There is something about Fall….
that makes me start to feel a bit like a squirrel preparing for winter. It’s always a bit of a frantic adventure. Since we live in the very wintry state of Montana, there is wood to be gathered and chopped. The wood stove and chimney need a good cleaning. The gardens need to be cleaned out, and the outdoor furniture, put away. Also, all 600 lbs of leaves need to be raked. Yes, that’s what I said, 600 pounds!!!!! I am in love with all of our trees, until Fall hits, and then I pray for a big windstorm to blow them all away. But, alas, my prayers are never answered….at least I’m guaranteed many, many, many good workouts that come with raking up all of those leaves. This year we had the added bonuses of painting our house, replacing the outside doors and trim, and remodeling our shed to hopefully keep out the mice this winter. In addition, hunting season starts this weekend and hopefully my hubby will get an elk so we can fill our freezer for winter. Now you can see why, it’s been waaay too long since my last blog post.
While we squirrelishly prepare for winter, one of the things we decided to do is make sure our emergency kits are all ready for winter, especially our go bags. Living in Montana, one of our biggest threats is winter, and the storms and cold that come along with it. It’s important we have plenty of warm clothes, and with growing kids, it’s hard to remember to swap out the clothes for bigger sizes. I’m glad we checked because our youngest daughter had clothes that were way to small in her backpack. Plus, with the need to eat gluten free, it’s even more important that we have plenty of gluten free food on hand, just in case.
We each have our own backpack with our supplies. When we were putting our packs together, my husband and I used backpacks we already owned. For our kids, I picked up two backpacks at Target when all of the school supplies went on clearance. Their backpacks cost me $5 each…not to shabby.
Here is a list of what is in each of my girls backpacks:
- A pair of warm pants
- A pair of wool socks
- One long sleeve shirt
- One short sleeve shirt
- A sweater or sweatshirt
- A winter hat
- A pair of gloves
- A scarf
- A pair of underwear
- 2 packs of toe warmers and hand warmers
- A stuffed animal for comfort
- A whistle
- A small multi-tool
- A small radio
- A small pack of tissues
- Travel size hand sanitizer
- A large garbage bag (We figured this can be used for a lot of different things)
- Extra batteries
- A Silicone expandable bowl
- 2 Emergency Blankets
- 2 bottles of water
- Emergency contact information
- An extra pair of glasses
- Camping fork, spoon, and knife set
- A gallon size Ziploc bag of assorted gluten free snacks, such as:
Me and my hubby have one more incredibly vital thing in our snack packs:
In addition to what our kids have in their packs, between the two of us, we also have:
- A backpacking stove
- The fuel for the backpacking stove
- A backpacking cooking set (see photo below)
- Solar powered radios with chargers for phones
- USB cables (make sure you have the right cable, since so many electronics have different USB cables)
- A little cash
- Small bleach
- First Aid Kit
- Another lightweight duffel bag with all of our winter coats
- I have tampons in mine, because seriously, we don’t need any surprises like that!!!
- A couple of those little maze puzzles where you have to get the tiny silver ball to the center of the maze. Obviously, I have no idea what they’re called. They’re tiny, but they entertain everyone.
These are some of the things in our emergency kits:
It looks like a lot, but everything fits in a normal size backpack.
The one thing that we added to our kit this year was a Gluten Free Emergency Storage Kit with 120 servings from Legacy Premium Food Storage.
Adding a 120 Serving Gluten Free Entree Bucket to your long term food supply is the ideal addition to your Gluten Free Emergency Kit [More]
I am super impressed with everything in this kit. This is one of those things you hope you never have to use, but I feel good knowing it is there in case we do need it someday.
- Included Meals –
Enchilada, Beans, and Rice – 12 Servings
Loaded Baked Potato – 12 Servings
Creamy A La King – 12 Servings
Cheese and Broccoli Soup – 12 Servings
Cheesy Potato Soup – 12 Servings
Creamy Potato Soup – 12 Servings
Creamy Vegetable and Rice Soup – 12 Servings
Spicy Corn Chowder Soup – 12 Servings
Classic Chili – 12 Servings
White Bean Chili – 12 Servings
- Package Features –
120 servings of 9 different Gluten Free entrees
Average of 320 calories per serving
Manufactured in controlled setting with strict cross contamination measures to protect you
Simple to prepare – Just add water!
25 year shelf life
Made in the USA
100% Certified GMO Free
Lowest Cost per Serving and Calorie in the Food Storage Industry
No MSG, No Trans Fat, Low in Fat, No Cholesterol, Good Source of Fiber, and Gluten Free
Meals come packaged in 4-serving Mylar pouches with an Oxygen Absorber and a Nitrogen Flush
Mylar pouches stored in a stackable, heavy-duty, BPA-free plastic bucket
I wish I could say “I’m ready for the snow. Bring it Winter!!” But even if I’m not a huge fan of winter, and I’ll never be mentally ready for it, at least I feel good knowing that we are, at the very least, prepared.