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tradersaurus, Mar 2, 6:06am
bump because this is a fantastic thread :)


blueskyday, Mar 2, 7:53pm
We have added a thermette to our kit. A thermette heats up water with a minimum amount of fuel.I figure that with a thermette I can have hot drinks, hot water to add to noodles etc and hot water for hotties.Do a search and you will be amazed at how brillant thermettes are - try youtube. Got both of mine off trademe - old dungers but perfect for meeting the need.Gas is fine but eventually the gas will run out.There will always be twigs etc for thermettes.And everyone has been amazed at the amount of time it takes to boil water (in bulk) if it NEEDS to be boiled for health's sake.I thoroughly recommend thermettes.

blueskyday, Mar 2, 7:56pm
and on the subject of cash, I recommend several hundred dollars hidden in various places.After Feb cash was needed and we did not have much then. We learnt the hard way.

blueskyday, Mar 2, 7:57pm
and add a couple of those emergency blankets things.(I think that this is important especially if you have kids or someone in shock).

sheeprus, Mar 2, 8:06pm
Also, put a fw bars of chocolate in thier for emergency energy if required.

cozzz, Mar 3, 10:11am
2 dollar shops in Nth Island have dynamo torches - had a pile sent down and we have one in every bedroom doorway and extras about the place. these are great we had them in Feb and they charged easy and lasted for ages.

starry7, Mar 3, 10:17am
Great thread. gotta get me one of those dynamo torches, got most every thing else needed !

kelsta2, Mar 3, 10:22am
whoah what an old thread! and i said a naughty word in it!

littlepanda1, Mar 3, 10:33am
FOOD: Have plenty of food that dosn't need water to rehydrate or mix in. Muesli bars, crackers, marmite, peanutbutter, Up n Go. Keep a spare carrier bag in your pantry so you can chuck a few more things in if there is time. And loads of chocolate for medicinal purposes only.

bananna15, Mar 3, 10:55am
Ive put liquid stock in mine, the campbells chicken stock and vege stock in various sizes.This is great to use instead of water for cooking and makes emergency kit meals more exciting.adds flavour to rice and pasta.makes boiled potatoes or mash more interesting, and saves on your bottled water!

pshark, Mar 3, 8:13pm
I alway's full my flask's in the morning incase we need them, instant hot drinks :) also string and rope came in handy for the Feb quake, kid's games, gumboot's, a solar shower, and my chemical loo no more long drop's for us lol.4

arcticus, Mar 3, 8:15pm
I tried that but I ate it when I was hungry.

blackcats13, Mar 3, 8:17pm
Hot water bottles,if its winter and its cold,you can heat water and keep warm with a hottie.

Dont forget Tea bags & coffee,and powdered milk ,duno how many people I know ran out of coffee during Feb quake and couldnt get to shops

fergus14, Mar 3, 8:29pm
We bought a Campo-matic It opens out to a complete double bedroom within seconds and its fun for random camping.

aimeelouwhite, Mar 3, 8:45pm
Meds!.panty liners. if you can't change your underwear at least you can change that and feel fresher!A large pot and buckets and rubbish bags. Definitely baby wipes even if you don't have a baby. they are a quick shower in a packet!Solar powered lights from the garden are great too!safer than candles!Make sure your kit is somewere you can get to it. eg not in the garage if it is likely to be inaccessible because of things falling, walls caving or liquefaction. somewhere safe outside is great!WE also have small back pack kits in our vehicles with the basics. hats, survival blankets, a tarp, muesli bars, water, water purification tabs, toilet paper, meds, sanitary needs, phone numbers (for when you phone dies)rubbish bags - which can double as waterproof jackets if need be, cash, first aid, picnic blanket ,dymo torch etc(amazing what you can fit in an old kids school back pack)

aimeelouwhite, Mar 3, 8:45pm
Meds!.panty liners. if you can't change your underwear at least you can change that and feel fresher!A large pot and buckets and rubbish bags. Definitely baby wipes even if you don't have a baby. they are a quick shower in a packet!Solar powered lights from the garden are great too!safer than candles!Make sure your kit is somewere you can get to it. eg not in the garage if it is likely to be inaccessible because of things falling, walls caving or liquefaction. somewhere safe outside is great!WE also have small back pack kits in our vehicles with the basics. hats, survival blankets, a tarp, muesli bars, water, water purification tabs, toilet paper, meds, sanitary needs, phone numbers (for when you phone dies)rubbish bags - which can double as waterproof jackets if need be, cash, first aid, picnic blanket (amazing what you can fit in an old kids school back pack)

ldbaqbeak, Mar 3, 9:14pm
more wet wipes than you could possibly imagine! we went through hundreds after sept and feb. they became a shower in a packet, and are also ideal for handwashing before food prep or eating. they also clean the surfaces you work on.
store some longlife milk in your garage. it was impossible to buy milk for a few days.
panadol.
keep your bbq gas bottle topped up - this could be your only means of cooking.
might sound stupid, but get some of that shampoo you use on dry hair. in the days after a disaster you feel mentally stressed and emotionally sick, physically filthy & gross, so at least being able to make yourself feel clean does give you a mental lift. the hygiene thing is so difficult - i had to run through raw sewerage to get to my kids and then had no running water to wash!
hand santizer. heaps of it. far more than you think reasonable.

starry7, Mar 3, 10:58pm
Followed this thread and now have all supplies suggested. ummm all i need now is a 4 bedroomed mobile home to store the stuff !

guardy, Mar 4, 3:10am
We have young children and my lesson from the Sept quake was to have a 'lantern' type torch as well as a normal one (Kathmandu have great ones)It feels much better if you can at least see each other if you are up in the middle of the night during aftershocks!

fostey1, Mar 4, 3:33am
I have a fist aid kit in the house which I would be able to grab along with spare water and dried dog food for my boy, bbq outside, sleeping bag and chemical toilet in garage. In my kit is in the car in a waterproof clear plastic bag: blankets in car along with solar lights, radio, torch, plastic bags, tea, coffee, sugar satchets, klennex wipes, sanitizer, spare jersey, socks, muesli bar, pen, paper, deck of cards, panadols and small bottle of shampoo & soap and copies of passport, berth cert.

blueskyday, Mar 4, 3:33am
Yes, I agree re more hand sanitiser than you can imagine.After Feb we went through a barrel load when we were cleaning up our home.My kitchen had about a foot deep of muck, which took us a whole day to clean up.We had no running water for about 6 weeks, so hand sanitiser was critical.You need one hand sanitiser by the kitchen stuff and one by the toilet potty.

nzoomed, Mar 4, 3:40am
+1
Good when camping, we found the only fuel required was sticks!
boils water fast and holds a good volume, make sure you keep plenty of spare matches and newspaper with it.

jcmp21, Mar 4, 3:55am
CD's and USB keys are not a recommended backup method.

malvern_scouts, Mar 4, 4:14am
This is a fantastic time to join your boys and girls up to scouts all our Scouts have their survival kits ready with all the families on board as well what is the scout motto "be prepared" Scouting NZ has been absolutely blown away by youth enrolment over the past 15 months, in Canterbury our group has grown heaps over the past year!

angel4010, Mar 4, 4:22am
And one or two coldies. :)LOL

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