December 3, 2017 at 5:34 pm #4756Jason BrambleParticipant
Whats a good list of things to have for a 72 hr emergency kit?
Obviously water is most important, but is canned things like soup ok? and otherwise batteries flash lights candles? I dunno iam super new to this, and felt like making a topic.December 3, 2017 at 9:02 pm #4757Tony KoretzKeymasterDecember 4, 2017 at 2:18 am #4758Gary CombsParticipant
I have this as a document on my PC. If you would like it in Word or PDF, email me and I’ll forward it on.
What to Put Into a 72 Hour Bag?
What would your family need for 3 days? Better yet, what items would you take out of your house that would save your life for 3 days? It does not really matter what type of bag is used to place your items in. Many people use duffel bags, backpacks and suitcases to store their gear in. However, many experts advise that the bag or container should be waterproof. For those with multiple people in their family, each person in the family should have their own 72 hour bag that is placed into a large plastic container. A bag or container with a carrying handle would be advisable if the container holds many items or is for a family. Some thoughts to keep in mind when preparing your 72 hour bag are:
• Have a plan in place (choosing the location, let family members know where your destination is, the contact information, a secondary destination, etc.)
• Keep the basic needs in mind: food, water, shelter, clothing, safety and communication.
• Try and find items that are light weight, functional and versatile so that carrying them in a container will not be a strain.
• Take your bag out and use it a few times to test that nothing is forgotten.
A little food can go a long way if you are creative enough. Find a stove to cook food in, and boil water. Try and find foods that are light weight an high in calories and have lots of energy. Have enough food for a 3 day period. Some possible food suggestions would be:
• Hard Candy
• Energy Bars
• Dried Fruits and Nuts
• Instant Oatmeal
• Granola Bars
• Powdered Milk
Some other suggestions for meals would be:
• Bouillon Cubes
• Instant Rice/Mashed Potatoes
• Dried Soups
• Camping Freeze Dried Foods
• Instant Pudding
• Powdered Drink Mixes (Tang, Crystal Light)
• Paper Plates, Cups and Eating Ware
Having a good water supply is more important than food. A person cannot go without 3 days of water so have a plentiful amount. At a minimum, each person should have one gallon of water per day. In an emergency situation, such as a natural disaster, water is one of the first items to disappear off of a store shelf. If you can pack more water, then go for it. Many feel that due to the bulky nature of water bottles, it would add too much weight for the 72 hour kits. Therefore, many carry 1-2 liters of water and have water purification tablets or a water filter on hand. Here are some ideas for carrying water:
• Individual water bottles in the pack, gallon jugs of water, etc.
• Collapsible water container
• Water filter
• Water purification tablets
Clothes in the 72 hour bag should be rotated every season and be appropriate to the environment you are in. Having items in your bag that can be layered is a great option.
• If it is the winter season: Pack all cold weather essentials in maintaining body heat: Layered clothing, warm hat preferably with flaps over the ears, waterproof pants, mittens, etc.
• Work Gloves
• Have at least one change of clothing in your bag and two extra pairs of socks.
• A good pair of boots (hiking or combat boots) with a deep trench in the sole.
• Rain Suit
• Hat to keep the sun off your face.
A shelter is to keep out the natural elements at bay as well as provide a warm place to sleep to maintain body temperature.
• Tents (lightweight)
• Sleeping bag
• Durable long lasting emergency blankets
• Tube tent (emergency shelter)
• Garbage bags can even be used for a shelter.
• Mylar emergency blankets
Having fire lighting gear will help maintain proper body temperature, assist in cooking food, and boiling water. If an emergency arises and you have to leave, you want to be able to have items on hand to make a fire to stay warm.
• Waterproof matches
• Magnesium Fire starters
• Cigarette Lighters
In a survival situation, communication is key. Family members and friends want to know that everyone is safe and sound and have made it to their ideal locations. Additionally, news sources such as radios need to be heard to find out if you are in a safe location, safe to go back to your home or are in a dangerous area.
• Cell Phone
• A 2-way radio
• Radio to get news and information.
• Battery powered tv
• Scanner to hear about police situations and fires that may be in the area
• Signals such as whistles, flares and mirrors are important
Tools will be used for a variety of reasons. Tools for hunting, shoveling, cutting, and for navigational purposes are all essential items for a 72 hour bag.
• Knives ( to cut large machete type and a smaller Gerber hunter)
• Camping shovels
• Hammer or hatchet
• Collapsible fishing pole with hooks, line, bobbers, etc.
• Maps, compass or GPS devices ( Having extra compasses ensures that navigation is accurate)
• Rope (paracord)
• Knife sharpening stone
• Flash light with extra batteries
Written Survival Sources
In a high stress situation that some are not used to, forgetfulness plays a part from dealing with all the changes that are occuring. Having some manuals to look upon for survival information, or for spiritual information to lift the moral is a good idea and does not take up much space.
• Survival Manuals
• First Aid Manuals
There is no guarantee that everything will go as planned. There are times when emergencies arise. Having a well stocked first aid kit is essential in the case that someone gets injured. Taking a basic first aid course to give the proper aid is an instrumental tool in providing the right type of care. First aid kits should be filled with every type of first aid gear that could be needed.
• Gauze pads
• Medical tape
• Celox (Emergency Blood Clotting Granules)
• Bug spray
• Poison ivy cream
• Skin irritation cream
• Pain reliever
• Anti-Diarrhea Medicine
• Prescription medicine
• Cold/Flu medicine
Weapons are another way of maintaining safety. Having the ability to defend yourself is another aspect to keep in mind.
• Hand gun
• Shot gun
In a bug out situation, many assume it could be for a few days, but it could be for longer periods of time. Keeping yourself clean is not only beneficial to those around you, but also to maintain health. Hygiene items are a good idea to put in your 72 hour bag:
• Toilet Paper
• Cleaning Wipes
• Laundry Detergent
When fleeing to a location other than your home, have the proper identification, and emergency information with in the case that you need to present it to a police officer, red cross disaster worker, state trooper, park ranger, etc.
• Journal (with a pen)
• Identification Information (drivers license, passports, wills, marriage licenses, birth certificates, social security cards, proof of address)
• Licenses for guns or for fishing, etc
• Health Insurance Information
If a disaster hits, and you are unprepared to flee the situation, fear and panic set in and mistakes are made. To better access the situation, preparation makes all the difference. Knowledge and preparation helps to control fear and keep a person calm. Calmness and clarity are the emotions that a person wants in a disaster situation. A 72 hour bag for multiple family members can take a longer amount of time than one may think. Having it pre-assembled and ready to go can put a person ahead of the game when it comes to bugging out. The more prepared a person is, the calmer they will be while evacuating.
Sensible Survival Presents: “Bug Out Bag”. Having the necessary items in a major Crisis to keep you alive for 72hrs to get from point A to Point B.
• Items in the B.O.B. :
• Maxpedition Condor Back Pack
• 2 Emergency Purified Water Bags
• Berkey Sport Bottle Filter
• Jolly Tank Container
• Camelback Water Bladder
• Mil Surplus Canteen Cup
• Water Purification Tablets
• Construction Hvy Mil Plastic Bags
• S.O.S. Food Labs Bar 2400 calories
• Soda Can Stove / Bottle of Denatured Alcohol
• AMP 3 IFAK 1st Aid Kit
• Lok-Sac (Multiple bags)
• “Boo Boo” kit (Small 1st Aid)
• Cliff Food Bar
• Glow Stick
• Spork (CRKT Eating Tool)
• Cold Steel Voyager Folding Knife
• Gerber Suspension Multi-Tool
• Space Blanket
• Paracord (100 ft)
• Paracord Bracelt
• Extra Batteries (CR123 & AA)
• Maxpedition EDC pouch
• Maxpedition FR-1 Pouch
• Rite in the Rain Pad & Pen
• Frontier H20 filter Straw
• Chapstick/ Lip Balm
• Antibiotic Ointment
• Gold Bond Anti-Itch Cream
• Insect repellant
• Benadryl (Allergic Reactions)
• Tasco 10x Binoculars
• Petzel Head lamp
• Maxpedition Coboid Pouch
• Toothbrush & Paste
• Soap & Shampoo
• Toliet Paper
• Wet wipes
• U.S. Map
• Silva Compass
• Wool Watch cap
• Boonie Hat
• Ice Breaker Wool T-Shirt
• Keen Wool Sock
• Hand Held Radio
• Columbia Rain Jacket
• Klarus XT11 Flashlight
• Esee Izula Fixed Blade Knife
• Ka Bar Combat Knife
• Pistol Magazine
• Gear Pod Survival Tube
• Waterproof matches
• Solkoa Grip-S Saw tool
• Solkoa Fire Steel
• Solkoa Fast Fire Tabs
• Duct Tape
• Signal Mirror
• Sewing Kit
• CRKT M-16 Folding knife
• Zip Ties
• Button Compass
• Aircrew Surival Manual
• Mechanix Gloves
• Glock Model 17 9mm Pistol
• Maxpedition Universal HolsterDecember 8, 2017 at 10:03 am #4896M.E.Participant
I have multiple types of kits/bags and they are put together differently depending on how I imagine using them. You need to imagine how you would be reacting to a SHTF situation. Are you driving somewhere? Walking? Staying in place? Keep in mind that you’ll likely need to walk if it’s a really bad scenario. If you’re walking I would stick to really light-weight stuff, so probably no cans of soup. Dried soup mix (if you can cook it) or MREs are a better choice. If you have a kit for your car that could be a great place for a few cans of soup. Having a way to filter water on the go is important if you’re walking, but keeping bottled waters in the vehicle is a good backup.
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