For Around $20 You Can Create a 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit
This project is designed to help you create economical, easy, and individual 72-hour Emergency Food Kits to include in your Bug Out Bag. If you need to leave your home, this portable kit is easy to carry and reasonably light. The water supply, in a 2-liter pop bottle, can be attached to the milk carton with duct tape.
We recommend setting up a rotation schedule to keep the items fresh (every year is good). Be sure to record the assembly date somewhere on the outside of the carton. To extend the rotation time, you might set aside the dry supplies for each individual day and put them in a FoodSaver bag. but if you do, you will have to play around the with packing instructions.
Remember these are survival items – you will not get to eat until you are stuffed – but if you need to leave your home, the items in a 72-hour emergency food kit will be welcome indeed! A list of items needed and a survival menu are provided. The list and menu should be cut out and placed into your completed kit to help you prepare meals and remind you what the kit contains.
The approximate cost of each kit is $6 to $10 and buying in bulk will definitely keep the cost down.
This kit needs HOT water to work so consider food preparation while you have evacuated. How will you heat your water? If you decide to go with foods that don’t require heat, what can you substitute for the soup, apple cider, and hot chocolate? Some suggestions: protein bars, more prepackaged beef, chicken, or turkey jerky, and granola bars.
If you’re going with foods that will require hot water, there are a few things to think about adding to your kit:
- What pan will you use to cook your soup in?
- What will you eat on? Do you need plates and cups in this 72-hour emergency food kit?
- What about knives, forks, and spoons…
Find some ideas on our Pinterest Board – Off Grid Cooking. Write the answer to these questions next to the foods listed below and make sure you have them packed in your finished 72-hour kits.
Related Post: See our previous post – 72 Hour Kits, Food and Water
Instructions for your 72-hour Emergency Food Kit
- Wash and dry the milk cartons completely.
- Put the cans into the cartons first,
- Add the drink and soup packets diagonally.
- Stuff the granola bars, gum, jerky, trail mix, and fruit rolls in around the cans.
- Tuck the gum and candy in the gaps wherever you can get them.
This requires some careful packing, but it does fit. The crackers will probably be crushed, but they are going in your soup anyway!
When the carton is packed full, write a list of supplies needed (pans, etc.) on the back of the menu, and put a copy of the menu inside the box.
Staple the top or tape it down, then tape the top with duct tape and strap the water filled, soda pop bottle to the side of the carton with the duct tape.
Tape a copy of the contents to the front and record the assembly date. Your kit is now complete.
Materials needed per person/per kit:
1 two liter pop bottle filled with water
1 half gallon milk carton or similar sized container (the lighter the better)
Food items listed below
Food Items: Date packed:
2 packages of chewing gum 13 pieces hard candy
2 packages hot chocolate mix 2 fruit roll ups
1 ½ cups trail mix or small package peanuts 3 packages soda crackers
2 sticks beef jerky 1 can hearty soup (pop top)
1 small can fruit or apple juice 2 instant soup mix packages
2 packages apple cider mix 4 granola bars
1 two liter pop bottle filled with water
Breakfast Day 1: 2 granola bars Breakfast Day 2: 3/4 of the trail mix
1 sm can fruit or apple juice 1 hot chocolate
Lunch: 1 pkg soup mix Lunch: 1 stick beef jerky
1 pkg soda crackers 1 apple cider mix
Dinner: 1 stick beef jerky Dinner: 1 canned soup
1 fruit roll 1 pkg soda crackers
Snacks: 4 pieces candy & 3 sticks gum Snacks: 5 pc candy/3 gum
Breakfast Day 3: 3/4 of the trail mix
1 apple cider mix
Lunch: 1 pkg soup mix
1 pkg soda crackers
Dinner: 2 granola bars
1 fruit roll
1 hot chocolate mix
Snacks: 4 pieces candy & 3 sticks gum
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