I am very slow at getting around to things, but it's time that I recycle my 72 Hour kit. Layla suggested that we remember go through it every April conference. I thought that was a good reminder, so we emptied ours out in April, but we have yet to refill it. So, this is me putting together a list of what I need. Also, I hope to encourage ALL of you to put together your own 72 hour kit for everyone in your household, and build your food storage.
*PLACE SUPPORTING QUOTE FROM GENERAL AUTHORITY HERE AS TO WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO BE PREPARED BOTH TEMPORALLY AND SPIRITUALLY* -we all know one, just look in the last year of Ensigns and conference talks.
The last time we got a 72 hour food kit was in our Provo ward. A lady volunteered to put one together for everyone, so she could buy items in bulk. It was an inexpensive alternative for us to do relatively little. However, as wonderful as it was, there were quite a few items in there that aren't to Richard's and mine taste, for example: Vienna Sausages. Nevertheless, when I opened up our food kits this past April, the sausages were the only item yet to expire. So, I fed them to Michael for lunch. He threw up that night, and although I don't think it was the sausages fault because of his flu symptoms, I still didn't like cleaning up the mess, and will never look at Vienna sausages the same.
So I guess the point of that story is: Don't put something in your 72 hour kit that will make you puke.
I remember a family home evening activity from my childhood. My parents pulled out all of our 72 hour kits. We updated them with new food, and fitting clothing, and then my parents challenged us kids to try to survive on our 72 hour kit food for the next, well, 72 hours! And if we did it successfully, we would be treated dinner at a restaurant. Going out to eat was always the best thing, so we all agreed immediately! It really wasn't as easy as it sounds. My school lunch was pretty lame compared to my friend's. My stomach gurgled a lot, and I'll admit, I have a very distinct memory of waiting for my mom to walk upstairs one afternoon, so I could sneak into the kitchen and grab a piece of bread. Although, I'm pretty sure that I'm not the only one of my siblings who cheated. :P
It was a great activity and lesson to me, and it is something that I am definitely going to try with my kids as well.
Alright, so here's a website that I found that had some great month-by-month tips for building up food storage, and also preparing and checking the 72 Hour kit.
And, here's my tentative list for 3 days of food. (Any suggestions/tips/advice welcome). I tried to have one breakfast and dinner meal item for each day, and then snacks.
Soup Mix packet??
There's currently a lot of coupons on coupons.com
Like for the nabisco snacks, individually packed, that I was planning on buying anyway.
Also, I am going to buy two boxes of crackers (saltine and graham) and instead of separating each cracker into individual packs, I'll just place the entire box in the backpack, and then it can be shared, and is less likely to get crushed up.
Anyway, there will probably be more items than I stated, room permitting. But that's a good general list of foods that we would eat.
Here's some additional items that should be included as they come to mind:
Feminine Needs (I wouldn't want to be without, just in case)
Deodorant (I just packed away our 1/2 used sticks of deodorant, because I don't think you need a full stick for 3 days)
Extra clothing and Underwear and socks
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
Flashlights AND batteries
Extra contacts stored away and eye drops (if you have contacts.)
If you have a baby, don't forget to stash extra diapers, wipes, baby medicine etc...
Also, Richard and I have tried to put our important paper work together, although not stashed away since we still have to get into it from time-to-time. But, at least we know where it is, and can grab the file folder as we EvAcuAte! Can you sense the urgency to be prepared?!
Just know this site is much more thorough than I am. I was very surprised at how much of this stuff I didn't pack last year. But, it's sort of understandable, because our bags were really FULL. I think we're going to accumulate one more backpack that just holds the food and utensils, and then the other bags can hold clothes and items. But, I don't know. It's supposed to be simple, ready-to-go evacuation packs, because you can't grab your entire food storage.
Good luck and let me know your goal to prepare, or write a blog about your preparation measures and share it! I'd love to get some tips!