72 Hour Packs

Prepare a backpack that you can grab at a moments notice that will provide you the basic necessities for 72 hours. This is sometime called a "go bag" or "bug out bag".  Whatever it's called, having some essentials to quickly grab on the way out of your house is basic step to becoming "prepared".

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Recommended 

Recommendation: Build a backpack for everyone in the home over the age of 3.

Supplies: Many of the supplies you should have already, it's just a matter of putting them in an old backpack. Don't run out and get a military backpack if you got rid of your old school backpack.  A simple single pocket backpack will do, but you might compile your supplies first to see how big of a backpack you might need. 

Here are some example 72 hr backpack builds:

Recommendation: Build a backpack for everyone in the home over the age of 3.

Supplies: Many of the supplies you should have already, it's just a matter of putting them in an old backpack. Don't run out and get a military backpack if you got rid of your old school backpack.  A simple single pocket backpack will do, but you might compile your supplies first to see how big of a backpack you might need. 

Here are some example 72 hr backpack builds:

Shopping List - Adult
 
  1. Water filter (Sawyer mini)

  2. Water  (Options)

    1. Nalgene bottle (refilled each year and a reoccurring reminder on calendar or email)

    2. Gallon jug kept next to backpack and replaced yearly

  3. Medicine (Work with insurance to get an extra 30 day supply)

  4. First Aid Kit - you can build your own in a Zip-lock bag

  5. 4 Cliff bars

  6. Food (Options)

    1. S.O.S. Rations Emergency Food Bar - 3 Day / 72 Hour Package with 5 Year Shelf Life

    2. Three Meals Ready to Eat packages (MRE)

  7. 2 pairs of socks (wool and or regular)

  8. Underwear

  9. Sweatshirt

  10. Tee shirt

  11. Pair of jeans and belt

  12. Hat / Stocking Cap

  13. Gloves

  14. Raincoat and pants (or poncho)

  15. Mylar blanket (space blanket)

  16. Toiletries in a one quart Zip-lock bag

  17. Travel sized wet wipes

  18. TP in ziplock

  19. Hand towel (or dish towel)

  20. 2 hand warmers

  21. Extra plastic Zip-lock bag assortment, 2 gal and 2 qt

  22. 2 pens, pencil, sharpie and notepad

  23. Pocketknife (or multi-tool)

  24. Phone list (include your insurance info)

  25. Passport and or photocopies of drivers license

  26. $150 in small bills

  27. Crank radio/flashlight (optional)

  28. Flashlight /  headlamp (batteries not stored in lights - corrosion) / glow sticks

  29. Two-way radio (batteries not stored in radio)

  30. Cheat sheet for radio channels and instructions

  31. extra batteries for flashlight and radio (try to standardize on one size battery)

  32. Grab on the way out if you can: wallet and keys

  33. Bonus items (to consider if there is room): emergency sleeping bag (or keep regular ones in garage),  emergency tent (or keep regular ones in garage)

Shopping List - Additional
Explanation

The 72 hour pack does not need to be fancy.  You just want to have some convenient things in once place if you had to quickly leave your house for 3 days. It's easy and you should start building yours now.

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