I’m in New York, and as I type the entire population is out buying all the water, chips and batteries in the few stores that are still open. Actually, they’d better hurry up because all the transportation will be shut down in 30 minutes.
They’re all preparing for Hurricane Irene, which is supposed to hit New York in about 12 hours.
As I said everyone else is out stocking up on canned meat, tuna, eggs (I don’t know how they intend to cook them, but I really have seen long lines of people buying eggs this morning), cheese or sour cream or meat flavoured chips, cream-filled and buttery pastries, biscuits and other snacks. Not really vegan-friendly.
So, what does a vegan stock up on when the apocalypse is pending?
Here’s my shopping list designed to cover 3.5 days worth of Keira-and-Mr caloric needs, plus extra for people we may meet in the stairwell/safe haven:
- 3 blocks of dark chocolate
- too many Luna Bars
- 2 packs trail mix
- 6 bananas
- 1 packet of Newton’s Fig Newtons
- 1 can Amy’s vegan chilli
- 1 jar of chunky peanut butter
- 1 pack of vegan granola
- 2 litres of soy milk
- 1.5 litres of grape juice (only one that still had any vit C in it)
- 1/2 a packet of saltines (okay, these we already had)
- 1 loaf of bread
- some oats
- 1 thing of hummus
- 2 soy yoghurts
- 3 drink bottles and a bath tub full of water (plus bottles the AirBnB hosts have)
- and a pack of vegan dumplings that I intend to eat before the power goes out.
Not the most filling food, not the healthiest food, but it will do. I would have liked more fruit, but everyone was out, and we have no space for veg. We have much more than enough calorie-wise, but I wonder if we’ll still get hungry due to lack of volume. Time will tell.
Hopefully, the power wont go out, the water will keep working, and this will all just be a thought experiment. If not, well, we’ll see.
So, over to you: Have you ever been through a crisis that caused you to stock up? Do you keep a stockpile at home just in case? Have you ever caught yourself day dreaming about what would be in your dream-vegan-stockpile? What would you stash in case of emergency?