72 Hour Emergency Kit

72 Hour Emergency Kit

Shanti commented on my previous post and asked what is in a 72 hour survival kit. So here is the recommended list. This is taken directly from the sheet they gave us Thursday.






  • 1 – 5 gallon bucket with lid
  • 1 – roll toilet paper
  • 1 – camp stove
  • 2 – cans Sterno
  • 1 – mess kit
  • 2 – boxes of waterproof matches
  • 2 – boxes of regular matches
  • 12 – paper plates
  • 6 – ea. Knife, fork, spoon
  • 12 – disposable drinking cups
  • 1 – flashlight with batteries
  • 2 – extra batteries for flashlight & radio
  • 2 – emergency blankets
  • 6 – heavy duty trash bags
  • 1 – roll duct tape
  • 1 – multi function pocket knife
  • 1 – can opener with punch
  • 2 – combs
  • 1 – tube toothpaste
  • 2 – toothbrushes
  • 2 – razors
  • 1 – bar soap
  • 1 – deoderant
  • 1 – waterless handcleaner
  • 1 – hand towel
  • 2 – light sticks
  • 1 – tool kit
  • 1 – pr. work gloves
  • 3 – dust masks
  • 1 – multi-purpose tool (may substitute adjustable wrench & claw hammer)



  • 1 – rope – 25 feet
  • 1 – water tote
  • 1 – bottle dish soap
  • 1 – pk. fire starter sticks
  • 1 – portable radio
  • 1 – whistle
  • 3 – emergency candles
  • 1/2 – roll aluminum foil
  • Assorted plastic bags
  • 1 – First Aid Kit Containing:

    • 6 – pr. latex gloves
    • 1 – 2oz. bottle of contact lens solution (can be used to irrigate wounds)
    • 12 – knuckle band aids
    • 12 – regular band aids
    • 6 – non-stick pads
    • 1 – roll 1/2″ tape
    • 12 – packets antibacterial ointment
    • 6 – wound wipes
    • 2 – rolls stretch gauze
    • 2 – ice packs
    • 6 – buffered aspirin
    • 6 – non-aspirin
    • 1 – pr. scissors
    • 1 – pr. Tweezers
    • 1 – 4oz. bottle of peroxide
    • 6 – Sanitary Napkins – (can be used for large wound dressing)


A couple of notes from me.

  1. You will need to modify some of these depending on the size of your family. Also, if you have children, it is recommended that oyu have games, books, coloring books, and other items to keep them entertained.
  2. I assume ice packs refer to the chemical dry ice packs which are stored and broken open when needed.
  3. All these items should fit into the 5 gallon bucket.
  4. This list does not include food. You will need to consider food for your family to eat. Canned foods that can be cooked on the camp stove, plus things like granola bars, and other non-parrishable items. Also, prepackaged MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) are available from Long Life Foods are available for $4-$5 each. I’ve been told to avoid the spaghetti though.

It will cost you about $150 – $200 to put one together. You can also find them pre-assembled on the web. The idea is to have all of this together so you can grab-and-go if something happens. Let me know if yall have any questions about it.

EDIT: I fixed the link to Long Life Food.

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