I'm in... gather a few things at a time for the 72-hour pack... mode. I found two pairs of little girl panties that are kinda... baggy. Not so great for every day.... perfect for the 72-hour pack. I put a tub in the garage and I'm just heaving things into it. A perfectly good but not often worn vest and hooded sweatshirt.... in. Two rain ponchos from the camping box.... in. An old pair of tennis shoes and some socks.... in. I'm discovering a 72-hour pack is quite similar to a search and rescue pack. A whole lot of stuff in as small a space as possible.
My theory is I can buy a thing or two as I shop and have a complete kit by the end of summer.... that's my theory. I need a lot of things in multiples of 5.... whistles, flashlights, mre's..... Flashlights.... good ones.... are pricey. Whistles I'm assuming I can find in the dollar row at Target. Actually quite a bit of stuff can probably come from the dollar store.....
I realized I had no two-inch squares in my first aid kit in the car.... and they are so good for bloody noses at baseball.... so I bought some and some non-latex gloves.... thinking they would be good for the first aid kit and the 72-hour pack.
Then, as I was leaving the store, I called Elle and she informed me she, on her wild medical supply purchasing rush of 2011, bought several thousand pairs. So I will get some of hers and return mine.
And that's where I am so far on the 72-hour pack.