10 Things Your 72-Hour Kit Must Have
10 Things Your 72-Hour Kit Must Have
Looking into buying or putting together your own 72 hour kit? Well, these kits are a great way for preppers to be ready for any short term emergency. Because every family is unique, your 3-day kit should contain items specifically packed for yours.
You should be advised that your items need to be specific to your local area as well. For example, people in the deserts of Nevada won’t have much use for a water filter. Why? Because there are no water sources just sitting around.
Here are even more great tips for ensuring that everything you’ll need is packed in your 72 hour emergency kit:
Because you never know when you’ll need your 3-day emergency kit, all foods should be non-perishable. This will ensure that the food is still good for consumption no matter when you need it.
You have multiple choices when looking for non-perishables for your kit, such as:
- Calorie bars
- Local vegetation
- Canned foods
- Dehydrated food
- Freeze dried food
You’ll need a few items for preparing your food like:
- Knives – Can be used for prepping and cooking, even hunting for food.
- Pots and pans – These should be as lightweight as possible.
- Cooking – Camping stove, stove-in-a-can, etc… for heating and cooking food.
- Fire starters – Magnesium starter, lighter, matches, road flares, etc…
Having one or more of the following will be sufficient:
- Water containers – Try to use material that won’t leak or puncture easily.
- Water filters – Can be used to filter water from nearby lakes, rivers, streams, wells, etc…
- Water purifiers – Water purification tablets or drops will purify water from unclean sources.
You’ll need creative sources, as utility services can be down during an emergency situation:
- Whistle – Use for getting someone’s attention or calling for help.
- Crank flashlight – Don’t require batteries, so they’re always ready.
- Radio – Solar-powered and crank radios are best.
- Walkie-talkies – Can help you stay in touch with family out surviving with you.
Clothing & Warmth
These are the essentials you’ll need for your 72 hour kit:
- Extra clothing – Be sure to pack at least one complete outfit.
- Gloves – Good for doing manual labor as well as keeping you warm.
- Hat – Any type that will keep your head warm or the sun off your head.
- Emergency blanket – Lightweight blankets good for staying warm and storing in small spaces.
Personal & Cosmetic Items
There are certain items you’ll need in order to stay clean and self-sufficient for 72 hours:
- Identification – Pack copies of driver’s license, state ID, military ID, etc…
- Medical documents – Include a list of allergies and prescription drugs you have or use.
- Toiletries – Toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, etc…
The last thing you need in an emergency is to get lost in the woods or anywhere else for that matter. You need to pack navigation tools to keep you on track, even when it gets dark:
- Compass – Helps you avoid getting turned around. Keeps you aware of which direction is north, south, east or west.
- Maps – Pack local maps and maps of surrounding areas.
- GPS – This tool is optional. Depending on your GPS system, can track people, as well as places and things.
There is a lot you should consider when prepping your 72-hour kit, or bug out bag. 72 hours is a long time, and it can become even that much longer, tougher and more miserable if you do not prepare accordingly. I stress the above items time and time again on this website because I too often see people far more caught up in non-essential items than items they should be preparing for pure survival.
Remember: Pure Survival is the idea, not comfort and convenience.