The dreaded question most “survivalists” hate to answer. “Do you have a bug out bag or a 72 hour kit?” What many people don’t realize is that they are virtually the same thing, only the bug out bag is generally more geared up for a wilderness style survival situation while the 72 hour kit is just the bare essentials for living somewhere unpleasant for up to three days, like a leaky basement or a park bench. Lets start with what to pack in a 72 hour kit and leave the bug out bag discussion for another time. For this you’ll need a backpack or duffel bag. You never know when you might be required to leave your house for any reason. Maybe a kid is sick and in the hospital for a few days and you need to have some supplies to keep you going. Maybe your neighborhood is having a gas leak and you have to leave for a couple of days. Its always a good idea to have a kit around in case the need arises.
What Exactly Do I Pack in This Thing?
Start with the basics.
- 3 Days worth of clothing. Most everyone has a set or three of clothes that they still fit into but rarely wear. A few extra tshirts, socks, underwear and a pair or two of jeans will usually do along with something to keep you warm such as a hoodie or jacket depending on where you live.
- 3 days worth of food. This could be mountain house style meals or MREs. For a basic duffel bag style kit, could even be canned goods. Also consider jerky, nuts, energy bars, etc that store well. Just make sure you rotate this food often before it gets close to expiration.
- 3 days worth of water or ways to purify it. You never know where you will end up with your kit so being prepared to purify water with tablets, filters, boiling etc could be extremely useful.
- Toiletries. These are things like a toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, soap, shampoo and towels, a razor and shaving cream etc. Whatever you think you might need to be comfortable for a few days. Look at the travel sizes section in Walmart or Target for some ideas. You may or may not have the opportunity to shower, but if you do you might as well be as comfortable as possible.
- Lighting options, preferably some form of rechargeable flashlight or batteries that can recharge. I recommend the Panasonic Eneloop batteries Panasonic Eneloop batteries
because they have extremely long life and high capacity. I also recommend the UltraFire® Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Light Lampbecause it uses a single AA battery and has incredible lighting capability.
- Maps, compass, GPS
- Simple tools such as a small set of screwdrivers, pocket knife, multitool.
- Sleeping bag or for smaller capacity the Adventure Medical Kits Sol Two Person Emergency Bivvy Blanket
- Documentation Package with names addresses and phone numbers of emergency contacts, family, friends, hotels, utilities, banks and anyone else you would need to get a hold of in an emergency.
- A form of self defense if necessary such as a firearm or knife.
- Extra cash on hand in case you do have access to a store.
So, that’s my list. What would you all add? Leave your suggestions in the comments below or check us out on www.facebook.com/survivalize