Wednesday, September 30, 2009

That time of year again

Me and my emergency backpack hiking in the wilderness!

Today I realized it is time again to replenish my 72-hour kits. I always use the October general conference as my reminder. I have to admit this year I was tempted to ignore it. I had a number of reasons:

- Money is a bit tight and I have other expenses coming up (i.e. Patch's b-day).
- I am tired of throwing out stale food.
- I am extremely busy for the next week (actually two).
- I am lazy ;-).

But I decided to do the right thing and take care of it. I can always trim money elsewhere. And I would sure hate to have trouble arise and then be stuck with a backpack full of gross, stale food!

So I pulled out the backpacks, emptied them, made a list, and went to the store. After gathering all the items I headed up to the cashier. I have to admit I was a bit embarrassed by all the candy, granola bars, and instant foods I was purchasing. Do you ever wonder what cashiers think of your food choices? I don't usually, but this time I did.

When the kids got home and saw all the stale junk food waiting for them they were so excited. Kitty claimed the Snickers bar right away. Sweetie Peach grabbed the Starburst. I had some of the rock hard beef jerky. It was lousy, but I ate some anyway. With dinner the kids drank Gatorade (that hardly ever happens around here, so they thought they were way cool). Pretty much everything else went in the trash...

I tried not to think about it.

We will all be brushing our teeth for an extra 60 seconds before bed tonight.

And I will sleep better knowing we are a little more prepared for the unexpected.

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Scripture of the Day: 3 Nephi 27:27


  1. I do mine two times a year.. And I buy food that will not expire for at least 6 months.. That way the food is still good in there.. It also helps to keep a list handy of everything in your bag and go through that list. I make sure to write the exp. date of stuff on my list.

  2. HI! Would you be willing to share your whole list of food that you put in your kit? This has been a stumbling block for me, silly, I know, but I just don't what is realistic, because I know that if there is a disaster one of two things is going to happen: I am going to be so upset that I won't be able to eat, or I'm going to want to calm and console myself with food!

    New reader Christy

  3. That's great. I think you've posted about this before and both times I've thought, I should really do that too. But I don't. I'm convincing myself that if there were really an emergency, we'd be happy to have stale granola bars to sustain our lives. Maybe?

  4. I try to do mine with the school year. It seems alot of that candy/granola/instant stuff goes on sale when school starts. It helps a bit with the budget:)


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