An inexpensive option for smaller kits. Heavy-duty, waterproof drawstring backpack with Portland Earthquake Kits logo, thick string, size 15.75″ by 11.8″. This bag is small enough to fit under a car seat, or in a desk drawer, or in a larger commuter bag.
If you upgrade to a bigger backpack later, you can stow this as an extra bag for things you want to bring with you from the office, or store under your bed as a bedroom bag.
Stainless Steel Cup
16 oz stainless steel cup for heating food or water for hot drinks, with folding insulated handles for ease of use. Sized to hold 2 standard mugs of coffee/tea or soup packets for two people, or for heating up a can of chili, soup, etc. With a 4.25 inch base and a height of 4 inches, this cup won’t tip over easily on a small portable stove, such as our pocket stoves. One nice thing about these cups is that a water bottle can fit inside, so that it takes up no space in your bag.
Mini pocket stove
The simplest, cheapest, and most reliable option for heating food. No moving parts, no experience necessary. Simply open the stove, place one of the fuel tablets on the tray, and light with a lighter. We looked at other portable stoves, but for an emergency bag you will probably only need to use the stove for a short period of time, so we don’t recommend purchasing something expensive if you don’t already own a camp stove.
The mini pocket stove works with hexamine fuel tablets (also available on this site). For each tablet, the flame burns for approximately 10 minutes, hot enough to boil 16 oz of water in December in Portland with no lid (tested). It should be used outdoors, always attended, and never near flammable materials. Remember, fires are a big deal after an earthquake as there may not be any running water, so extra precautions should be taken.
Fuel Tablets (For use with Mini-Stove)
Comes in a box of 8 tablets for use with the Mini-Stove. With these tablets, the Mini-Stove, and a handy Bic Lighter, you’ll be able to heat liquid and food in an emergency situation where the power might be out.
Simple metal spoon to accompany our mini-stove, cup, and pot. While a plastic spoon may be lighter, you may want something durable enough to stir canned food, and it’s nicer to eat with.
2 Lightweight Cups
If you have a stove and anticipate heating up water for hot drinks or soup, you will want a cup, as a steel pot will be too hot to drink out of. These eco-friendly cups are made out of wheat straw, which is durable, dishwasher safe, and very light. It will easily fit into one of our bags, and should be sturdy enough for any food type, and to withstand being packed around.
Bic lighter for use with our mini-stove and a necessity for heating food & liquid.
Starbucks Coffee Packets (4)
4 instant coffee packets, Pike Place roast. Simply add to hot water. Imagine how nice it would be to be able to prepare a nice, hot cup of coffee after a disaster? Many of us rely on coffee every day, and having to go without would be very frustrating. It’s these little luxuries that will make a difference. Remember, it’s not about survival, it’s about comfort.
Coffee Mate Creamer Packets (8)
8 dry, powdered coffee creamer packets. Simply tear and add to coffee or tea.
Sugar Packets (8)
8 individual sugar packets. Simply tear and add to coffee or tea.