72-hour kit list - VERY GOOD LIST

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Glenn's 72 hour kit


From a VERY good list I found here. I added a few items to the sanitation list and the homeland security section.

Water
* Poly canteens, 1 quart
* Sierra cup
* Water purification tablets
* Water purifier & extra filters
* Water bag, nylon
* Water bag liners, plastic
* Solar still
* Rubber surgical tubing

Food
* Personal daily rations
* Energy bars, tablets
* Trail snacks

Clothing
* Hiking boots
* Trail sneakers
* Socks
* Underclothing
* Thermal underwear
* Shirts, short sleeve
* Shirts, long sleeve
* Shorts, hiking
* Trousers, long
* Belt and buckle
* Sweater
* Down vest
* Down jacket
* Parka
* Poncho
* Gloves, leather
* Mittens, wool
* Scarf
* Balaclava
* Bandanna, large
* Hat
* Swimsuit

Shelter
* Tent
* Tent fly
* Tent poles
* Tent pegs
* Ground cloth
* Ultra light weight tarp
* Visk clamps
* Nylon line, 50 ft. 2 ea

Bedding
* Foam pad, closed cell
* Sleeping bag
* Air pillow

Cooking Equipment
* Frying pan, folding
* Cook set, nesting
* Can opener, P-38
* Eating utensil set
* Book matches, water proof
* Pack stove
* Windscreen
* Fuel bottles
* Condiments
* Salt & Pepper
* Sugar
* Flour
* Honey
* Milk, dry, instant

Clean Up
* Scouring pads, soap filled
* Sanitary tablets & dunking bag
* Dish towel

Personal Hygiene & Sanitation
* Toilet trowel
* Toilet tissue, biodegradable
* Feminine hygiene items
* Shampoo
* Comb and brush
* Eye drops
* Tooth brush & tooth paste
* Shaving gear
* Deodorant
* Soap & soap dish
* Bath towel
* 5 gallon bucket with toilet seat cover
* Garbage bags, biodegradtable
* Solid waste digestion tablets
* Dissolving toilet deodorant packets

Preventative Aid
* Foot powder
* Body powder, medicated
* Moleskins
* Chigger powder
* Mosquito repellent
* Lip balm
* Sun block
* Body powder, medicated
* Corn starch
* Hand lotion

First Aid
* Personal First Aid Kit
* Family First Aid Kit

Emergency Gear
* Signal flares, night
* Signal smoke, day
* Signal die, water
* Signal mirror
* Strobe light
* Whistle
* Space blanket
* Hand warmers

Light, Heat, Fire making
* Pack lantern
* Spare lantern mantles
* Flash light
* Spare bulb, batteries
* Candle lantern
* Spare plumbers candles
* Glow sticks
* Match safe & matches
* Magnesium block
* Magnifying glass
* Lighter
* Spare flints

Navigation
* Map case
* Maps
* Map measure
* Pedometer
* Compass
* Altimeter
* Global positioning system (GPS)

Communication
* Pocket radio, battery/solar power
* Cell phone ... or
* Two way radio: CB, GMRS, FRS
* Spare NiCad batteries
* Solar battery charger

Tools and Repair Kits
* Leatherman.Gerber tool
* Sven saw
* Hatchet/Boys axe w/sheath
* 8 inch mill file
* Spare parts: pack, stove, lantern
* Tent/ Pack patch kit: ripstop tape
* Copper wire, spool

Personal Items
* Camera, lenses, flash and film
* Binoculars
* Swiss Pocket knife
* Sharpening stones and oil
* Wallet
* Extra house and car keys
* Copy of important papers such as titles etc.
* Change for pay phones
* Handkerchief
* Watch
* Sun & prescription glasses
* Pencil and note pad
* Scriptures

Fishing Equipment
* Pack rod case
* Pack rod, spin -fly combination
* Ultra lite spinning reel
* Ultra lite fly reel
* 15 lb test Spiderwire monofilament
* 7DTF fly line
* Fly line leaders, various lb test
* Tackle boxes, small double sided (2)
* Hooks, size 8, 10, 12
* Fly assortment
* Sinkers, split shot
* Spinners
* Spoons
* Small plugs, poppers, bugs
* Fanny Pack.

Pack and Pack Frame
* Pack
* Frame
* Clevis pins
* Stuff bags
* Compression straps
* Plastic garbage bags
* Twist ties / plastic zip ties

Clothing Maintenance and Repair
* Sewing Kit
* Spare shoelaces
* Biodegradable detergent
* Woolite
* Small scrub brush
* Clothes pins

Homeland Security
* Duct tape
* Air mask
* Heavyweight plastic garbage bags or plastic sheeting

CHILDREN'S SURVIVAL KIT


Children's emotional well-being during an emergency may depend on being able to keep busy with games. Here are some ideas from a post at Stanford.edu's website Store these items in water proof containers. A plastic bucket is ideal for this. Make it accessible to your emergency kits.

Suggested Items:

01. Scriptures
02. Books & Magazines
03. Paper, Coloring Books, and Activity Books
04. Felt Tip Markers, Colored Pencils, Scissors
05. Games
06. Small toys
07. Any Hard Candy
08. Children's Vitamins, Pain-Reliever, Cold Remedies, Band Aids, and First-Aid Cream
09. Creative Game List
10. String
11. Clothespins
12. Feather
13. Straws
14. Wooden Blocks
15. Marbles
16. Metal Washers

CREATIVE GAME LIST
This is a list of games that children can play out of everyday items.

Clothespins -
01. Drop in a bottle
02. Pitch at a target
03. Clothesline relay

Wooden Blocks -
01. Print letters on cubes. Roll cubes to spell words.
First one to complete 10 words wins.

Marbles -
01. Roll them at a target
02. Toss them in a box
03. Old Fashioned Marble Game

Metal Washers -
01. Toss them into numbered cups.

Paper Cups -
01. Tossing Games
02. Blowing Relay
03. Telephone

Paper Plates -
01. Toss through a wire coat hanger

Straws -
01. Marble Blow Relay
02. Bean Relay

Spoons -
01. Carry Ball
02. Flip Beans at target
03. Carry Cotton Balls

Feathers -
01. Feather Volleyball: blow feather over string or net
02. Toss them at a target
03. Blow them over the line relay

More notes on 72 hour kits


1. Store water. Many times after a disaster the safety of the water supply is in doubt. Having water on hand can be critically important.

2. Don't forget food in the freezer. Because the electricity was out and freezers defrosted, many families had more food (for the short term) than they could use. Neighbors got together to barbecue steaks that thawed. Many teenagers said they never ate better than during the disaster.

3. Store batteries for flashlights and radios. It seemed like everyone in the country knew more about what was happening with the disasters than the people involved in them did. A television or radio that ran on batteries was often the only source of news. Flashlights allowed those who had them to read or play games after the sun went down.

4. Have a family plan in case of emergency. Discuss where to meet and what to do in case you are not at home when disaster strikes.

5. Photos and journals can't be replaced. Make sure they are in a place where they can be grabbed quickly. Even better, make duplicate prints of your favorite family photos and send them to relatives out of state.

6. Additional supplies. Other items good to have in an emergency could include regularly required medicine (such as insulin); a change of clothes (work clothes would be best); a camp stove and fuel; first aid kit; games; bedding or a sleeping bag.

7. Cash and gas may come in handy. With power out, banks were closed, automatic tellers didn't work, and service stations could not pump fuel. Usually it only takes a couple of days for generators to be brought in to get these services functioning again, but in the meantime, those with money and gasoline have purchasing power and mobility. (Janet Thomas, "In Case of Disaster," New Era, Oct. 1990, 24)

Don't forget to include:


- home owner's insurance policy numbers and contact information
- passports
- certified copies of birth certificates
- social security numbers
- health insurance policy numbers and contact information
- life insurance policy numbers and contact information
- living will
- credit cards AND traveler's checks/cash. (Yes, credit cards -- remember during the gas riots caused by Hurricane Katrina and Rita that many gas stations stopped taking cash for security reasons. Traveler's checks work like cash and can be replaced if lost or stolen.)

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3 Comments

Anonymous's picture

Thank you so much for the

Thank you so much for the list, this is a great site. We're trying to get our 72 hr kits put together for our little family. I have a question though, I know you're supposed to keep a 72 hr kit at home and in the car. So does that mean that you have to make 2 for each person, one for each place? Or in our case 3, one for home one for each car? Is it the same things in each kit? Thanks, Julie

Charla's picture

Julie, I had a professor make

Julie,
I had a professor make a very valid point a number of years ago regarding preparedness kits. "The likeliness of being at home when a quake or other type of disaster occuring is about 30%. A kit sitting at home will be of no use if you are out (at school, running errands, etc.)" The university was built on the Hayward fault which connects directly to the San Andreas fault in Calif.

Having lived in California most of my life, I have been through 3 earthquakes. I was at home for one, the 1989 Loma Peralta which struck San Francisco area.

My advise is to have a kit for home and car.

Anonymous's picture

okay seriously tho. This is

okay seriously tho. This is obviously too much stuff to store in your car!!! a 72 hour bag is supposed to have essentials for a "comfortable" existance yes but is also supposed to be portable! having all of this sitting around your house is great but what if you can't get there or you have to leave? I mean you have to have a literal BAG to take and what items are best for it. This is answered better on many other websites. Sorry guys but this is a home preparedness kit that is unfinished.