We all know about the 72-hour kit, that is preparing enough supplies to last for 3 days. The rule of thumb is still to keep enough food and water for every individual in your family for a 72-hour emergency. But what if some people happen to visit, or if your neighbours need some help? You can always build a buffer by doubling up. So instead of a 72-hour kit, why not go for 144 hours instead?
I’ve written before about assembling your own 72-hour food kit just by going to the supermarket. You can just double up on the shopping list, or get more variety instead. If you don’t have much time on your hands, you can go for a ready-made solution. Just take a good look at what’s in the kit that you buy, and see if there’s anything you need to add (or remove, in case of allergies or dietary restrictions).
The Mountain House 72-Hour Emergency Meal Kit looks like a decent ready-made kit you can start with. You can buy 2 to quickly get to 144-hour readiness, for about $100. It’s not kosher or suitable for vegetarians, though.
Here’s what you get with the Mountain House kit :
– three breakfasts
– three side vegetables
– six 10-ounce packets of lunch and dinner entrees.
There’s enough variety to keep you from getting bored of the food:
* Granola with blueberries and milk
* Scrambled eggs with Bacon
* Scrambled eggs with ham and peppers
* Garden green peas
* Whole kernel corn
* Cut green beans
* Beef stroganoff
* Chicken teriyaki
* Chili mac with beef
* Rice and chicken
* Pasta primavera
* Sweet and sour pork with rice
What’s obviously missing is water. Mountain House is known for freeze-dried food, so you’ll need sufficient water on hand to make this kit work. So a good companion to this kit would be something like the Mainstay Emergency Drinking Water set. This set contains 60 packs of water packaged in 125ml (4oz) portions. That should be just enough to last for six days.
As always, do check the expiry dates when you buy any food or water supplies.