Having a 72 hr kit made up can bring you security. Sure, you can buy them, but you can also have a little fun putting one together and probably save yourself a few pennies as well.
Emergency preparedness begins with having a plan in place and the right gear to survive up to 72 hours, in the hopes that things will resume as normal within this time. These can be of great aid during a hurricane, blackout and so forth.
1. The first thing you need is a 3 day long supply of both food and water. This is per person of course. 1 gallon of water per person will usually do, but if you want to keep your kit concise, then you can fill it with granola bars, cereal, etc.
2. At least 1 change of clothing per person. This should include pants, shirt, socks and underwear, and should account for the temperature of the time of year (think sweat shirts and thermal underwear for winter months).
3. Do add a set of rain gear in case weather conditions are really bad.
4. You will also need a decent supply of both flashlights as well as batteries to keep them powered during usage for the next 3 days.
5. Matches and candles can also sometimes be added to your 72 hour kit, along with lighters and flares.
6. Basic toiletries are a must. You should have tooth paste, tooth brushes, kleenex, toilet paper, and soap for sanitary purposes.
7. Basic medication is also important. Allergy medicines and headache relief pills are a plus. Prescription medications are good to have on hand up to 3 days if you or a loved one has a medical condition that requires this medication.
8. Basic utensils and tools are also good. These will include forks and spoons (can be plastic), knives, duct tape, paper plates, shovel, rope, tarps, blankets.
9. Don’t forget the feminine hygiene items!
10. Personal documents are important. A stash of cash, your birth records, any important legal documents, deeds, insurance papers, and even prepaid phone cards are always a good idea.
Further more, it’s always a good idea to update your 72 hour kit every six months or so. The kit can be stored in just about anything that you see fit and set aside in your basement or closet as a part of your emergency preparedness effort. I personally would recommend something more heavy duty such as a military issue locker or heavy Rubbermaid container.