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What is in a 72-hour kit? Basic and Advance Items tobe prepared

Dangerour situations can come at any time so we should prepare our 72 hour kit for family. Each kit should include some basic items as well as advanced items which need tobe prepared by us as soon as possible.

Belows are some key items that Healthn.net would to suggest readers.


Important documents

Have emergency contact information as part of your family emergency plan. Store this information and important documents in your 72-hour kit. Consider including digital copies of important documents, music, photos, and anything else you might want to keep. Review documents periodically and ensure that they are up to date.

Cash in small bills and coins

You should include cash because debit and credit cards may not work in an emergency situation or if the power is out. You might need coins in case you have to use a payphone or coin-operated laundry facilities.

Warm clothes and blankets or sleeping bags

Blankets or sleeping bags are much warmer than survival blankets. You may want to pack both, but survival blankets do not replace real blankets.

Personal sanitation items

Consider including moist towelettes, garbage bags and toilet paper.


A whistle will help to attract attention if needed.


Dust masks and duct tape

These supplies will help you shelter-in-place.

External battery pack or wind-up phone charger

You could be without power in your home for days, or you might have to evacuate. It is important that you are able to use your cell phone to call for help or to receive information. If phone lines are too busy, you can still receive updates and alerts on your mobile device.

Wind-up flashlight and radio

Wind-up flashlight/radio combination models are available from many outdoor retailers. If you are using a battery-operated flashlight or radio, be sure to stock extra batteries and replace them every year.

First Aid kit

First Aid kits should be easily accessible in your home and vehicle and should generally include:

  • gloves
  • gauze pads
  • a variety of bandages
  • antiseptic
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • needle and thread
  • instant ice packs
  • survival blanket, if space allows


Include any prescription medication that you or your family members take.

Ideally, you should swap the medication out regularly for fresh medication. If you cannot store extra medication in your kit, make sure you take it with you in an evacuation. You may also want to include vitamins and medications to guard you against getting sick.

If you receive medical treatments from a clinic or a hospital, ask your health care provider what you should do in an emergency.


A minimum of three days’ food that won’t spoil and requires minimal preparation, such as canned or dried food and energy bars.

Check food expiry dates when you change your clocks and replace as needed. If you stock canned food, include a manual can opener in your kit. If you include a camping stove, do not use it indoors.

Bottled water

Store four litres of water per person per day.

Ideally, you should replace the water bottles everytime you change your clocks. If necessary, you can use the water in your toilet tank or hot water heater.

Supplies for your baby and pet

If applicable, stock your kit with baby food, diapers, formula, extra clothes, and baby wipes. If you have a pet, have an evacuation plan for your pet, water, food and toys.

Last but not least, there are still lots of important items that each family members need to prepare and keep in the survival kit. Thanks much for your attention about our article and we wish you will have a fully 72 hour survival kits in your home.

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