10 Must Have Items for a 72 Hour Emergency Kit or Bug Out Bag
Are you ready to be self-sufficient if a natural disaster or emergency occurs? It is very important for the safety of everyone in your home, to be prepared for an emergency. You want to be able to survive without utility services, emergency personnel assistance for at least three days. For this purpose, there are emergency 72 hour kits or as some folks call them Bug Out Bags.
The contents of your Bug Out Bag should fit into one or two containers. Your storage containers should be easy to carry and grab on-the-go. You should have enough of everything on the list below for each family member for a minimum three days:
Food and Water
- Purified drinking water. 1 Gallon of water for each person per day. Consider a top quality water filter from www.ClearlyFiltered.Com
- Canned food (beef, tuna, beans, Vienna sausages, etc.) and juice. Pop-top cans that can easily be opened without a can opener are a good idea. If not, pack a can opener.
- Candy and gum. Melting jolly ranchers can be used for flavor, along with mint chewing gum to make your foods taste better.
- Trail mix, dried fruit, protein and granola bars for healthy snacks.
Clothing and Bedding
- Blanket or sleeping bag, mylar emergency blanket.
- Poncho, rain coat or large plastic garbage bags. Pack any item that can be used in case of rain or water in order to keep each person dry.
- Change of clothes, enough for at least three days. Pack both long/short sleeve shirts, pants, shorts, a jacket, socks, etc…
Light and Fuel
- Battery operated lights – flashlights, lamps, lanterns. Pack extra batteries!
- Flares, candles, lighter, and water-proof matches.
- Oil Lamp and extra lamp oil.
- Eating utensils, plastic/paper plates and manual can opener.
- Toilet paper. Take out the cardboard center to easily flatten the roll for easier storage. This way, you can store multiple rolls without taking up so much space.
- Mirror, compass and whistle. The mirror can be used for signaling and starting a fire. Compass can be used to find your directions of North, South, East or West. And the whistle can be used to signal location to a search team or other around you.
- Two sharp knives, pocket knife.
- Shovel, rope, duct tape.
- Radio, pen and paper.
Medication and Personal Items
- First Aid Kit
- Feminine hygiene products
- Immunization records, over the counter medication, prescription medication
- Cleaning supplies – shampoo, body soap, dish soap, hand sanitizer
- Infant items – diapers, lotions, etc.
Money and Personal Documents
Place these items in plastic zip-lock bags:
- Any and all legal documents that may be needed
- Birth certificates, passports
- Insurance policies
- Credit cards and cash money
- Pre-paid phone cards
Inspect Your 72 Hour Kit Regularly
Check and update your emergency kit once every 6-months. This will help to ensure that all water, food and medication is fresh, nothing has expired, clothes still fit, etc.. Pack small games and toys in order to stay entertained and make the time less stressful.
You can add any other items that you may need or think are necessary for your family to survive in an emergency. Store these items in a location that is dry, not too hot and not too cold. Make sure that they are in a container that will be easy to transport and ready to grab – a backpack or a bag on wheels.
This article was written by Chett Wright who is an emergency preparedness expert. To learn more about emergency preparedness visit FoodInsurance.com today.
What Items Do You Pack In Your Bug Out Bag?
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