72 Hour Kits - Pt. 1

My name is Emilie. 
And I am completely intimidated by Emergency Preparedness. 
Anyone with me?

People start talking about 20 gallon cans of wheat, those weird tinfoil blankets and Bunsen burners and I freak out!  It is too overwhelming.

So, since this month we are focusing on being prepared I decided it was time to take one small, tiny, baby-step towards making my family more prepared (which is about all I can handle).  I did some research and will share a 3 part series with you on how I got a very very VERY basic 72 HOUR KIT kit for each family member, without breaking the bank or getting overwhelmed...I hope.  I mean, how bad can preparing for three little days be, right?

Decision A: To cook or not to cook.
There are lists and great videos out there which show you what to pack in your 72 Hr. kit that includes cooked meals. This also includes packing a small burner and pellets that you light. Since I am starting from the basics I decided to opt of of cooking foods. I figure if it's just three days it doesn't need to be room service at the Hilton.  More like survival. So no portable burners for me.  (If you want to go that route check out this blog post/video. It is fantastic!)

Decision B: To open cans or not to open cans.
My kids are little (6 years of age and under). I decided to make my 72 Hour kits as if each member of my family were separated. So, I decided to opt out of canned goods which need can openers.  Again, I'm going for basic.  Nothing more.

Assignment 1: Make a Food List
Choose from these items that you think your family would actually eat.  All of these items listed are shelf stable, don't require cooking and can be opened/made by a toddler.

lemonade powder
juice boxes
capri sun

tuna (fresh pouches) + mayo packets
beef jerky
fruit roll-ups
fruit cups
applesauce cups
beanies and weenies
beef stew
dried fruits
granola bars
beef jerky (low salt)
juice boxes
protein bars
cold cereal & dried milk
raviolis/spaghetti (with pop-tops)
fruit cups
fruit roll-ups
trail mix
raw nuts
ramen (doesn't actually need to be cooked, will reconstitute with water)

9 Way Righteous Comments:

stevie kay said...

Emilie! Awesome as always. Long term storage doesn't scare me as bad, but when people talk about 72 hour kits and how I should have diapers, change of clothes (wait, you mean I have to have a pair of clothing and diapers that will fit and remember to change it out?!?), and all that other stuff, I curl up in the fetal position. This is inspiring me to at least start with the food!

Jenny said...

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am that you are doing this. I too get so overwhelmed that I don't usually do anything. I can't wait to do this!

JessieMomma said...

This is SO my kind of post, I am so glad I found you on Pinterest! Our dog ate our last 72hr food kits....chewed right through the FoodSaver bags, and I haven't ever replaced them. That was three years ago! You have inspired me to get my stuff together!

s'mee said...

lol I can relate. Found you via Pinter-crack. 3 weeks ago my car was broke into. Instead of stealing the $80 sheet set the bozos took my 72 hour kit!

An idea for moms with growing kids: When mine were little I packed a diaper bag with all the essential diaper type needs, thinking one year ahead, plus added a roll of duct tape (if the diaper was WAY too big just make a duct tape adjustment). As far as clothing for the kids I packed 3 unders, socks, tee shirt, a complete sweat suit, and a pair of tennis shoes - all one size larger than the kids would need this year. Every year when we go through to refresh the food items, I pull out the clothes and the kids all get a new set of sweats, etc. and then repack a larger set in the bag. That way the kit always has clothes that may be too big, but will fit nonetheless. Also, I figure unless disaster hits while we all in a Japanese Bath House, we'll have some sort of clothing on and the sweats can just go over them for extra warmth if needed. Hope that helped.

~GINGER~ said...

I AM VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO A PART 2!!! I hope you decide to do one soon!

Anonymous said...

I like all details that you provide in your articles.
dried food

Anonymous said...

Just an FYI - I read yesterday that because Capri Sun packets don't use preservatives they can actually ferment! Don't know if it is true, but it is something to checkout and think about before including them in a toddler's 72 hr bag - just what everyone needs during an emergency - a tipsy toddler - NOT! :)

Anonymous said...

This is true about the Capri Sun. Do not pack them in emergency bags.Any little dent or poke, too small to leak, will introduce the bacteria. It was on the news on several web sites, etc. A definite avoid for long term packing.

Anonymous said...

Water is best. No real worries about spoilage...should switch out every couple of years or so just for freshness but it doesn't really go bad as long as its sealed. and purification tablets are light cuz really you aren't going to want to carry 3 days worth of water for yourself and however many little kids you have...of course older kids can carry their own. And even little kids can carry smaller stuff...Ramen noodles and TP are light and fit perfect in a Dora backpack. My 4 year old is excited about having her own bag! This survival prep stuff definitely overwhelms me too but I like being prepared so i am doing one thing at a time and just looking at it this way...I may not be completely prepared ever like those hardcore survivalists but every day I add something makes me more prepared than the day before. and lots of stuff you can get at dollar stores to save the pocketbook.

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