Helpful Links for 72-Hour Kits for Families
If you have made it to this page, I just have to say:
You. Are. A. Rockstar. Huge virtual high five for putting your family’s safety first!
Let me know if you have any questions!!!!!
Step 1 - Notes, Ziplocs, & Sharpies
Set of Mini Screwdrivers – Super small, lightweight, and inexpensive.
We also have a set in our kitchen because it’s so handy!
Step 4 - Prepare Your Lists
Step 6 - Survival Bags
Survival blanket – this is SO much better than the little foil blankets you think of when you hear “emergency blanket.” These combine the quality of reflecting body heat with the durability of a thicker, tougher blanket.
Notice the money-saving 3-pack. Or heck! If you buy 30 of them they are dirt cheap. Get some friends together and split the 30-pack!
Screwdrivers – already mentioned in Step 1. Helpful to open battery compartments on anything that requires batteries in your pack – make sure you get the appropriate tips that you’ll need.
Step 8 - Random / Fun Bags
Step 9 Loose Items
- Make sure you select the pantry can size. **NOTE: the Snackies Pouches and Snackies Singles have a much shorter shelf life than the pantry cans (most of the Snackies are more like 2 years as opposed to 25 years). All of the freeze-dried fruits and yogurt bites have a shelf life of 25 years in the pantry cans (and the cans have a pop top).
- Any of the yogurt bites are awesome. Our family favorites are strawberry, pomegranate, and vanilla.
- The freeze-dried fruits are delicious. Our family’s favorites are the banana slices and the strawberries.
- The freeze-dried corn is bomb. I know that might sound weird, but it is SO DANG GOOD!
- Each member of our family got to pick one freeze-dried fruit/snack to put in their pack.
Step 10 - 5-Gallon Bucket
For a 5-gallon bucket toilet, this one is a good price and has a funny name 🙂
This is the one we have and we are totally happy with it! The radio is pre-loaded with all 7 weatherband channels and you can also set weather alerts for your area. It has a battery, solar, AND a crank-powered option to power it up. It also has a USB port to charge electronics. It also has a flashlight and red blinking light built in. Very cool!
Shovel – super compact, but attaches in just a few seconds to have a more usable length of a handle. Has several other tools built in. Comes with an instruction sheet inside the carrying case, so no additional instructions are needed.
Lantern – I like these lanterns because they are fairly compact and have a ton of hooks to hang them any way you want (from a loop inside your tent, or in your car, or from a tree, etc), as well as a magnetic bottom, allowing you to stick it to anything magnetic (like the hood of your car). These particular ones also have a flashlight option and a red blinking light. Most other lanterns like these don’t have the concentrated light in the form of a flashlight on the end, so these are extra cool.
These go in and out of stock, so if they are out of stock right now, check the recommended similar products – we have two different kinds and they’re both great!
Step 11 - Water
Water Tank – I mentioned that we have a 500-gallon water tank for our home water storage. This is obviously not something we could load into our car and take with us, but since I mentioned it, I wanted to give you the info here in case you wanted it.
Lifestraws – After researching a bunch of options, I like Lifestraws because they are small and can filter a lot of water for how small they are. They are also highly effective, filtering out almost anything you would ever need to worry about. Notice I said “almost everything.” Still not 100%, but dang close!
Water Filter – Having something larger than Lifestraws isn’t a bad idea. We have a Crown Berkey water filter and LOVE it. The awesome thing is, we use it every day in our home, but it is also our emergency water filtration plan. I love it when things can double up with everyday use and emergency use!
Step 12 - Food
CAN OPENER! – this is my favorite – doesn’t go dull after a month, and it does a smooth, clean job. I am confident this will last well past 72 hours! I actually have a couple of these in my long-term food storage as well.
Camping Stove – This is the one we got. Very reasonably priced and easy to use (the case is a piece of crap though). However, I was not able to order the butane (fuel canisters) on Amazon because they wouldn’t deliver it to my address. So we just got our fuel at a physical store. Note: you should not use a butane stove indoors. The fumes can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Always use these outside!
Step 13 - Separate Big Items
Step 14 - PETS
This is THE CUTEST STINKIN’ 72-Hour Kit for DOGS. I am in love with the looks, durability, and functionality.
Use code PLANFORAWESOME10 for $10 off! You’ll need to add a few essentials like food, and water, but this gets you started with some basics.
Pet First Aid Kit – the one I linked to before is unavailable but here are some options if you want a pre-done first aid kit.
There are also pre-done entire 72-hour kits for pets ready to go if you don’t want to have to piece your kit together. Since there are so many different pets out there, here is a list to get you started, but a more narrow search may be better for you, if you type in the specific animal you are looking to cover.
Step 15 - DIY First Aid Kit
- Assorted Band-Aids
- Knuckle Band-Aids
- Alcohol Pads or Iodine Wipes
- Liquid Bandage
- Contact Solution
- Trauma Shears
- Eye Pad
- Coband (Self-Adherent Cohesive Tape)
- Burn Jel
- Bee (and other) Sting Kit
- Bug Spray
- Icy Hot
- Puke bags (I bought a pack of these and split them between our first aid kits, our cars, our 72-hour kits, and our travel tote)
- First Aid Book/Manual
- Instant Cold Packs
- ACE Wraps
- Sam Splint
- Popsicle Sticks – for finger splints (Standard or Jumbo)
- CPR Mask (here is a link to a CPR Mask on a keychain)
- Compression Bandage – this link has a 4″ option or 6″ option. If only getting one of the sizes, I would go with the 6″ because it would cover a larger wound.
- Trauma pads.
- Vent Chest Seal
- Glucose Tabs