Classes are coming back in – believe me – I know. It’s time for rooting through closets for a favorite pair of shoes, ordering that last batch of textbooks, and … “prepping?”
Now, whether you are the parent watching your kids drive away for their first semester of college, or whether you’re the actual college student doing the packing/cramming/driving, it’s important to be prepared for a disaster on-campus. It can happen anywhere, and you don’t want your college kid to be trapped in a dorm room without any emergency supplies!
Instead, get your loved ones ready for disaster with an Emergency Dorm Room Stockpile kit. No, we’re not selling it – this is something you can put together yourself easy as pie!
Dorm Room Stockpile Kit
First, go to a nearby department store and buy two or three under-bed hard plastic storage containers. They’re only a few dollars each, and investing in these is a good choice, in case of emergencies. You need to go to Target for another box of tissues anyway – Moms are prepared for anything, even the ‘I’m going to miss my baby!’ tears, right?
Once you’ve collected all of the items listed below, just pop ’em into the under-bed containers, and slide them underneath the dorm bed, or stuff them in the closet.
Food in a Dorm Room Emergency Kit
WARNING: As with a Bug-Out bag, don’t stockpile perishable food items! Instead, use energy bars, dehydrated fruit and (low salt) jerky, unsalted nuts, crackers, and canned foods. Remember to refresh the foods in the emergency kit every semester, to avoid expired food items. Don’t forget a can opener, if you have canned food in the kit!
Water: How Much Does He Need?
According to Ready.gov, one gallon per day for a minimum of three days is a good supply of water. Three gallon jugs can be huge though, and your college-bound young adult probably won’t be able to fit them in the underbed containers. Alternatively, the kids can cram the jugs in the dorm closet, or look for smaller jugs to slide under the bed instead.