I want to give you some ideas about the different options we can choose from for our 72 hour kit/bug out bags. We can choose MRE’s (meals ready to eat-just add water). I chose some pantry cans….yes they are bigger ( approx. 6″ X 4″) but they last 25 years. I put two weeks of “food” all freeze dried in a clear bag with handles to grab along with my 72 hour kit/bug out bag. I chose some pouches as well they typically last 5 years. I am okay with that. I can pull them out and rotate them. I can eat them right out of the bag or can because they are freeze dried. I will still need water. The items I put in this see through bag I KNOW I will eat. I put freeze dried everything (except the soup). I have fruits, veggies, chicken, cheese and milk. Yes, some items like the soup would taste better cooked. We can also purchase items from our local store that we know our families will eat that expire sooner than freeze dried. These are great too! They are ready made just open and cook or non-cook items. Please remember snacks for kids as well as formula for babies. I have a metal mess kit with a metal cup. I can cook my soup on my InstaFire packet. It doesn’t even need a stove/container. It’s a must have it for everyone. You can light it in the snow/dirt, etc. and cook asap.
Here are the ideas I listed above:
1. MRE’S (meals ready to eat) and soups that you just add water
2. Freeze dried veggies, freeze dried fruit, freeze dried meat, freeze dried cheese, freeze dried yogurt & instant milk. Snacks, chocolate and more chocolate…..
3. Store purchased food that lasts a minimum shelf life of 5 to 25 years
4. InstaFire (lasts indefinitely…lights quick with matches or flint)…..pack some flints, water proof matches or lighters
5. Water, water, water, water, we have a separate section just for water