Welcome to week #5 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.
And don’t forget that I give stuff away each week too! I not only want to make this simple for you, but each week, I’d like to help one of you out financially by providing supplies to help you fulfill the coming week’s goals. To enter the drawing each week simply leave a comment about what you have done or plan to do for your kit that week!
I hope all of you were able to add breakfast and lunch items to your kit last week. There were a lot of great comments left and it seemed like many of you were really working on it! Like I mentioned last week, you have one more week to get all the food you need in your kit. I know a lot of what I’ve got below is a repeat from last week, but I’ve included it just so you don’t have to jump back and forth between the posts…
Week #5: More Food
You should have a few goals in mind when adding food to your kit. Keep in mind that you may be in a variety of situations if forced to use your kit. You may be on the move. You may not have much water. You may not have much fuel. You may be very busy. You may be overwhelmed / scared. However, there is no one answer for all families. Everyone is different and some of the following things may be more important to you than others. But as a general rule, you want your food to meet as many of the following requirements as possible:
- Can be eaten without a water / heat source
- Easy to prepare (if you choose to use water / heat to prepare it)
- Appetizing / familiar (consider a few comfort foods)
- High in Calories
- Long shelf life (in case you forget to rotate every six months). You can also vacuum seal much of what you include to make it last longer.
What to Avoid:
A few things I’ve learned from experience not to include (please add your own suggestions / thoughts in the comments):
- Pop-top cans (soups etc): They can pop open rather easily and create quite a mess in your bag.
- Jolly Ranchers: They melt! Once they’ve melted they are difficult to eat.
- Mint Gum: If kept with your other food, it makes everything taste like mint (but you could keep it elsewhere if this is a good comfort food for you)
- Nuts: Because of the high fat content, they go rancid rather quickly. If you are really good at rotating them every 6 months, they should be fine, but if you know you tend to rotate less often (like me), you may want to avoid them.
- Crackers / Granola Bars: These are great options unless they are in a position where they are easily crushed/ smashed. Then, they become difficult to eat. UNLESS, you use reader Tiffany’s tip: put them inside an older Pringles tube (or similar).
- Fruit / Applesauce cups: They just don’t stay sealed very well, which can result in a big mess all over your kit.
- Canned Goods: This is just personal preference, but they are heavy and bulky. They don’t taste great cold. If you do choose to include them, you will also need a can opener. I think freeze dried options are better. Ideally you would have water to hydrate them, but if not, they are safe to eat dry. I will include both options in the list below as canned goods are far less expensive and this benefit may be more important to you than weight.
- Thrive Express! (I will actually be switching ALL my lunch / dinners in my kit to these. They taste fabulous and are nutritious. But you will need to make sure you have water to eat them)
- Tuna Pouches (the pre packaged ones at the grocery store with crackers and everything)
- Canned Ravioli / Spaghettios etc.
- Canned beans / chili / stew
- Canned chicken / tuna + mayo / relish packets
- Dried soup mixes (will likely need to be cooked to be eaten…most include dehydrated foods which must be cooked). These can be purchased in a larger size and then re-packed with a vacuum seal into smaller more manageable sizes..
- MREs (taste similar to Chef Boyardee. Usually come with their own heater and require no separate water / heat source. Relatively long (5 yr) shelf life. Are prone to exploding)
- Shelf stable sausage stick (like Hickory Farms. MUST rotate.)
- Hormel Completes (or similar)
How about you? / Enter Drawing
Leave me a comment and tell me how you’ve decided to add food to your kit. What are you adding? Why? What will you be doing this week? Remember, everyone who participates by leaving a comment between today, November 14th and 9:00 am PST on Wednesday November 21st will get one entry into this week’s free product drawing! This week’s winner will win a MSR WindPro canister stove which will help them fulfill next week’s challenge:
And don’t forget….
Add $1 per person to your survival kit this week. Make sure you use $1 bills and / or quarters.
Last Week’s Winner:
I had 23 entries (only 1 entry per person and only comments between November 7th and November 14th count) and according to random.org, comment number 8, or Vicki S., was the winner of the THRIVE Express!
Congrats Vicki! I will contact you by email with details about how to claim your prize that should help you with this week’s challenge!
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