This topic has been on my mind a lot lately. I’ve had a 72-hour kit in the past but had to rotate everything in it and never replaced it. Does that sound familiar? Then I moved into a rental and started building so I decided that it would just be one more thing to try to have to keep track of and decided to wait. Now that I am in my house it is time to get my butt in gear and get my 72-hour kit in tip-top shape.
It’s such an easy thing to do and all it really takes is a little bit of time and most days after 11 AM I have that. The best part about having this blog is that it helps to keep me motivated and get the projects done that I could otherwise tell myself I could put off again and again. I only have about 10 or 15 of those lying around the house, but hey if I start one I can check it off the list and this is a really good one to get done. I started by looking online last night for 72-hour kits that sounded like things that my family would eat without too much complaining and would be easy to put together. I came across this one and then improvised it a little to work for my family. Cost for food per adult was $6.28 and for child was $6.16 since I did different granola bars for adults and kids. Also the cost of the case of Gatorade was $12.98, Juice box was $8.98 and case of water was $1.99. The packages of soup that I added were $3.48 a piece. So my total for my family of 8 was $73.47. I didn’t think that was horrible to sustain us for 3 days with food and water.
Adult/Child 72-Hour Emergency Kit
7 beef jerky Slim Jims
2 packs instant oatmeal
2 envelopes hot chocolate
2 fruit cups
1 pudding cup
2 Nature Valley granola bars-adults/Chocolate covered granola bars-kids
2 fruit snacks
2 cereal bars
3 packs cheese sandwich crackers
1 can Vienna sausages-since the kids will eat it
1 package of gum
I actually had a family night and had the kids help me put our 72-hour kits together. I explained the importance of why we do it and have them. It was good to do since my 5-year-old kept saying the reason we did it was in case the house caught on fire. I quickly reassured him that if that ever did happen that, no, the 72-hour kits stayed and that the most important thing would be to get out of the house. We then discussed the possible disasters that could happen in our area and why 72-hours kits were important to have. It was fun to have the kids help fill their bags and realize the importance of being prepared in case there was an emergency.
You will notice I have a case of juice boxes, a case of Gatorade and a case of water and a 3 packages of powdered soup, I have a family of 8 so it was easier for me to keep it all together then to try to separate all the drinks, so do what is easier for your family. Also I have a Tupperware container full of non-perishables-utensils, toilet paper, matches, paper plates, cups, lanterns, first aid kit, tooth brushes, soap, hand sanitizer, woman products, can opener, a radio and some candles. Next I will be adding some of the more important things like money and paper documents (birth certificates, social security numbers, marriage license) and the phone numbers of important places (banks, doctors, relatives, and insurance).
I felt like this was a great place to start and will give me something to build upon. It is important to remember to rotate every 6 months and make sure to replenish it when you do. That is what is hard for me to remember. If you have any tips or ideas for being prepared in emergencies be sure to share them with us. We’d love to hear what you have done.