72 Hour Emergency Kit List

In a world of earthquakes, hurricanes and terrorist threats, having the necessary essentials on hand is imperative for survival in case of an emergency or natural disaster. Everyone should have an emergency survival kit containing enough supplies to last for at least 72 hours or more. These supplies should be stored in a duffel bag, backpack or any other storage container that is easily accessible and convenient to carry should you need to evacuate.

Food and Water

Have emergency supplies on hand in case of a disaster.

You should have enough food and bottled water to feed every member of your family for three days.  Food should be non-perishable and should not require cooking or refrigeration. Canned foods such as tuna, Vienna sausage and beans are convenient options.  Cans should be the kind that pop open rather than the kind that needs a can opener. Dried fruit, protein bars, granola bars, cereal, trail mix and crackers should be in your kit as well. 

Clothing and Blankets

An emergency kit should contain warm blankets and clothing.  Include weather-resistant clothing such as rain coats, parkas and boots. Long-sleeved shirts, sweat pants and a sleeping bag should be packed as well. 

Survival Equipment

A 72-hour emergency kit should have essential items readily accessible.  Examples include a flashlight, a battery-operated radio and TV, water purification tablets, a utility knife, candles, matches, extra glasses or contact lenses, extra batteries and a supply of any necessary medications.

First Aid Kit

You should keep a first aid kit in your emergency pack, including cotton swabs, band-aids, aspirin, rubbing alcohol, gauze, soap, adhesive tape, string, Popsicle sticks, scissors, tweezers and any specific medications your family members will need. 

Important Documents

An emergency kit should include copies of important documents such as social security cards, immigration papers, birth certificates, marriage certificates, mortgage papers, drivers licenses, car titles, wills, insurance policies and bank account information in case the originals become lost or damaged. 

Car Kit

Travelers should keep a separate 72-hour emergency car kit in the trunk in case they are stranded in their vehicle during an emergency.  This kit should include blankets, jumper cables, a flashlight, a radio, batteries, dried food, water, tissue, flares, a rubber hose, a fire extinguisher, paper, pens, pencils, a first aid kit and any other essential items.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Bridgett Michele Lawrence began working as a freelance writer in 2008. She is an accomplished screenwriter, teacher and blogger. Her articles appear on the Sixth Wall and other websites. Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in screenwriting from New York University and a Master of Science in childhood education from Brooklyn College.