Do NOT use “pop-top” cans, since heat can make them explode; pack a can opener (a small P-38 emergency can opener is best) in each 72-hour kit and use traditional cans!! They will last much longer and you will avoid food spoilage and messes.
Remember that there are many options for your emergency kit. While freeze-dried “backpacker’s meals” or MRE’s, (meals-ready-to-eat) may be the lightest weight, and easiest to store, they tend to be very expensive. It’s not necessary to spend a great deal of money to put a kit together. Start today using what you have in your pantry and around the house. You can add to or upgrade your kits later as you are able. DON'T WAIT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T AFFORD THE BEST RIGHT NOW. Start today with what you've got. You'll never regret it.
- 6 Granola Bars (2 a day)
- 6 Cans of Tuna/Turkey/Chicken/Beef Chunks (2 a day)
- 6 Cans of Beans, (Chili, refried, kidney, black, etc.) (2 a day)
- 3 Cans of Mandarin Oranges or other fruit (1 a day)
- 3 Hot Chocolate Pkgs. (1 a day)
- 3 Drink mix Pkgs. (1 a day)
- Trail Mix/Dried Fruit (enough for 1-2 daily snacks)
- Graham Crackers/Cereal/Crackers
- Canned Juice (V-8, Orange juice)
- Canned or Dry Milk
- Candy/Gum (avoid hard candies which can melt in heat)
- 1 Gallon of Water (wash & fill a clear 2-liter soda bottle with treated tap water or for well water, use a couple drops of chlorine bleach to kill bacteria before storage)