Simple 72 Hour Kits

Everywhere you look there is another natural disaster.  Could your family survive for the typical three days it takes for help to arrive after a disaster?  It’s time to pack the supplies for  Simple 72 hour kits for each family member.  Let’s keep it simple and geared to each person’s specific needs!

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Simple 72 Hour Kits

What To Pack In Simple 72 Hour Kits

Pack items that are unique to your family’s needs. Consider your individual circumstances, environment and situation.  You will most likely be carrying this kit, so the items you can pack that will serve double duty, the better.  This emergency kit is intended to keep you alive for 3-5 days, not for prolonged periods of time.

Pro Tip:  Individual kids’ 72 hour kits should reflect their ages and what they are able to carry.  You’ll need to carry the rest.  Do you have an infant?  Don’t forget formula, diapers, wipes, etc.  A family member with special needs?  What equipment will they need to make it through a period of emergency?

Food

Each kit needs a three-day supply of food and water, per person, remembering you may not have access to food and water. Do any of your family members have special dietary needs? Picky eaters? You’ll want to choose foods that meet their needs.

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*Protein/Granola Bar

*Trail Mix

*Peanut Butter and Crackers

*Canned Meals, Stews, Tuna

*Soups

*MREs

*Freeze Dried Meals

*Hot Chocolate or other water flavorings.

I like the freeze dried meals that  require you to only add hot water to the bag  for them to be ready to eat. They are lightweight, and easy to pack. If you choose to go with the freeze dried meals, you’ll need to make sure you have the water for them, as well as the ability to boil that water.

Make sure everyone has a light weight mess kit, along with at least one pot to boil water in.

Perhaps your family would enjoy a mix of the above to complete their 72 hour menus?  Don’t forget to add a few comfort foods too!  Set up a 6 month schedule where you rotate out the old stuff in your simple 72 hour kits with shorter expiration dates, and add new stuff back in.

 

PRO TIP:  To cut down on the cost of freeze dried meals, purchase them by the bucket, and ration the contents of that bucket between your 72 Hour Emergency Kits.

Water

Each person needs their own canteen, collapsible water container or a couple of water bottles.  Your family will need a way to filter or obtain more water. You can choose an individual or family water filter to meet this need.  Finally, I  like to add a few of these to my bag.

1 Gallon of water per day is needed just for drinking.  You’ll want to make sure you store a few larger containers of water where you store your 72 Hour Emergency Kits.

Pro Tip:  Not sure what to look for in a backpack to use for a simple 72 hour kit?  You can learn about that by reading our post discussing what you should look for. 

Remember!  You don’t have to pick your pack before you’ve decided on what to put in it.  You can absolutely gather what you need FIRST, and then choose the pack that best fits your stuff.  Heck, you may not even choose a backpack.  I chose a tool chest on wheels for my medically complex son’s needs!

Bedding and Clothing

*Change of Clothing

*Warm Coat, Cap, Gloves depending on the weather.  Change out clothing every six months!

*Good Shoes

*Undergarments, unless going commando is your thing.

*Socks Dry, warm feet are essential.

*Rain Coat/Poncho

*Emergency Sleeping Bag

*Yoga Mat to Go Under Emergency Sleeping Bag

*Hot Hands Hand Warmers

*Emergency Tube Tent (can also be used as an emergency tarp)

72 Hour Kit Essentials

Fuel and Light for Simple 72 Hour Kits

*Battery Powered Flashlights, Lamps, etc.

*Extra Batteries!  This is a GREAT deal!

*Solar Powered Lightening Flashlights, Lamps, etc.

*Water Proof Matches

*Lighter

*Re-charger for cell phones, iPads, etc.

*12 Hour Light Sticks

Personal Supplies and Medication

*First Aid Kit

*Face Mask  ( What kind do you need?)

*Toilet Paper (remove the center tube and the roll will easily flatten and fit into a zip lock bag)

*Feminine supplies

*Soap

*Shampoo

*Hand Sanitizer

*Baby/Wet Wipes

*Tooth Brush and Paste

*OTC Medications

*Prescriptions

*Burn Cream/Spray

*Bug Spray

*Sunscreen

Prepper Gear

*Multi Function Knife

*Handheld AM/FM Radio

*50ft Rope/Paracord

*Silcock Key  (what is this?)

*Emergency Whistle

*Personal Protection Device

*Map

*Compass

*Duct Tape (Or, as we like to call it:  ‘Magical Miracle Tape’)

*Black Contractor Bag  (Why?)

*Sewing Kit

*CASH in Small Bills

*Paper and Pen

*Can Opener (These military ones work great.)

*Hatchet  (1 per family)

*Emergency Toilet (1 per family)

*Foldable Shovel (1 per family)

*Camping Stove (1 per family)

*One light weight cook set (1 per family)

*Family Water Filter (1 per family)

Pro Tip:    Take all the items marked ‘1 per family and put them into their own container to grab as you grab your individual kits.  I also keep a case of 50 year canned water by my 72 hour kits for my medically complex son.

Copies of Family Records

Place these items in a waterproof container:

*Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts, etc)

*Vaccination Papers

*Insurance Policies

*Credit Card Information

*Pre-Paid Phone Cards

Pro Tip:  Date every single item that could expire.   Mark you calendar for six months out, and rotate any expired items.  Inspect individual  72 hour kits twice a year.

Boredom Busters

Seriously, the last thing you want to do during an emergency is keep anxious kids (and adults) busy.  Make sure you add some activities to their simple 72 kits to help make the hours pass quicker.

*Books

*Coloring Books and Crayons

*Small Toys

*Card Games

*iPads and Solar Chargers

*Handwork

*Small Puzzles

*Fidget Spinners

*Whatever relaxes you and can get your mind off the worry.

What’s Next?

Whew.  You’ve got your simple 72 hour kits packed for each family member.  Way to go!

Next we’ll get to work on Family Emergency Kits.  These kits are meant to build on the base of your individual 72 hour kits to see your family through a longer term emergency.

Pro Tip: Learn how to pack Vehicle Emergency Kits!

How To Choose The Best Emergency Backpack

I am often asked how to choose the best emergency backpack.  The bag you choose to carry your items in, is every bit as important as the actual items it will be carrying.  The best emergency backpack  for you is the one that meets your individual needs.

How To Choose The Best Emergency Backpack

What Size Bag Should You Choose?

The size of your bag depends on what you’ll be carrying.

New Preppers often believe the best emergency backpack needs to carry everything plus the kitchen sink.  Nope. A 72 hour backpack is needed to keep you alive until help arrives, which usually takes three days.  You can make due without the kitchen sink for those three days, promise.

Will you be carrying items just for yourself, or will you need to add items for a child, an elderly or disabled loved one?   All of this will help determine the size of emergency backpack you need.

Your emergency backpack should be light enough to carry for a long period of time.  You need to be able to quickly grab it and go.

Shoulder Straps

Look for wide, padded straps.  This will make wearing your pack much easier for longer periods of time.

Hip Straps

Hip straps and hip padding will help to redistributes the load of your emergency backpack to your larger and stronger thigh muscles, and improving your balance. At the end of the day, your back and shoulders won’t be aching either.

How To Choose The Best Emergency Backpack

Look For Sternum Clips On The Best Emergency Backpacks

Sternum clips  allow you to adjust the shoulder straps just where you want them, and then keep them in place.

Organization of Your Emergency Backpack

The best emergency backpack will have lots of compartments to help with organization.  The last thing you want is to have to rifle around the bottom of a backpack trying to find something.

MOLLE bags take organization to an even higher level.  Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment compatible bags allow you to attach things like first aid kits right to the outside of your bag.  This way you know your kit is within easy reach!

Hydration

Backpacks with space for hydration bladders solves the problem of  how to carry water.    You must stay hydrated, especially in an emergency situation.

An Affordable Emergency Backpack

Reebow Gear puts out an affordable Molle backpack that is an excellent option.


34L
Hydration Compatible for a 2.5L Hydration Bladder
Comfortable Padding in Back.
Padded Shoulder Straps
Sternum Straps
Water Resistant
Organizational Compartments

The VERY Best 72 Hour Backpack


Looking for something a little more?  Take a look at the 5.11 Tactical RUSH72 Backpack. The leading tactical bag, that has everything you’re looking for, plus a few unexpected extras!   You can fit a metal plate into the space for a water bladder, making this bag bullet proof.

A little more money, but worth every single penny.

Now Is The Time To Create Your Emergency Kits

Earthquakes.  Hurricanes.  Volcanoes.  The evidence is clear, it is time to take the steps necessary to help our families make it through what ever life has in store for us.  Questions?  Feel free to ask them in the comments section below.

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Surviving Winter Storms: A How To Guide

Snowy and cold has been the forecast for my state this year, with the Northern part of Utah digging out from under 28 inches of the greatest snow on earth,  even as I type.  We are at about 150% of average snow fall here, with more on the way.  This is a big change from the last several years of drought,  prompting me to compile a list of the best posts on Simply Preparing on the topic of  Surviving Winter Storms.

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Surviving Winter Storms Safely

Clothing

I always have to grin when recent transplants from warm weather states realize that they are actually going to need a warm coat to survive winter storms with below zero temperatures.

1.  Learning how to dress in layers for winter weather is a must.

2. Don’t let your body heat escape into thin air.   These behind the head earmuffs are my favorite and don’t make me feel like a five year old when I’m out in the winter weather.    But you may be more of a beanie sort of person.

3.Gloves  You’ll need winter gloves that are warm,  water proof, moisture wicking and will allow you to work out doors too.

4. Winter Boots   I have a pair of KEENS that I adore.  They give my feet the support they need, while keeping them warm too.

5.  Insulated snow pants.  Maybe a pair of thermals to go underneath.

6.  Wool Socks  I remember first thinking that wool socks would be so uncomfortable.  The first thing I think of when I think of wool is rough and scratchy.  Plus, who wants to hand wash wool socks.  Then I found Smartwool.  Soft.  Warm.  Machine washable.  Your goal of surviving winter storms will be much more comfortable when your feet are dry and warm.

The Ultimate Guide To Surving Winter Storms

Surviving Winter Storms Without Electricity.

1. Your chances of losing power during a winter storm are pretty high.  Having a Propane Space Heater will allow you to heat the inside of your home safely.

2.  Firewood.  If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove,  make sure you keep an extra cord of wood available to burn.  You’ll also need a good axe for splitting wood and chopping kindling.

3.  Wool Blankets.   Far superior to cotton or fleece at keeping you warm, wool blankets are a must have for surviving winter storms without electricity.

4. Hand Warmers.  I buy these by the box and stash them everywhere.  Little bits of bliss, I’ll tell ya.

Food

Surviving winter storms requires  you having a stock of non-perishable food items to last for a while.  Granola bars and shelf stable milk for breakfast.  Peanut butter and whole grain crackers.  A can of black beans mixed with a jar of salsa scooped up with tortilla chips.

If you heat with a fire or a wood stove you can heat up canned soups and stews.  In a real pinch, you can even eat these foods straight out of the can.  Just make sure you have a good can opener on hand!

You can also purchase MREs (Meals Ready To Eat) that come with their own single meal use heaters.

Don’t forget the bottled water.  The rule of thumb is one gallon of water per person per day.

Sanitation

At the first sign of a winter storm, fill the bathtub up with water to use for flushing toilets. Add the water to the tank so that, if necessary, you can flush.

Another option is to get a box of the black contractor grade garbage bags. Place a bag in your drained toilet. Sprinkle some kitty litter into the bottom of the bag. Every time someone makes a ‘deposit’ into the black bag, add another scoop of kitty litter. You’ll be able to tie the bag securely and then store it outside until your services are restored.

A Guide To Surviving Winter Storms

Let There Be Light

The last thing you want is to be caught in the dark while surviving winter storm. Fortunately there are a lot of lighting options to choose from.

Camping Lanterns

Flashlights    At the price of this top rated Outlite A100, you can afford for each member of your family to have their own light source!

Candles   Don’t forget the matches!

Staying Safe Outside

1.  I’ve seen many people trying to remove snow from their roofs after a snow storm.  Make the job easier and safer with a roof rake.

2.  Ice Melt  Used for porches and sidewalks to keep them free from ice.

3.  Kitty Litter.  Yup.  Plain old non-clumping, non-scoopable, gravel kitty litter will help provide traction under your car’s wheels and down those front steps.  Can’t find this type of kitty litter?  Grab a couple of bags of sand.

4.  Snow Shovel/Pusher.

5.  Snow Scraper with Brush

 

Preparing for any possibility during a winter storm is simple common sense.  Don’t be part of the herd racing out to the grocery store in hopes of grabbing a loaf of bread and a carton of milk before the flurry flies.   Take the fear of of winter storms by being prepared before hand.

What things to you to do to prepare to survive winter storms?

 

Don’t forget to review Simply Preparing’s List of 11 Things To Do Before A Winter Storm!

 

Plan on traveling during the winter months?  We’ve got you covered. Check out our post on   Last Minute Winter Emergency Road Trip List

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Top 10 Oils For Prepping

If you don’t yet have a stash (or a hoard) of essential oils, now is the time to start stocking up. Things are changing in our ability to access health care and you want to be able to take care of your family in non traditional ways. To that end, here is the top 10 oils for prepping and how to start building your stockpile of essential oils. Unfortunately there are so many things that I am not allowed to share about oils due to regulations. So it is my hope that using what I can say below leads you to peak your curiosity about oils and starts you on your research journey.

top 10 oils for prepping

Thieves Essential Oil

I add 1 drop of Thieves to a cup of warm water as part of my wellness regimen.*

Top 10 Oils for Prepping: Thieves Essential Oil

RC Essential Oil Blend

I diffuse R.C. to create a comforting aroma.

Top 10 Oils for Prepping: RC Essential Oil Blend

Panaway Essential Oil

Oils for Prepping: Panaway Essential Oils

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is great when used as a dietary supplement to support healthy digestion*. It’s so perfect and convenient to just add 2–3 drops to my water.

Oils for Prepping: Peppermint Essential OIls

Stress Away Essential Oil

Oils for Prepping: Stress Away Essential Oils

Frankincense

I apply Frankincense topically to help smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin.

Oils for Prepping: Frankincense essential oil

Copiaba Essential Oil

Oils for Prepping: Copiaba Essential Oil

Digize Essential Oil Blend

Oils for Prepping: Digize Essential Oil Blend

Lavender Essential Oil

Oils for Prepping: Lavender Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Oils for Prepping: Lemon Essential OIl

All of the above oils are available in Premium Starter Kit that includes a diffuser. While the diffuser is not practical in an emergency situation the oils can all be used on their own and are small enough to pack in your Bug Out Bag, ESPECIALLY the sample sizes. Oils are not inexpensive but when you know how to use them the cost is more than justified in your prepping. Please do not buy “cheap” oils that you find in big box stores or possibly adulterated versions online. This is your family you are investing in.

THE 2015 YOUNG LIVING PREMIUM STARTER KIT CONTAINS:

    • Young Living Diffuser-you get a choice between the Home, Dewdrop Diffuser, Bamboo Diffuser, Raindrop or Aria Diffuser (price ranges but starts at $160-Home diffuser may be substituted for the Dewdrop based on availability). Hint: if you have problems with your hands opening items it may be best to choose one other than the Dewdrop. I have the Home, Bamboo and Aria and I love them all. If you want a basic one to get you started the Dewdrop or Home is a great choice. If you want a beautiful show piece for your home, you are looking for either the Raindrop or Aria.
    • Lavender Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Young Living Thieves Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Copaiba Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Purification Essential Oil 5 ml
    • DiGize Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Peppermint Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Frankinscence Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Young Living Lemon Essential Oil 5 ml
    • R.C. Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Panaway Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Stress Away Essential Oil 5 ml
    • 10 Samples packets of essential oils which are perfect for traveling or your purse!
    • Ningxia Red sample packs so you can taste this Wolfberry blend for yourself.
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Get $25 back When You Purchase a Young Living Premium Starter Kit

Because I feel so strongly that you need to buy yourself some books or apps for your phone to learn how to really use your oils I will give you a $25 refund via paypal when you buy a kit so you can buy more educational materials or additional oils. All of that information is below. Once you buy your kit, you automatically become a wholesale member which gives you the ability to buy all your oils at 24% off retail.

Additional Oils You May Want To Use Your Refund On:

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