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Before I write this post I just have to clarify, I am a tenderfoot… and I can tie a few knots. Even though I am not an Eagle Scout I do think it’s important to be prepared for situations that are out of our control. Back in 2019 when rona first hit I hopped online and spent like 2 grand on some food storage that came 8 months later…. it was bulky, hard to store, not practical, and probably tastes like stale cheese. Mind you, I ordered this when there wasn’t a single case of rona in our whole town and I was talking to friends and family over zoom. Pretty sure I sang happy birthday to my mom while standing in her front yard and her looking out of the window….Those were weird times. Also, who wants to be out of toilet paper? Not me. If you’re anything like me all this preparedness stuff is overwhelming, I wasn’t an Eagle Scout remember? I wanted to share a few of our favorite tips we have learned and feel free to add your own in the comments. I will link as much info as I can find to help in your prep.
Water storage- One thing we didn’t have until just recently was clean stored drinking water. This past Christmas Kelsi’s parents got us a whole set of water jugs to store water, a pump to pump it out of the jugs, and little tablets to keep the water safe for drinking. I would recommend storing up to a month of clean drinking water to start with and expand from there. These are the ones we have.
Food- Did you know its not possible to live very long without it?? Thrive Life literally changed the food storage game. Thrive life makes it possible to buy as you go. A little here and a little there. I seriously cannot recommend this stuff enough. If the food supply chain vanished, you could open up your own gourmet restaurant. The storage life is 25-30 years and a whole year after opening it. The other nice thing about Thrive life is it allows us to save the embarrassment of knocking on the neighbors door for certain ingredient we ran out of until we can get to the store. Bonus- it actually tastes good. They freeze dry it at peak ripeness. You can use this link to purchase, if you choose delivery at checkout you can save 15%. You can pause or cancel anytime. They are constantly restocking and trying to keep up with demand and I will make sure to share the monthly specials. if you want to get a starter kit you can use this link. It then means you are a consultant. You do not have to sell anything but if you want to share with family and friends it might be worth it to you. I think this route is the best and cost effective way to build a food storage. The food comes back to life with water. The fruit we eat as is but everything else we revive with water.
72 Hr back pack. We have had our 72 back pack kit for like 10 years.. might want to bust it out and replace some things. The idea of the 72 hr kit is that you can grab it in a hurry and have necessities to survive. You can buy already put together kits like I will link here, but if you want to grab a back pack and fill it with necessitates that works too. I would suggest throwing in a few Benjamin Franklins in there just in case you need some cold hard cash.
Bonus- probably a good idea to keep some 5 gallon tanks of gas around as well. Last thing you want to do is have to stop for gas and a hot dog at Mav in an emergency. Now that I think about it, keep some hot dogs handy as well. We just added this to our amazon cart so Kels can charge her phone. This lantern version charges by solar or usb shines light and can charge a phone. Would be great for camping too.
I hope this helps someone to get started on their preparedness situation. I can speak from experience, the peace that comes from preparation is real. We can’t control a lot of things, so make sure you take control of the things you can. I watched an instagram story this week of a man in Ukraine sharing his food storage with his neighbors. We hope to be able to do the same if need be. Have a smooooooooooth week.
Love all these ideas! Along with what you mentioned, we have a fully stocked medical trauma kit. It’s ready to go for small things like skinned knees but also has gauze, bandages, antiseptic spray, and tourniquets. We have ours in a backpack so it’s easy to grab and go!
We are living in some sad, scary times. It’s heartbreaking.
These are all great ideas! One addition is a basic medicine kit. Benadryl, Tylenol, pepto, tums, antibiotics, a small bottle of all the basics. Also, electrolyte packets. If water is scarce, adding Liquid IV to your water will be help keep you hydrated!