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 🙂
Crank flashlight/radio – This is the one we have and we are happy with it. The radio works, the flashlight works, it has a battery, solar, AND a crank-powered option. It also has a USB port to charge electronics. We have not tested the solar function but have tested everything else and it all works. This is not necessarily THE ONE I would recommend; there are countless options of flashlights, radios, chargers, etc. This one is 10 years old, so I’m sure there are better ones out there now…this is just what we have!
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 weather-resistant, and at 2 for $14.99, you can’t beat the price. They have a magnetic bottom, allowing you to stick it to anything magnetic (like the hood of your car). They also have a hook so you can hang them (from a loop inside your tent, or in your car, or from a tree, etc). 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 Bricks – There will be a coupon code available for 10% off water bricks the last week of March 2021, so stay tuned and I will update this section with the code when it goes live!
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