Sunday, April 3, 2011

72-hour kit: Part 2 of 2

All right now, on to the food! That's everyone's first thought when disaster strikes, right? There are lots of options. You can get ration bars, but I don't know what they taste like and I have doubts about whether my kids would eat them. You can get MREs or various dehydrated dinners you can get at camping supply stores where you pour boiling water into a pouch and wait a minute for them to cook.

I ended up deciding to only pack food that I knew Roy and the girls were familiar with and would eat, and that needed no cooking or preparation. I didn't think we would want to deal with the hassle of cooking equipment and fuel, especially if we had to leave the house. Here's one of the breakfasts I packed for the four of us. It all fit into a gallon-size Ziploc bag: eight granola or cereal bars, four fruit cups and four orange Crystal Light flavor packets that you can shake up in a bottle of water to make "orange juice."

I thought mini-cereal boxes for one breakfast would create some variety from all the granola bars I was packing, but they were bulky! Every meal I packed fit into a gallon-size bag except for this one; it took two bags to hold eight mini-cereal boxes and four Carnation instant breakfast drinks.

Here's one of the lunch bags I packed. A full-size can of ravioli for each of the adults, a mini-bowl for the girls, four pouches of real fruit bites, and four raspberry lemonade Crystal Light flavor packets. I also put a piece of candy for each person in each lunch and dinner bag. (Warning: chocolate and Jolly Ranchers will melt and make a big mess, and mint-flavored gum will make everything else in the bag taste like mint after a few months.) Don't forget the fork or spoon!

And here's a dinner bag. Again, a large-size bowl for the adults and small size for the kids, fruit cups, Crystal Light and candy. There are lots of different flavors of soup, stew and Chef Boyardee, and lots of different fruit cups or fruit leather you can buy, so the meals don't get boring. You can also use canned tuna or chicken, jerky, Vienna sausages, cheese or peanut butter cracker sandwiches, or anything that will last at least six months.

Here's what the food for all 72 hours looks like. The girls helped me bag it up while we listened to conference and we had a lot of fun! I fit all the food, clothes and various supplies into three backpacks, a bucket and the two mini-backpacks. I think it's best to store it in the house if you can, since the temperature changes in a garage can cause problems with the food. It could go in a closet or under a bed, out of the way, but where you can get it quickly if necessary.

I'm not done with my kit yet - I've still got to store water. The recommendation is for 1 gallon of water per person per day. You can buy bottled water, or rinse out apple juice bottles and fill them up with tap water. So that's my next goal! I may add other things to the kit as time and money allow, but hopefully I'm off to a good start now.

If anyone has suggestions for me or anyone else who wants to start working on their emergency kit, please leave a comment!


  1. Nice! We don't have anything like that in all the bags- need to get on that more.

  2. You are awesome! I have put this off far too long and need to get going. I'm inspired! I just have the extra challenge of finding gluten-free food for me, but I suppose that's all the more important!