72 Hour Kits, Part 1: Water
I am working with my Mom to bring you a 12 part series to complete your 72 Hour Kit. These are also known as Bug Out Bags. The purpose of these kits is for survival. In the event of a Natural Disaster, or other, they are to help your family survive until help can arrive or you can find other sources to sustain you. The Government now also recommends that you prepare a kit and supplies for at least 72 Hours. There are some things you will keep at the house but these kits are designed to grab and go when you have to evacuate quickly.
For as long as I can remember, my Mom has had these 72 Hour Kits. She has spent countless hours researching what is truly important and what isn’t. I have seen her walk around with them on for days to really decide what is worth the weight. I came to my mom to ask her if I could video her opening her pack and explain what she has in there, how she got it to fit in tight quarters, and why it was important to have. She came back and said she would do a 12 part series that is especially geared to women who can’t carry as much as men, and who might be caring for children. The series is also broken up, so it will be about $35 a month, depending on your family size.
Water is one of the most essential elements of survival, which is why we are starting with that first.
Because water is so heavy and takes up so much space, you want to have other means of carrying it. That is why my mom puts the water in the sleeves of a hoodie and then drapes it over the neck. Then it will lighten as you drink it and you can take the water out at night and you can have an extra layer to wear. I am going to shop at thrift stores first to find the hoodies for our family, but if you wanted to skip that, here is a link for one you can purchase. Zippered Hoodie and Pullover Hoodie. They have some as cheap as $6 but you might want to purchase one that is thicker and will keep you warmer.
You should have about 2 liters of water a day for basic survival, and for 3 days, that is 6 liters per person or about 200 ounces. If you get a bottle for 1.5 liters, you would need to put 2 of those in each sleeve. (Total of 4) If you are buying an unfilled water bottle, you want to make sure it won’t leak at all. I think it will add more unnecessary weight and risk leaking, and then you have to worry about possibly treating the water. We are just buying a filled and sealed water bottle from the grocery store. I bought Life Straws for everyone in my family. These are some of the best, portable and small, water purifiers to go in your pack. To have the straws last longer, you would want to filter the water you find by pouring it through a shirt, bandanna, or coffee filter, into a container and then drinking with your Life Straw from the container.
*We’ve tried MRE water pouches, and half of them evaporated over time.
*As a tip, if your water tastes “old” you can pour the water back and forth from 2 containers to add oxygen back into it. That will make it taste better.
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