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    72 hour kits - what to put in them?

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    Annie H
    Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:18 am
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    We can list things that different regions will need. For instance, someone in Alaska will need different supplies than someone in Africa. icon_biggrin.gif Let's start compiling ideas!
    Kzim4
    Sat Jun 18, 2005 11:28 am
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    Well, I'm in Arizona, and this is what I'd like to have in my kit (once it's complete):
    Water (1 gallon per person perday)
    Sunscreen
    Toilet paper (not something I personally want to be without)
    Food ( I would like to have 3 meals per person per day and would like it to be something that is "ready-to-eat" and can be eaten without heating if necessary)
    Snacks (possibly fruit snacks and maybe suckers or something)
    Activities for the kids (coloring books, work books, etc.)
    Toothbrushes and toothpaste
    Deodorant
    Clothes (at least one change for each person and extra pairs of socks)
    Pull-ups for night time are a must!
    Sleeping bags/tents ( I keep all my camping stuff together for "grab-n-go")
    First Aid kit


    I'm sure there sre things I'm forgetting, but, hey, that's why I'm here, right?
    Kathieo
    Sat Jun 18, 2005 12:09 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    With my 72-hour kits I've also got space blankets, 100 feet of nylon rope, matches and a buddy burner, a collapsible shovel, a hatchet, a solar-powered radio, tent, change of clothes/shoes/socks, comb/brush, personal hygiene items, a book to read (scriptures, too), pad of paper with pen and pencil, crossword puzzle book (puzzle book for kids), and an envelope with some change and small bills in it). There's also a small first-aid kit and a small sewing kit in each, with a big first-aid box beside these individual buckets.

    Some people also put copies of personal documents, saved in plastic, in theirs. I haven't got that far ahead yet, but it sounds wise.
    Kzim4
    Sun Jun 19, 2005 9:38 pm
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    Kathieo wrote:
    With my 72-hour kits I've also got space blankets, 100 feet of nylon rope, matches and a buddy burner, a collapsible shovel, a hatchet, a solar-powered radio, tent, change of clothes/shoes/socks, comb/brush, personal hygiene items, a book to read (scriptures, too), pad of paper with pen and pencil, crossword puzzle book (puzzle book for kids), and an envelope with some change and small bills in it). There's also a small first-aid kit and a small sewing kit in each, with a big first-aid box beside these individual buckets.

    Some people also put copies of personal documents, saved in plastic, in theirs. I haven't got that far ahead yet, but it sounds wise.

    See, I knew there was more icon_lol.gif icon_redface.gif icon_lol.gif
    startnover
    Mon Jun 20, 2005 10:50 am
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    Flash lights (with batteries icon_eek.gif )
    whistles
    prescription medication/inhailers ext..
    contac lens supplies
    hand sanitizer
    wet wipes (not just for babies, it works as a quick no-shower sulution) icon_wink.gif
    Map
    personal address/phone book.....
    Always have a location to meet at!
    Annie H
    Mon Jun 20, 2005 11:28 am
    Forum Host
    Ok, I'm going through this thread and categorizing the info everyone has provided. Let's try to expand to other threads so this thread doesn't get too very unwieldy. icon_biggrin.gif

    Don't be afraid to start new threads!
    Kathieo
    Mon Jun 20, 2005 11:57 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    AnnieH, I don't know HOW to start new threads. You need to realize that some of us (me, anyway) are expert word processors, but not very Internet-savvy. I'm good at research on the web, but don't know how to get into a chat room!

    Anyway, I wanted to point out that a nurse told our group that we should keep large bottles of contact lens solution in our first-aid kits, because it's mild enough to wash out open wounds (without causing the skin trauma that alcohol and peroxide can create) and it's relatively cheap. That makes sense to me. Anything mild enough for our eyes is a lot milder than alcohol/peroxide!
    KarenT2
    Mon Jun 20, 2005 1:14 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I have a diabetic in my home. Does anyone have suggestions for foods that would be diabetic appropriate to put in the 72 hour kits?
    I was looking for trail mixes in the recipezaar lists that might work a found a few that might be adjusted. Any other ideas?
    Kzim4
    Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:21 pm
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    KarenT2 wrote:
    I have a diabetic in my home. Does anyone have suggestions for foods that would be diabetic appropriate to put in the 72 hour kits?
    I was looking for trail mixes in the recipezaar lists that might work a found a few that might be adjusted. Any other ideas?

    I would probably try the bars that are specifically made for diabetics, like Glucerna (I think). For a treat, the Russell Stover brand suger-free candies are good. I'll ask my mom if she has any other ideas. She was trying to find items for herself.
    UnknownChef86
    Mon Jun 20, 2005 4:28 pm
    Forum Host
    ................................................................72-Hour Emergency Kit Ideas

    Survival Food & Water
    Water Filter/Purifier
    Money
    Stove/Burner/Grill/Fuel
    Cooking Gear
    Can Opener/Eating Utensils/Canteen
    Dishrag/Dishwashing Liquid
    Matches/Lighter
    Lantern/Flashlight/Candles
    First Aid Kit
    Sewing & Repair Kit
    Towel/Washcloth
    Compass/Whistle
    Metal Mirror
    Rope/Twine/Cord
    Camp Shower
    Survival Manual
    Important Documents
    Fishing Gear/Pocket Knife
    Shovel/Tools/Gloves
    Toilet Tissue/Kleenex
    Alarm Clock/Radio
    Games/Entertainment
    Soap/Shampoo/Toiletries
    Sunblock/Insect Repellant/Mosquito Netting
    Hand Warmers/Ice Packs
    Sleeping Bag/Pillow/Bedding/Blanket
    Fire Extinguisher
    Clothing/Rain Gear/Umbrella/Hat
    Books/Bible/Songbook
    Tent/Tarp/Backpack
    Trash Bags/Plastic Bags/Twist Ties
    Pen/Pencil/Paper
    Flares/Reflectors/Glowsticks


    Food Ideas for 72-Hour Emergency Kits:
    Water & water purification supplies
    Beef Jerky, summer sausage, & other meats that require no refrigeration
    Granola bars, energy bars, etc.
    Just add water food and drink mixes
    Dehydrated or freeze-dried foods
    MREs (Meals Ready to Eat)
    Soup mixes, bouillon cubes
    Easy-open canned foods (soup, meat, meals, fruit, etc.)
    Trail mix, gorp, nuts, etc.
    Crackers, melba toast, & bread sticks
    Peanut butter
    Fruit leather (fruit roll-ups)
    Hard candy
    Chewing gum (comes in handy between brushing teeth)
    Canned juice
    Condiments (including salt)
    Oil, lard, shortening, PAM spray, etc.
    Sugar, honey, or other sweetener
    Annie H
    Tue Jun 21, 2005 9:18 am
    Forum Host
    Annie H wrote:
    Ok, I'm going through this thread and categorizing the info everyone has provided. Let's try to expand to other threads so this thread doesn't get too very unwieldy. icon_biggrin.gif

    Don't be afraid to start new threads!


    I posted this to the wrong thread!! lol It was supposed to go into the monster thread. icon_redface.gif icon_rolleyes.gif icon_lol.gif
    Annie H
    Tue Jun 21, 2005 9:21 am
    Forum Host
    Kathieo wrote:
    AnnieH, I don't know HOW to start new threads. You need to realize that some of us (me, anyway) are expert word processors, but not very Internet-savvy. I'm good at research on the web, but don't know how to get into a chat room!

    Anyway, I wanted to point out that a nurse told our group that we should keep large bottles of contact lens solution in our first-aid kits, because it's mild enough to wash out open wounds (without causing the skin trauma that alcohol and peroxide can create) and it's relatively cheap. That makes sense to me. Anything mild enough for our eyes is a lot milder than alcohol/peroxide!
    Excellent idea about the contact solution! I always have at least a couple of bottle of that around since I buy mine from Costco. It comes in a three-pack huge bottles and it pretty inexpensive. It's also sterile when you first open it. It's important to note, for non-contact users, to never let the opening of the bottle touch anything and try to avoid splash-back. This will keep it cleaner longer.

    ALSO, I'll post instructions on how to start new threads in the first post of the "Welcome" thread which is stickied at the top of the forum. icon_biggrin.gif Here is the link.
    Annie H
    Thu Jun 23, 2005 2:44 pm
    Forum Host
    Flip flops! I was just thinking about the things I would need if I rolled out of bed, grabbed the kids, and grabbed my 72 hour kit and ran. I wouldn't be wearing shoes but I might like them.
    Kathieo
    Thu Jun 23, 2005 3:13 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    There was an article in the Readers' Digest a few years ago about a snowslide that came down a canyon in Utah, right into a family's dinette area. The wife and daughter were sitting at the table in front of the window, the husband was standing in the doorway area, when all of a sudden this avalanche came roaring down, right through the window, and buried the wife and daughter. The husband began frantically digging them out, and ending up having dozens and dozens of stitches in his hands because there were no gloves handy.

    After the article I saw advice that we should have a pair of good shoes (at least slip-ons, maybe) and a pair of leather gloves right by our beds, and another set by the door that leads out to your car. Sounds smart to ME!
    Lovellama
    Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:08 am
    Food.com Groupie
    I'd like to see pictures of our 72 hour kits. I think that would help us (me!) a lot in figuring out how to start from scratch. The lists are great, but a picture is worth a thousand words. icon_smile.gif
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