72 Hour Kit Series Week #5: Food Prep

Welcome!Week #5 in a step by step 72 hour kit series. Makes building a robust, personalized 72 hour kit affordable and do-able!

Welcome to week #5 in the “72 Hour Kit Ideas: A week by week approach” series.

This series is all about making it simple and do-able 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 6 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.

Want even more help?Build a robust, personalized 72 hour kit one week at a time over 26 weeks

This series is also available as an e-book. Purchasing the e-book gives you a few additional benefits over just reading the free series:

  • Additional details and tips
  • The ability to print the entire book!
  • Pictures of my own kit showing just how I pack each week.
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Last Week:

I hope you were able to purchase and organize all your food last week.

Week #5: Food Prep

If the foods you added to your 72 hour kit require any sort of preparation, you will want to be sure you have the tools necessary to make use of your food.  Much of the food I suggested did not require any prep and it is a great goal to have most of the food in your survival kit meet this ideal.  But this isn’t always possible.  If necessary, add everything you will need to prepare your food to your kit this week.

Ideas / Options:

Consider the pros and cons of the following options as you decide which will work best for your family.


What we have done in our family:

Not much!  Since the food we included does not require any prep, we did not need to add any of these items!  However, in the past I have had a multi-tool and wing stove in my kit because of their light weight.


How About You?

Leave me a comment and tell me how you will cook the food in your kit and what you will include to make that possible.  What are you adding?  Why?  What will you be doing this week?


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Becky is a wildlife enthusiast and pet and livestock care expert with a diploma in canine nutrition. With over a decade of experience in animal welfare, Becky lends her expertise to Simple Family Preparedness through insightful info about pets, livestock, bee keeping, and the practicalities of homesteading.

165 thoughts on “72 Hour Kit Series Week #5: Food Prep”

  1. I noticed you mention you have “3 heat cells and a wing stove in each of our two adult kits a well as a 5 Piece Mess Kit in the main kit.” So do you have a kit for each family member and a “main kit” in addition to all of that? I love all of this wonderful info!

    • I’ve actually switched this up a bit (it is all updated in the e-book and will be in the series soon), but we now just have 4 bags: one for each of our boys (small with just their food / clothes), and two large ones for my husband and I where we split all the other supplies.


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