72-hours of food

72-hours of food

NDAs all over the place

September 12, 13, 16, 17 & 18

Lots and lots of meetings took place this week that I can’t talk about as I had to sign several non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). Which is pretty cool. The meetings I had the privilege to attend were often discussing the preparedness and response plans for the city of San Diego, including their strengths and weaknesses and areas under development. Thus, the information must remain private. Suffice it to say, there are a lot of people working in a variety of ways to keep everyone as safe as possible. That is all.

What I can share is that the flu season is already upon us, and several people have already DIED from the flu. Please get your flu shot. It’s not too early. Also, Measles continues to make a comeback. Measles is now so prevalent that the US is risking losing its elimination status. People are dying from this preventable disease. Please get vaccinated.

September 14

After working on the bar a bit more, we took a late afternoon trip to Coronado Island for dinner, drinks, and sunset. It’s one of my favorite places to walk around. Every time we go, I can’t help but picture Marilyn Monroe from Some Like It Hot running around the hotel and beach.

Well, it was a busy week for me, but there’s not a lot I can share.

Recipe: 72-hour bag food

I’ve had some questions about the specific food I keep in my 72-hour bag. Balancing nutrient-rich and healthy foods within the confines of my pack and reasonable weight restrictions, coming up with 3 days of meals is definitely a challenge. Cans are heavy and cumbersome, while fresh foods will spoil. Many of the just-add-water camping foods are high in salt and low in nutritional value. The super high-calorie survival bars do not provide the mental and physical comfort of a warm meal. So, through trial and error, we’ve developed our own 3-day supply of food. My husband carries the Jetboil for heating water, and each of us carries 1 can of fuel. Our water preps were discussed in this post.

Classic teaching is that an adult needs about 2,000 calories per day. But this number is quite variable, and based on many factors, such as activity level, height, weight, and gender. The calorie counts are on the high side for me and on the low side for my husband, so they even out. We’ve trialed our 72-hour bags and found that this was fairly easy to live off of for a few days. However, if you’re bugging out and working to trap food and built shelter, your nutritional needs will likely be much higher.

There is no right or wrong way to do this (well, actually, there are quite a few wrong ways), and below just lists what works for us at this time. I’m sure we’ll continue to change and evolve over time as our needs and food preferences and dietary requirements change.

This food can certainly keep someone alive for several days, though over the long-term would not provide a complete and healthy diet. The meal plan was created with the assumption that we have zero outside access to additional food, even from a passing gas station or mini-mart. Importantly, these are all foods that we have taste-tasted and are willing to eat for 3 straight days. Nothing would be worse than a pack full of meals that are unappetizing and unappealing.

Here is our current 72-hour food supply for my husband and myself:

The amount of food is quite compact, and the allotted food for each day fits nicely into a 1 gallon Ziploc bag. The bags can then be re-used as garbgae bags. Or water collection bags. Or any variety of other uses. I’ve got an ever-growing list of ways you can use Ziploc bags. Don’t forget to toss in some Wet Wipes and napkins. Your 72-hour bag should have plates, cups, and the necessary cooking and cleaning equipment already packed in it.

Any additional foods you like to have? How different, or similar, is your own food cache?

Additional food

If we are evacuating our home, one of the last steps (if there is time) on our evacuation checklist is to load our cooler with pre-determined perishables from our pantry and fridge.

The list of last—minute cooler packables includes:

  • Bacon

  • Bagels

  • Brats

  • Bread

  • Cheese

  • Cold cuts

  • Eggs

  • Fruit

  • Wine & beer

I’ll add more about our evacuation process and checklist next week.

MCI & Evacuation Drills

MCI & Evacuation Drills

Water, water everywhere

Water, water everywhere