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    Lovellama
    Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:54 pm
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    I got some of those "Cup o Noodle" type soups to put in my 72 hour kit but they are rather bulky. I'd like to put them in ziplock bags to take less space, but I'm not sure what I would make them in then. Get some tin cups (a la camping) and use them with some sort of cover while the soup softens? A tin bowl?
    Chubby Cook
    Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:24 pm
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    I have the Cup of Noodles and Ramen packages in my general stockpile, but I wouldn't consider them very helpful in a 72-hour pack since both lack of water and lack of power for cooking would be issues for those few days.
    Lovellama
    Wed Sep 24, 2008 3:22 pm
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    We'll be carrying water and a buddy burner with us, so we can cook them that way.
    bakedapple42
    Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:41 pm
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    Hi all, I have a question:
    How do you get all that stuff into one backpack per person? I know that just 2 gallons of water per person would take up a lot of space in a backpack and be extremely heavy to carry with all the other stuff on top of it. What is the minimum amount of water a person can live off of for 3 days? (assuming the emergency food would not have to be rehydrated or boiled).
    Chef on the coast
    Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:42 pm
    Forum Host
    bakedapple42 wrote:
    Hi all, I have a question:
    How do you get all that stuff into one backpack per person? I know that just 2 gallons of water per person would take up a lot of space in a backpack and be extremely heavy to carry with all the other stuff on top of it. What is the minimum amount of water a person can live off of for 3 days? (assuming the emergency food would not have to be rehydrated or boiled).


    You have a valid point. I have packs for each of my kids. They certainly can't carry that much water. They do however had about 3 liters each divided between a couple different water bottles. Their packs also contain a pair of jeans, 3 pair socks, 3 underwear, 1 short sleeve shirt and 1 long sleeve shirt. They also contain a poncho, first aid kit, mittens, hand warmers, notebook, pen/pencils/crayons, toothbrush and toothpaste. I haven't added any foodstuff yet as I just redid the packs. A couple contain extra glasses for the boys who wear them. There are very small games in there as well. I had each boy put on his pack to see if he could carry it. The two older ones could with no problem. The two younger could but I am not sure how long they would be able to carry them.
    I look at our packing as being able to walk away from our house scenario. If we had the luxury of driving away - we would be able to carry that much water plus all the other important stuff we would want to "save."
    bakedapple42
    Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:03 am
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    I found this on a emergency preparedness webpage:
    "A minimum of 1 liter per person per day (for drinking purposes only) is the bare minimum for survival."
    Lovellama
    Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:49 pm
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    I'm trying to get my 72 hour kit together, and I'm cruising the internet looking for (fantastic) deals (as I am quite the cheapskate) and I came upon a site that sells 2 oz plastic tubes that are basically the preforms for 2 liter bottles before they get expanded. They look like big test tubes, but they have the water proof cap.

    The site was touting them as containers for sewing kits, detergent, first aid kits, match safe, batteries, tea, spice, etc., as they are nearly unbreakable you could put anything into them that needed the protection.

    The site I first saw them on was a little expensive (told you I was cheap), so I looked around and found the tubes being sold as test tubes for kid's science projects, and discovered shipping was different on different sites too. I got some as I didn't want to have a bunch of floppy ziplock bags in my kit.

    I think they're pretty neat, I'm not sure if I can link directly to where I got them, but if you google plastic test tube, ask for Bob. icon_wink.gif
    Chef #1513753
    Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:57 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I've been wanting to have an emergency/survival kit of some kind around the house, so this thread is great for providing some ideas so thank you to everyone who has posted so far!! I guess what I'm trying to decide is whether or not to make one myself or buy a pre-made one. I looked for survival tools on the internet and found many types of kits, etc. I'm not trying to prepare for an apocalypse or an e.l.e. of any kind, just something to help if there is ever an earthquake, flood, blackout, etc.
    Chef on the coast
    Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:16 pm
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    [quote="Chef #1513753"]I've been wanting to have an emergency/survival kit of some kind around the house, so this thread is great for providing some ideas so thank you to everyone who has posted so far!! I guess what I'm trying to decide is whether or not to make one myself or buy a pre-made one. I looked for survival tools on the internet and found many types of kits, etc. I'm not trying to prepare for an apocalypse or an e.l.e. of any kind, just something to help if there is ever an earthquake, flood, blackout, etc.[/quote]

    It's never too late to start preparing for yourself and your family. icon_smile.gif I prefer making my own kit so it's more personalized.
    MCK
    Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:20 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    this is the most complete list I have come across/compiled.
    List everyone in the household
    Name
    Date of Birth
    Phone #
    Relationship

    Pets

    Contact Information
    Address
    City
    State
    ZIP Code
    Primary Phone #
    Mobile Phone #
    E-mail Address

    Alternate location where to meet
    Address
    City
    State
    ZIP Code
    Primary Phone #

    Essentials:
    Battery-operated radio
    Flashlight
    Extra batteries
    Water
    3 gallons/person, minimum, in a food-grade, plastic container
    Additional water for sanitation

    Food:
    Minimum three-day supply of non-perishable food that requires no refrigeration or preparation and little or no water.
    Dry cereal
    Peanut butter
    Canned fruits
    Canned vegetables
    Canned juice
    Ready-to-eat canned meats
    Ready-to-eat soups (not concentrated)
    Quick energy snacks, graham crackers

    First Aid Kit:
    One for your home and one for each car.
    Scissors
    Thermometer
    Tweezers
    Needle
    Sunscreen
    Cleansing agent/soap
    Latex gloves (2 pairs)
    Tongue blades (2)
    Moistened towelettes /wet wipes
    Saline
    Assorted sizes of safety pins
    2" sterile gauze pads (4-6)
    4" sterile gauze pads (4-6)
    2" sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
    3" sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
    Triangular bandages (3)
    Tube of petroleum jelly, other lubricant, antibiotic ointment
    Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes

    Non-Prescription Drugs:
    Laxative
    Anti-diarrhea medication
    Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
    Antacid (for stomach upset)
    Activated Charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
    Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)

    Tools and Supplies:
    Whistle
    Crowbar
    Paper, pencil
    Medicine dropper
    Needles, thread
    Signal flare
    Assorted nails, wood screws
    Plastic storage containers
    Cash or traveler's checks, change
    Non-electric can opener, utility knife
    Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
    Tape, duct and plumber's tape or strap iron
    Patch kit and can of seal-in-air for tires
    Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
    Aluminum foil
    Plastic sheeting
    Compass
    Matches in a waterproof container
    Pliers, screwdriver, hammer
    Heavy cotton or hemp rope
    Map of the area (for locating shelters)

    Sanitation:
    Disinfectant
    Soap, liquid detergent
    Feminine supplies
    Toilet paper, towelettes, paper towels
    Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
    Household chlorine bleach
    Personal hygiene items
    Plastic bucket with tight lid

    Clothing and Bedding:
    Sunglasses
    Hat and gloves
    Blankets or sleeping bags
    One complete change of clothing and footwear per person
    Rain gear
    Sturdy shoes or work boots
    Thermal underwear

    For Pets:
    Food
    Leash, harness or carrier
    Records of vaccinations
    Non-tippable food and water containers

    Important Family Documents:
    Important telephone numbers
    Record of bank account numbers
    Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
    Inventory of valuable household goods
    Copy of will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
    Record of credit card account numbers and companies
    Copy of passports, social security cards, immunization records

    Family Medical Needs:
    Insulin
    Prescription drugs
    Denture needs
    Extra eye glasses
    Contact lenses and supplies
    Heart and high blood pressure medication
    Entertainment: Games and books
    Carry the following items in your vehicle:
    First aid kit
    Fire extinguisher
    Matches
    Compass
    Jumper Cables
    Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack
    Bottled water
    Local maps
    Critical Prescription Medicine
    Blanket/sleeping bag
    Non-perishable, high-energy foods
    Flashlight with extra batteries
    Pocket radio
    Cell phone charger
    Reflective triangles and brightly-colored cloth

    Add this additional equipment in winter:
    Shovel
    Tow and tire chains
    Bag of salt or cat litter
    Tool kit
    Ice scraper and snow brush
    Items to keep you warm such as heavy woolen mittens, socks, a cap and blankets.
    Chef on the coast
    Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:30 am
    Forum Host
    MCK -
    Thank you for a very complete list! Make sure to put these kits somewhere for easy access. Maybe near a door or garage or in your car.
    pippie2010
    Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:43 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I would also add a tin or baggie filled with lint from the dryer or cotton balls with Petroleum jelly on them to help start fires if needed to cook anything.
    pippie2010
    Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:46 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    go to emergency essentials.com on line and order their water packets, they keep for 5 years and it's much easier to carry in a back pack, they are 19.99 for 64 of them, you need to only carry appx 4 of these for each day. I would also order a long burning candle or find one if you can also !! search there they have all kinds of goodies to get for your back pack and shipping is only like 6.00 or 6,99??? they also have toliet lids to fit buckets which is a plus if you have kids !!
    Smilyn
    Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:37 am
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    I know this is an old thread, but I figured I could add to this since I am just starting out on our kits. I am looking a week long kit, so mine is a little different:

    Food and Water
    Hard Candy
    MRE / Freeze Dried
    Camelback 100 ounce
    Water purifier
    Honey 2 oz bottles

    Warmth
    Poncho
    Warmers
    Waterproof matches
    Sleeping bags

    Cooking
    Spork
    Cook set

    Communication
    Whistle lightstick combo
    Crank radio
    Walkie talkies
    Headlamp light

    Sanitation / First Aid
    First Aid Kit
    Toothbrushes
    Dr. Bonner’s Peppermint Soap
    Hand sanitizer
    Brush and rubber bands
    Body wipes
    Bug Spray

    Defense
    Knives
    Guns (of course this won't be kept in the bag during storage)
    Gerber tool
    Mace
    550 cord
    Hatchet
    Mechanic’s gloves

    Misc
    Small Sew Kit
    Bible
    Compass
    Survival Manual
    Pencil and paper pad
    Tick remover

    Some of the lists here helped me add some items, so thank you!
    Chef on the coast
    Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:45 am
    Forum Host
    Smilyn wrote:
    I know this is an old thread, but I figured I could add to this since I am just starting out on our kits. I am looking a week long kit, so mine is a little different:

    Food and Water
    Hard Candy
    MRE / Freeze Dried
    Camelback 100 ounce
    Water purifier
    Honey 2 oz bottles

    Warmth
    Poncho
    Warmers
    Waterproof matches
    Sleeping bags

    Cooking
    Spork
    Cook set

    Communication
    Whistle lightstick combo
    Crank radio
    Walkie talkies
    Headlamp light

    Sanitation / First Aid
    First Aid Kit
    Toothbrushes
    Dr. Bonner’s Peppermint Soap
    Hand sanitizer
    Brush and rubber bands
    Body wipes
    Bug Spray

    Defense
    Knives
    Guns (of course this won't be kept in the bag during storage)
    Gerber tool
    Mace
    550 cord
    Hatchet
    Mechanic’s gloves

    Misc
    Small Sew Kit
    Bible
    Compass
    Survival Manual
    Pencil and paper pad
    Tick remover

    Some of the lists here helped me add some items, so thank you!


    Thanks for YOUR list! It gave me some ideas I hadn't thought of before. icon_smile.gif
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