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Survival: What to Pack in a 72 hour Survival Kit

Welcome back to Healthn.net and today we will discuss about “What to pack in a 72 hour survival kit”. The first thing that you should ask yourself before you pack your 72-hour survival kit

Consider your family’s situation. How many people are in your family? Does anyone in your family need special consideration? Medicine? Do you have an infant?

All of these below things will determine what you want to pack in 72 hour survival kit. Keep in mind that your pack should be as minimal as possible—the more you pack, the heavier your 72-hour kit will be.

Every 72-hour kit should be catered to the owner’s individual needs. There is no “one size fit all” solution to put a pack together. However, the needs are the same. These items are things that you can not go without in your 72-hour kit.



Water should be #1 on the list for every 72-hour kit; it is the most basic and most important thing you need to survive. However, storing enough water for you and your family quickly becomes a problem.

The recommended of amount of drinking water is one gallon per day per person. One gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds, so we think you should pack for a family of three, 72 hours worth of water becomes 75 pounds of water—not exactly realistic to carry.

Non-perishable food

You need enough food for three meals per day per person for three days. Remember, these meals are meant to help you survive, but you should pack items that you know your family will actually eat, especially if you’re packing for a small child. We suggests packing any of the following non-perishable, non-cook food items:

  • Trail mix/dried fruit
  • Granola bars
  • Crackers/cereal
  • Canned beans, meat, tuna, Chef Boyardee

Besides, let’s think about what personal supplies we should include in the 72 hour survival kit

Change of clothes

Because we can never know when a disaster will hit, be sure to pack a change of clothes for each season. A pair of shorts doesn’t do you any good in the dead of winter, likewise, a heavy sweater will make you overheat in summer months.

Dust mask

The likelihood of dust and debris is high in any emergency situation. Make sure to have some dust masks in your pack to protect your lungs


Toilet paper, toothbrush/toothpaste (travel size), feminine hygiene products, contact solution (travel size), etc.


Make sure to cover the basics to deal with pain, in case you or someone in your family is injured during the emergency. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, children’s medication, any other personal medication needed. 


Depending on the disaster, your credit cards may not work. Keep enough cash on you in order to survive for a week or more.

Above items are just basic things that we would have in our 72 hour survival kit. Of course there will be more necessary items that we also should care about. Lets have a look at below articles for more useful information.

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