As promised in yesterday’s post I am going to share with you the care package I took to my three college kids this weekend. Usually my care packages include lots of goodies like candy corn shaped Rice Krispie treats and arrive in very cute containers like my Trick or Treat cans. But the care package my kids received this weekend was a little bit different.
This care package came in a backpack and contained food – food they are not suppose to eat. This care package is one I hope my children will never have to use!
You see, the care package was a 72 hour kit. For those of you who don’t know what a 72 hour kit is – it is a collection of items that would help you survive for 72 hours in case of some type of emergency or disasters.
Thanks to our church we are big believers in preparedness. We try to have everything we need on hand in case of an emergency. We have had 72 hour kits waiting ready in our garage for years. I realized several weeks ago that those kits weren’t going to do my college kids any good sitting in our garage.
So I packed an extra suitcase this last weekend and took them to Utah with me where they are now stored in each of my children’s dorm rooms/apartments.
Here is what is in their 72 hour kit…
I purchased some used backpacks at Goodwill for each family member. Having your 72 hour kit in an easy to grab and carry container is important!
The kit contains:
3 water bottles, 3 juice boxes
Cans of chili, ravioli and pineapple(Cali’s request – I told her she had to have at least two cans of food that contained protein!)
granola bars, graham crackers, fruit leather, peanuts
A roll of toilet paper, hand warmers, can opener, whistle, a sheet of foil, a solar blanket, rain poncho, flashlight, glo sticks, first aid kit, hand wipes, a dust mask, a plastic cup and silverware, matches, heavy duty garbage bag as well as some money (don’t even think about spending this kids!!) and personal hygiene products such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hand santizer etc.
Knowing that my kids have what they need to survive the first 72 hours of an emergency or disaster gives me peace of mind.
There are lots of resources available on the internet for putting together your own kit – you can even buy them pre-made (but they come with yucky food)
Here are a few links to check out:
Everyone needs a 72 hour kit – not just college students. Once you put them together don’t forget to rotate the food every 6 months or so and put in fresh batteries. I need to be better at that – the food in our kits was 3 years old and the batteries in the flashlights were dead!
Do you have a 72 hour kit – what’s something fun you have put in yours??
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