When planning the contents of your 72-hour kit, remember that this is only for 3 days max.
Keeping that in mind should help you to not over pack.
There are many situations where this kit could come in handy - not just during a disaster.
There may be short-term reasons to keep a 72-hour kit in your car, in the office, as well as at home:
There will never be a better time to buy or build your bug-out-bag than now. Do you have one for the office? For each of your children - child sized?
You can buy a basic, inexpensive, Tote-N'-Go Kit (see photo right) for each family member. It has all that is needed to sustain one person for 72 hours.
There are items for warmth and shelter, heat and light, food and water, personal hygiene, a first aid kit, and even includes the nylon tote bag to neatly contain everything. And it's very affordable.
Or you can also purchase more extensive kits that include just about everything except a change of personal clothing (which you could add). The other alternative is to assemble your own.
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Everything you need must be organized and squeezed into a portable container small enough for you to carry. I personally think a backpack is the most versatile and easiest to carry. Even smaller children can carry a small backpack with some of their own belongings tucked inside.
Another easy option for those who are young or old is a suitcase (or backpack) with a handle and wheels.
But don't wait until you have the perfect container to start your 72 hour kit. Begin by assembling the items and then find a container to hold everything. It might be even better to use two containers for one kit, providing the person is strong enough to carry more than one. One might be used for food and water, and the other for clothing and hygiene items. It is best if the containers you choose are waterproof also.
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72-Hour Survival Kits
Most disasters occur when family members are separated. This survival/72-hour kit is designed to be lightweight and compact so that you can easily evacuate with it in the event of an emergency.
The Tote-n-Go Kit is perfect for those who are looking for excellent protection in a single person, 72-hour compact kit.
Wind-Up & Solar-Powered Radios
The Department of Homeland Defense and the AMERICAN RED CROSS recommend
every family have a good quality portable radio to receive the latest emergency info!