Stocking 72 hour food kits seem to be a logical choice for anyone hoping to prep for disaster. The recent threat of Hurricane Matthew drove thousands of people to grocery stores, where fistfights were reported in the bottled water sections. Is that really the way you want to live? Natural disasters, alone, account for billions of dollars of damage every year in the U.S., with tens of thousands of people left without basic services for weeks at a time. Even those who are blasé about natural disasters (Tornados, hurricanes, Unplugging the computers.) find fear in the pits of their stomachs at the idea of losing the electrical grid or facing compromised water treatment facilities. That’s why, if for nothing more than peace of mind, it’s a good idea to stock 72 hour food kits.

1. Make Your Own 72 Hour Food Kits

There are quite a few blogs out there that give detailed instructions on making 72 hour food kits for your home. According to one blogger, you can purchase enough food for three days for only $11. Unfortunately, tacos are not on the menu. Neither is anything that requires water or heat for preparation. That is a wise choice, of course, since the assumption is that the grid has failed. Unfortunately, the amount of fiber on the list of items for this kit could create its own set of unique problems.

This type of kit has very small meals, truly intended for survival only. For the second day, for example, your total food intake is one vegetable drink, 2 protein bars, a couple of Cuties, a bag of tuna, and a bag of candy. I don’t know about you, but that’s what I pack to make a trip to the grocery store. Sans the tuna. Not to make light of a disaster scenario, because this would be the difference between survival and something less in the face of a true catastrophe.

2. Freeze Dried Food Buckets

Commercially prepared 72 hour food kits tend to have more variety – and more food. However, they are also more expensive. Typically, these meals will require heat for preparation, and some will require water, as well. This means that you need to have a source of heat and sufficient water to prepare the meals set aside, along with the food kits.

These kits are sold in stackable buckets that are easily carried if you have to bug out on short notice. The food is chosen to be as close to a normal menu as possible (still, no tacos) and should be very filling. Here are two different 72 hour food kits you may want to check out:

Option A) Safeguard Food 2 Man 72 Hour Kit

SafeGuard Food 2 Man 72 Hour KitAt just under $100, the Safeguard food kit has 18 meals in it. The bucket contains 6 each of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with 10 additional items for snacks, etc. The menu includes Alfredo, teriyaki, and more. The fully-packed bucket weighs just over 6 pounds, so it is easy to carry. They package their food with nitrogen so that it stays fresh longer and has a better shelf life. Safeguard also sells supplies of food for 90 days, 6 months, and one year, with discounts accordingly.

Option B) NuManna Grab-N-Go Bucket

Grab-N-Go BucketThe NuManna bucket has 35 servings each for lunch and dinner, and 10 of breakfast.
Now, this one might last me 3 days, but it’s probably meant to last a family for a week. These buckets are also stackable, and NuManna has a good reputation for the flavor of their foods.  

NuManna foods are free of soy, GMOs, MSG, aspartame, and high fructose corn syrup. This company also comes a little closer to making my taco dreams come true by offering a bucket of packaged ground beef. You can order a sample pack of their food, to see if you could live on it for three days.

Whether you like to simplify meals for your camping trip or worry about the next flash flood, Safeguard and NuManna both have filling, nourishing foods in easy-to-carry buckets. Whether you go with commercial products or opt to prepare your own, 72 hour food kits can come in pretty handy.

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