How to Make a 72 Hour Kit

72 Hour Kit Instructions

Step 1 – Make sure you have saved 1 milk jug and 3 2-liter bottles per person. Wash them all out with soap and let dry.

Step 2 – Multiply the number of kits you want by the items listed in the shopping list and purchase the food items from Walmart or your neighborhood grocery store. All the food will cost around $8-10.

Step 3 – Purchase a wing stove and fuel pellets from an emergency preparedness store such as Emergency Essentials or if one isn’t available in your area follow the links below to order online. Only one stove is NECESSARY per family, but they are pretty cheap so if you’d like to have one per kit that is fine too. It will make it much more convenient in a true emergency.

Step 4 – Cut straight down the middle of a milk jug diagonal from the handle. Go about 1/3 of the way down. At the bottom of that cut, make a horizontal slice coming from each side but leave about 2 inches of the jug intact. This should make a sort hatch that you can pull open and insert the items in. Watch our video below if you are having trouble visualizing how to do this.

Step 5 – Place the necessary items into each milk jug according to the contents list. Put the Tang and cocoa servings into small zip-lock bags (1/4 c. per serving). If you have extra food left over, stick it in as space permits. Tape the milk jug up. Tape the contents list to the outside of the jug and record today’s date and the family member who will use that kit. VOILA!

Step 6 – Fill your 2 liter bottles with water and store all of the items in an easily accessible place (your car trunk is the ideal place if you have room). Check out our Step 2: Water page for more information on how to properly store the water.

Instructional Video

Resources

Printable Shopping List
Printable Contents List
Outtakes video (HILARIOUS!)
Purchase Wing Stoves Online
Purchase Fuel Pellets Online

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  • Durantia

    I suggest including a Life Straw for each person in any emergency kit. It renders any water drinkable (for when you run out of bottled).

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  • Heather Mitchell-Adams

    We are going “72 hr” camping this weekend. Hubby is not completely on board and subsequently we are meal planning like we are camping next to the “Full-English-Breakfast-with-Extra-Breakfast-Tree”!! If you haven’t guessed, my husband is English! So, I have talked him down to 1 add-in meals per day for the Camping trip, outside what’s in jugs. Beans on toast ( which is pretty shelf stable to begin with), bacon & eggs (carton of scrambled eggs), and hot dogs ( on a stick over the fire. We’ll see how he likes his GO bag and the rest of his milk jug…….wish me luck!

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi and Julie

      Sounds like a fun adventure!

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  • Mercedes Schrödinger

    I keep mine behind the passenger seat. I’ve been upside-down in my car before, so accessing the trunk wasn’t an option. Fortunately I was rescued in minutes, but it might have gone differently.

    Another good item is a paperback book. Keeping your mental state healthy is really important, and playing cards only get you so far.

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  • Barbara

    You can get single-slice Spam and tuna in packets instead of cans. There are dried apples for fruit in packets or protein bars. I think you can also get packets of water on line or tubes of flavored sugar water kids usually like frozen or juice boxes. Never did it, but can you seal water in food saver bags? I think I’ll see if it can be done. I bet it can. Think as light weight as possible.

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  • Wendy

    A tuna fish can/cat food buddy burner can work just as well in place of the wing stove. Great site and information, than kyou!

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  • debc

    some people asked about other foods they could put in the 72 hour kit. what about a can of spam, jar of nutella, packs of crackers, chicken or tuna in a can, peanut butter in a small tupperware container, hard peppermint candy or box of ludens cough drops, tubes of flavoring for water (they have some with energy in them also) and also extra meds and one of those little altoid cans they show on youtube with a survivor kit in them…..just saying. and i love your site it is fantastic and very informative!!

    • Jennifer G

      Nutella!! my son is allergic to peanuts, so we can’t pack peanut butter for him. I had been “agonizing” (not really) about how to keep almond butter fresh once it is opened, since it is supposed to be refrigerated after opening. Nutella would be perfect. A bit much as far as sugar content, but hey, it’s an *emergency* kit, right??

      • Heather Fawver Fuhriman

        They also have almond butter packets at the natural food store. I think the Brand is Jason

  • Barbaraann

    I’m considering military MREs with heaters for purposes of space and weight.  I have scanned documents, irreplaceable photos, med. reports, pet reports, policies, onto external drive the size of a deck of cards and family DVD’s kept in a case. Putting it all in luggage with wheels so I can grab and go. Made a list so I don’t have to think where the pet cages are, etc. Change of clothing if I have room. Don’t forget pet food, water, cash and keep gas in car to avoid waiting in line.  Fantastic ideas on this site.  Thanks for all the input.  Comments from others helped me a lot in my own plans.  Can’t forget the coffee and camping pot. 

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  • Lu Anne

    I went to purchase a wing stove from Emergency Essentials but they don’t seem to have them anymore.  Do you know of another place to buy them.  Thanks

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  • Awy2MiWorl

    Super idea!  Thanks for the heads-up on this…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=796410633 Tanya Lucas

    I am just starting but this is so helpful!

  • 808 MILITARY

    This is very clever!  to think…this can be made for “cheap” compared to the ones sold prepacked.  :) THANK YOU!!!!!! 

  • Nicole

    We have two homes and three cars, in an emergency our evacuation spot would likely be our remote farm house (no chance of flooding etc)  In an emergency out there, we would go back to our house in the city (now a rental-no tornados…) I am thinking of making 2 sets of 72 hours kits and two binders one at each house, or should I really think about one set for each car instead?  Ideas?

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      I probably wouldn’t leave the emergency binders in the car, because of all the personal information in there- things can get stolen out of cars. Putting 72 hour kits in cars is a great idea though. Make sure to pay attention to how hot or cold it may get in there when planning though :)

  • Greenbeans02

    Your site is very nice and, obviously, you’ve put a lot of work into it.  But your 72 hour kit recommendations are, at best, short sighted and irresponsible.  In an evacuation situation adults are working hard and stressed and the meals you are suggesting are just not enough to maintain the calorie and nutrition requirements necessary.  To think a full grown adult can function effectively on a granola bar, a cup of soup and a small container of beef stew is naive.  Kids are typically bored in these situations and will plow through this amount of food in less than a day if not supervised and rationed.  And the water amounts you’re suggesting just aren’t realistic.  A gallon of water per person per day is the minimum when you’re including it in your food preparation.  Your intent is good, but the reality of the execution is unrealistic.     

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      This is actually an old post you have commented on. If you go to our eprep page we give links to posts with many more food options.

  • Bonnie

    I was wondering if you had any suggestions for a Milk Jug 72 Hour Kit for a vegetarian?  What would be some good substitutes for the meat products used?

  • Fursttrebor

    I ‘R.O.F.L.’ viewing your out-takes. I know the feeling. Raised 7 kids myself. -r.w.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000092985018 Sarah LeMaster

    I clicked on the step 2 water link in the post and it says that it can not be found, thought you should know

    • http://twitter.com/ticklemepinktoo Jamie Lou Appleberry

      i had no trouble with the link just a moment ago …

      • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

        I fixed it recently. Thanks guys!

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    Thanks so much for sharing this!

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    Thank you so much for all your hard work and research putting together this website and all its valuable lists!

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  • Hlzak

    I thought you might want to add how many fuel pellets to have on your shopping list. I saw a wing stove that comes with 6 fuel pellets and you can get extra. I have never used one before. I am getting a kit put together for 7 people and was guessing at how many pellets to get.

    • Hlu2

      each fuel packet has 3 pellets, so for 3 days 3 packets would suffice 9 uses.

  • Hlzak

    I thought you might want to add how many fuel pellets to have on your shopping list. I saw a wing stove that comes with 6 fuel pellets and you can get extra. I have never used one before. I am getting a kit put together for 7 people and was guessing at how many pellets to get.

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  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    Did you order them from Shelf Reliance? I would just give them a call, they have great customer service and should be able to help you out.

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    We “kind of” do something like this with our BabyStep Checklists. At the end of a year we give a reminder to update the kits they should have put together in the first few lists. Great idea!

  • Michelle

    I have a suggestion!!! If it’s at all possible, add a feature to your website that solicit’s people’s email addresses when they go into your 72 hour page, and then have the software track the date they created their kits and ask them if they want an automatic reminder in 24 months to update their kits again. I think this would be helpful to a lot of people!

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      We “kind of” do something like this with our BabyStep Checklists. At the end of a year we give a reminder to update the kits they should have put together in the first few lists. Great idea!

  • Michelle

    I have a suggestion!!! If it’s at all possible, add a feature to your website that solicit’s people’s email addresses when they go into your 72 hour page, and then have the software track the date they created their kits and ask them if they want an automatic reminder in 24 months to update their kits again. I think this would be helpful to a lot of people!

  • Guest

    I’m also storing in my car. I hadn’t heard of the water in a box and was concerned about my water. I live in California, so it gets hot. I figured I’d just check my water and cans every few months to see if there are any heat issues. Also, I found other stuff to pack that won’t be impacted by the heat, like kraft easy mac & cheese packets (not the bowls), more lipton soup packets, and cup o’ noodles. I ordered my wing stove almost 3 weeks ago and haven’t received them yet and am becoming concerned about that.

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    Michelle, on my wing stoves the can was a little tipsy, so I just bent the wings outwards a little until it fit on them perfectly. Try bending yours in a little bit and they should be able to hold the can at the proper spot.

  • Michelle

    Kind of a bummer……I followed the link and purchased 2 wing stoves. When I set it up my can (walmart brand beenie weenie) it sat right on top of the pellet..lol…Did you ever have this problem?

  • Michelle

    Kind of a bummer……I followed the link and purchased 2 wing stoves. When I set it up my can (walmart brand beenie weenie) it sat right on top of the pellet..lol…Did you ever have this problem?

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      Michelle, on my wing stoves the can was a little tipsy, so I just bent the wings outwards a little until it fit on them perfectly. Try bending yours in a little bit and they should be able to hold the can at the proper spot.

    • AlexisD

      I had the same problem, but I found that the pellet lit just fine anyway and burned around the sides. It still brought my beenie weenies to a boil and did not harm the can (just some burn marks on the bottom).

      • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi and Julie

        I bend the stove a little to fit whatever can I’m using. Seems to work just fine!

  • PaolaBrown

    Hey! I have a question…but first, here's the background: I have just assembled my 72 hour kits per your instructions (thanks!). I'm very excited. I bought back-packs and carefully packed each family member's supplies/meals in their own separate labeled bags. I even included the 'menu' sheet that explains what is for breakfast/lunch/dinner. I have the water on order (I purchased the 'aqua blox' water-in-a-box option so that the water stores safer in my car without the nasty plastic-gone-hot issue).

    HERE IS MY QUESTION: I wanted to store my 72 hour kits in the car. The reason for this is that I wanted to have my 72 hour kits ON HAND in case I was in some sort of disaster situation away from home (wouldn't that STINK to need the 72 hour kit while we were out and about, only to say 'too bad they're AT HOME!')

    Is it safe to store the entire 72 hour kit in my car? Currently my familys entire kit fits underneath the floorboards of my car.

    What do you think Jody & Julie!? Should I store my 72 hour kits (meals and all) in my car at all times? Email me your response, if you can!

  • Anonymous

    Hey! I have a question…but first, here’s the background: I have just assembled my 72 hour kits per your instructions (thanks!). I’m very excited. I bought back-packs and carefully packed each family member’s supplies/meals in their own separate labeled bags. I even included the ‘menu’ sheet that explains what is for breakfast/lunch/dinner. I have the water on order (I purchased the ‘aqua blox’ water-in-a-box option so that the water stores safer in my car without the nasty plastic-gone-hot issue).

    HERE IS MY QUESTION: I wanted to store my 72 hour kits in the car. The reason for this is that I wanted to have my 72 hour kits ON HAND in case I was in some sort of disaster situation away from home (wouldn’t that STINK to need the 72 hour kit while we were out and about, only to say ‘too bad they’re AT HOME!’)

    Is it safe to store the entire 72 hour kit in my car? Currently my familys entire kit fits underneath the floorboards of my car.

    What do you think Jody & Julie!? Should I store my 72 hour kits (meals and all) in my car at all times? Email me your response, if you can!

    • Guest

      I’m also storing in my car. I hadn’t heard of the water in a box and was concerned about my water. I live in California, so it gets hot. I figured I’d just check my water and cans every few months to see if there are any heat issues. Also, I found other stuff to pack that won’t be impacted by the heat, like kraft easy mac & cheese packets (not the bowls), more lipton soup packets, and cup o’ noodles. I ordered my wing stove almost 3 weeks ago and haven’t received them yet and am becoming concerned about that.

      • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

        Did you order them from Shelf Reliance? I would just give them a call, they have great customer service and should be able to help you out.

  • PaolaBrown

    Hey! I have a question…but first, here's the background: I have just assembled my 72 hour kits per your instructions (thanks!). I'm very excited. I bought back-packs and carefully packed each family member's supplies/meals in their own separate labeled bags. I even included the 'menu' sheet that explains what is for breakfast/lunch/dinner. I have the water on order (I purchased the 'aqua blox' water-in-a-box option so that the water stores safer in my car without the nasty plastic-gone-hot issue).

    HERE IS MY QUESTION: I wanted to store my 72 hour kits in the car. The reason for this is that I wanted to have my 72 hour kits ON HAND in case I was in some sort of disaster situation away from home (wouldn't that STINK to need the 72 hour kit while we were out and about, only to say 'too bad they're AT HOME!')

    Is it safe to store the entire 72 hour kit in my car? Currently my familys entire kit fits underneath the floorboards of my car.

    What do you think Jody & Julie!? Should I store my 72 hour kits (meals and all) in my car at all times? Email me your response, if you can!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and research putting together this website and all its valuable lists! I have been working on these concepts for my family for a little over a year now. Now that I have found your website I don’t have to reinvent the wheel! I can follow your information and get the job done. Lord bless you for all your diligence!!!

  • michele_farmlife

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and research putting together this website and all its valuable lists! I have been working on these concepts for my family for a little over a year now. Now that I have found your website I don't have to reinvent the wheel! I can follow your information and get the job done. Lord bless you for all your diligence!!!

  • Anonymous

    Instead of milk jugs, can I just put it in a ziplock bag?

    • Jennifer G

      a milk jug would be sturdier and have a built in handle…but if they are going into a backpack or other carrier, I imagine a ziploc bag would be just fine.

  • banutot

    Instead of milk jugs, can I just put it in a ziplock bag?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553936753 Anonymous

    Have you seen those tuna salad kits? It comes with a small container of tuna, mayo packet and crackers. Would that be good in a 72 hour kit?

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    Have you seen those tuna salad kits? It comes with a small container of tuna, mayo packet and crackers. Would that be good in a 72 hour kit?

  • Anonymous

    I have started following your babysteps, and just had a quick question about food substitutes for the 72 hour kit. My husband can’t stand gum – himself or others chewing it around him…is there anything I could substitute for that? Also, I have purchased my beenie weenies, but I don’t think any of my kids really like them (I know it wouldn’t matter in a real emergency) – but is there something that I could substitute for those that would have the same nutritional value + useful can…

    Thanks
    PS – we lived in Jodi’s home ward in Orem about 5 years ago – we didn’t know her very well (she had already gone to college) but I had her sister Jessica in YW, and took piano from her as well – we loved her family!! I just realized that this is you – after watching the 72 hour kit video! I was so excited…

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      Mints are a perfect substitute for gum.

  • erinjohanson

    I have started following your babysteps, and just had a quick question about food substitutes for the 72 hour kit. My husband can't stand gum – himself or others chewing it around him…is there anything I could substitute for that? Also, I have purchased my beenie weenies, but I don't think any of my kids really like them (I know it wouldn't matter in a real emergency) – but is there something that I could substitute for those that would have the same nutritional value + useful can…

    Thanks
    PS – we lived in Jodi's home ward in Orem about 5 years ago – we didn't know her very well (she had already gone to college) but I had her sister Jessica in YW, and took piano from her as well – we loved her family!! I just realized that this is you – after watching the 72 hour kit video! I was so excited…

  • Heather

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I made up your gallon-jug kits last year, using water jugs, but then I got a great deal on small duffel bags, so I switched to those. I have one for each person plus a larger “family” bag with other things such as a small pot, 2 sterno-type stoves, matches, flashlight, soap, etc. I also added a glow stick, washcloth, toothbrush, emergency blanket, etc. to each person’s bag. Next, I want to buy a small water purifier from Emergency Essentials.

    We plan to check and rotate our kits twice a year, using the anniversary of Sept. 11th as the first date and then six months later is March 11. I store our kits in a closet so they do not get too hot or too cold, and this will make them last longer than if they are in the garage or car. No worries about things melting or whatever.

    People need to modify this so it fits their family’s needs – dietary restrictions, calorie needs, etc. I think it helps to be sure to have food that your kids are familiar with and will like – that is going to be a lot less stressful. I like the foods you demonstrated, and it will be fun for us to use them up when we rotate – so food will not go to waste. Yes, military rations are a good choice too, for many reasons, but my kids are probably more likely to eat the beanie weenies and fruit snacks. It’s an individual choice.

    I do think people should keep in mind that the suggestions you gave are much better than doing nothing! If you are worried about certain things, cooking in a can, or whatever, then modify it for your own use. Personally, I feel that re-using a can for a couple of days is just fine, but I did include a small cook pot in the “family” bag. It’s cold here in the winter and we would prefer to have warm food if possible.

    Keep up the good work, ladies!

  • Heather

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I made up your gallon-jug kits last year, using water jugs, but then I got a great deal on small duffel bags, so I switched to those. I have one for each person plus a larger “family” bag with other things such as a small pot, 2 sterno-type stoves, matches, flashlight, soap, etc. I also added a glow stick, washcloth, toothbrush, emergency blanket, etc. to each person's bag. Next, I want to buy a small water purifier from Emergency Essentials.

    We plan to check and rotate our kits twice a year, using the anniversary of Sept. 11th as the first date and then six months later is March 11. I store our kits in a closet so they do not get too hot or too cold, and this will make them last longer than if they are in the garage or car. No worries about things melting or whatever.

    People need to modify this so it fits their family's needs – dietary restrictions, calorie needs, etc. I think it helps to be sure to have food that your kids are familiar with and will like – that is going to be a lot less stressful. I like the foods you demonstrated, and it will be fun for us to use them up when we rotate – so food will not go to waste. Yes, military rations are a good choice too, for many reasons, but my kids are probably more likely to eat the beanie weenies and fruit snacks. It's an individual choice.

    I do think people should keep in mind that the suggestions you gave are much better than doing nothing! If you are worried about certain things, cooking in a can, or whatever, then modify it for your own use. Personally, I feel that re-using a can for a couple of days is just fine, but I did include a small cook pot in the “family” bag. It's cold here in the winter and we would prefer to have warm food if possible.

    Keep up the good work, ladies!

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    If you're worried about safety you can add in a tin cup to our kit. This was just a kit guide that we was handed out at our church as an idea. Also, the warm food is nice for comfort.

  • Anonymous

    None of the food is “Raw” so really why would you have to cook it? Having a warm meal would be nice but doesnt sound worth the risk when laid out in this manner, I think cooking in the beanie weenie can sounds unhealthy its not made for cooking and could leach chemicals into your food.
    We will do our own version as a fun project with our kids we do like the general concept and thank you fort he video. Plastics and metal can re-usage needs to be researched by people on this site though like I previously posted you dont cook your frozen veggies in the plastic bag they came in to save money when that bag was not specifically manufactured for cooking it can be very bad for your health!
    We love your site and appreciate all the helpful tips, just dont want mis information spreading that is unhealthy.

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      If you’re worried about safety you can add in a tin cup to our kit. This was just a kit guide that we was handed out at our church as an idea. Also, the warm food is nice for comfort.

  • moroccantreasures

    None of the food is “Raw” so really why would you have to cook it? Having a warm meal would be nice but doesnt sound worth the risk when laid out in this manner, I think cooking in the beanie weenie can sounds unhealthy its not made for cooking and could leach chemicals into your food.
    We will do our own version as a fun project with our kids we do like the general concept and thank you fort he video. Plastics and metal can re-usage needs to be researched by people on this site though like I previously posted you dont cook your frozen veggies in the plastic bag they came in to save money when that bag was not specifically manufactured for cooking it can be very bad for your health!
    We love your site and appreciate all the helpful tips, just dont want mis information spreading that is unhealthy.

  • Rebecca

    I had the exact same problem.

  • Roger Weathersby

    If you want the 72 hour food planner for those that dont think, there's no real work there to revamp, buy something premade for the function, marine rations = one small package with nothing to worry about, MRE's = one per day per person, rotate based on storage temps.

    Many companies out there put out a premade 72 hour kit that is very hard to beat financially considering their shelf life, and these are far more durable than a taped up milk jug with some other useful supplies to boot, such as long term shelf stable water packets and some survival goodies.

    There's no better way for a person to avoid thinking about it too much, not to mention per 5 years, the cost of one 3600 calorie marine ration = a fraction of the cost especially if you calculate inflation and frequency of rotation.

    I do like the idea of putting your own kit together, the one thing it does promote is for people to start thinking about what they need to do, but i wonder if a 72 hour food only preparedness kit is the way to go with that.

    Just constructive stuff here, hope it helps in future plans.

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    Thanks for all the great suggestions. We are going to be revamping our recommendations on 72 hour kits and disaster kits soon! This is a great starting point for people who don't want to think about it too much. But we agree there is room for improvement.

  • Roger Weathersby

    Just as a suggestion to get people thinking or make it easier to modify, you might want to put a rough estimate on caloric values of all the stuff, that way people can change it more easily based on their needs.
    I go noncookable supplies, and find your packaging doesnt work well in many possible conditions that can come up in emergencies. Marine rations end up costing far less and take a lot less work. Waterproof containment, holds up to abuse, not as particular about storage situations etc. One pack usually runs 6-10 bucks for 3600 calories in 9 bars. Boring, but far more versatile and ready. Considering the cost of restocking your kits over 5 years (the shelf life of the marine rations) as well as the time spent prepping em, not to mention the time involved in preparing foods in stress situations, I cant see the logic of going your way with things unless you are extremely limited on time, resources, and such… (i.e. cant get something delivered within time needed… shoulda planned ahead)
    I will applaud your efforts on the attempt though, also your idea has good merit on encouraging kids to eat in bad times and keeping variety. Perhaps you could consider an idea like this with a food saver storage system to keep a “medium term” food menu planning system.
    Also, have you considered the possible hazards of using a possibly plastic coated metal can for cooking? Heineken suggested not using their larger keg cans for cooking since almost all cans have some sort of coating to give things freshness of flavor (ever notice how modern cans dont leave their food tasting like the can? What changed from the old days? Think about it.). Given the walmart concept, better off getting a cheapie ozark trails mess kit (usually $10 or less) and throwing it in a backpack ($5 in fall at walmart) with your supplies in better sealed containment should you want to actually worry about cooking foods in times where you dont have time, energy, etc.
    Also a suggestion, jello has a ton of calories, easy to add vitamin powders to it, great for those bad times when you know you are going to need a burst of energy for whatever the reasons… dont set it, just heat water, add stuff and drink it.

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      Thanks for all the great suggestions. We are going to be revamping our recommendations on 72 hour kits and disaster kits soon! This is a great starting point for people who don’t want to think about it too much. But we agree there is room for improvement.

      • Roger Weathersby

        If you want the 72 hour food planner for those that dont think, there’s no real work there to revamp, buy something premade for the function, marine rations = one small package with nothing to worry about, MRE’s = one per day per person, rotate based on storage temps.

        Many companies out there put out a premade 72 hour kit that is very hard to beat financially considering their shelf life, and these are far more durable than a taped up milk jug with some other useful supplies to boot, such as long term shelf stable water packets and some survival goodies.

        There’s no better way for a person to avoid thinking about it too much, not to mention per 5 years, the cost of one 3600 calorie marine ration = a fraction of the cost especially if you calculate inflation and frequency of rotation.

        I do like the idea of putting your own kit together, the one thing it does promote is for people to start thinking about what they need to do, but i wonder if a 72 hour food only preparedness kit is the way to go with that.

        Just constructive stuff here, hope it helps in future plans.

  • Roger Weathersby

    Just as a suggestion to get people thinking or make it easier to modify, you might want to put a rough estimate on caloric values of all the stuff, that way people can change it more easily based on their needs.
    I go noncookable supplies, and find your packaging doesnt work well in many possible conditions that can come up in emergencies. Marine rations end up costing far less and take a lot less work. Waterproof containment, holds up to abuse, not as particular about storage situations etc. One pack usually runs 6-10 bucks for 3600 calories in 9 bars. Boring, but far more versatile and ready. Considering the cost of restocking your kits over 5 years (the shelf life of the marine rations) as well as the time spent prepping em, not to mention the time involved in preparing foods in stress situations, I cant see the logic of going your way with things unless you are extremely limited on time, resources, and such… (i.e. cant get something delivered within time needed… shoulda planned ahead)
    I will applaud your efforts on the attempt though, also your idea has good merit on encouraging kids to eat in bad times and keeping variety. Perhaps you could consider an idea like this with a food saver storage system to keep a “medium term” food menu planning system.
    Also, have you considered the possible hazards of using a possibly plastic coated metal can for cooking? Heineken suggested not using their larger keg cans for cooking since almost all cans have some sort of coating to give things freshness of flavor (ever notice how modern cans dont leave their food tasting like the can? What changed from the old days? Think about it.). Given the walmart concept, better off getting a cheapie ozark trails mess kit (usually $10 or less) and throwing it in a backpack ($5 in fall at walmart) with your supplies in better sealed containment should you want to actually worry about cooking foods in times where you dont have time, energy, etc.
    Also a suggestion, jello has a ton of calories, easy to add vitamin powders to it, great for those bad times when you know you are going to need a burst of energy for whatever the reasons… dont set it, just heat water, add stuff and drink it.

  • Allison

    Do you have any suggestions for canadian suppliers for the wing stoves and fuel?

  • Allison

    Do you have any suggestions for canadian suppliers for the wing stoves and fuel?

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    Mickey, these are all great considerations. Honestly when we first made these we were just happy to have SOMETHING in place and it was nice to have detailed instructions how to do it. During the seven day challenge we may discover that it is just NOT a feasible solution. That's the point of the challenge! And we're excited (and nervous) for it :)

  • Mickey Adams

    Great idea. Just wondering though, if you have actually tried to live on that amount of food for 3 days. I think that power bars instead of granola bars would be an alternative. especially for a grown ups, men especially. Also another question. what if you are in a church cultural hall, school etc. where you can’t have a fire??? That is going to add to the stress level, to have to go outside to cook. And finally, I have had experience with mint gum ruining the whole #10 tin of food that I sealed in it. It was so gross. Inedible. So fruit flavored gum may not make such a disaster. Thanks again.

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      Mickey, these are all great considerations. Honestly when we first made these we were just happy to have SOMETHING in place and it was nice to have detailed instructions how to do it. During the seven day challenge we may discover that it is just NOT a feasible solution. That’s the point of the challenge! And we’re excited (and nervous) for it :)

  • Mickey Adams

    Great idea. Just wondering though, if you have actually tried to live on that amount of food for 3 days. I think that power bars instead of granola bars would be an alternative. especially for a grown ups, men especially. Also another question. what if you are in a church cultural hall, school etc. where you can't have a fire??? That is going to add to the stress level, to have to go outside to cook. And finally, I have had experience with mint gum ruining the whole #10 tin of food that I sealed in it. It was so gross. Inedible. So fruit flavored gum may not make such a disaster. Thanks again.

  • lucetlady

    Hello! A quick question after watching (and ejoying!) the video – if you’re using and re-using the beenie-weenie can for cooking, how are you cleaning it between uses?

  • lucetlady

    Hello! A quick question after watching (and ejoying!) the video – if you're using and re-using the beenie-weenie can for cooking, how are you cleaning it between uses?

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    Enjoy

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Temple-Freeborn/642901604 Heather Temple Freeborn

    This looks like an awsome site. I have been trying to figure this stuff out for my self and for church. I am so glad that you have the 72 hour kit instructions. Thanks for all the hard work.

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      Enjoy

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Temple-Freeborn/642901604 Heather Temple Freeborn

    This looks like an awsome site. I have been trying to figure this stuff out for my self and for church. I am so glad that you have the 72 hour kit instructions. Thanks for all the hard work.

  • Nicia

    Thanks so much for posting this! Last night around 10 pm I had car trouble right on the WY border (without my hubby…just me and the 2 year old), and kept thinking about how I should have made this kit to have in the back of my car. Now I know! I’m also putting together the heat source. Thanks so much!

  • Nicia

    Thanks so much for posting this! Last night around 10 pm I had car trouble right on the WY border (without my hubby…just me and the 2 year old), and kept thinking about how I should have made this kit to have in the back of my car. Now I know! I'm also putting together the heat source. Thanks so much!

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  • Todd

    A couple things to add…
    Ipecac, just in case someone eats or drinks something potentially harmful.
    Hydrogen peroxide, even small cuts can get infected & cause illness, cause loss of a limb or even death.
    Don't forget Life caps, they can keep you healthy & even sustain life in an emergency or under stress. lifecaps.net use coupon code “healthcap” to save 33%

    All these items should be in your food storage also.

  • Holly

    I found that 1 gal. ice cream cartons work really well for the 72 hr kits. They are sturdy and have a great handle. I also found the small stoves for less price ($3.50) on REI website. http://www.rei.com/product/785006
    Thanks for all you guys are doing, it really is helping me get my act together.

  • Holly

    I found that 1 gal. ice cream cartons work really well for the 72 hr kits. They are sturdy and have a great handle. I also found the small stoves for less price ($3.50) on REI website. http://www.rei.com/product/785006
    Thanks for all you guys are doing, it really is helping me get my act together.

  • Jessica

    flips, how about having a small can of mandarin oranges with the first meal and using that can the rest of the time. I’ve seen them as pop-tops and they’re small enough to work.

  • Jessica

    flips, how about having a small can of mandarin oranges with the first meal and using that can the rest of the time. I’ve seen them as pop-tops and they’re small enough to work.

  • http://lifepreparedness.blogspot.com/ Susan

    I wanted to bring Lisa’s comment to attention:

    “Just wanted to let you know about some info I found while getting stuff for my 72 hr kits. Mint gum and strong soaps can flavor your other food. Some hard candy, like jolley ranchers, can melt. Also, the “pop-top” lids are not as strong and some people have found they’ve exploded.”

    These warnings are on almost every 72-hour kit preparation article I have found. You should revise your shopping list not to include them.

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      We haven’t had any trouble with our pop-top lids exploding, and for me personally I loved not having to worry about a can opener and they are very small-sized cans. Some of my candies did melt a bit but they were still edible. And the gum didn’t spread it’s flavor throughout my kit. Everything is packaged separately so it’s not much of an issue. We try to keep reiterating that this is just one sample of a kit, please feel free to modify it to suit your family’s needs. This contents list came directly from a handout we received at our church and we thought it was a fun idea to share that might help some people.

  • http://lifepreparedness.blogspot.com/ Susan

    I wanted to bring Lisa’s comment to attention:

    “Just wanted to let you know about some info I found while getting stuff for my 72 hr kits. Mint gum and strong soaps can flavor your other food. Some hard candy, like jolley ranchers, can melt. Also, the “pop-top” lids are not as strong and some people have found they’ve exploded.”

    These warnings are on almost every 72-hour kit preparation article I have found. You should revise your shopping list not to include them.

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      We haven’t had any trouble with our pop-top lids exploding, and for me personally I loved not having to worry about a can opener and they are very small-sized cans. Some of my candies did melt a bit but they were still edible. And the gum didn’t spread it’s flavor throughout my kit. Everything is packaged separately so it’s not much of an issue. We try to keep reiterating that this is just one sample of a kit, please feel free to modify it to suit your family’s needs. This contents list came directly from a handout we received at our church and we thought it was a fun idea to share that might help some people.

      • anon

        I think some things might “explode” when they freeze solid rather then when they overheat. I remember leaving pop cans out in the car and finding them frozen solid and ‘exploded’ in the winter.

      • http://www.cheappoloshirtsoutlet.ca ralph polo

        They could place these by camp & cover them with leaves or soil & not have to worry about bugs or moisture.

  • Shannon

    It’s me again! :)

    I purchased several wing stoves(not from where you suggested) and they arrived today. I tried them out, not lit of course. I cannot get an 10 oz can to sit on it properly like in your video. What would be your advice?

    Thank you!

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Shannon, I would try a few different small cans and see if they fit. Then just include that item in your kit and make sure to use it the first day so that you can use it for the other food items!

  • Shannon

    It’s me again! :)

    I purchased several wing stoves(not from where you suggested) and they arrived today. I tried them out, not lit of course. I cannot get an 10 oz can to sit on it properly like in your video. What would be your advice?

    Thank you!

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Shannon, I would try a few different small cans and see if they fit. Then just include that item in your kit and make sure to use it the first day so that you can use it for the other food items!

    • Rebecca

      I had the exact same problem.

  • Katie, St Helier

    I live on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands and came across your website a month or so ago after a friend saw it on ‘Facebook’ Love the site but would like some more specific information for those saints in other areas…although we are pretty good at adapting your great ideas!

    Here in Jersey we don’t have the huge supermarkets that you have in the US or UK, and the ones that we do have don’t all have warehousing on the island, which menas we are very vulnerable if the cargo ships don’t get in for some reason.

    To this end our Food Storage rep has bought some UK military ration packs. You can get these in various sizes and for our 72hr kits we have 3 each. The food in these kits can be eaten cold or hot, and there is enough to sustain one person for one day, with each kit having two hot and one cold meal – including a dessert. They also contain tissues, sweets and chocolate, tea and coffee for those that drink it and waterproof matches. The food is ‘boil in the bag’ so the only extras you need are a stove and water.

    I would recommend these or similar US kits to anyone. Although they are more expensive than putting it all together yourself it is a quick way of starting your 72hour kits.

    Katie

  • Katie, St Helier

    I live on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands and came across your website a month or so ago after a friend saw it on ‘Facebook’ Love the site but would like some more specific information for those saints in other areas…although we are pretty good at adapting your great ideas!

    Here in Jersey we don’t have the huge supermarkets that you have in the US or UK, and the ones that we do have don’t all have warehousing on the island, which menas we are very vulnerable if the cargo ships don’t get in for some reason.

    To this end our Food Storage rep has bought some UK military ration packs. You can get these in various sizes and for our 72hr kits we have 3 each. The food in these kits can be eaten cold or hot, and there is enough to sustain one person for one day, with each kit having two hot and one cold meal – including a dessert. They also contain tissues, sweets and chocolate, tea and coffee for those that drink it and waterproof matches. The food is ‘boil in the bag’ so the only extras you need are a stove and water.

    I would recommend these or similar US kits to anyone. Although they are more expensive than putting it all together yourself it is a quick way of starting your 72hour kits.

    Katie

  • Rosie

    Is there any way to make these kits more nutritious for a person with diabetes?

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      This is just one sample of a possible kit you can use. You are always able to swap it out for things that work better for your particular situation. Hopefully we will be offering some other examples of kits soon.

  • Rosie

    Is there any way to make these kits more nutritious for a person with diabetes?

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      This is just one sample of a possible kit you can use. You are always able to swap it out for things that work better for your particular situation. Hopefully we will be offering some other examples of kits soon.

  • Angie Winward

    Here I am on babystep #1. We cleaned out our 72 hr. kits to find that everything expires April of 2009 not bad timing. The pants I had put in there are happily still two sizes too big. Phew, I’m glad they didn’t fit. Now it’s time to add more clothes for the young twins, diapers, baby food etc. I hope to rotate more than every two years. Thanks Jodi for moving me forward, it really does feel good to be making some progress. I guess Julie gets credit too. Thank you!

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Angie, we did a post a few weeks back on 72 hour kits/ disaster kits for babies/toddlers. You might be able to get some good ideas for your boys in there. p.s. Hope Talmage is doing ok!

  • Angie Winward

    Here I am on babystep #1. We cleaned out our 72 hr. kits to find that everything expires April of 2009 not bad timing. The pants I had put in there are happily still two sizes too big. Phew, I’m glad they didn’t fit. Now it’s time to add more clothes for the young twins, diapers, baby food etc. I hope to rotate more than every two years. Thanks Jodi for moving me forward, it really does feel good to be making some progress. I guess Julie gets credit too. Thank you!

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Angie, we did a post a few weeks back on 72 hour kits/ disaster kits for babies/toddlers. You might be able to get some good ideas for your boys in there. p.s. Hope Talmage is doing ok!

  • flips

    I was looking at the 72 hour kit contents list and noticed that on the first morning you have oatmeal for breakfast. But in your video you mentioned that you use the beenie weenies can to cook everything else. The only problem would be that you don’t have your beenie weenies until lunch on the first day. So how do you cook your oatmeal if you don’t have the can yet?

  • flips

    I was looking at the 72 hour kit contents list and noticed that on the first morning you have oatmeal for breakfast. But in your video you mentioned that you use the beenie weenies can to cook everything else. The only problem would be that you don’t have your beenie weenies until lunch on the first day. So how do you cook your oatmeal if you don’t have the can yet?

  • Todd

    Hi Annie,
    I have put together about 36 – 72 hour kits for friends & family. I have mainly used backpacks also. But I have also put them together in Fanny Packs & I had a couple of hunters ask me to put them together two kits & put them in 2 1/2″ PVC pipe, with fittings on the ends that you screw the caps on.
    I thought that was interesting. Then they put a strap on them so they could put them on their shoulder. They were 24″ long.
    They had enough food in them to last 2 weeks with the lifecaps & protein bars.
    They could place these by camp & cover them with leaves or soil & not have to worry about bugs or moisture.

    If they needed to get water from the stream they would empty the pipe, fill it with water & bring it back to camp.
    Just an Idea, I thought was interesting.
    Anyway, like Jodi says…
    “Doing SOMETHING is better than NOTHING!”
    Godspeed

  • Todd

    Hi Annie,
    I have put together about 36 – 72 hour kits for friends & family. I have mainly used backpacks also. But I have also put them together in Fanny Packs & I had a couple of hunters ask me to put them together two kits & put them in 2 1/2″ PVC pipe, with fittings on the ends that you screw the caps on.
    I thought that was interesting. Then they put a strap on them so they could put them on their shoulder. They were 24″ long.
    They had enough food in them to last 2 weeks with the lifecaps & protein bars.
    They could place these by camp & cover them with leaves or soil & not have to worry about bugs or moisture.

    If they needed to get water from the stream they would empty the pipe, fill it with water & bring it back to camp.
    Just an Idea, I thought was interesting.
    Anyway, like Jodi says…
    “Doing SOMETHING is better than NOTHING!”
    Godspeed

    • Todd

      A couple things to add…
      Ipecac, just in case someone eats or drinks something potentially harmful.
      Hydrogen peroxide, even small cuts can get infected & cause illness, cause loss of a limb or even death.
      Don’t forget Life caps, they can keep you healthy & even sustain life in an emergency or under stress. lifecaps.net use coupon code “healthcap” to save 33%

      All these items should be in your food storage also.

    • Todd

      A couple things to add…
      Ipecac, just in case someone eats or drinks something potentially harmful.
      Hydrogen peroxide, even small cuts can get infected & cause illness, cause loss of a limb or even death.
      Don’t forget Life caps, they can keep you healthy & even sustain life in an emergency or under stress. lifecaps.net use coupon code “healthcap” to save 33%

      All these items should be in your food storage also.

    • Todd

      A couple things to add…
      Ipecac, just in case someone eats or drinks something potentially harmful.
      Hydrogen peroxide, even small cuts can get infected & cause illness, cause loss of a limb or even death.
      Don’t forget Life caps, they can keep you healthy & even sustain life in an emergency or under stress. lifecaps.net use coupon code “healthcap” to save 33%

      All these items should be in your food storage also.

  • Annie

    This may be a dumb question but do i absolutly have to use the milk jug? I had already started to put a seventy two hour kit together and was using my favorite backpack. Also my husband and I never ever buy milk in one gallon milk jugs so IDK how we’d get them.
    I really like the step by step directions, especially the food list. I had gotten all hung up on that part and couldn’t decide what to put in mine. also i love that cute little stove.
    Thanks
    I

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      No need for the milk jug. It’s just one option. I like them cuz you can just grab ‘em by the handles, and they are nice and sturdy to keep in the car if you choose to keep a kit in the car. Plus for most people they have them on hand anyway, so it’s convenient. I would recommend at least putting in some kind of tupperware or harder container as some of the foods might get squished. Julie keeps all three of her kits in a large animal cracker container from Costco. It’s just your personal preference, and the contents are modifiable too. Don’t get hung up, just find something that will work for your family. Doing SOMETHING is better than NOTHING!

  • Annie

    This may be a dumb question but do i absolutly have to use the milk jug? I had already started to put a seventy two hour kit together and was using my favorite backpack. Also my husband and I never ever buy milk in one gallon milk jugs so IDK how we’d get them.
    I really like the step by step directions, especially the food list. I had gotten all hung up on that part and couldn’t decide what to put in mine. also i love that cute little stove.
    Thanks
    I

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      No need for the milk jug. It’s just one option. I like them cuz you can just grab ‘em by the handles, and they are nice and sturdy to keep in the car if you choose to keep a kit in the car. Plus for most people they have them on hand anyway, so it’s convenient. I would recommend at least putting in some kind of tupperware or harder container as some of the foods might get squished. Julie keeps all three of her kits in a large animal cracker container from Costco. It’s just your personal preference, and the contents are modifiable too. Don’t get hung up, just find something that will work for your family. Doing SOMETHING is better than NOTHING!

  • http://lindasnook.blogspot.com/ Linda Hart

    suggested minimum requirement water per person is 2 liters per day

  • http://lindasnook.blogspot.com/ Linda Hart

    suggested minimum requirement water per person is 2 liters per day

  • http://www.karenandkissablekids.blogspot.com Karen Young

    I forgot to mention that if you wrap your gum in aluminum foil it will prevent the gum’s smell from spreading to the other foods. (No one liked the year we had to eat mint-scented beef jerky!) It will also keep your gum soft.

  • http://www.karenandkissablekids.blogspot.com Karen Young

    I forgot to mention that if you wrap your gum in aluminum foil it will prevent the gum’s smell from spreading to the other foods. (No one liked the year we had to eat mint-scented beef jerky!) It will also keep your gum soft.

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  • Judi

    I am putting together some 72 hour kits for some friends, as gifts. The only problem I have is both are in the 70′s & 80 and have false teeth. Jerky and gum is hard for them to eat. Any other suggestions for protient source. I can replace the gum with more hard candy; so no problem there.

    Thanks to taking the time to share and do the videos
    Judi

  • Judi

    I am putting together some 72 hour kits for some friends, as gifts. The only problem I have is both are in the 70′s & 80 and have false teeth. Jerky and gum is hard for them to eat. Any other suggestions for protient source. I can replace the gum with more hard candy; so no problem there.

    Thanks to taking the time to share and do the videos
    Judi

  • Ron G

    My wife and my experience with 72 hour kits containing the gum taught us that the gum was not a good item to include. The essence of the gum penetrated all of the other food stuffs except the canned items. If you really wanted the gum, perhaps double sealing it in zip-locked bags might help.

  • Ron G

    My wife and my experience with 72 hour kits containing the gum taught us that the gum was not a good item to include. The essence of the gum penetrated all of the other food stuffs except the canned items. If you really wanted the gum, perhaps double sealing it in zip-locked bags might help.

  • Todd

    I am looking into different infant & young childrens foods. I came across a few receipes to make your own baby food. Anyway you got me curious & I am researching. I like to fully look into nutrition & make sure the products are only top of the line before I pass them on. I do not want to give bad info.
    Cristyn, on March 3rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm Said:

    I’ve been wanting to put together emergency kits and store food for quite awhile…thank you so much for your ideas!

    My only question is: do you (or anyone) have ideas for emergency kits for infants/young children.

    Give me 10 days or so & send me an email. todd@ekillerdeals.com
    I will give you the list I have once I research the products fully. I like companies that make their own products completely & not getting peanut butter from…. well you get the Idea. I look forward to conversing about Toddler food.

  • Todd

    I am looking into different infant & young childrens foods. I came across a few receipes to make your own baby food. Anyway you got me curious & I am researching. I like to fully look into nutrition & make sure the products are only top of the line before I pass them on. I do not want to give bad info.
    Cristyn, on March 3rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm Said:

    I’ve been wanting to put together emergency kits and store food for quite awhile…thank you so much for your ideas!

    My only question is: do you (or anyone) have ideas for emergency kits for infants/young children.

    Give me 10 days or so & send me an email. todd@ekillerdeals.com
    I will give you the list I have once I research the products fully. I like companies that make their own products completely & not getting peanut butter from…. well you get the Idea. I look forward to conversing about Toddler food.

  • http://happylittlehouse.wordpress.com Jessica Rancourt

    I have a 3 year old and a 6 month old. I’m thinking that the 3 year old could eat most of the things listed, except for beef jerky. That might be too tough.

    Stage 3 jarred baby food would be easy enough to add for toddlers, and they have quite a variety in plastic so they’re not too heavy. You might want to keep formula and a sippy cup for toddlers, even those who have outgrown regular use of formula, since it’s a complete source of nutrition. Cheerios would be a good addition for the little ones as well, although not as compact as some other options.

  • http://happylittlehouse.wordpress.com Jessica Rancourt

    I have a 3 year old and a 6 month old. I’m thinking that the 3 year old could eat most of the things listed, except for beef jerky. That might be too tough.

    Stage 3 jarred baby food would be easy enough to add for toddlers, and they have quite a variety in plastic so they’re not too heavy. You might want to keep formula and a sippy cup for toddlers, even those who have outgrown regular use of formula, since it’s a complete source of nutrition. Cheerios would be a good addition for the little ones as well, although not as compact as some other options.

  • jweiss08

    It is cheap, free and easy. I actually have mine in a big sturdy plastic Tupperware now though. Anything that holds it should work.

  • jweiss08

    It is cheap, free and easy. I actually have mine in a big sturdy plastic Tupperware now though. Anything that holds it should work.

  • Cairen

    Why did you choose to put the kit into a milk jug?

  • Cairen

    Why did you choose to put the kit into a milk jug?

  • Lawrence Querin

    Suggest that you include Toilet Paper in your 72 Hr Kit
    LQ

  • Lawrence Querin

    Suggest that you include Toilet Paper in your 72 Hr Kit
    LQ

  • http://www.karenandkissablekids.blogspot.com Karen Young

    We like to use non-perishable, “no cooking required” foods in our 72 hour kits. So we have breakfast bars and Tang for breakfasts, Beef jerky, granola bars and apple cider to lunches and for dinner we have protein bars, V8 and hot cocoa. Fruit leather, hard candy and gum are included for fun. Granted it would be nice to have the cocoa “hot” but it’s still edible if we have to eat it cold in case we’re on-the-go. It may cost a little more, but we have less fuss when we eat it every 6 months to replenish with the new stuff. This fits inside a freezer gallon-size ziploc bag.

  • http://www.karenandkissablekids.blogspot.com Karen Young

    We like to use non-perishable, “no cooking required” foods in our 72 hour kits. So we have breakfast bars and Tang for breakfasts, Beef jerky, granola bars and apple cider to lunches and for dinner we have protein bars, V8 and hot cocoa. Fruit leather, hard candy and gum are included for fun. Granted it would be nice to have the cocoa “hot” but it’s still edible if we have to eat it cold in case we’re on-the-go. It may cost a little more, but we have less fuss when we eat it every 6 months to replenish with the new stuff. This fits inside a freezer gallon-size ziploc bag.

  • Cristyn

    I’ve been wanting to put together emergency kits and store food for quite awhile…thank you so much for your ideas!

    My only question is: do you (or anyone) have ideas for emergency kits for infants/young children. We are due this May and she won’t be able to eat any of the stuff for awhile. I understand that I can just breastfeed/formula for awhile, but I mean that in between time…after formula but before protein bars?? I can think of some basics…diapers, wipes, etc. but there are always things people don’t think of.

  • Cristyn

    I’ve been wanting to put together emergency kits and store food for quite awhile…thank you so much for your ideas!

    My only question is: do you (or anyone) have ideas for emergency kits for infants/young children. We are due this May and she won’t be able to eat any of the stuff for awhile. I understand that I can just breastfeed/formula for awhile, but I mean that in between time…after formula but before protein bars?? I can think of some basics…diapers, wipes, etc. but there are always things people don’t think of.

  • Todd

    Bug out bag. Try to take foods that do not take water to prepare, I see so many 72 hour kits with things like, instant oatmeal, hot chocolate & soups. The water should be for
    drinking & take vitamins & protein bars. I also take a bottle of fiber, not only is
    fiber needed but it also swells for a full feeling. I came across what is called
    Lifecaps. They are a capsule that has everything needed to survive without food with
    the exception of water. It is full of vitamins & minerals plus Iodine. Anyway, you take
    three of them a day & drink water. I can actually take enough food in one backpack to
    las 6 months because of these little Lifecaps, protein bars, fiber & water. I will run
    out of water in a week so I do carry a small filter & a couple of those straw water
    filters that filter the water as you suck.
    You do not always have the ability or time to heat water to make soup or oatmeal. Anyway,
    after I bought 25 bottles I found a coupon code & bought 75 bottles more. The coupon code
    is… healthcap It will get you 33% off. There are also sites that have those filter straws
    that are cheaper than any of the stores around here. (SLC) I think they are a really good
    idea along with some purification pills. I cannot remember the sites off the top of my head
    but you can Google for aquamira filter straw. Aquamira is the manufacture but do not buy
    off there site because I have found them for almost 1/2 what they want on their own site
    on other sites. Good luck, Gods speed & get serious about your bug out bag!
    Todd in SLC

  • Todd

    Bug out bag. Try to take foods that do not take water to prepare, I see so many 72 hour kits with things like, instant oatmeal, hot chocolate & soups. The water should be for
    drinking & take vitamins & protein bars. I also take a bottle of fiber, not only is
    fiber needed but it also swells for a full feeling. I came across what is called
    Lifecaps. They are a capsule that has everything needed to survive without food with
    the exception of water. It is full of vitamins & minerals plus Iodine. Anyway, you take
    three of them a day & drink water. I can actually take enough food in one backpack to
    las 6 months because of these little Lifecaps, protein bars, fiber & water. I will run
    out of water in a week so I do carry a small filter & a couple of those straw water
    filters that filter the water as you suck.
    You do not always have the ability or time to heat water to make soup or oatmeal. Anyway,
    after I bought 25 bottles I found a coupon code & bought 75 bottles more. The coupon code
    is… healthcap It will get you 33% off. There are also sites that have those filter straws
    that are cheaper than any of the stores around here. (SLC) I think they are a really good
    idea along with some purification pills. I cannot remember the sites off the top of my head
    but you can Google for aquamira filter straw. Aquamira is the manufacture but do not buy
    off there site because I have found them for almost 1/2 what they want on their own site
    on other sites. Good luck, Gods speed & get serious about your bug out bag!
    Todd in SLC

  • Lisa

    Just wanted to let you know about some info I found while getting stuff for my 72 hr kits. Mint gum and strong soaps can flavor your other food. Some hard candy, like jolley ranchers, can melt. Also, the “pop-top” lids are not as strong and some people have found they’ve exploded.
    LOVE your site. Thanks for helping me get organized!

  • Lisa

    Just wanted to let you know about some info I found while getting stuff for my 72 hr kits. Mint gum and strong soaps can flavor your other food. Some hard candy, like jolley ranchers, can melt. Also, the “pop-top” lids are not as strong and some people have found they’ve exploded.
    LOVE your site. Thanks for helping me get organized!

  • Jodi

    Tracy, We recommend these tiny ones because they fit so nicely into the kit and were only $3-4. This kit was based off of a handout we received at church and we loved how everything fit all in one carton and was fairly inexpensive to get started.

    Vera, I’ve kept mine in the same milk cartons for about 3 years now. I’m too lazy to clean and cut new ones. I live in Utah so it’s not as hot as Arizona, but the only problem I had was some of my jolly ranchers melting to the sides.

  • Jodi

    Tracy, We recommend these tiny ones because they fit so nicely into the kit and were only $3-4. This kit was based off of a handout we received at church and we loved how everything fit all in one carton and was fairly inexpensive to get started.

    Vera, I’ve kept mine in the same milk cartons for about 3 years now. I’m too lazy to clean and cut new ones. I live in Utah so it’s not as hot as Arizona, but the only problem I had was some of my jolly ranchers melting to the sides.

  • Vera

    Is there a problem with the milk cartons breaking down? We live in Arizona and i know heat causes the plastic to deteriorate. How long have you had yours?

  • Vera

    Is there a problem with the milk cartons breaking down? We live in Arizona and i know heat causes the plastic to deteriorate. How long have you had yours?

  • Tracy

    I’ve been looking for compact stoves and narrowed it down to one at REI that’s on clearance. And then I found this information about the wing stoves. Why, other than being teensy weensy, do you recommend those rather than others? You’ll learn that I have to weigh and REweigh EVERY option before spending the money. Drives me crazy sometimes.

    Thanks sweeties!

  • Tracy

    I’ve been looking for compact stoves and narrowed it down to one at REI that’s on clearance. And then I found this information about the wing stoves. Why, other than being teensy weensy, do you recommend those rather than others? You’ll learn that I have to weigh and REweigh EVERY option before spending the money. Drives me crazy sometimes.

    Thanks sweeties!

  • sarah

    I just went to order 4 wing stoves and noticed that just from when I went to site earlier today to just now….. the price has increased!! ($4.37)so must be high demand….hmmmmm

  • sarah

    I just went to order 4 wing stoves and noticed that just from when I went to site earlier today to just now….. the price has increased!! ($4.37)so must be high demand….hmmmmm

  • Jodi

    Hey Bethany, Your comment slipped through the cracks somehow. Thanks for letting us know! We found the same stove available on the Shelf Reliance website at http://www.shelfreliance.com/product/view/p209 and we have modified the link above. On sale for $3.73 including 3 fuel pellets. Awesome deal!

  • Jodi

    Hey Bethany, Your comment slipped through the cracks somehow. Thanks for letting us know! We found the same stove available on the Shelf Reliance website at http://www.shelfreliance.com/product/view/p209 and we have modified the link above. On sale for $3.73 including 3 fuel pellets. Awesome deal!

  • http://giveLDSgifts.com Give LDS Gifts

    Great idea! I have linked to this idea on my blog…http://giveldsgifts.com/2008/12/gifts-for-the-food-storage-junkie/

    I love your blog! Thanks for all the great tips.

  • http://giveLDSgifts.com Give LDS Gifts

    Great idea! I have linked to this idea on my blog…http://giveldsgifts.com/2008/12/gifts-for-the-food-storage-junkie/

    I love your blog! Thanks for all the great tips.

  • Bethany

    Hello! Thank you for this very useful site. I put my 72 hr kits together finally and I am excited to get working on my 3 month supply. I just wanted to let you know that I clicked on the place you said to buy the wing stove and that website is no longer carrying them. I have found them on ebay for about $13 with shipping.

  • Bethany

    Hello! Thank you for this very useful site. I put my 72 hr kits together finally and I am excited to get working on my 3 month supply. I just wanted to let you know that I clicked on the place you said to buy the wing stove and that website is no longer carrying them. I have found them on ebay for about $13 with shipping.

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Tonja Kendrick

    Thanks so much for all of the specific details. It may seem small and insignificant to have to mention but for those of us who become overwhelmed easily by the idea of food storage, it certainly is helpful. Thanks for your hard work and efforts and sharing it with us.

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Tonja Kendrick

    Thanks so much for all of the specific details. It may seem small and insignificant to have to mention but for those of us who become overwhelmed easily by the idea of food storage, it certainly is helpful. Thanks for your hard work and efforts and sharing it with us.

  • jweiss08

    Yes, this is the FOOD part of the plan. Make sure to check out the getting started page and print out the emergency plan checklist. That has the non- food items, like flashlights, blankets, change of clothes etc.

  • jweiss08

    Yes, this is the FOOD part of the plan. Make sure to check out the getting started page and print out the emergency plan checklist. That has the non- food items, like flashlights, blankets, change of clothes etc.

  • Terri-Ann Martin Gawthroupe

    Thank you for posting the food shopping list…and the storage idea. Our kits have been complete minus a real food plan for a long time, because I was at a loss at how to really accomplish this part.

  • Terri-Ann Martin Gawthroupe

    Thank you for posting the food shopping list…and the storage idea. Our kits have been complete minus a real food plan for a long time, because I was at a loss at how to really accomplish this part.

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      I thought you might want to add how many fuel pellets to have on your shopping list.

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