To simplify making a 72-hour kit, I divided "the big list" into 12 steps. I am not an expert on 72-Hour kits, but I get the highest number of hits on my blog about this topic, so I'm taking it seriously. I want to help you succeed and get the job done. Breaking this down into the following steps will hopefully make the task less daunting.
72-Hour Kit in 12 Steps
It may surprise you to see that I put the container towards the end of the process. Most people want to get that item first. But you could end up with the wrong size or container, so I suggest waiting. Don't "put the cart before the horse." For now, put your items in a box, bag or tote. Keep items small, lightweight and compact. Let's get moving.
Step 1: Bedding
- emergency reflective blanket
- sleeping bag
Blanket - I like fleece blankets because they are warm, cheap and available everywhere after Christmas. But some people recommend wool blankets. Find one you would imagine using on a camping trip as you sit around a campfire. Make sure it fits around your body and feet. You probably have one in your house right now. Even though it won't fit in a backpack, it could be rolled up in your sleeping bag.
Emergency Reflective Blanket - These are lightweight, compact and cheap, and fit perfectly inside a kit. They use your own body heat to keep you warm and are waterproof. They can be found at Walmart, hardware stores or emergency supply stores.
Sleeping bag - Consider the cold temperatures in your area before purchasing, as most bags have a temperature rating. If you are lucky, yours will come with a nylon stuff bag. If not, you can put it in a kitchen trash bag or a Ziploc Big Bag. If you already own a sleeping bag, don't worry about finding a perfect one. Just add it to your pile. I store our sleeping bags in our emergency closet near our 72-hour kits. If you can't afford one right now for everyone in your family, you can always gather them one-at-a-time this year as they come on sale.
Go get Step 1 done today!
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