Welcome to week #9 in the “72 Hour Kit Ideas: A week by week approach” series.
This series is all about making it simple and doable to get a 72 hour kit put together for you and your family.
Creating such a kit can be overwhelming and financially difficult to do all at once. But through this series, I’ve broken it down for you into 26 small steps! You can see all the steps here. Just take one small baby step each week and in six months you will have a well stocked, personalized kit!
You can even go through the series a few times over a year or two adding just the most basic supplies the first six months and then a few more “extra” supplies each time you cycle through it again.
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- Additional details and tips
- The ability to print the entire book!
- Pictures of my own kit showing just how I pack each week.
I hope you were able to add items for shelter to your kit last week.
Week #9: Warmth/Heat
So, now you have clothing and protection from the elements. You likely even packed coats/hats (or put them near your kits) if it is chilly where you are. But what if it is really cold where you are at? How will you keep your family warm…especially while they are sleeping?
Often, even if it doesn’t get below freezing, it can get chilly: especially if it is rainy. I know that I will want ways to stay warm: especially for my kids.
If it even gets relatively cold where you are, make sure you add things to your kit this week to keep your family warm.
Fire brings warmth, so having a way to start one is important. Additionally, it will be harder to stay warm while you are sleeping because you won’t be near the fire, and you won’t be generating as much heat. So, consider lightweight ways to stay warm while sleeping as well.
- DIY firestarters
- Storm proof matches
- Heat packs (put inside a sleeping bag, jacket, or under a blanket)
- Emergency blanket or emergency thermal sleeping bag
- Heat Cell (I LOVE these. They are affordable, safe to be used indoors, small, and light.)
- Sparkie Fire Starter
- Fleece sleeping bag
- Blastmatch Fire Starter
- Quickfire Fuel Reserve (start a fire in almost any conditions with this!)
- Survival Sleeping Bag (VERY compact, but as warm as a regular, medium weight sleeping bag)
What We Have Done in Our Family
For starting a fire, we have storm proof matches and the Sparkie fire starter and three Fuel Reserve Packs. We have an emergency sleeping bag for each person and two “Blizzard” bags. We are hoping to squeeze three of us into each one to generate more body heat. We also have two thin blankets. We’d have one blanket covering three of us in each tent.
How about You?
Leave me a comment and tell me what how you will add warmth to your kit. What will you be doing this week?
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