I added a handfull of plastic spoons, a book of matches and a can opener from spare items in the house. All the food and Aspirin have expiration dates in late 2008. The spare batteries expire in 2011. While my backpacks are more elaborate, to include more water, food, tents and communications and weapons, I wanted to see how inexpensive a 72 hour kit could be. Let's get some input on building a survival kit, here. I'm giving this one to the receptionist at my work. Ric I shopped at 2 stores. If I shopped a few more Dollar stores, I'm sure there would have been a larger backpack. The "Kid Size" held more than I expected: Here's the items laid out. Small Kid's Backpack, Fleece 50"X60" Throw, 12 16.9 ounce bottles of water, Hand Sanitizer, Aspirin, First Aid Kit, Radio/Flashlight, Toothbrush/Toothpaste, Lip Balm Sticks, Alkaline Batteries, 6 cans of various Soup, 3 cans of Spicy Tuna & 2 cans of Peanuts: I tested the Flashlight Radio & then removed the batteries so they would not leak. Reception is very good on stations up to 30 miles: First Aid Kit Contents: The small Child's Backpack holds most of the items. I'll quadruple plastic bag the rest: Prepare a Three Day Survival Kit When a disaster strikes, your community, emergency services and government agencies may not be able to respond to your needs immediately. Their buildings, equipment, personnel, communications, and mobility may be severely hampered by the event. You should be prepared to be on your own for a minimum of three days after a disaster. One of the most important elements of this preparedness is the 72-hour kit. The contents of this kit will vary, but in every case it should contain the things you need to survive for three days on your own. Your kit should contain at least the following items: · Four quarts of water per person per day. This means at least twelve quarts of water per person for 72 hours. Sufficient nonperishable food for three days. Ideally, these foods will be lightweight and high in energy. If you pack canned foods, remember a can opener! Prescription and nonprescription medications. Include a spare set of glasses, if you need them. Battery powered portable radio. This may be your only source of information during a disaster. First aid kit. The small camping kits work well. Remember to get enough supplies for the number of people who may be using them. Personal hygiene items. Clothing and bedding. A spare pair of socks and a space saver blanket would be a minimum. Special items. Such as baby or pet needs, contact lens supplies, etc. Personal comfort items. Books, games, personal electronics, etc. Remember, this is only a bare bones kit. You can add things to this list that you or your family will need. Maintain and exercise your plan and 72-hour kit Keep your plans and kit current and up to date, you should go over it with each family member at least once every six months. One way to do this is to make a night of it. Pick one night to go over the plan, practice escape routes and contact procedures, call your out of area contact (they'd probably like to hear from you), change the batteries in your Smoke Alarm, and cycle the food and water in your 72 hour kit. This is a fun way to ensure that your family is prepared to react in the event of a disaster.