This month has brought with it an interesting atmosphere not only in our house but in everybody’s I think. If you’ve read anything about the Jewish calendar then you know it was pretty convincing and could raise concerns and questions in anybody’s heart. Fortunately in this house we didn’t let it turn us into fanatics and doomsayers like it did some. It did something much more productive. It motivated us to FINALLY get our 72 hour kits and food storage going. We don’t believe the world is ending any time soon but it is going to get more rough and scary so the Sherwood’s aren’t delaying any longer!
We started with buying our year supply of wheat; kamut. It’s the best wheat out there. Delicious and healthy. It also makes the best bread because it’s high in protein. Then we went to the cannery here in Logan and got everything that we could there. One of the coolest things they had there were these water bottles with built in water filters and they were cheap! (below in picture) Go and pick some up if you have a cannery! They are great for either food storage or kits.
We ordered other things for our year supply food storage off of bulk supply co op websites like gallons of coconut oil and and millet and rice. We weren’t able to afford getting a year supply of everything but we were able to get a little of everything to get it started. It feels so good!
Then we got started on our kits. I should say that our kits are probably not like normal kits. We used David’s backpacking pack, which is huge so our 72 hour kit turned out to be more like a 168 hour kit. We also used our child carrier pack that I’ll carry (along with William) and the boys both have their own little backpacks. We tend to go a little overboard with most of the things we do, some people might think it’s ‘showing off’ or something like that but I assure you it’s not, it more like a mental problem we have to deal with. 🙂
Anyway, here’s what’s in our packs…
Here is our food. Right now it’s food comfortably for 3 days but could last us a week.
Tunafish with vacuumed packed crackers and little mayo packets.
Cheerios with dried apples
Trail mix with more dried apples
Oatmeal with more apples with cinnamon and sugar (grains are the best thing to fill up on out in the woods, survival situation)
Coconut oil for cooking or anything else (it’s so useful!)
Baby formula to mix in with water to use as milk on our cereal plus it’s full of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy (make sure you don’t get the formula with corn syrup and all the other junk in it)!
Dry soup mix that we made from minute brown rice, dried onions, dried carrots and spices. Bouillon cubes for the broth.
As part of our kits we also sprung for a fishing pole which will allow us to catch and eat fish…hopefully. 🙂
Water, tampons and pads, toilet paper, paper towels, collapsible water jug, fuel for our stove, fire starting kits and pots with utensils.
Extra large sleeping pad that we could all fit on (now), rope, 4 bivvy’s (which are really amazing sleeping bag type things that are light yet keep you completely warm and dry), plastic sheeting, mosquito net, body warmers, our cool water bottle filters
I love EOS!
Not shown: a more complete first aid kit, Emergen-C packets, diapers, lighters, salt, water filter (different from the bottles), hand crank flashlight and a pencil sharpener for sharpening sticks (and the shavings make great tinder). Also, ziploc bags full of granola bars, dried fruit and those vegetable fruit squeezy packs.
Vacuum packing everything hopefully makes it last longer but thanks to the idea of my wonderful sis in law we are going to pull out our packs every 6 months while listening to conference and have a feast! Then we can assess what we need to replace.
The last thing we sprung for was this!
We figured in an emergency situation that required us to walk a ways this little wagon would make things much much easier. Plus in the meantime it brings smiles. 😉
Things that we will consider adding in the future:
more firestarting means
I can’t even explain how much better I feel having these done. I didn’t realize how much inner torment and stress it was causing not having these! It was a deep sub conscience thing. It’s gonna take me a while to shed the habit of the jerk stress reaction. Yay! If you haven’t done yours I suggest doing it. Just start little if you have to.
Oh and the last thing that we have to throw in last minute is this bad boy and some of these (she deserves a post all on her own) Don’t mess with us. 🙂 hehe
The atmosphere here is much better.