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A ration is a supply of food to bring people in case of an emergency. The food is usually in powder form, smoked or salted.
Emergency rations are often taken while hiking in hills or climbing mountains, because of the risk to beaches somewhere by accident. Food in such a ration is often intended for several days.
Many people in risk buying food that has a long shelf life, as emergency rations in case there is a natural disaster or another emergency. Emergency rations enable people to survive until help arrives. Often, these emergency rations are a part of an emergency kit.