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THE STORY OF ONE MAN'S EFFORT
TO BUILD A TEARDROP TRAILER

 
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72-HOUR EMERGENCY KIT

I've taught the use of “72-hour emergency kits” for 30 years. A 72-hour-emergency kit has the basics of what you need to survive for 72 hours in an emergency. (Contents of my basic 72-hour kit, refined and downsized over 30 years, are at the end of this section.) Hurricanes Katrina and Rita taught me what to expect if I left home, became a refugee, and had to depend on others to take care of me.  (FYI, I live in Texas, not Louisiana, but our town hosted refugees.) Most of the refugees counted themselves lucky to get out with the shirts on their backs. As a refugee on the road, I would hope to find a camping spot before I ran out of gas.  I’d hope to find a safe place to sleep where no criminal elements would bother me.  However, I’d be at the mercy of other refugees, most of whom I don't know. That’s true even in a government shelter like the SuperDome. The difference is that I would have to give up any weapons I was carrying BEFORE I joined the other refugees AND criminal elements in the shelter. So for me, government shelters are the last resort.

STAY HOME WITH YOUR BUG-OUT TRAILER!
My primary use for the Crocodile Tear teardrop trailer is a “bug-out” trailer if I have to leave my home in a disaster. This little trailer has great potential as a bug-out rig during an emergency – but in a real disaster, my little Crocodile Tear trailer is a plum ready to be plucked! Recently I began preparations to stay in my home during an emergency. Having a little trailer like the Crocodile Tear as a temporary shelter is a simpler answer than trying to heat a house without electricity, etc. 
My best bet would be to park the Crocodile Tear in the garage and STAY THERE
This would place me next to all the resources available in my home. I could probably use the toilet in the house instead of the porta-potty. I can cook in my little trailer better than in a house that no longer has electricity. I have more food and clothing available in the house. I know who my neighbors are, and I can holler for help if necessary. The point is that I don’t have to evacuate in a disaster just because I have a “bug-out” trailer. It makes more sense to STAY HOME and use the trailer there.

IF YOU HAVE TO EVACUATE WITH YOUR TRAILER
The things you need for survival are:
1 – Drinkable water, 1 gallon per person per day. Carry extra water in the trailer, and buy a water purification kit and practice using it. DRINKING WATER IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ITEM!
2 – Shelter, which your teardrop trailer provides.
3 – Fire, which your teardrop galley provides -- the propane stove for cooking.
4 – Signal, which can be plastic whistles, smoke, a CB radio, etc.
5 – A First-Aid kit, some tools, and spare eyeglasses and prescriptions if you need them.
6 – Toilet paper in a waterproof plastic bag. You know it’s going to be a bad day when you discover your toilet paper is soaked.
Your teardrop trailer allows you to bring things along that, while not necessary for survival, make life more comfortable:
1 – Personal Hygiene, including a porta-potty and water for cooking and washing dishes.
2 – Eating Utensils, including pots and pans for cooking and plates and silverware for eating.
3 – Overnight Kits, including everything from toothbrushes and soap to cosmetics.
4 – A transistor radio or a TV and a battery to power it. You can learn more about the disaster.
5 – Food for 3 days or more.
6 – Cartage, a way to carry all of the above.

IF YOU HAVE TO EVACUATE WITHOUT YOUR TRAILER
The ESSENTIAL ITEMS (marked with an “E” below) can be carried in a fanny pack that straps around your waist. That’s everything except the 3 gallons of water per person for 3 days. It weighs 8 pounds per gallon, and you have to bring it with you. To carry 3 gallons of water for one person, four 3-liter soda pop bottles fit in a backpack. Weight: 24 pounds + containers. To carry 6 gallons of water for two persons, get a plastic Aquatainer water jug from Wal-Mart and tow it on a golf club cart or in a little kid’s wagon (an extended handle is nice). Weight: 48 pounds + containers. To carry 12 gallons of water for four persons, tow it in a big kid’s wagon or on an industrial wagon. Weight: 96 pounds + containers. If you need a wagon to haul your water, you can add OPTIONAL ITEMS (marked with an “O” below). AFTER you have added the Optional Items from Container 2 to your wagon, it’s time to consider adding enough FOOD for 3 days. I don’t know about you, but the spare tire I’m carrying around my midriff would keep me going for at least three days. If yours would keep you going longer than that, don’t boast! You don’t need to bring food along unless you have kids, elderly people, or sick people along. I can’t stress enough that you need to modify the contents of the 72-hour kit below to fit the basic needs of your own family. The contents of this kit are for two reasonably healthy adults in reasonably good weather. This kit would only be used if your home was uninhabitable, and you had no choice but to leave. It has taken us 30 years to get the size of this 72-Hour Kit down this small. It took a truck to carry our first kit! But you can walk for miles with this 72-Hour Kit. Every ounce you add will make that walk more difficult! Feel free to copy and distribute the contents of our 72-Hour Kit. I tested it, and it works. I do not market or sell these kits, so this isn’t a come-on for a sales pitch. Make your own 72-hour kit. You can find all the things you need in a sporting goods store, drugstore, and grocery store. I found the 7-gallon Aquatainer water jug in the camping section of WalMart.



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