72-Hour Emergency Kit

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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
  • Canned Tuna, Beans, Turkey, Beek, Vienna Sausages, etc
  • Canned juice Candy/Gum
  • Water (1 Gallon/per person/per day)
  • Special dietary needs; formula, powdered milk
Bedding and Clothing

  • Change of clothing (short and long sleeved shirts, pants, jackets, socks, etc)
  • Undergarments
  • Rain coat/poncho
  • Blankets and emergency heat blankets (that keep in warmth)
  • Cloth sheet
  • Plastic sheet
  • Diapers
Fuel and Light

  • Battery lighting (Flashlights, lamps, etc) Don't forget batteries!
  • Extra batteries
  • Flares
  • Candles
  • Lighter
  • Water-proof matches 

  • Can opener
  • Dishes/utensils, baby bottles
  • Shovel, axe
  • Radio (with batteries!)
  • Laptop/PDA
  • Pen and paper
  • Pocket Knife, compass, rope
  • Personal supplies and medication, including medical equipment
  • Extra car keys, extra eyeglasses 
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.)
  • Up-to date immunizations
  • Medication (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, children's medicaiton, etc.)
  • Prescription medication (for 3 days)
  • Bandages and antiseptic 
Personal Documents and Money
(Place these items in a water-proof container)

  • Genealogy records
  • Legal documents (birth/marriage certificates, wills, passports, contracts, etc)
  • Vaccination papers
  •  Insurance policies
  • Cash Credit card, ATM card, checkbook
  • 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.