emergency drinks to hoard

Drinks and drink mixes
Emergency drinks for energy, vitamins, nutrients, morale

Something not often talked about in prepper circles are emergency
drinks, and yet the smartest and happiest preppers on the planet
will pack not just water, but a variety of emergency drinks and
drink packets for energy, vitamins, and nutrients, electrolytes, a
boost in morale, and more!

Following is a prepper's checklist of drinks to hoard in the name of
emergency preparedness beyond bottled water:

Eight Kinds of Drinks to Hoard for
Emergency Preparednes

1. Emergency Drinks (Clear Liquids).
The water quality of our ancestors wasn't very good, so tea
helped the water taste better and boiling the water had the
additional benefit that it killed bacteria making the water potable.
Clear liquids, such as tea and bouillon will help the body on the
road to recovery and are essential for your emergency
preparedness, but there are numerous other reasons to pack such
emergency drinks:

  • Tea. For more than 5,000+ years tea has been an essential
    for health. Consider including tea as part of your emergency
    preparedness for many reasons: Decaffeinated teas provide a
    burst of additional energy; while other teas can provide a
    calming and soothing effect, which you may need when SHTF.
    What's more, tea has anti-cancer properties (polyphenols),
    and reduce the risk of blood clotting and even lowers
    cholesterol levels. Read about how tea is for survival.

    Consider adding echinacea, peppermint and chamomile teas
    to help combat the common cold, naturally, too! In a survival
    situation, drinking tea brings a sense of normalcy, which
    could aid in overall well being providing a clear head with
    which to make life-saving decisions. Add green tea, also
    discussed below, which is a probiotic for digestive health.

  • Bouillon (meat stock cubes). Bouillon cubes (compressed
    stock of beef, chicken, and vegetable) are a salty essential
    to help you flavor soups, rices, ramen style noodles,  gravies,
    saute vegetables and more. Bouillon may improve your
    overall well being because it's easy to digest and comforting.
    It brings comfort when food is in low supply, but it's also
    essential for health. Bullion provides an aid to intestinal
    distress of diarrhea and is proven helpful to patients before
    and after surgery because it is a clear liquid. Stockpile
    bouillon in the prepper's pantry.

  • Beef broth, chicken broth and chicken soup. There may be
    truth in the old wives tale of serving up chicken soup at first
    sign of cold and flu. Derived from bone, chicken bouillon in
    particular is rich in vitamins and minerals, including iron,
    potassium, calcium and phosphorous, which may help boost
    the immune system.

2. Emergency Drinks (Probiotics).
Preppers are wise to stock up on probiotic drinks for digestive
health. When SHTF, you and your family will be eating some
familiar foods and some new introductions. Whether you'll be
eating more rice and beans, freeze dried foods or more wild game,
your body will be going through some changes. Probiotics will help
your body keep check on digestive health. Here are some
emergency drinks to consider:

  • Yogi Green Tea Kombucha. Yogi Green Tea with Kombucha
    may aid immune and digestive function. Spearmint naturally
    supports digestion, and Lemongrass and Plum flavor combine
    to create a smooth, fragrant blend with a light, fruity flavor.
    This popular organic green tea not only supports the immune
    system, but provides antioxidants.*

  • Miso Soup. The primary ingredients of miso are seaweed and
    tofu. This delicious broth has numerous health benefits and
    has been appreciated by Asian cultures for more than 2,500
    years. It's a digestive aid, which restores beneficial
    probiotics to the intestines. Additionally, miso soup is loaded
    with B-12 Vitamins. Look for organic and non-GMO miso soup
    varieties, such as Mishima brand, pictured right. Read more
    on the many benefits of miso soup!

  • Kombucha Wonder Drink. Kombucha Wonder Drink is a
    "magical beverage has its own compelling mythology,"
    according to the manufacturer. Alcohol-free, this fermented
    tea helps detoxify as it energizes! Ideal for preppers,
    because it's a canned beverage, Kombucha wonder drink,
    pictured right, is available in twenty four, 8.4-ounces per can
    (total of 201.6 ounces).

  • Home made Probiotic drinks. Learn to make your own
    probiotic drinks, such as kefir, Kombucha, and naturally
    fermented ciders and sodas. Left, is a short book is a guide
    to making your own fermented, probiotic drinks. Using
    beneficial cultures, like the good bacteria in yogurt, you will
    learn how to create healthy, delicious drinks that benefit your

3. Emergency Drinks (Electrolytes and Hydration
Electrolyte replacement is important for a survival situation.
Vitamin water and Gatorade are two popular electrolyte drinks
available at your local grocery store. Below are other drinks and
hydration tablets to consider:

  • Adventure Medical Kits Oral Rehydration Salts. Adventure
    Medical Kits Oral Rehydration Salts, pictured left, provide the
    original oral rehydration mix of the World Health
    Organization. Contains glucose, sodium and potassium.
    Dissolve one packet in one liter of water and sip your way
    back to health. Use for severe dehydration due to diarrhea,
    vomiting, and or sweat loss. 3 envelopes per package.

  • Pedialyte. To help your child rehydrate and feel better
    quickly, choose Pedialyte at the first sign of diarrhea and
    vomiting. Pedialyte is an oral rehydration solution specially
    formulated to quickly replace lost fluids and electrolytes due
    to diarrhea and vomiting. No wonder it's the #1 pediatrician
    recommended brand.

  • EcoDrink. EcoDrink is a complete multivitamin with zero
    sugar, calories, carbs, sodium or caffeine. Packed with
    antioxidants, nutrients and electrolytes, EcoDrink provides
    hydration, plus balanced energy, and immune system
    support. What's more, EcoDrink supports heart health, bone
    strength. Contains 30 packets, 15 berry and 15 orange plus a
    bonus reusable bottle.

  • Nuun Hydration tubes with tablets. Nuun Active Hydration
    tablets, pictured immediate right, were designed, formulated
    and tested to keep athletes optimally hydrated. Nuun comes
    in a tough tube that is water resistant and perfect for
    carrying in your hand, bugout bag or wherever. This
    electrolyte enhanced sports drink tabs turn water into a
    refreshing, sugar-free solution that keeps you optimally
    hydrated. Drop one tab in 16 ounce of water, wait 2 minutes,
    drink and stay hydrated.

  • Home made Electrolyte drinks. Do you know the first signs
    of dehydration? Thirst, headache, decreased urine (or strong
    smelling urine). Preppers should be aware of the signs of
    dehydration, including dizziness, fainting, nausea, muscle
    cramps and tiredness. To remedy, mix a pink of salt in
    almost a pint of water and drink. (Use a mason jar in the pint
    size, and fill it up about 3/4 of the way.) Add a teaspoon of
    sugar to help cure diarrhea.

  • RecoverORS Hydration packs. RecoverORS is an oral
    rehydration powder specifically formulated for adults, and
    made by pharmacists and in accordance with World Health
    Organization (WHO) guidelines and specification and is
    based firmly in clinical trials. Free from artificial colors or
    flavorings, RecoverORS also has no preservatives.

    RecoverORS, pictured above, is for the clinical treatment of
    dehydration due to events such as
    (1) Diarrhea,
    (2) Vomiting,
    (3) Fever,
    (4) Excessive sweating due to strenuous activity,
    (5) Traveling and more.

4. Emergency Drinks (Energy and Caffeine).
Prepper's have more choices on the market today, thanks to
energy drinks, like Red Bull. Sure, it's been a controversial drink
with teens as they abuse it's power, but for a prepper scenario it
can certainly give an edge when you might need it in a survival
situation! You may not drink it every day, but having some handy
in an emergency situation will provide you "wings."Here are some
other energy drinks to consider.

  • Crystal Light Energy. Typically, preppers purchase Crystal
    Light to enhance the flavor of their water. Crystal Light now
    comes in an energy version, pictured right, is a drink with
    caffeine and energy releasing B Vitamins.

  • 5-hour energy drink. A great bugout bag supply or car
    essential is a 5-hour energy drink, pictured at the top of the
    page. Sixteen ounces is a lot to drink when all you want is
    energy, but that's the size of many energy drinks. Not only
    do you get too much fizzy liquid, but also 12 teaspoons of
    sugar, 200 calories and herbal stimulants. Drink a 5-Hour
    Energy shot. At only two ounces it goes down fast. It has
    zero sugar, zero herbal stimulants and only four calories. It's
    packed with B-vitamins, amino acids, nutrients and as much
    caffeine as a cup of the leading premium coffee.

  • Red Bull Energy Drink. Red Bull isn't for everyone, but this
    drink does have Caffeine, Taurine, B-Group Vitamins, Sucrose
    and Glucose to get you going in crisis.

  • Coffee. The caffeine in coffee is the primary reason to
    stockpile it, but there are many other reasons. Indeed, coffee
    is a good prep.

5. Emergency Drinks (Canned and Packets).
Drinks of all kinds are good to store: they provide hydration and
they may have some vitamins. Here are some canned and packet
style emergency drinks to consider storing:

  • Canned seltzer waters. Canned drinks are a prepper
    essential for long term food storage. Aluminium cans have a
    coat internally to protect the aluminium from oxidizing,
    though trace amounts of aluminum may penetrate into the
    drinks. Canned seltzer water lasts indefinitely, and even
    helps relieve constipation! Avoid seltzer if you have acid

  • Water packets. Datrex packet water, pictured at the bottom
    left of the page, is an ideal solution for car supplies or a
    bugout bag. If you have kids, then consider packing some
    Capri Sun as well.

  • V-8 Vegetable Juice. For more than 75 years, V-8 100%
    Vegetable Juice has provided powerful vegetable nutrition.
    Right, you get a pack of eight six-packs of 5.5 ounce cans of
    juice for a total of 48 cans all for around $28 and with free
    shipping. Drink V-8 vegetable juice straight from the can or
    use it as a base to make gazpacho with garden vegetables,
    such as tomatoes, cucumbers and onions.

  • Switch carbonated beverage. The Switch is a great tasting
    healthy alternative to soda. The Switch is 100% juice that is
    carbonated and contains 100% of D of Vitamin C. It has no
    sugar added and contains nothing artificial. Its just juice,
    bubbles and Vitamin C. You'll love The Switch because it has
    the bold taste and nutritional value of a fortified juice, with
    the carbonated refreshment of a soda. The Switch is 100% of
    what you want in a soda, and 0% of what you don't!

6. Emergency Drinks (Protein).
Protein will be hard to come when SHTF. Hunting for game is much
glamorized; however the reality is when the entire population is
foraging for the same game, it will be harder to come by. In the
name of emergency preparedness, here are some protein drinks to

  • Pure Protein Shake. Protein drinks aren't for everyone, but
    something for preppers to consider as protein will be
    essential and hard to come by. Pure protein, pictured
    immediate left, includes water, Protein Blend (Calcium
    Caseinate, Milk Protein Concentrate), along with other
    ingredients such as soy. It packs an amazing 35 grams of

  • Dehydrated (powdered) milk. You'll fin dehydrated
    powdered milk available by the bucket. Consider enhancing
    your powdered milk preps by adding Hershey's Syrup to

  • Whey. Is whey way better than milk? Well, whey is highly
    nutritious, so it may well be "whey" better than milk! This
    high quality complete protein has essential amino acids
    required by the body for strength and muscle development,
    and without adding excessive carbohydrates and fat to your
    diet. Consider adding whey to your prepper essentials.

  • Goats milk. Goats milk is an extremely healthy option to
    cow's milk if not for the GMO reason along.

7. Emergency Drinks (Flavor Enhancement).
Preppers will want to flavor their water for many reasons. The
primary reason is that water quality may be very low and the
taste may be hard to swallow. Here are some flavorings to
consider adding to your list of prepper supplies. Just add water or

  • Gatorade, a thirst-quenching classic drink, is popular in
    bottled varieties. Look also for Gatorade powders, pictured

  • Tang, a classic drink first created for astronauts, is prepper
    favorite, and it's no wonder as Tang has both Vitamin C and

8. Emergency Drinks (Morale).
Water is essential to life and yet there are times when humans
crave something with a little more flavor. Here are some morale
boosting drinks:

  • Soda. Soda can provide caffeine, but more importantly in a
    catastrophic situation, soda can provide a sense of normalcy.
    Look for options which are free of high-fructose corn syrups
    (most contain them).

  • Wine and Beer. Beermaking is a fun hobby and a prepper
    skill. With so many kits available, it's so easy to Learn how
    to brew beer. Wine making is more complex, but doable.
    Starting a wine collection could prove to be a valuable asset
    in terms of prepping as wine may help relieve some stress
    and provide a sense of normalcy if you ordinarily drink wine.
    Wine is a barter supply if you don't plan to drink it yourself.

  • Vodka. Aside from the obvious social applications, vodka is a
    compact prep to hoard. In fact, it is on our list -- it's #35 on
    the 37 Foods to Hoard.
  • Bartering tool;
  • Cough suppressant;
  • Cooking (vodka is a base for a variety of pasta sauces);
  • Food preservation (Vodka and other alcohol can preserve
    fruit, such as cherries);
  • Cleaner and defogger for eyeglasses;
  • De-stink stinky feet! (wipe your feet with vodka);
  • Fuel and fire starter;
  • Molotov cocktail weaponry;
  • Sterilization agent for tweezers, razor blades;
  • Skin repellent to shoo flies;
  • Skin toner for pores to tighten skin and dissolve
  • Sore throat gargle; and
  • Topical medicinal uses (vodka can be an antiseptic,
    provide relief of insect bites and stings, cold sores, and
    you can also dissolve the adhesive of a bandage to
    make removal painless.

Happy endings...
Having a variety of drinks on hand will boost morale, enhance
nutrition, help keep hydratation through sickness and make
apocalyptic meals more palatable! Stock up on drinks now while
they are still available.

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