72 Hour Kits for Dummies

Posted by on May 23, 2010 in 72 Hour Kit, Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Water Storage | 2 comments

Making an Emergency Preparedness kit just makes sense. It is the right thing to do. It is also easy to do. So lets get started. Here is a checklist of items to store in your 72 hour kit so you can be prepared in case of an emergency. Consider making one kit per family member.

Food and Water
(A three day supply of food and water, per person, when no refrigeration or cooking is available)
• Water (1 Gallon/4 Liters Per Person)
• Protein/Granola Bars
• Trail Mix/Dried Fruit/Plenty of nuts
• Crackers (Multi-Grain are great as a bread substitue)/Cereals
• Canned Tuna, Beans, Turkey, Beef, etc. Canned Juice

Bedding and Clothing
• Change of Clothing (short and long sleeved shirts, pants, jackets, socks, etc.) Think layers
• Undergarments
• Rain Coat and/or Poncho
• Blankets and Emergency Heat Blanks (that keep in warmth)
• Cloth Sheet
• Plastic Sheet

Fuel and Light
• Battery Lighting (Flashlights, Lamps, etc., consider the crank type which recharge by turninging a handle)
• Extra Batteries (pay attention to expiration dates)
• Flares
• Candles
• Lighter
• Water-Proof Matches

• Can Opener (manual)
• Dishes/Utensils
• Shovel
• Radio (with batteries!)
• Pen and Paper
• Axe
• Pocket Knife
• Rope
• Duct Tape

Personal Supplies and Medication
• Prescription Medication (for 3 days)
• Toiletries (roll of toilet paper- remove the center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag, feminine hygiene, folding brush, etc.)
• Cleaning Supplies (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc. Warning: Scented soap might “flavor” food items.)
• Immunizations Up-to Date
• Medication (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, children’s medication etc.)
• First Aid Kit (some stores, walk-in or on-line, have ready to use kits)

Personal Documents and Money
(Place these items in a waterproof container)
• Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts, etc)
• Insurance Policies
• Cash
• Credit Card
• Pre-Paid Phone Cards

• Bag(s) to put 72 Hour Kit items in (such as duffel bags or back packs, which work great) Make sure you can lift/carry it!
• Infant Needs (if applicable)

1. Update your 72 Hour Kit every six months (put a note in your calendar/planner) to make sure that: all food, water, and medication is fresh and has not expired; clothing fits; personal documents and credit cards are up to date; and batteries are charged.
2. Small toys/games may be important too as they will provide some comfort and entertainment during a stressful time. Playing cards, something to draw on and with, puzzles, etc.
3. Older children can be responsible for their own pack of items/clothes too.
4. You can include any other items in your 72 Hour Kit that you feel are necessary for your family’s survival.

Some items and/or flavors might leak, melt, “flavor” other items, or break open. Dividing groups of items into individual Ziploc bags might help prevent this.

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