Sep 27, 2005

A 72-hour Kit

This is a list of items to store so your family can be prepared in case of an emergency. It is probably more important now, then ever before. As a former Eagle Scout: BE PREPARED!

Print this list and check off each item that has been put into your 72 hour kit.

Food and Water
(A three day supply of food and water, per person, when no refrigeration or cooking is available)

Protein/Granola Bars
Trail Mix/Dried Fruit
Crackers/Cereals (for munching)
Canned Tuna, Beans, Turkey, Beef, Vienna Sausages, etc
("pop-top" cans that open without a can-opener are ideal)
Canned Juice
Water (1 Gallon/4 Liters Per Person)

Bedding and Clothing

Change of Clothing
(short and long sleeved shirts, pants, jackets, socks, etc.)
Rain Coat/Poncho
Blankets and Emergency Heat Blanks
(that keep in warmth)
Cloth Sheet
Plastic Sheet

Fuel and Light

Battery Lighting (Flashlights, Lamps, etc.)
Don't forget batteries!
Extra Batteries
Water-Proof Matches


Can Opener
Radio (with batteries!)
Pen and Paper
Pocket Knife

Personal Supplies and Medication

First Aid Supplies
Toiletries (roll of toilet paper- remove the center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag, feminine hygiene, folding brush, etc.)
Cleaning Supplies (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc.)
Immunizations Up-to Date
Medication (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, children's medication etc.)
Prescription Medication (for 3 days)

Personal Documents and Money
(Place these items in a water-proof container!)

Genealogy Records
Patriarchal Blessing
Legal Documents
(Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts)
Insurance Policies
Credit Card
Pre-Paid Phone Cards


Bag(s) to put 72 Hour Kit items in
(such as duffel bags or back packs, which work great)
Make sure you can lift/carry it!
Infant Needs (if applicable)


  • Update your 72 Hour Kit every six months (put a note in your calendar/planner) to make sure that: all food, water, and medication is fresh and has not expired; clothing fits; personal documents and credit cards are up to date; and batteries are charged.
  • Small toys/games are important too as they will provide some comfort and entertainment during a stressful time.
  • Older children can be responsible for their own pack of items/clothes too.
  • You can include any other items in your 72 Hour Kit that you feel are necessary for your family's survival.

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