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72-Hour Emergency Kit in a Milk Carton
A Milk Carton - Pop Bottel Emergency Survival KitA Milk Carton / Pop Bottle Emergency Survival Kit

Using a standard 2 liter (1/2 gallon) milk carton and a 2 liter pop bottle, it is possible to create a simple, inexpensive emergency supply kit incorporating enough food and water to meet the needs of one individual for 72 hours. Construct one for each member of your family.

Article contributed by Elsei M. Palmer

Materials Needed

1 two-liter pop container (any brand will do) or 1 two-liter spring water bottle (non-sparkling)
1 half gallon (two-liter) milk carton (cardboard)
Kit contents as described below
Food Contents and Menu labels
Duct Tape
Stapler
Scissors
Kit Assembly
Suggested Contents Assembly Instructions
  • 2 pkgs. chewing gum
  • 2 plgs. hot chocolate mix
  • 1 1/2 cups trail mix
  • 2 sticks beef jerky
  • 2 pkgs. apple cider mix
  • 1 small can apple juice
  • 4 granola or emergency food bars
  • 14 pieces hard candy
  • 2 fruit rolls
  • 3 pkgs. soda crackers
  • 1 can hearty soup or 1 pkg. dehydrated soup mix
  • 2 small instant soup mix packets
  • 1 two-liter pop container filled with water or 1 two-liter container of bottled water
  1. Wash and dry milk catrons completely. Put all cans into the cartons first, then add the drink and soup packets diagonally.  Stuff the granola bars, gum, jerky, trail mix and fruit rolls in around the cans. (This packing requires some time, but it does work) The candy can be strewn throughout the caton, filling any small gaps. Tuck the gum into gaps or wedges wherever it will fit. (The crackers will probably be crushed, but xince they are included to be eaten with the soup, it won't matter.)
  2. When the carton is packed full (and it will be a very tight fit), staple the top of the carton shut. It's easiest to have someone hold the top shut while you staple it. Next, tape the top with duct tape, and then strap the water filled pop bottle to the carton with the duct tape.  Tape both  a contents list and menu to each carton and record the assmbly date.
  3. Your kit is now completed.  List the assembly date and rotate the kits eveyr two years so that the food retains its nutritional value and remains fresh.


Menu

DAY 1 Breakfast 2 granola bars
1 can apple juice
Lunch 1 package soup mix
1package soda crackers
Dinner 1 stick beef jerky
1 fruit roll
Snacks 4 pieces candy
3 sticks gum
DAY 2 Breakfast 3/4 cup trail mix
1 package hot chocolate
Lunch 1 stick beef jerky
1 apple cider mix
Dinner  1 can soup
1 package soda crackers
Snacks 5 pieces candy
3 sticks gum
DAY 3 Breakfast 3/4 cup trail mix
1 package hot chocolate
Lunch 1 package soup mix
1 package soda crackers
Dinner 2 granola bars
1 fruit roll
1 package hot chocolate
Snacks 4 pieces candy
3 sticks gum

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