While doing some research on disasters in third world countries, I came across something called a Shelterbox. This is a box containing a shelter and assorted items to provide heat and cooking facilities after a disaster. The charity that provides these to third world countries figure they cost one thousand dollars each including shipping and storage.
While you cannot buy one already made up they have designed a nice compact package that would be very useful in a bug out situation or if you lost the use of your home. The box is quite compact and portable. All of the contents are readily available and with a little ingenuity could be customized to your area. The box contains the following items.
- Custom designed family tent
- Waterproof ground mats
- Thermal fleece blankets
- Mosquito nets
- Children’s activity pack
- Cooking equipment
- Tool kit
- Water containers & purification
- Warm hats and gloves
What really appeals to me about the kits is that you have everything in one box that is ready to go. Add a few boxes with food and medical supplies and you load your vehicle and leave in short order.