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Emergency pantry list

This pantry list outlines the food needed for 2 people (older than 12 months) for 7 days, based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines. These items do not need refrigeration, special preparation, or cooking.
Adapt the pantry list for people with food allergies, special diets or other specific food requirements.

  1. Grain foods
  2. Fruit
  3. Vegetables
  4. Legumes and beans
  5. Nuts and seeds
  6. Milk, yoghurt and cheese
  7. Lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs
  8. Oils and treats
  9. Water and equipment

Grain foods

Item

Amount

Examples

Breakfast cereal (dry) e.g. muesli, wholegrain cereal

850g

28 x 30g single-use bowls or boxes
2 x 400-450g boxes
1 x 800-900g box

Flat bread (long life, vacuum packed) e.g. pita bread, lavash, tortillas, wraps

1100g

4 x 260g packs
6 x 200g packs
2 x 567g packs

Wholegrain crisp bread/dry biscuits

500g

2 x 250g boxes
4 x 125g boxes

Ready-to-eat rice or noodles

1700g

8 x 250g packets

Fruit

Item

Amount

Examples

Canned fruit in natural juice e.g. pineapple, peaches, fruit salad, plums, berries, apricots

2400g

8 x 400/410/420g cans plastic tubs

Dried fruit e.g. sultanas, apricots, mixed fruit

200g

1 x 210g packet

Fruit juice (100% fruit juice)

750mL

3 x 250mL tetra packs

Vegetables

Item

Amount

Examples

Starchy vegetables e.g. canned potatoes

1050g

4 x 410g cans

Green vegetables e.g. canned peas, beans, asparagus

1050g

7 x 220g cans

Orange and other vegetables e.g. canned beetroot, carrots, corn, tomatoes, mushrooms, capsicum, mixed vegetables

3150g

14 x 420g cans

Legumes and beans

Item

Amount

Examples

Canned legumes e.g. kidney beans, 4-bean mix, chick peas, lentils

1000g

4 x 410g cans

Baked beans

750g

4 x 220g cans

Nuts and seeds

Item

Amount

Examples

Nuts and/or seeds (unsalted) e.g. almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, seed mix, nut paste

450g

3 x 150g packet

Milk, yoghurt and cheese

Item

Amount

Examples

Long life milk or calcium fortified soy milk

5000mL

20 x 250mL tetra packs

Long life cheese e.g. cheese wedges or sticks

400g

1 x 160g box
1 x 240g packet

Long life custard

800g

2 x 4 pack custard cups

Lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs

Item

Amount

Examples

Canned meat and/or poultry or alternatives e.g. braised steak, canned chicken, canned ham, nut meat

900g

12 x 85g cans (chicken) or
5 x 200g cans (ham/corned beef) or
5 x 400/410/420/425g cans (meat)

Canned fish e.g. tuna, salmon, sardines

1600g

8 x 185/210g cans

Oils and treats

Item

Amount

Examples

Unsaturated oil e.g. olive oil

280g

1 x 375mL bottle

Snack foods

optional

Dried fruits, nuts and seeds (see above), crackers or biscuits, muesli bars,

Water and equipment

Item

Amount

Examples

Bottled water for drinking and food preparation

42 L

21 x 2L bottles

Plastic plates, bowls, cups, cutlery and utensils (if you do not have access to your own crockery and cutlery, or washing up facilities)

28 forks
28 knives
28 spoons
28 plates
28 bowls
56 cups
1 can opener

1 x 20 pack and 1 x 10 pack of each cutlery item
2 x 200 pack of each crockery item
3 x 20 pack disposable cups
1 can opener

Hand sanitiser (water-free)

2 tubes/bottles

2 x 200mL bottles

Last updated
2 December, 2016

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