Best 72-Hour Kit, Checklist and Products

72 Hour Kits

The goal of a 72 hour kit is to get you through the next 3 days after an emergency. The kit should be complete and ready and waiting within a home or vehicle. When an emergency strikes and evacuation is required, the kit is grabbed on the way out the door. It usually contains clothing, toiletries, cash, food, water, communication devices, power sources, light sources, etc.

72 hour kits generally aren't as robust as a bug out bag. While they're intended for uncertainty, they're designed for 72 hours away from home with the intent of returning home. A bug out bag is intended to support you away from home long term. 

To get started on your kit ask: "what would I need for 3 days if I had to grab one thing and leave my house?"

Circumstances requiring a 72 hour kit:

  • tornado evacuation
  • flood evacuation
  • earthquake evacuation
  • etc.

While we recommend building your own 72 hour kit, there are ready-made kits available. You can purchase them and add items to customize for your individual needs.

Recommendations:

  1. Build your own 72-hour kit to fit your individual needs
  2. Consider your gender. Women may have certain hygiene needs and medications while men may require certain gear or medications.
  3. Consider your age. Babies and children may require certain food and suppies. Elderly people may also have specific needs.
  4. Toiletries might include: soap, deodorant, simple hair care and makeup, etc. See our full list.
  5. Make sure the kit supplies are readily available for quick grab and go

A 72 hour kit is a short term version of a go-bag. Its purpose is to provide many of the necessary, high priority, critical survival gear needed to live away from home short term. The kit is a budget friendly personal survival kit. 

A 72 hour kit is used in evacuation scenarios. Whether you're in a vehicle with other supplies or on foot surviving on the move the survival gear you need is on hand.

This survival kit is Stage 2 of the recommended survival kit system. Be sure to build the Emergency Essentials Kit from Stage 1 to include in your 72 hour kit. Both kits contain required essentials for long term evacuation.

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Table of Contents

  1. Survival Essentials
  2. Survival Priorities
  3. Complete Checklist
  4. Recommended Products

Survival Priorities

The human body has certain requirements to survive. For example, we need clean air, water, food, etc. We also want our blood on the inside of the body. These human needs can be prioritized based on urgency (i.e. drinking water doesn't matter if we can't breathe, etc.)

We recommend gear based on our list of survival priorities. The gear we recommend at each stage will have these priorities in mind. We should purchase critical gear and supplies first and organize it so it's portable and accessible.

We also take into account the likelyhood of needing a particular item in most survival situations. While it's possible, the odds aren't high that we might need a facemask over a flashlight or multitool, etc. We do recommend some tools early in the checklist because they facilitate other higher priority items. For example, a good multi-tool can help out in so many ways. We push it toward the top of the list.

Our 72 hour kit checklist takes into consideration years of experience in the outdoors as well as the checklists provided by the Boy Scouts, research on the web, military personnele we know and recommendations from first responders. 

We do urge you to customize your kits to tailor to your needs. Consider your common activities, health requirements, people in your household, etc.

Keep in mind, 72 hour kits are Stage 2 gear. Other stages compliment and add to these kits. Make sure you have Stage 1 Emergency Essentials before getting serious about these items.

Survival Priority List

Priortize your gear and supplies based on this list.

  1. Air
  2. First Aid/Mental Health
  3. Communication
  4. Tools
  5. Shelter
  6. Warmth
  7. Water
  8. Food
  9. Hygiene
  10. Self Protection
  11. Extra Clothing
  12. Container 

 

Survival Priorities Explained

Complete 72 hour kit Checklist

This checklist has everything you need for a complete 72 hour kit. We recommend you download and print out the checklist. Then below, shop for recommended products you need. 

72 hour kit

Pack highly effective gear for the critical functions of life. Gear should be stowed in a sturdy, comfortable backpack for mobility. Here's a sample of some of the recommended survival items:

Survival Gear

  1. 2-way Radio
  2. AM/FM Radio/Charger
  3. Headlamp
  4. Multi Tool
  5. Field Knife
  6. Camping Tarp
  7. Bivvy or Sleeping Bag
  8. Hand Saw
  9. Water Bladder (full)
  10. More...

First Aid

  1. Trauma Shears
  2. Chest Seals
  3. Rolled Gauze
  4. Aluminum Splint
  5. First Aid Reference Guide
  6. Abdominal Pad
  7. Bleed Stop
  8. Pressure Bandage
  9. Tourniquet
  10. More...

Survival Toiletries

  1. Toilet Paper
  2. Toothpaste
  3. Camp Soap
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Cotton Swabs
  6. Body Wipes
  7. Trash Bags
  8. Hand Sanitizer
  9. Feminine Hygiene
  10. More...

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Recommended 72 hour kit Products

Explore recommended survival products for the 72 hour kit survival gear. Below we go through each checklist item and suggest highly-rated, quality products.

2-way Radio

A 2-way radio is incredibly handy if the grid goes down. You can communicate with others and in many cases listen to public notifications and instructions. Be sure to get trained and learn about the existing regulations.

Required Attributes:

  • 2-way
  • AM/FM/NOAA
  • Rechargeable

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

We like the BaoFeng radio. It comes with the right channels and is very configurable. We are part of a group who checks in every week to test their radios and protocols. Admittedly we don't check in that frequently but there is peace of mind that comes from knowing you can communicate with others. 

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2-Way Radio - Budget

High power, dual-band, 2-way radio and walkie talkie

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2-Way Radio - Durable

High powered, durable, dual-band, 2-way radio and walkie talkie

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AM/FM Radio/Charger (USB)

Having a recharging resource is critical to power phones, GPS, etc. Having a rechargeable flashlight has a lot ulility as well.

Required Attributes:

  • crank recharger
  • AM/FM/NOAA channels
  • USB port
  • flashlight

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

We like the recharging capabilities of this radio. A few cranks generate a lot of power. We can charge phones, radios, and more with the USB cable. 

We also like this radio as a backup to the BaoFeng 2-way radio for public communications. We can listen to the public announcements while using the 2-way to communicate.

The rechargeable flashlight means we can have light any any time. The recharging capabilities of a device like this would get used a lot.

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Hand Crank/Solar Rechargeable AM/FM/SW Radio, LED Flashlight, Power Bank - Rugged

Emergency hand crank/solar powered energy source, radio, LED flashlight

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Hand Crank/Solar Rechargeable AM/FM Radio, LED Flashlight, Power Bank - Budget

Emergency hand crank/solar powered energy source, radio, LED flashlight

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Cell Phone

A cell phone can be a great communication device if the grid is still up. It can also connect you with the internet and provide entertainment in dull periods.

Required Attributes:

  • phone
  • GPS
  • data connectivity

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

If the grid is still up your cell phone can be used to call for help, find your location (GPS), look up first aid and edible plants, keep from boredom, etc.

We strongly recommend including a method of generating power (solar, crank or both) so you can keep the phone going. We live where there are a lot of clouds so a crank option is best.

Use your own device. Most devices today have phone, text, Internet, and GPS capabilities.

Headlamp

Hands free working during an emergency is crucial. A rechargeable headlamp is perfect for activities in the dark.

Required Attributes:

  • rechargeable
  • multiple brightness modes (to save batteries or brighten an area intensely)

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

We have multiple options here. They are all quality products. The ultra bright lamp lights up a whole section of the forest and lasts for hours at a time. The others are more modest in brightness but last much longer.

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Rechargeable LED Headlamp 450 Lumens

Durable, rechargeable 450 lumen LED head lamp for hands free survival

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Rechargeable LED Headlamp 300 Lumens

Durable, rechargeable 300 lumen LED head lamp for hands free survival

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Rechargeable LED Headlamp 130 Lumens

Durable, rechargeable 130 lumen LED head lamp for hands free survival

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Ultra Bright Headlamp

Ultra bright, rechargeable 6000 lumen LED head lamp for hands free survival

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Multi Tool

A multi-tool might be one of the most used, most handy items on the list. You'll use it to build shelter, process firewood, process and cut food, fix gadgets, etc. You should have a multi-tool in Stage 1. We recommend having a second, more robust multi-tool in Stage 2 as well - it's worth the extra weight.

Required Attributes:

  • 2 blades
  • pliers
  • saw
  • file
  • screw drivers
  • can opener

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

The Leatherman Wave is the most popular multi-tool for sale - and for good reason. It is super reliable and has all of the required functions plus other hand items. We use our Wave all the time - seriously, every outing.

There are other great options but if you can, spring for the Wave or Signal.

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Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool

The most popular, reliable survival multi-tool on the market

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Leatherman Skeletool

Our pick: Leatherman Skeletool - EDC Survival Multi-Tool

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Swiss Army Pocket Knife

Top Pick: The Swiss Army Knife is a classic EDC multi-tool that covers everything.

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Lighter

A Bic lighter is the best tool for starting fire. Fire is required for warmth, cooking, light, sterilization, etc.

Required Attributes:

  • light weight
  • adjustable flame
  • reliable
  • low effort

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

Bic lighters have a reputation for reliability. The one-flick open flame is a welcome site when it's night or cold. They require so much less effort than a ferro rod, bow, etc. Of course they'll eventually run out of fuel, but while they last they're ideal.

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Lighter

Ideal primary option for rapid fire starting

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Arc Plasma Waterproof Lighter

Ideal enhanced option for rapid fire starting

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Paracord (50 ft) (Extra)

Paracord can be used to build shelter, hunting traps, attach gear, make a perimeter, etc. You should have 50 ft in Stage 1 and we recommend another 50 ft in Stage 2.

Required Attributes:

  • Type III 550
  • certified paracord
  • 7-strand

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

For the weight 550 paracord is widely regarded as the standard. The military has chosen type 3 550 paracord for its parachutes and other functions. We're going to side with them on our recommendation - especially for the cost.

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550 Paracord Type 3

Milspec type 3 550 paracord for survival

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550 Paracord with Integrated Fishing Line, Wire, Tinder

Enhanced milspec type 3 550 SurvivorCord for survival

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Camping Tarp

A camping tarp is a light weight, waterproof shelter. It'll keep you out of the elements and can be set up in so many layouts. 

Required Attributes:

  • light weight
  • waterproof
  • windproof
  • UV protected
  • large
  • durable

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

This tarp is a great value. The function for the price is very attractive. It's lighter than a tent and can be used in so many ways.

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Waterproof Bushcraft Tarp

High end emergency tarp shelter for outdoor survival

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Camping Tarp System

Budget emergency tarp shelter for outdoor survival

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Bivvy or Sleeping Bag

A good night sleep is crucial to attitude and decision making - especially in stressful circumstances. We prefer a full cold-weather sleeping bag here but can settle for a bivvy in warm weather climates.

Required Attributes:

  • light weight
  • warmest you can afford
  • water resistent if possible

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

Cold weather sleeping bag - getting through a night in an emergency is hard enough. Getting through the night in the cold is debilitating and dangerous. Having a cold-weather option is the best. 

Budget sleeping bag - Having a sleeping bag with insulated clothing and shelter can help you get through a night, especially in a warmer climate.

Bivvy - a bivvy is light weight but lacks insulation. It can radiate heat back to the body but anything your body touches gets cold. It can work well if you have the right clothing layers or another source of heat.

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Sleeping Bag - Cold Weather

High end 4-season survival sleeping bag for emergencies

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Sleeping Bag - Budget

Budget 3-season survival sleeping bag for emergencies

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Emergency Sleeping Bag Thermal Bivvy

Radiant survival sleeping bag and bivy with whistle and 550 paracord.

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Sleeping Pad

At Stage 2 we recommend a sleeping pad for comfort. Get the best night sleep possible.

Required Attributes:

  • light weight
  • foam (inflatables eventually give out. I have used the same inflatible for 50+ camp nights but it's less reliable than a foam option.)
  • reflective

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

We like a reflective surfaced, closed-cell foam pad. They are reliable, durable and can be used for more than just sleeping (i.e. sitting on a cold surface). They are easy to hang on a pack.

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Reflective Foam Pad

Comfortable, radiant, heat-trapping sleeping pad

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Tent (2-man)

Shelter protects you from the elements. Saying warm is key to survival and saying dry and out of the wind help keep you warm.

Required Attributes:

  • light weight
  • backpacking tent
  • rain fly or sealed tent
  • vestibule for gear storage
  • 2-man

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

We like a tent in this level but it may not be required. We prefer a tarp because it is very light and versatile. We keep our camping tents near our 72 hour kit so we can grab it if we think we'll need it. However, we don't reserve space in our bag for one. It can be added to the outside easily. 

Having said that, having a tent in an emergency could make the world of difference. We recommend a quality tent so you can rely on the waterproof seams, poles and zippers.

In Stage 3 we require a tent for the household.

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Marmot 2-Person Tent

High end emergency shelter for outdoor survival

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2-Person Tent

Budget emergency shelter for outdoor survival

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Water Container (Bladder)

Hydration bladders are typically larger and more flexible. You want to carry as much water as your weight limits will require. We strongly recommend including one. 

Required Attributes:

  • light weight
  • name brand (a cheap bladder can fail quickly)

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

Carry as much water as you can. This water bladder is name brand and reliable. Your back pack may come with a bladder so buy this after the pack.

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Hydration Bladder

2 Liter leak proof hydration bladder for emergency kit packs

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Hand Saw

Process firewood, remove obstacles, and make tools and weapons with a sturdy handsaw. We reserve a hatchet for Stage 3 because of the weight factors.

Required Attributes:

  • light weight
  • sturdy
  • highly rated

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

Cutting is a more efficient activity than chopping. A saw is also lighter than a hatchet. Besides, you can use the field knife for splitting small rounds. 

A 0.5 lbs this hand saw is very highly rated because it is durable and reliable.

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Hand Saw

Portable, foldable hand saw with case 

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Duct Tape (Flattened Roll)

Fix gear, patch tents and clothes, start a fire, etc. with duct tape. 

Required Attributes:

  • trusted brand
  • 2 - 3" wide

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

Duct tape is a very versatile fastener. It's also a great fire tinder. In Stage 2 we recommend a full roll flattened out.

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Emergency Duct Tape - Compact Roll

Emergency sized duct tape for survival situations

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Maps

In an evacuation you may end up in a location you don't know. Keep maps of areas you may relocate to.

Required Attributes:

  • trail map - should have roads, trails, and land features. Topo maps are handy too.
  • current - have a recent edition
  • water resistent

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

We like area maps with enough details to see creeks, small trails, and other features. We have 4 maps for our area and surrounding areas. We don't keep them in the go bag since we use them frequently but they are stored near by. 

Fasteners (Safety Pins, Carabiners, Zip Ties, etc)

Having handy safety pins and other fasteners can help keep gear together, clothing in place, and get you out of a bind.

Required Attributes:

  • light weight

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

Several safety pins work on clothes and cloth gear.

Use 2-4 carabiners to stow gear.

Include 10 zip ties at least 12 inches long to lash items and stow gear. 

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Carabiner (non-climbing)

Standard D-shaped carabiner for securing gear to packs

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Carabiner Heavy Duty Locking (non-climbing)

Heavy duty D-shaped carabiner for securing gear to packs

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Carabiner - Climbing Rated

D-shaped carabiner for climbing or securing gear to packs

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Zip Ties

Handy nylon zip ties for emergencies

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Backpack (Tactical or Hiking)

Make all your gear mobile with a well fitting, comfortable backpack. Consider tactical packs because you can attach molle pouches to them or a waterproof option if you live near a lot of water.

Required Attributes:

  • Backpacking or military style
  • Internal frame
  • Right size for your body size
  • Has a number of compartments and pockets

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

We highlight a number of packs to fit your size, climate, and preference. We've used a number of these packs and they've held up well.

  • We like our compression packs because you can get a lot of gear inside a compact format.
  • We like our military pack because its versatile and we can add pouches
  • We like the waterproof option for people on the water
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Hiking Backpack - Medium

Quality backpack for bug out bags, 72-hour kits or other emergency organization

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Internal Frame Backpack 65L

Large high quality military-style backpack for bug out bags, 72-hour kits or other emergency organization

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42L Tactical Backpack

Quality military-style backpack for bug out bags, 72-hour kits or other emergency organization

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Waterproof Survival Backpack Dry Bag 40L

Waterproof dry bag backpack for bug out bags, 72-hour kits or other emergency organization

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Power Bank (USB)

We recommend a number of battery powered devices (phone, GPS, radios, etc.) Power banks can double or triple the life of your devices. If you have a place to charge or can leave a solar cell connected while you travel you can store extra charge without using the crank charger.

Required Attributes:

  • light weight
  • compact
  • 10,000mAH
  • USB C (make sure it fits your device cords)

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

Most of the portable power banks are similar in spec. We highlight a rugged water proof version, super compact version, etc.

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Portable, Waterproof Power Bank - Rugged

Rugged 10000mAh portable, waterproof power bank and USB charger

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Portable, Compact Power Bank - Compact

Ultra compact 10000mAh portable power bank and USB charger

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Portable Solar Charger, Power Bank, LED Light

High capacity solar powered 25000mAh portable power bank and USB charger

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Solar Charger (USB)

Portable solar chargers can be very helpful in the right climate. We live in a place with a lot of cloud cover so they're not super effective. However, in many locations they are a great option for off-the-grid power. If you get one, be sure to use it before an emergency so you know if it's effective.

Required Attributes:

  • light weight
  • high rating

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

Most solar chargers are similar. The size of the cells usually directly correspond to the effectiveness of the device. Direct access to the sun is the bigger factor. 

These options are very highly rated meaning a lot of users have tested them for you.

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Portable Solar Charger

Large, foldable solar charger for emergency recharging

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Portable Solar Charger, Power Bank, LED Light

High capacity solar powered 25000mAh portable power bank and USB charger

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Hand Crank/Solar Rechargeable AM/FM/SW Radio, LED Flashlight, Power Bank - Rugged

Emergency hand crank/solar powered energy source, radio, LED flashlight

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Battery Charger (USB)

Charge the batteries of your mobile devices. 

Required Attributes:

  • light weight
  • single battery charging
  • under charge/over charge protection

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

Connect to a solar device, PC, or any device with a USB port. Charge the batteries quickly.

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Battery Charger (USB)

Top rated, USB recharger AAA/AA batteries - NiMH/NiCd

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Extra Rechargeable Batteries AA/AAA

Pack extra batteries for longer device usage and to charge while you're using the current set.

Required Attributes:

  • 2,000mAh AA or 800mAh
  • Many recharges
  • Long term storage capacity
  • Ni-MH

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

Swap out batteries with long lasting rechargeables. Keep your devices going. The eneloops have held up very well in tests. They can be recharged over 2000 times, hold a charge for 10 years, and recharge using solar power.

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Rechargeable Batteries AA

Top rated, rechargeable AA batteries - NiMH

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Rechargeable Batteries AAA

Top rated, rechargeable AAA batteries - NiMH

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Headphones

Use simple headphones for private listening to radio notices. Imagine an evacuation to a stadium during a hurricane. The noise can be very annoying. Minimize your noise production by plugging in.

Required Attributes:

  • light weight
  • very compact

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

This set is affordable, compact and uses a standard jack.

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Earbuds

Standard earbuds ideal for quiet listening of radios.

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Waterproof Paper and Pen

Communication and activity logs are important. Leave notes, track first aid activities (patient progress), and track other activities.

Required Attributes:

  • waterproof

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

Normal paper and pens fail and wear out quickly. Use waterproof paper and pens for durability.

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Waterproof Paper and Pen

Make notes with waterproof paper and pen

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Recommended 72 Hour First Aid Kit (IFAK)

Explore our recommended survival products for the 72 hour kit First Aid Kit (IFAK). Below we go through each checklist item and suggest highly-rated, quality products.

Personal First Aid Kit (IFAK)

Treat injuries or illnesses with your robust field individual first aid kit IFAK. We haven't found the perfect 72 hour kit first aid kit. The best way to build this kit is to purchase a couple of first aid kits and merge them to get the best collection of first aid supplies. The extra supplies go in your House Kit (Stage 3).

See the checklist for the complete list.

Required Attributes:

  • modest weight
  • compact, pocket-sized
  • contains bandages, meds, and other items for very common cuts, scrapes, etc.

Reasons for Our Pick:

The First Aid Kit EDC kit is a field/tactical first aid kit with uncommon, advanced supplies like a tourniquet and pressure dressing. The larger first aid kit has the remaining supplies. 

Use the smaller case for your Stage 1 first aid kit and use a molle pouch for the other supplies to remain with your 72 hour kit.

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First Aid Kit - Compact

Standard, Portable IFAK First Aid Kit

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First Aid Kit - EDC

Personal Everyday Carry IFAK First Aid Kit

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First Aid Kit - Tactical

Tactical, Portable IFAK First Aid Kit

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Recommended 72 Hour Toiletries Kit Products

Explore our recommended survival products for the Toiletries Pouch. Below we go through each checklist item and suggest highly-rated, quality products.

Portable Toiletry Kit

Stay clean and comfortable with a personal, portable toiletry kit. A toiletry kit tends to unique to each individual. Select products you enjoy day to day.

Required Attributes:

  • complete
  • compact

Reasons for Our Pick:

We recommend you make a list and buy extra items next time you go grocery shopping. Include the items in a cosmetic or toiletry bag. 

This kit needs to be mobile so weight is still an issue. Include only critical supplies in this Stage.

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Toiletry Kit

Toiletry kit for emergency preparedness

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Travel Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Travel sized toothbrush and toothpaste for emergency toiletries

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Body Wet Wipes

Clean your body with large wet wipes

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Recommended 72 Hour Kit Extra Clothing Products

Explore our recommended survival products for 72 hour kit extra clothes. Below we go through each checklist item and suggest highly-rated, quality products.

Complete Change of Clothes Plus Cold Weather Gear

Your change of clothes should be waterproof. Use a drybag and pack a complete set of clothes. Also include the cold-weather gear and jacket. It is so important to maintain a healthy body temperature. Stay dry, stay warm.

Required Attributes:

  • underwear/socks
  • base layer
  • shirt/pants (we love zip offs so you have shorts as well)
  • hat/gloves
  • insulated, waterproof jacket
  • good footwear - we expect you'll have this at the time of evacuation 

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

In a bug out situation you want extra clothes and outerwear to stay clean and warm. At the same time you don't want too much extra weight so only carry what is recommended.

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Convertible Zip Off pants/Shorts

Quick dry, comfortable zip-off cargo pants/shorts

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Base Layer

Durable, stretchable base layer for cold weather

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Knit Hat - Beanie

Durable, stretchable rib-knit insulated beanie hat

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Waterproof Gloves

Durable, waterproof gloves for emergencies

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Recommended 72 Hour Kit Food Products

Explore our recommended survival products for 72 hour kit extra food. Below we go through each checklist item and suggest highly-rated, quality products.

Food Ready to Eat and Food Production

A 72 hour kit has limited space for food and water. However, it's important to have light weight calories ready to go. We recommend keeping energy bars, trail mix, and dehydrated meals along with a light stove and fuel. 

Also include fishing gear, snares, and paracord to make a bow. Of course you want to modify your emergency kit for the area you live in. 

If you know you'll be in the outdoors indefinitely try to save the ready made food by eating food you can forage or hunt.

Required Attributes:

  • light weight
  • effective
  • legit

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

We live in an area where fishing, hunting, and foraging are options. We recommend buying a fishing kit and modifying it for the fish in your area. Add bait you know will work. 

Also, we like real snares over cheap wire. They're more effective and ready to go.

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Mountain House Emergency Food Pouches - 2 Servings

Emergency dehydrated food storage 2 servings

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Jetboil Backpacking Stove

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Light Weight Backpacking Stove

Lightweight, rapid boil backpacking stove

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Stove Fuel

All-season camp stove fuel

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Camping Cookware/Mess Kit

Modern cookware mess kit with accessories

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Documents, ID, and Cash

Keep critical ID and docs on a small thumb drive as well as paper copies. Keep an amount of cash in a variety of bills.

Required Attributes:

  • light weight
  • waterproof container

Reasons for Our Recommendation(s):

Stow important documentation in a waterproof ziplock bag or container. In an evacuation it's possible you may need to verify who you are and purchase things like food, fuel, ammunition, etc.

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Minimalist Wallet

Durable, minimalist leather wallet 

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