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72 hour series #23

Last Week

I hope all of you were able to add some cash to your kit last week.

Week #23: Packaging Your Kit

Now that you have gathered all the supplies for your kit, you have an idea of the amount of space you will need to package it.  Remember, this pack of supplies will be used on the go if you have to evacuate.  However you choose to package it, keep the following in mind:

  • It needs to be something you can carry relatively easily.
  • It needs to be durable.
  • It should be as lightweight as possible.

If you’ve already got your kit and will just be updating it, then take a week off!

Here are a few ideas I’ve seen (and my opinions on them).  Feel free to share your ideas and opinions if you’ve got them in the comments below.  There is a great one from reader, Don about a pull / push golf cart here!

Option #1: A cooler or suitcase on wheels
  • Easy to drag behind you, meaning you don’t have to actually carry it.
  • May be difficult to use over tough terrain.
  • Would be heavy / difficult if you ever DID have to carry it.
  • Durable.
 Option #2: A large tupperware type tub.
  • Relatively durable.
  • Lightweight.
  • Can easily see & find what is inside.
  • Very difficult to carry.
Option #3: Duffel Bag
  • Relatively durable.
  • Lightweight.
  • Could put them in a wagon / wheeled golf cart and pull them unless / until forced to carry them.
  • You must carry it at all times…typically more difficult to carry for a long period of time than a backpack.
  • Not a lot of separate compartments for making things easier to organize / find.
Option #4: Backpacks
  • Very lightweight, but must be on your back at all times.
  • Will be heavy once packed.
  • Could put them in a wagon and pull them unless / until forced to carry them.
Option #5: Wheeled Backpack
  • Could be carried if needed, but can also be pulled behind you to make things easier unless covering rough terrain.
  • Heavier than a traditional backpack would be.

What We Have Done in Our Family:

Right now, we have 2 adult backpacks* and 2 children’s backpacks.  Only two of our four children would be able to carry a pack  (the 5 yr old twins); and one (a 1 yr old) would need to be carried.  Both my husband and I will need to have both hands free in order to be able to carry a child and manage another.  We do have a moby wrap for the 1 yr old so we can carry her and still have both hands free.  But I still want both hands free to be able to manage the other 3 kids.  So, we went with backpacks.   However, we will likely switch to wheeled backpacks eventually.

 

How About You?

Leave me a comment and tell how you plan to (or how you already) package your kit.

 

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