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As with any “prepping shopping list” you’ll need to tailor the suggestions listed below to meet your specific needs, skills, location and circumstances – no such shopping list can cover the needs of everyone in every situation, everywhere.
The items listed below make up what is commonly referred to as a basic 72 hour kit and is where you should start your preps. In the following days, we’ll build and expand your stockpile to the point where you will be prepared for both short-term and disasters lasting six months or more.
Now let’s head to your local shopping mall or department store.
Here is your 72 hour kit shopping list:
- A three-day supply of water – one gallon of water per person, per day.
- A three-day supply of non-perishable food – foods ready to eat or requiring minimal water are preferred.
- Small portable, battery-powered AM/FM radio extra batteries.
- Flashlight and extra batteries (don’t skimp here get a good quality light)
- First aid kit and manual.
- Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap,
- Toothbrush and toothpaste etc.
- Matches and waterproof container.
- Battery powered lantern and batteries
- Extra clothing according to climate and season.
- Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, styrofoam plates and bowls and a manual can opener.
- Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens, and hearing aid batteries etc.
- Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket (one per person) rating depending on location and climate.
- A multi-tool. A roll of duct tape, crowbar, hammer, staple gun, adjustable wrench and Bungee cords and heavy duty work gloves are also nice to have, but add extra weight.
- Small bottle of unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification.
- Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows or sheltering in place.
- Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation or other suitable solution.
- A small multi-fuel backpackers stove (Colman makes a quality product).
- N95 Respirator for each person in your group (2 or more).
- 100’ of rope (550lb paracord or similar)
It’s also a good idea to have photocopies of credit and identification cards, health insurance and other important documents in a water proof container and $100 in emergency cash in small denominations. Also don’t forget photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes if you get separated.
You’ll also need to put together a list of emergency and personal contact phone numbers as well as a complete list of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food for each person.
It’s also a good idea to have an extra set of keys to your house and vehicle.
How to pack and store your 72 hour kit
Remember, the 72 hour kit may also serve as an evacuation kit so it all needs to be stored in easy to move containers. You want to be able to “grab and go” should you be forced to evacuate your home.
I prefer to “double pack” – first neatly pack everything in duffel bags or backpacks the store these in plastic totes making it easy to quickly load everything into your car while still having the option of slitting up the gear among your group if you’re forced to evacuate on foot.
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