Basic 72 hour survival kits are the foundation to all emergency preparedness plans. Unfortunately, a 72 hour kit is also the one thing that most of us don't want to take the time to assemble.
Sadly, you more than likely already own 80%-90% of the items required...they just aren't all in one easy-to-get-to location.
At this point, you have two options. You can take the easy route and purchase a complete 72 hour emergency preparedness kit. You can find great deals on 72 hour kits in our online store. There you'll find many varieties to choose from. You can also find 72 hour kits at Nitro-Pak.com and HurricaneStore.com. Be sure to compare to ensure you are getting the best deal. The one drawback to purchasing a kit is that there is no single 72 hour emergency kit that has every single item you may want to have during a time of need.
The less expensive and more comfortable route is to simply assemble your own kit. In assembling your kit, the first thing to consider is to put everything in a waterproof or airtight container . A large rubber tote or 5 gallon sealable buckets work well. A good 72 hour kit should include the following items:
A person can go without food for several days, but since our bodies are 40%-50% water, we must have water daily in order to survive. This makes water storage a number one priority to get into your emergency preparedness inventory and your 72 hour kit. Water may be stored in canteens, 5 gallon collapsible bags, 6 gallon Mylar water storage bags, or in barrels. Plan on storing 1 gallon of water per person per day. For your 72 hour survival kit, this equates to 3 gallons per person. Place your water in a cool, dry and dark place. You should plan on rotating your water supply every 6 months.
Water should be purified prior to drinking. This can be done by ONE of the following ways:
First and foremost, you have to like eating the food you are storing. Some of your food should be ready-to-eat. If you can afford them, the easiest foods to keep in your 72 hour survival kit are MRE's (Meal Ready to Eat). These may be found online or at army surplus stores. For a 72 hour survival kit, you will need 6-8 meals per person.
If assembling your own food, store foods that are light and easy to carry if you need to be on the move. It goes without saying that these are foods that do not require refrigeration. Energy bars a great addition to any food storage plan. Candy also is good for a 72 hour kit as it can give a quick energy boost and makes uplifts one's spirits. For the purpose of a 72 hour survival kit, you will not require much in terms of food since you can theoretically survive without food for longer than three days.
LIGHT & HEAT
SHELTER & CLOTHING
OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS
Keep in mind, you are only trying to assemble items that will allow you to survive for 3 days. Don't overwhelm yourself with trying to put everything in your 72 hour survival kit. Keep it simple, keep it light and keep it all in one place.