How often does your power go out?
I put this kit together several years ago and have been tweaking it ever since. As I think of things that might be helpful I add them, and rotate the food inside on a regular basis. The kit will sustain us at home for up to three days. Are you interested in making a kit too?
Start by planning easy-to-cook food for three days. Write down ideas for three meals a day plus snacks. Take into account the size of your family and their tastes and needs. Your contents will change over the years as your family's needs change.
Comfort food is a must during such times, so add a few "goodies" too, like my package of freeze-dried ice cream. Add a jar of instant coffee if you're a coffee drinker, or single-serving cans of fruit juice, V-8, and Gatorade. You'll need bottled water too, of course. In most rural areas, if the electricity goes off, so does your well pump.
We've transitioned away from eating a lot of prepared foods, so I'm working home-canned items into the kit instead of cans from the grocery store. Packaged snacks will stay, just because they are shelf-stable.
I store all of this in a Rubbermaid bin, with the heavier food on the bottom and the lighter items on top.
A weather radio and flashlights are important in power outages. You might put them in the kit or keep them in a more accessible place. Store fuel for your campstove in an appropriate place.
All the foods in the kit need to be rotated and replaced on a regular basis. I try to do this every six months, checking expiration dates on the canned goods and replacing the snacks often to keep them crisp and fresh. I have a post-it note on my calendar/planner to remind me, and when the task is completed I move the note forward another six months.
What else would you put in a power's out kit? Are you prepared in case the electricity goes out?
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