Well, then I watched a few too many of those earthquake videos on youtube- the ones where the people got out safely and managed to keep taking video so not even the really badly effected people:
and I realised I probably wouldn't want to be running around the house with an empty backpack thinking 'ummm, got plastic wrap... where are the paper plates???' while the house was rattling around me. Oh and my house is a lot older and less earthquake sound than the one in the video...
So today I used two huge plastic containers with sealable lids (they will double as water containers if need be) and made up our in house emergency kits with:
box 1- clothing and toiletries
*long sleeve shirt, short sleeve shirt, underpants, long pants and socks for each of us. Fleece jacket for each of the girls. The girls clothes are a size bigger than they are wearing now. It is slanted towards winter as I can always cut things down to summer size and being too cold is something I really fear.
*box of tissues (double as TP)
*package of wet wipes
*hotel toothbrush and toothpaste set x4. I know this is a bit ridiculous but I really feel better if I can brush my teeth... and anyway they hardly take up any room.
*box of tampons
*bag of large size rubbish bags- for rubbish, emergency sleeping bag for the girls? just because I think they would be handy...
box 2- kitchen and medical
*plastic wrap x4 K bought this after we watched something on TV where they were wrapping plastic wrap around their feet, around their tummies etc etc as insulation. Also wrapping it around plates and things to make them re-usable when you don't have water to wash with.
*water x4 I'm not sure about this one. It's so heavy, we have a creek in walking distance, are surrounded by wells and MIL tells me bottled water goes off anyway... but it just felt like something that should be in there...
*Meg's allergy meds. Clearly labelled in Japanese and English. I asked the doctor about the use by date on her meds and he said 'old is better than nothing'.
*Disposable bowls, cups and spoons. I was going to put all the non-breakable baby plates etc etc we have in and not buy any but K came home with this lot...
*powdered milk x2 bags. K laughed and said this is my cultural bias but I really think adding milk powder to water would make it more filling and nutritious and it has a very long shelf life (a lot of the emergency ration foods only have a few months and I'm not that organised...) and yeah, I grew up thinking milk was important...
*notebook and pencil and pencil sharpener. I dithered on pen/ pencil/ sharp pen here but I think pens gum up and stop working/ may leak... sharp pencils need leads and a pencil just seems really reliable... The notebook was for writing messages, taking down info as well as keeping the girls occupied.
*ball of string. Seemed something quite useful. Also the girls will spend hours playing cat's cradle so worth the space for that alone!
*scissors. Just seemed useful...
*ziplock bags. ditto.
*10,000 yen. Not a lot if we were evacuated for weeks but enough for a few days? Better than nothing, right? We would be in pretty good shape if we could walk to the nearest shop around here anyway. I was going to put in some change for the vending machine opposite our local evacuation centre but I remembered that we have the key for it so no money needed, right?
The car kits each have a change of clothes for each of the girls, a fleece blanket, a box of tissues, wet wipes, pencil and paper, Meg's meds and 10,000 yen. I don't want to keep food or water in there as the cars get really hot in summer and I think it would go gross. I am dithering about adding gum though.... you can chew it for a long time and it might take your mind off thirst/ hunger?
What's in your kit? What am I forgetting? What have I included that's ridiculous? I am not planning this in the most rational of mindsets and I'd love some hints!