Welcome to week #26 (the LAST WEEK!) in the “Survival Kit Ideas: A week by week approach” series.
This series is all about making it simple and do-able (and a bit fun!) to get a survival kit (aka 72 hr kit, bug out bag etc) put together for you and your family: something that will help you care for yourself without the aid of others for at least 3 days!
Creating such a kit can be overwhelming and financially difficult to do all at once. So, through this series, I’ve broken it down for you into 26 small steps! Just take one small baby step each week and in 6 months you will have a well stocked kit!
You can even go through the series a few times over a year or two adding just the most basic supplies the first 6 months and then a few more “extra” supplies each time you cycle through it again. No need to get overwhelmed. Just do what you can!
I hope you were able to go through and rotate all of your supplies last week. That is an essential part of this whole process. If you need to use this kit, you want to be able to!
Week #26: List it Out
It is week #26!!!! Wow! 6 months! I hope that all those who actually started with me on week #1 have been able to fully build and complete a great kit for your family! I hope that the ideas I’ve presented and those in the comments from some great readers have been helpful. But I also hope that you’ve personalized those ideas and adjusted them to fit your family’s needs. I’ve got just one last task for you and then we will start over with week #1. I will post each week again (and again). Each time through I will add the best comments from readers up into the main body of the post and make other small improvements so the series just keeps on getting better. Keep your suggestions coming!
So now you’ve got (or should have) 3 days worth of STUFF in a relatively small pack / bag. You will likely only open this pack once every 6 months to rotate the stuff in it (at least I hope you will!), so it will be difficult to remember everything that is in it and just where you put it.
In the event that you actually need to use your survival kit in an emergency situation, it is likely that time would be of the essence. You may need to locate a certain first aid supply quickly or get a clean diaper or wipe for your child. Your family will be hungry and you don’t want to dig through / remove everything in your kit looking for the oatmeal packets you think you included!
So this week’s challenge is simple: make a list of everything in your kit by category and note where it is in the pack (front pocket? at the bottom? near the top?). Then, put that list either at the very top of your pack or with your important documents folder.
Deb C, one of my great readers with fabulous ideas left a comment a few days ago. She keeps a different type of list in her purse. I liked her idea so much, I decided to share it here with you.
While you are going through and making a list of everything you do have in your kit, make a list of everything you don’t have but would like to. Then prioritize the list in order of the things you feel are most important to add. Keep the list in your purse or wallet or car etc. That way, if you are out shopping or browsing online, or get a specials email from me you will know just what you need to add to your kit. If you have the funds, you can purchase it and building your kit will be just that much less overwhelming! Thanks Deb C!
And don’t forget….
Add at least $1 per person to your survival kit this week. Make sure you use $1 bills and / or quarters for the first $100 or so and then start adding $5 and $10 bills.
How About You?
Leave me a comment and tell me how your kit is coming. Were you able to finish rotating last week? Or will you be finishing that up with your list this week?
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