72 Hour Kit

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72 Hour Kits
 
*PRINTABLE 72 Hour Kit Lists HERE
*PRINTABLE Emergency Evacuation Plan HERE
 
72 hour kits can be very simple (I made one once that fit entirely into a #10 can) or very complex (I knew a lady who’s 72 hour kits took up 10 feet of her garage). I prefer to find some middle ground. Each member of my family has a back pack; we also have an emergency toilet and an emergency kitchen. All of which are packed and ready to go at all times. I figure there will always be something you wish you would have packed as well as there being something that you really didn’t need. That’s okay, we can’t possibly know what type of disaster awaits us but one thing we will be grateful for and that is that we had SOMETHING prepared!
 
My adult sized backpack look like this:
 

 
 
Inside it has a 3 day supply of food, 1 1/2 gallons of water, and a bag of treats:
 
 
 
There are also some emergency essentials, including a first aid kit:
 
 
 
And some personal care items complete with clothing and personal hygiene products.
 
 
 
My child size backpacks look like this:

 
 
This pack also includes a 3 day supply of food, 1 gallon of water, and a bag of treats:
 
 
Along with personal care items and clothing (yes, cloth diapers will be much more practical in a situation requiring a 72 hour kit!):

 
And a few comfort toys:
 
 
 
My Mom gave everyone she knew a portable emergency toilet for Christmas a few years ago (I know, don’t you wish YOU were her friend?). She called the toilet a “Groover” because of the grove that was sure to appear on your back side after doing your business on a 5 gallon bucket.
 

 
The bucket is complete with latex gloves, paper towels, hand sanitizer, 10 “business” bags, rags, toilet paper and Clorox.

 
I used an extra Groover toilet and converted it into a portable emergency Kitchen.

 
My emergency kitchen contains Clorox, plastic utensils, latex gloves, rags, plastic storage containers with lids (to be used as dishes), cups, knifes, 8 Kool-aid packets (with sugar), a dog dish and a bag of dog food.

 
I also keep a new tarp with my 72 hour kits to be used as a makeshift shelter or ground cover if needed.

 
My family’s backpacks, kitchen, Groover, and tarp are all kept in my storage room with a copy of my Payne Family Evacuation Plan taped to the wall above.

 
 
In addition to the items listed above I also have in my personal backpack a large stack of important documents including, insurance numbers, birth certificates, SS #’s, and a CD of family pictures.
 
The most difficult part of 72 hour preparedness is maintenance. To help with this task I packed clothing a size or two larger in my kids packs than what they currently wear. I also only change out the food about every 2 years. I figure if we are hungry we won’t care if the food is a bit stale.
 
Following is a list of items your 72 hour kit should contain. I have found many different food options including MRE’s etc, but I like this food plan because it is so simple and it fits into a large ziptop bag. There are also many variations and options for the other things on the list, use your best judgment and add the things that will work best for your family. My pack and my husband’s packs are much larger than my kids. The kids only have food, clothing, and toys to worry about since many of the other items can be shared (this also means the packs weigh much less so the kids can carry them AND it leaves extra space for transporting other items if necessary).
FOOD
 
Menu
Day 1:
Breakfast
1 Hot Cocoa
1 Oatmeal
Lunch
1 Can Soup
1 Drink Mix
Dinner
1 Can Tuna
Crackers
Granola Bar
Day 2:
1 Hot Cider
1 Oatmeal
Jerky
1 Can of Fruit
1 Drink Mix
1 Can Soup
1 Can Fruit
Day 3:
1 Hot Cocoa
1 Oatmeal
1 Can Tuna
Crackers
1 Granola Bar
1 Drink Mix
1 Can Soup
1 Can Fruit
Fruit snacks, hard candy, and gum for every day.
 
Other Food Items to supplement the Menu (optional):
MRE’s
Dried Fruit
Raisins/nuts
Instant Pudding
Energy Bars
Trail Mix
Canned Meat
Candy Bars
Freeze Dried Meals
Instant Rice/Potatoes
 
Water
Ideally your 72 hour pack will have 1 gallon of water per day. However, unless you are sure to have access to a vehicle of some sort this isn’t very probable, so most 72 hour kits recommend at least 2 quarts of water per person per day. Survival on such a low amount of water will take some effort. Water should be used ONLY for eating and drinking unless you have another reliable source.
Clothing/Bedding
 
Blankets/ Sleeping Bags.
Insulation (keeping your body away from the ground): plastic ground cloth, tarp, etc.
One change of clothing: should be warm, easy to work in, and comfortable. Wool clothing is best as it can keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Good shoes, a change of socks and a jacket are a MUST!
 
Important Documents
Copies of:
Birth Certificates
Passports/ID
Medical Insurance
Car Insurance
Credit Card numbers
Digital Family Photos
Financial Documents
Deeds and Titles
Cash money in small bills
 

Survival Supplies
 
Prescription Medication
Flashlight
Garbage Bag
First Aid Kit
Waterproof Matches
Flares
Nylon Rope
Leather Gloves
Toilet Paper
Candles
Whistle
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Hand Soap
Multi-purpose tool
AM/FM Radio
Water Purification Tablets
Personal Hygiene items
First Aid Book
Fire Starters

Entertainment/Comfort
Books
Balls
Games
Stuffed Animals
Journal
Camera
Coloring Books
Religious resources
 
 
 Although these lists look long and a bit daunting you can complete your 72 hour kits with one quick trip to the store and a very small storage space. I promise, you will be glad to know you have SOMETHING in case of an emergency!

Nitro-Pak--The Emergency Preparedness Leader

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Thanks for this =) When I start having some sort of income of my own I will do this for sure!

By Cat (not verified)

creative idea! :-) I"ll follow this

I love this list! You can scan scrapbooks/documents as a backup. Kinkos or Staples are great for putting big jobs on a disc or thumb drive.

By Joyce (not verified)

Yes, I love the idea of scanning document (especially scrapbooks) for electronic storage.

By jayme

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