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Survival Kit Refill Items

Restock the contents of your emergency backpack or survival kit.  It is best practice to examine the contents of your survival backpack or kit each year.  Determine if anything has expired or may need replacing.  Here you can quickly identify common refill items for your emergency kit.

Survival & Preparation Guidelines:

Food - The minimum daily food requirement for adults is 1200 calories.  There are a lot of factors that could make your personal daily caloric requirement much greater.  Body size, gender, level of activity, etc.  The food you store should be non-perishable.  Peanut butter, cereals, protein bars, & dried fruit work great.  Ready to eat items like canned meats, soups, and vegetables are a great option for some variety.  It is also essential to remember things like infant formula (even if you don't have a baby but nearby friends or loved ones do) and pet food, 

Select foods you and your family actually like, especially if you have younger kids.  Undesirable food would add unnecessary stress to any emergency, disaster, or quarantine.  Many experts advise that your emergency food supply be made up of non-thirst inducing items (doesn't make you thirsty).  This is good advice, you don't want to go through your limited freshwater supply but it may not be practical.  The better option would be to ensure you have plenty of water available.  If this is a concern then check out the SOS Emergency Food Bars,  

Water - 1 gallon of water per person per each day.  This is the recommended amount of clean water to have stored for an emergency.  This will cover the hydration needs for one individual as well as provide enough h20 for sanitation and cooking.  


Your individual situation may call for more water.  Consider factors like climate, health, age, activity level.  It is important that even when water is limited to drink what you need.  Store-bought pre-bottled or packaged water can have an expiration date.  Be sure to rotate your stores as necessary.  For long term solutions, you should invest in water purification and filtering methods that are safe and reliable.  This includes filtration straws, chlorine, boiling, distillation, bleach, and many specific water purification products.

Weather - Tents, ponchos, emergency blankets, and other forms of weather protection don’t necessarily have an expiration date, but they should be checked annually to ensure they are in good condition.  These types of items tend to be used more regularly for non-emergency/survival events such as camping, hiking, or other outdoor activities.  If you are “borrowing” these items from your survival kit for occasional use then you need to make sure you are replacing them.  The best practice is to keep the emergency kit untouched unless it is an emergency and buy extra ponchos, tents, hand warmers, etc, for your non-emergency use.  This will ensure that your kit is ready 24/7 and you don’t forget to replace the items you “borrowed”.

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