Last night I updated all of our 72-hour kits including one for the unborn baby. Each member of the family has a backpack with one change of clothes (provided it’s not Winter) and 3 days worth of meals, snacks, water, cups and plastic Pooh-Bear utensils (except mine and Danny’s are plain old boring white utensils). Bun and the unborn baby have diapers and wipes and a receiving blanket. Pookie and G have some pull-ups (just in case they forget their toileting skills in an emergency). The children each have two little board books and G and Pookie also have a travel Etch-a-Sketch. One bag has the can opener, one has a flashlight, one has a crank radio (the kind that doesn’t need batteries or electricity), one has the baby wipes, one bag contains two large boxes of matches, two bags have whistles on bright yellow cord, and one bag has the supply of hand warmers. I was feeling pretty good about being prepared (and even a teensy bit smug since the unborn baby has one) when I realized, there aren’t any medications or first aid supplies in any of the kits.
These kits are SO heavy. How would my 25 pound Bun or 26 pound G carry a 25 pound backpack each? I think maybe Pookie could drag his. Could I count on having a surge of adrenaline in an emergency that I could carry my kit, two of the children’s kits and possibly a child too? I decided I needed to look into this a little more and searched Google for 72-hour kit preparation.
I started reading about packing toilet paper, water purification tablets, sleeping bags or bedrolls, spare batteries, shoes, toys, family records, birth certificates, insurance certificates, improvised toilet and shovel, disinfectant, plastic bags, and MORE!
I even got distracted and started reading a fantastic article about using solar cooking and how it’s been very effective in Kenya and how I could do it too with a cardboard box and aluminum foil. And then I’m thinking, “This reminds me of my Girl Scout years. Ah, the scouting program is a wonderful investment we can make in our children. And so is swimming lessons. But what if we have an emergency now?”
So, I want to be prepared without going so over the top that it would be impossible to move our kits.
I found it was easy to do these kits when I first assigned a backpack to each child and then a set of clothing. And from there I added food. What now? Go for lighter-weight food? Stick a mini first aid kit in each one? Teach my 1, 3, and 5, year olds weight-training and life-skills?
So I’m looking to YOU for suggestions. If you’ve done yours or seen it done somewhere, what can you tell me? I appreciate all suggestions—even novel-long ones.