A friend of mine had listed what she and her husband put into their packs for their kit and I had realized there were things they had that I didn't, and it was probably a VERY good thing to get them in there. Since it's now November, I have been slacking on it a bit. I did pull everything out, resulting in a huge mess on our kitchen table. I told Drew I wasn't going to put it back together until I had everything I wanted in it, because I felt it was stupid to put it back, cause then I'd forget to restock it.
So here's what I did. Prior to this check point, I had everything in 1 backpack. With the addition of a few extra things, I felt it necessary to make 2 backpacks that weren't as heavy as the 1. So, I pulled Drew's old backpack down from the attic and got to work. This is what I have in the packs:
1 large plastic painting tarp - I figured this could be a makeshift shelter, or to cover the ground, or both
3 emergency blankets
3 rain jackets
1 whistle/flashlight/hazards flashlight thing
2 travel sized shampoo (incase something really nasty gets in your hair)
2 travel sized conditioner (I'm a wuss)
1 bottle lotion
2 travel size deodorants - so you don't stink ;)
2 travel size hand sanitizer
1 box tampons - for the ladies ;) cause you never know when it'll happen!
1 pack playing cards
1 travel size tube of toothpaste
2 travel toothbrushes
18 hand/feet warmers (you know the kind you shake and they heat up)- not necessary, but I felt with Elisabeth it might be
2 ball point pens
1 multi tool
1 pocket knife
1 first aide kit (I also added in extra bandaides and neosporin)-the kit was pretty packed, it has things from sunscreen, insect repellent, poison ivy wipes, splints, butterfly bandages, cold compress, moleskins, etc.)
3 pairs of socks for each person
1 pair of really thick socks (for hands, Ellie legs?)
1 winter hat for Ellie
2 thicker receiving sized blankets for Ellie
1 pack of diapers
1 travel size baby wipes
1 roll toilet paper
2 water bottles
matches w/water proof container
2 water bottles
4 candles (who knows!)
1 bag protein powder - chocolate flavored!
1 bag of dried mangos from costco
1 box of crackers
5 granola bars
vital documents in a waterproof bag*
2 cans sterno fuel
2 travel size tissues
1 bar of soap
1 roll duct tape
1 travel size tylenol
1 travel size ibuprofin
1 clicky lighter thing (in case the matches go out, or really, cause I like them)
(I think that's it?)
Now a couple things I have considered and I'm not sure what to do yet. We have a couple cases of water up in our attic for emergencies. I don't know if I should take a few of these water bottles and put them in the backpacks. I have the room for at least 6-16oz containers at least in each. We also have a "camping" shovel, but it's in the car for emergencies. We've actually had to use it to dig a tire out of the snow 2 winters ago! I also have a gallon of water in the car.
As for winter gear for Drew and me, I figured we'd grab that on an as needed basis so I don't have to pack it. I felt that for Elisabeth though, it would be better to be precautionary about it.
This other family packed sleeping bags, but those, too are in our attic. I thought about bringing them down so they were move accessible, but I just haven't decided. ACTUALLY, what I'd really like, is to get some hiking backpacks so that a sleeping bag wouldn't be a cumbersome item on/in a backpack in the first place, so I'm keeping my eyes out for some decent/cheap ones.
*for my vital documents, I made copies and folded them in half so they fit nicely into one of the outside pockets. They've been placed in a double lined ziplock bag.
The contents are as follows(all copies):
social security cards
bank account information
church records (membership id's, patriarchal blessings, temple marriage, priesthood certs., blessings, etc)
health insurance info
car insurance info
house insurance info
life insurance info
--I'd also like to put a credit card in there, as well as some cash, it just hasn't happened yet.
(I think that's it on that, too)
***I also need to get a battery powered radio, but I was kind of holding off for the black friday ads to see if I could get a hand crank one for a little bit cheaper. I also need some zipties, but I'm having a difficult time finding them.
I don't know if it's too much, or not enough, but at least it's something. And if I never have to use it, that'll be the best. :)
And since no post is ever complete without pictures, here's some for you!
She was dancing to music while sitting on her step there in the corner.