If you are new to our blog, please don't be discouraged - you are not far behind! We are just finishing up our car kits, and we are about to start our 72-hour kits. If you have not made a car kit, simply print off the list of items (there is a printable list on the lefthand side of the website) and make it at your own pace. Or, just focus on the 72-hour kits, and put together your car kit when we start doing that again. It's up to you!
How is everyone doing on their 3-month supply? I found some great sales this past month, so I really stocked up on a few items. It has been a lot easier shopping ever since I made my menu plan. And I know we've probably mentioned this in passing, but let me remind you that your 3-month supply requires more than just food.
Don't forget to store toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc. I know some people like to stock up on about a year's worth of soap, and that's great too. Don't worry about storing a year of shampoo, though... I don't know about you, but during an emergency situation, I wouldn't hesitate to wash my hair with regular, cheap body soap (is that a hair-care sin?? I hope not!). Likewise, you could always brush your teeth with baking soda if you run out of toothpaste. However, the 3-month supply is about living comfortably for 3 months, so I would at least have that much toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, etc. for your entire family.
July is over, so hopefully you had a chance to stockpile some rice for your 1-year supply. This month (August), we will be gathering..... (drumroll, please).... BEANS!!! Like rice, beans are very versatile and can be prepared in so many ways. This is partly because there are so many different kinds of beans. Gather what your family enjoys. Abs has some great bean recipes that she's going to share in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for those.
Click HERE (Provident Living) to find out how many pounds of beans you need for your family. Don't be overwhelmed - just gather what you can.
And finally, we're finishing up the car kits this week. Add a pen/pencil and paper, as well as some cash. The amount of cash is really up to you, but we recommend storing $5-$20. Put in whatever you're comfortable with. And gear up for the 72-hour kits, it's going to be fun!!