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72 Hour Survival Kits

72 Hour Survival Kits

Make Your Own 72 Hour Survival Kits Fast

This list is minimal. A good place to start. It’s made to help you start thinking about what your needs would be if you are surprised by disaster. Some people suggest having three 72 hour survival kits: one for work, one for home and one for your car.

Per Person

Water – 9 gallons or 3 gallons a day per person

Water purification tablets

2 large containers for holding and purifying water

72 Hour Kits

72 hours of food minimum:

Trail Mix

Dried Fruits

Granola / Granola Bars

Canned fruits, veggies, soups, and drinks

Peanut Butter

Crackers

Instant Coffee

Tea Bags

Powdered Milk

Can Opener

Paper Plates and cups

Plastic utensils

Napkins or Paper towels

Ziploc Bags

First aid kit

Soap

Shampoo

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Comb or hairbrush

Deodorant

Baby wipes (for bathing, when needed)

Tampons (for females)

Emergency phone numbers and addresses

Important files all in one place (so they are ready to take, if needed)

Cash ($100-200 at the very least)

Sleeping bag, blankets, pillow

Flashlight and batteries

Battery operated radio

Book

Deck of cards

Utility knife

Bleach

Large trash bags

Lighters

Spare underwear

Pencil, pen and pad

Other things to think about:

Baby formula and diapers (if needed)

Glasses and sunglasses

Coat or Jacket

Medications

Spare batteries

Pet supplies (if needed)

Work gloves and plastic gloves

Folding shovel

Camping toilet

Dust mask

Maps

Small camp stove

It’s a good idea to always keep some gas in your car.

There are some good companies who have already done a lot of the work for you. You will find some of them here:

72 Hour Kits

Car Survival Kit List

Car Survival Kit List

 

Vehicle Emergency Kits for Roadside Emergency Preparedness

This list can help in making your Earthquake Survival Kits for both, home and auto too. Some of the important items for earthquake preparedness are: dust masks, folding shovel and other gear related to digging out, first aid articles and items that will assist you in making a shelter, if needed. Consider that you might not be able to occupy your home after a bad earthquake hits.

Car Survival Kit List

Gear

First Aid Kit
Sleeping Bag, Bedroll or Blankets
Foam Pads
Flashlight (spare batteries and bulb)
Candles
Lighter
3 Light sticks (12 hour)
Mosquito Netting
Plastic Sheeting
Tube Tent
Waterproof Matches
Backpack
Canteen
Five Gallon Pail with Lid

Tools and Supplies

Emergency Food Supplies
Multi-Purpose Tool with knife, pliers, screwdrivers
Swiss Army Knife
Folding Shovel
Hatchet
Needles and Thread
100′ Nylon Rope
Roll of Duct Tape
100′ Twine/String
Vise Grips

Clothing

Complete change of clothing (consider change of seasons)
Current prescription glasses
Underwear, 2 sets
Gas Mask
Dust Masks
Rain Coat
Boots and Socks
Sunglasses
Heavy Duty Work Gloves

Communication Items

Radio (solar, hand cranked or battery powered; if battery, include extra batteries)
$200 in cash and change
Compass of good quality
Notepad
Pencil, Pen
Phone numbers and addresses of friends/family
Local Maps
Postcards, pre-addressed and stamped to friends and family
3 Signal Flares
Signal Mirror
Signal Whistle

Latrine And General Hygiene

Liquid Bleach and Eyedropper
Sponge
Surgical Gloves, three pairs (these are inexpensive and can be obtained in discount stores)
Toilet Paper, two rolls flattened
Towelettes, pre-moistened
3 Trash Bags (for human waste and trash)
Disinfectant

Personal Hygiene

Lotion
Comb and Brush
Dental Floss
Deodorant
Liquid Soap for personal washing
Pre-moistened Towelettes
Tampons/Sanitary napkins
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Shampoo
Tweezers, pointed
Wash Cloth and Towel

Miscellaneous

Ammunition, if a firearm is selected
Bible
Book for pleasure reading
Deck of Playing Cards
Firearm for Protection
Magnifying Glass
Paper Clips
Rubber Bands
Safety Pins
Survival Manual

Waterproof container with Certified copies of:
Wills
Births, deaths, marriage certificates and divorce decrees
House and life insurance policies
Inventory of valuable household items
Deeds and contracts
Stocks and bonds
Charge card account numbers and their “lost or stolen” notification numbers
Bank account numbers
Medical records including immunizations
Social Security numbers
Passports

Infant Supplies (if applicable)

*-Baby Powder
*-Blanket, spare
*-Bottles, spare
*-Diapers, disposable
*-Formula
*-Lotion
*-Pre-Moistened Towelettes
*-Teething Ring
*-Toys

Senior Care (if applicable)
*-Denture Care Items
*-Batteries, extra (for hearing aids)
*-Eye Glasses
*-Heart and/or Blood Pressure Medications and necessary Prescriptions
*-Oxygen, Portable (extra tanks and hoses if this is required)
*-Special Dietary Items
*-Warmer Clothing (generally the elderly have trouble with poor circulation and get cold easier.)

Pet Care (if applicable)

*-Food Bowl
*-Toys or Chew Bone
*-Water Bowl
*-Water (1 gallon per dog per day. 1 pint per cat)
Leash and Collar
Muzzle

72 Hour Kit List

72 Hour Kit List

Make your own 72 hour kit


A photo I took of the ice storm in December of 2008 in upstate New York. The power was out for days and it was well below freezing. Before I had my 72 hour survival kits put together.

72 Hour Emergency Kits for Survival

These are Holly Deyo’s suggestions for preparing your own 72 Hour Emergency Kits.  For more information get her book “Dare to Prepare!

Food And Water Items

One Person

Beef Jerky (very salty)
Canned Fruit Juices
Canned Meats, Vegetables and Fruits
Canned Soup, read-to-eat variety
Canned Tea and Soda Pop
Cookies
Dried Fruit
Granola, Power Bars and Trail Mix
Hard Candy and Chewing Gum
Heater Meals (this is a brand of non-refrigerated emergency food with its own heating element built in. No fires required. They are approximately US$6 each.)
Instant Coffee/Tea Bags/Whitener/Sugar
MREs (Meals Ready to Eat)
Peanut Butter and Crackers

Water, 3 gallons or 13 liters (1 gallon or 4 liters per person per day) – additional water may be needed for brushing teeth and hygiene

Manual Can Opener
Paper Plates, Plastic Eating Utensils, Disposable Cups (one each per meal plus extra cups)
Roll Paper Towels
1-Quart (1-litre) Containers with lids for purifying water, two so water can be poured back and forth to re-oxygenate
Water Purifying Tablets
Zip-loc Freezer Bags, gallon or 4 liter (1 box)
Zip-loc Freezer Bags, quart or 1 liter (1 box)
Aluminum Foil

General Supplies – 72 hour emergency kits

Camping Gear
First Aid Kit
Sleeping Bag, Bedroll, Swag or Thermal Blankets
Foam Pads to go under sleeping bag, bedroll, etc. especially for the elderly
Food and Water
Flashlight and extra batteries

Clothing
Complete change of comfortable clothing*
Current prescription glasses
Gas Mask,
Underwear, 2 sets

Communication Items
Radio (hand cranked or battery powered; if battery, include extra batteries)
Cell phone (it might work)
Note pad
Pencil, Pen
Phone numbers and addresses of friends/family
$200 in cash and change (during times of disaster, charge cards and checks can’t be verified)*

Latrine And General Hygiene
Liquid Bleach and Eyedropper (sprinkle in portable toilet to keep down bacteria and smell)
Sponge
Surgical Gloves, three pair (these are inexpensive and can be obtained in discount stores)
Toilet Paper, one roll per person
Trash Bags (three, for human waste and misc. rubbish)

Personal Hygiene
Body/Hand Lotion
Comb and Brush
Dental Floss
Deodorant
Liquid Soap for personal washing
Pre moistened Towelettes
Tampons/Sanitary napkins
Toothbrush
Toothpaste

Infant Supplies (if applicable)
Baby Powder
Blanket, spare
Bottles, spare
Diapers, disposable
Formula
Lotion
Pre-Moistened Towelettes
Teething Ring
Toys

Miscellaneous
Bible
Book for Pleasure Reading
Deck of Playing Cards and Board Games
Fire Extinguisher
Multi-Purpose Tool with knife, pliers, screwdrivers
Swiss Army Knife

Pet Care (if applicable)
Food and Food Bowl
Toys or Chew Bone
Water and Water Bowl, one gallon (4 liters) per dog per day. For a cat, it is about 1 pint.
Newspaper or litter box

Senior Care (if applicable)
Denture Care Items
Batteries, extra (for hearing aids)
Eye Glasses
Medications
Oxygen, Portable (extra tanks and hoses if this is required)
Prescriptions
Special Dietary Items
Warmer Clothing (generally the elderly have trouble with poor circulation and get cold easier.)

You are welcome to comment with your own ideas for building 72 hour kits.