Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Every Tuesday, we post specific items you should gather in order to supplement your emergency car kit, your 3-month supply, and your longer-term storage. If you are new to our blog, don't worry! You won't be left behind. Just start up where we are and follow along. You will eventually have everything completed! Once the car kit is complete, we'll be putting together 72-hour kits again (week by week). Once those are done, we'll gather the car kits again. So don't worry, just jump on in and join us where we are today!

This week, we are starting to gather emergency kits for the car.  You should make one for each car in your household, but if you can only do one at a time that's fine too.

Find something to put your items in this week.  It can be a small tupperware box, a cardboard box (diaper boxes work great), etc.  To find the best deal, shop around or visit your local secondhand store.  It should have a top to keep everything from spilling over at every turn, but it's not necessary.

How is your three-month supply coming along?  We recommend that you also have three months' worth of toothpaste, soap, feminine products, diapers, etc.  It's hard to plan ahead for diapers since babies grow out of their sizes so quickly.  I recommend always stocking up on the next size up.  That way, when they start wearing that bigger size, they can wear the ones you've stored, and you can start buying the next size up.

We are gathering rice this month for our longer term storage.  I love rice - it goes with pretty much anything!  I also like to store lots of bouillon cubes (chicken, beef) because it gives white rice nice flavor if it's eaten plain.


Danielle said...

I don't normally go through the steps with our blog, but I still like to read them. Helps give me a good sense of what might be missing or why we might need a certain something.

I can happily say... we've been doing all of the things listed today! We don't have anywhere near a year's supply of rice, but we have been stocking up on rice. And we've got the three months stuff already stashed away, including diapers for our baby due in May.

As for our car kit... most of our 3-day kit actually lives in our car, which covers most of our needs, plus an actual car kit we were given by his grandparents. So we've got storage down!

Thanks for posting all of these... seeing success definitely boosted my morale this morning!

Anonymous said...

If you have a friend that sells Avon, the boxes their orders come in are awesome and a great size. They will fit 12 quart bottles easily and would be great for a 72 hour kit, lid and all.

AZ mom

Anonymous said...

we had a snow day today...so i made the kids find as much stuff as we could on the list...we found about 70% of it less than 20 minutes!