February 24, 2009

{ 72 Hour Kit Supply List }

My kiddos are so sick. It is such a bummer. But, I am happy that so many of you were interested in the 72 hours kits. It's a good idea to have them according to my church, our city & the Red Cross. Here, in Southern California, we have had a few close calls with fires & there's always the possibility of a big earthquake. You never know. I like having the peace of mind of being prepared.

Here is the supply list that I used. I didn't add everything that was on the list, but pretty close. Remember, the kids may have to carry them so, don't make them too heavy.


1. Backpack/Duffel bag for each family member (water resistant if possible)

2. Food & Water (3 day supply)
* water (1 gallon/4 liters per person)
* protein/granola bars
* trail mix/dried fruit
* crackers/cereals (for munching)
* canned tuna, beans, meat, etc. ("pop-top" cans preferred)
* canned juice
* candy/gum

3. Bedding & Clothing
* change of clothes (short & long sleeved shirts, pants, socks, underwear)
* rain coat/poncho
* cloth & plastic sheet

4. Fuel & Light
* flashlight
* candles
* lighter/water-proof matches

5. Equipment
* can opener
* dishes/utensils
* shovel
* radio
* extra batteries for radio/flashlight
* pen & paper
* whistle
* pocket knife
* rope

6. Personal Supplies & Medication
* first aid kit
* toiletries (roll of TP-remove center tube to lay flat in Ziploc bag, feminine hygiene, folding comb, toothbrush, toothpaste)
* cleaning supplies (hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap)
* medication (ibuprofen, children's meds, etc.)
* prescription meds (3 day supply)

7. Personal Documents & Money
* copy of legal documents (birth/marriage certificates, will, passport)
* copy of vaccination records
* insurance policy info.
* cash (in small bills)
* pre-paid phone cards
* credit card

8. Infant needs (3 day supply)
* diapers
* wipes
* formula
* bottles
* diaper cream
* toys
* baby food
* any other baby items needed

9. Miscellaneous
* small toys/games
* anything else you feel is necessary for your families survival.

Remember: This list is for each backpack

**NOTE: Update kit every 6 months to check: water, food, medications, clothing fits, batteries, documents & credit cards are up to date.

I got my list from here but, you can find other lists here, here and here.

I got my backpacks on sale at Target soon after school started one year. And I found Wal-mart to be one of the cheapest places for camping supplies & food items. Plus, you can find almost everything in one store! Let me know how you do & good luck!

Oh, and just so this post isn't all serious, here is a picture of Boo with her most favorite new umbrella, when we went for a walk last week...

Have a great day! :)


Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Thank You

Jennifer said...

Thank you for the reminder. I have a 72 hour kit for the whole family in a big rubbermaid container, but it doesn't contain clothing. I need to make the backpack kits for each of us.

Lindsey and Ben said...

Awesome! Thanks Jamie for the info! This is on my list of things to do this month! This will make life really easy!

Karilyn Carreon said...

i just bought a book on this! i love your list too... they are all different! but thats my goal for this year!

~ Stacey ~ said...

I heard someone say they used the backpacks with wheels because the mom had a bad back and the kids were small, maybe too small to carry a heavy pack. I like the wheel idea but heard that after mine were already put together.

Jeanne Oliver said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to make the list. I am going to do it this weekend.