 2003. I presume, that the government thought these facts were just too scary for most folks to handle. It is reasonable to believe that as of this date the figure would be significantly lower due to the expansion of “just in time” supply chain planning. A transportation system failure, power grid failure, drought, labor strike, pandemic, bio-terrorist attack, crop failure, etc. could cause an extended interruption of our food supply chain. In less than a day the store shelves could be empty and would stay empty until the supply chain could be restored.

Having a year’s supply of food safely stored away is critical to surviving any major interruption of the food supply chain. Planning your year’s supply correctly requires that you carefully calculate how much protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, and calories each person in your family or group will need.

At a minimal activity level, it does not take a lot of calories to sustain life. However, it is reasonable to assume that under survival conditions we may be engaged in long days of hard physical labor. I based my estimates using an average of 2,500 calories per day per person.

In addition to making sure that everyone gets enough calories, it is necessary to make sure that you have a proper balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates and fiber. For a 2,500 calorie per day diet, that translates to: 56 grams of protein; 80 grams of fat, 375 grams of carbohydrate, and 30 grams of fiber.

For a family of four, a years supply will translate to over 2,100 pounds of food!

One of the main adages of food storage is “store what you eat, eat what you store”. Our family consumes a lot of rice, it does not eat a lot of wheat. We have planned accordingly. You should plan according to what you and your family eat.

The USDA has an good online database you can use to estimate the protein, fat, carbohydrate and fiber content of foods you eat. Here is the link: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/list

The math involved in calculating your food storage program can be a challenge. I built a spreadsheet that allowed me to calculate the total nutritional requirements and model the total amount of calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates and fiber as a percentage of the total amount required. Basically, we changed the “Target” pounds around until we got a well balanced selection that met at least 100% of our requirements. It also calculates the total cost and total weight. Here is the link to the MS-Excel spreadsheet I made: Larder

Alan T. Hagan wrote a superlative article which cover all of the mechanics of proper food storage. You should download and print this article and keep your copy in a safe place with all of your other survival information. Here is the link: http://www.shelfreliance.com/c/university/article/food-storage-faq-alan-t-hagan-downloadable-pdf

In addition to having food, there are many other items which you should consider stocking up on. These may include:


  •     Tissue, Toilet
  •     Tissue, Facial
  •     Napkins, Sanitary
  •     Tampons


  •     Bleach, Unscented
  •     Detergent, Laundry
  •     Clothes Line
  •     Clothing Pins
  •     Tubs
  •     Wash Boards
  •     Laundry Baskets


  •     Needles,
  •     Thread
  •     Iron on Patches and or Tape
  •     Dye

Shoe Care

  •     Polish
  •     Waterproofing


  •     Detergent, Dish – Dawn
  •     Dish Pans
  •     Dish Rack
  •     Dish Towels

Hygiene, Personal:

  •     Soap, Bath
  •     Shampoo / Conditioner
  •     Toothpaste,
  •     Toothbrushes
  •     Floss
  •     Mouthwash, Fluorinated
  •     Isopropyl Alcohol
  •     Deodorant
  •     Razor Blades
  •     Shaving Gel


  •     AAA
  •     AA
  •     C
  •     D
  •     9V

Heat and Light:

  •     Matches
  •     Lighters
  •     Candles
  •     Sterno
  •     Fire Starter


  •     Kerosene
  •     Wicks
  •     Mantles
  •     Chimneys


  •     Paper Towels
  •     Ammonia
  •     Trash Bags
  •     Lysol
  •     Mouse Traps
  •     Mouse Bait
  •     Fly Strips

Food Storage:

  • Food Storage Bags
  • Plastic Food Wrap
  • Wax Paper
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Wax Paper

First Aid Supplies:

  • Bandages
  • Ointment, Antibiotic
  • Pads, Gauze
  • Rolls, Gauze
  • Non Adhesive Dressings
  • Steri Strips
  • Ace Bandages
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Cotton
  • Epsom Salt
  • Laxative
  • Ipecac
  • Vaseline
  • Oil of Cloves
  • Gloves, Nitrile
  • Betadine


  • Vitamin & Mineral Supplement – Centrum
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Balm, Lip

OTC Medications:

  • Aspirin
  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprophen
  • Naproxen
  • Immodium
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Guaifenesin
  • Calamine Lotion
  • Benadryl

Stationary and Organization:

  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Paper


  • Ointment, Diaper
  • Powder
  • Cloth Diapers
  • Plastic overpants
  • Safety Pins
  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Nasal Aspirator
  • Teething Gel
  • Nipples
  • Pacifier

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