FINAL WORD ON KITS
Remember, except for the extended car kit, your kits must be lightweight in case you have to carry them some distance. Make sure you and all members of the household can carry their pack. Practice doing so—and if you’re working with kids, the practice carry can help you know what’s appropriate for them to carry and help them understand why they can’t take every single toy or gadget they own. Integrate it into your fire evacuation procedure. Remember, these kits are made months in advance of a potential wildfire. Check them annually to ensure the contents are good. Test the flashlight, for example, to make sure it is working. You will find it necessary to replace some items over time.