A basic 72 hour kit is a good minimum level of preparedness. In case of a severe winter storm, hurricane, or some other event that disrupts normal life a good emergency kit will be extremely welcome. These kits can be put together for friends and family as well and given “just in case.”
Adjust and customize as needed:
[ ] Three gallons water per person
[ ] Three days supply of food – canned goods requiring no cooking is ideal. Military MRE’s are perfect. A Mountain House Freeze Dried Food bucket is also an excellent option requiring only water to prepare.
[ ] Flashlight – a durable high quality LED flashlight with extra batteries should be part of the kit.
[ ] Radio – cell phones may not be working and the power may be out. An inexpensive AM/FM radio is a minimum.
[ ] First Aid Kit
[ ] Multi Tool – these offer a variety of functions in one small package. The Gerber Suspension is a good choice.
[ ] Several rolls of toilet paper and needed feminine products
[ ] Four washcloths/hand towels, 2 bottles rubbing alcohol (sanitation cleaning)
[ ] Copies of documents such as birth certificates, insurance policies, and drivers licenses.
[ ] Back up battery chargers kept plugged in – for cell phones.
[ ] List of family and friends with phone numbers/addresses.
[ ] $100 in cash – small bills.
[ ] 3-4 blankets
[ ] Large tarp
[ ] Bic lighters – 2
[ ] Duct tape
[ ] Hard candy – morale booster
As stated customize to fit your needs and location.