It is wise to carry a few fire starting options in the 72 hour kit. I know personally that waterproof matches can be kind of temperamental when you try to strike them and it could take a few to actually get anything lit. We have a few inexpensive cigarette lighters in there too and my husband wants to buy a nice zippo to have around. While we were shopping the other day, we decided to pick up a flint and steel from the camping department. It's the kind that comes with some magnesium stuff that you carve off and it's supposed to ignite easily. We want to try it out, but we have to wait till things dry out a bit to light a campfire in the pit.
Also important to remember is something that catches fire easily. You can't just hold a match to a log and expect it to burst into a roaring fire and sometimes things are a bit too damp to use what is around you. Some old newspaper is easy to pack or toilet paper can work too, although it doesn't always burn great. Make sure it's held in something that will keep it dry. There are also other options such as these fire starters made from dryer lint and egg cartons.
During our last shopping trip, we had some fun in the camping area. If I could find the camera, I would take a picture for you, but it has disappeared along with one of the baby's shoes. I'll link up to pictures instead. In addition to the flint and steel, we bought a little camp stove. Very little, but for emergencies and little pack trips that I send the boys on, it will work great. It can also serve as a heat source in a small area, if it is so needed, although you should probably have good ventilation. We also bought a little mess kit. We figured a stove wouldn't do much good without a little pot to sit on it.
To top off the week of shelter and warmth, we bought a tent. We have been watching the online classifieds for a good deal and we found one this week. It's not huge, but I didn't want it to be. We need to be able to carry it on our backs if needed. Like when I send the boys on that pack trip next month.
All in all, it was a pretty good week for us, in the preparedness area. I'm linking up to Homestead Revival for the Preparedness Challenge.
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