Ordinarily, sitting in your house with the lights off for a week means you're knee-deep in a Narcos marathon. But with winter and its unruly weather on the way, it's totally plausible you could end up stuck at home with no power involuntarily, too. If and when that happens, you'll need your home stocked with enough calorie-dense food and drink to last a few weeks and keep you sane. With that in mind, we spoke with Tony Nester, a survival instructor and owner of Ancient Pathways, to find out the essentials.
This stuff is easily found at the grocery store, and will last one person about two weeks if they eat 2,000 calories a day. Nester advises you get more rather than less, as you could help other people who didn't prepare like you did!
Lentils or beans
How much? 2.5lb
Both are excellent and easily available protein sources. Mark the date you bought them with a Sharpie. This stuff doesn't last forever, but could easily sit untouched in your pantry that long.