Welcome to week #1 in the “72 Hour Kit Ideas: A week by week approach” series.
This series is all about making it simple and do-able to get a 72 hourkit (aka survival 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!
This entire 26 week series is now available as an e-book!
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.
Week #1: Packaging Your Kit
If you are just starting or will be seriously re-vamping your kit, you should start by deciding how you want to package it:
- It needs to be something you can carry relatively easily.
- It needs to be durable.
- It should be as lightweight as possible.
If you’ve already got your kit and will just be updating it, then take a week off!
Here are a few ideas I’ve seen (and my opinions on them). Feel free to share your ideas and opinions if you’ve got them in the comments below. There is a great one from reader, Don about a pull / push golf cart here!
- Easy to drag behind you, meaning you don’t have to actually carry it.
- May be difficult to use over tough terrain.
- Would be heavy / difficult if you ever DID have to carry it.
Option #2: A large tupperware type tub.
- Relatively durable.
- Can easily see & find what is inside.
- Very difficult to carry.
Option #3: Backpacks
- Very lightweight, but must be on your back at all times.
- Will be heavy once packed.
- Could put them in a wagon and pull them unless / until forced to carry them.
Option #4: Wheeled Backpack
- Could be carried if needed, but can also be pulled behind you to make things easier unless covering rough terrain.
- Heavier than a traditional backpack would be.
What We Have Done in Our Family:
Right now, we have 2 adult backpacks* and 2 children’s backpacks. Only two of our four children would be able to carry a pack (the 5 yr old twins); and one (a 1 yr old) would need to be carried. Both my husband and I will need to have both hands free in order to be able to carry a child and manage another. We do have a moby wrap for the 1 yr old so we can carry her and still have both hands free. But I still want both hands free to be able to manage the other 3 kids. So, we went with backpacks. However, we will likely switch to wheeled backpacks eventually.
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 how you plan to (or how you already) package your kit. This Week’s Winner
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