When adversity strikes being armed with a survival kit could actually mean the difference between life and death. A true and devoted survivalist or prepper is resilient in the face of misfortune. Each and every family should be equipped with a 72 hour survival kit. More often than not, a disaster scenario will last for seconds, minutes or even hours but help can reach you for 2-3 days. With that being said, we’ve come up with a checklist for your 72 hour survival kit to help you get through a critical episode of your life. Scroll down to find out more about it.
Checklist For Your 72 Hour Survival Kit
Earthquake, hurricane, flood or another terrorist attack are perilous circumstances that we might not prevent from happening but we can always do something to survive its threatening consequences. Every time I’m engaged in a conversation about survival, the old adage “It’s better safe than sorry” flashes in my mind like a mighty lightning. Constantly reminding me that despair is the prize of an ill-prepared individual. So on that note, check out this comprehensive checklist for 72 hour survival kit. You can also personalize your kit to make it more suitable to your needs. Read. Learn. Survive.
Food and water
Being safe also means taking good care of our health. In an event of a disaster where grocery and convenient stores are closed, it would always be advantageous to have food and water in our 72 hour survival kit. When SHTF and blows indiscriminately, you will be needing all the energy you muster just to get by. Your kit should consist the following food:
- canned meat, fish, and beans (“pop-top” cans that open without a can-opener is a sound idea)
- canned juice
- trail mix
- dried fruit
- protein or granola bars
- water (3 gallons per person)
Bedding and extra clothing
Every kit should have a complete outfit of suitable clothing for every family member. Never disregard the benefits of having some protective clothing in your kit especially in the midst of a severe weather condition. Include these items below in your kit:
- Wool-blended blanket and Emergency heat and reflective blanket
- Sleeping bag and sleeping pads
- Extra Clothing (long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts, pants, jackets, socks, etc.)
- Rain coat or poncho
Personal supplies and medication
Having a first aid kit in your pack should not be an option rather it is a must. In an emergency situation and someone is wounded, administering first aid can reduce the severity of the injury and the risk of infection. Non-prescription medication should also be included to treat fever and body aches. And of course, we shouldn’t neglect the importance of hygiene and sanitation when we’re talking about survival for sickness and disease will exceedingly lower your chances of getting out alive and well out of a perilous circumstance. Don’t forget to include the items below in your survival kit:
- First aid kit and supplies (ointments, gauze pads, assortment of bandages, cold/hot packs, scissors, and tweezers)
- Toiletries (toilet papers, moist towelettes or baby wipes, toothbrush, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
- Cleaning Supplies (sanitizers, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc.)
- Medication ( For fever, stomach ache, toothache, and children’s medicine)
- 3-day stock of prescripted medicine
The items listed below are important components of your 72 hour survival kit. These things will serve as your dependable protector in a survival situation and will definitely make your task a lot easier. Just make sure that they are durable enough to withstand even in the midst of an unrelenting weather condition.
- basic tools (wrench, pliers, shovel, hatchet or ax, pocket knife, etc.)
- can opener
- dishes and utensils
- camp stove and fuel
- duct tape
- whistle with neck cord
- cell phone charger
- dusk masks
- hand operated or crank radio with spare batteries
- pen and paper
Light and firestarters
When we are confronted by a natural disaster such as an earthquake or a typhoon, power outages are inevitable. And it’s absolutely difficult to maneuver in the dark. So these items below will undoubtedly guide you out of harm’s way.
Personal documents and extra cash
Include your legal documents in your 72 hour survival kit. One of the most neglected areas in preparedness is having your important documents with you. This will prove your identity and possessions to authorities in time of a survival circumstance. Let us not forget what Katrina thought us. To guard against looting, a lot of families were prevented by the national guards and police from entering their homes unless they can present identification and evidence of ownership. Place these documents along with some extra cash in a waterproof container.
- legal documents (passports, marriage and birth certificates, contracts, will, etc.)
- insurance policies
- contact information and several copies of your survival plan
- credit cards
- prepaid phone cards
- cash (include small bill and quarters for phone calls)
In the event that you need to bug out or evacuate your premises, store all the necessary stuff you need in a duffle bag or in your backpack and place it in an accessible place where you can get it easily when you need to bug out. Make sure you can lift and carry it.
- non-perishable food
- water ( 3-4 liters per person)
- extra clothes
- first aid kit
- flashlight and extra batteries
- prescription and non-prescription medication
- personal hygiene items
- a card with emergency contacts
- protective weapon (if available)
- You need to update your kits every six months. Make a note in your planner to be sure that water, food, and medicines are not yet expired, see to it that the clothing still okay to wear. Also, check your personal records if they are still up to date and make sure that the batteries are well charged.
- Divide your items into groups and put them in individual Ziploc bags because some items might drip, dissolve or break open.
- Adjust clothing for winter or summer needs
- Consider the needs of other family members such as the elderlies and the babies.
Check out this video and find out more about the things you need to include in a 72-hour emergency pack!
The contents of your survival kits will differ depending on the area of the country, the location, the size, and the purpose. But having the proper kit is only the second most important thing next to having a solid plan. It is always best to have more than one kit —in your vehicle, office and of course, in your home. Others may feel that it is just a waste or it will never be used but little did they know that it is definitely worth every penny they invest because sometimes it only takes a devastating situation to lose everything that one has. This 72 hour survival kit will keep your strength up and fight off low morale whenever you are stuck in the gnashing teeth of disaster.
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