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Friday, April 24, 2009

72-hour kits: food packs

to decide what to include in my food pack for my 72-hour kit, i looked around online and looked at other people's lists and stuff and then used those to decide what my family would eat. i did do some variations depending on if the pack was for a kid or a grown-up. i planned on eating the same thing for all 3 days (that's the simplest).

here is the list for the kid pack:

  • 3 fruit cups
  • 3 jif mini peanut butter cups
  • 3 boxes of raisins
  • 3 mini chef boyardee raviolis or mac-n-cheese (make sure you get the pop-top)
  • 3 packets of fruit snacks
  • 3 mini power bars
  • 2 twin packs of pop-tarts (which is 4 single pop tarts)
  • 2 twin packs of "oats'n honey" granola bars (which is 4 single granola bars)
  • 3 10 oz. bottles of cran-apple juice

this brings us to a grand total of 1,610 calories per day. and since i'm nerdy and save weird things, i had one of those little plastic cases that you buy sheets in with a zipper, i was able to pack it all neatly into one plastic bag.

the adult pack is basically the same, with a little more. contents include:

  • 3 chef boyardee ravioli or spaghetti (make sure it's pop-top)
  • 3 fruit cups
  • 3 jif mini peanut butter cups
  • 3 boxes of raisins or craisins
  • 3 twin packs of pop-tarts
  • 3 mini power bars
  • 3 regular-sized power bars
  • 3 twin packs of "oats'n honey" granola bars
  • 3 packs of fruit snacks
  • 3 powdered drink mixes
  • 30 jolly ranchers
  • 3 packs of gum
  • i also included a single high-calorie meal replacement bar

this brings us to a grand total of 2,090 calories per day. i included plastic silverware in each pack and also hand sanitizer spray as most of it is finger food. oh, and i got it all at wal-mart.

so get gathering your food packs together and please note that the items i have listed here are not for long-term storage, but will need to be rotated every six months or so. it's a good idea to get into a routine so you don't forget to do so - general conference is a great reminder and with conference coming up this weekend, you'll be right on schedule if you get it done soon!

another option for food include MRE's ("meals ready to eat") which you can purchase with any of the companies listed on the post about equipment. the advantage to these is that they take up less space (and weight) and will keep longer. the disadvantage is that your kids may not eat them. so think about what would work best for your family as you build your kit.

sidenote: if you are looking for alternative ideas for your food packs, i have a pdf document that has a great menu for your 72-hour kits, and everything is broken down with all the nutritional information and will keep you in high-energy mode... but i don't know how to post it online. so leave a comment or email me and i'll email it to you if you're interested.

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