Welcome to our new Magazine format! All new content will now be brought to you in this easy, new format. All our older content can still be found by scrolling below. Simply click the ">" to start the magazine and navigate via your arrow keys.

Monday, July 20, 2009

72-hour kits: equipment

the list of equipment and stuff to include in your 72-hour kit can be overwhelming and exhaustive. i feel like i've looked over trillions of them in preparing for this month's activity and building my own and have come up with what i feel like is a pretty comprehensive list of all the stuff you could want and should think about including:

  1. Hooded Poncho
  2. Emergency Heat Blanket

  3. Flashlight

  4. Extra Batteries

  5. Candles

  6. Flares

  7. Lighter

  8. Water-Proof Matches

  9. Dishes/Utensils

  10. Shovel

  11. Radio (hand-crank or remember to pack batteries)

  12. Pen and Paper
  13. Axe

  14. Pocket Knife

  15. Rope

  16. Duct Tape

  17. First Aid Kit

  18. Toiletries

  19. Toilet Paper
    o Feminine Needs
    o Toothbrush & paste
    o Soap, Shampoo
    o Hand Sanitizer
    o Medication (Tylenol/Advil, etc. and a 3-day supply of any prescriptions)

  20. Cash

  21. Pre-Paid Phone Card

  22. Paper Surgical Masks

  23. Small lockbox or safe that you can carry all your documents in - for more details on this one, see the post entitled "72-hour kits: documents."

and you will of course need some sort of bag in which to haul it all. most people opt for the backpack, you could also use a bag with wheels that you can roll, a giant tupperware container (this one really only works if you have your car), or a duffel bag. keep in mind that if you are packing 72-hour kits for small children, they probably won't be able to carry it themselves. for that reason, my husband and i each used a backpack and packed a duffel bag with a shoulder strap for our toddler.

hopefully this about sums it up -- you can find most of it at wal-mart, target, in the camping section of any sporting goods store, emergency essentials or shelf-reliance.

Original: http://mansfield2nd.blogspot.com/2009/03/72-hour-kits-equipment.html