72-Hour Kit Checklist

It’s important to have a 72 hour kit ready in case disaster strikes. Here’s a checklist to get you started.


  • Can Opener
  • Dishes/Utensils
  • Shovel
  • Radio (with batteries!)
  • Pen and Paper
  • Axe
  • Pocket Knife
  • Rope
  • Duct Tape

Personal Supplies & Medication

  • First Aid Supplies
  • Toiletries (roll of toilet paper—remove center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag, feminine hygiene, folding brush, etc)
  • Cleaning Supplies (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc. Warning: Scented soap might “flavor” food items.)
  • Immunizations Up-to Date
  • Medication (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, children’s medication, etc.)
  • Prescription Medication (for 3 days)

Personal Documents and Money

  • (Place these items in a water-proof container!)
  • Scriptures or inspirational books (miniature ones are lighter)
  • Genealogy Records
  • Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts)
  • Vaccination Papers
  • Insurance Policies
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Pre-Paid Phone Cards

Fuel & Light

  • Battery Lighting (Flashlights, Lamps)
  • Extra Batteries
  • Flares
  • Candles
  • Lighter
  • Water-Proof Matches

Bedding and Clothing

  • Change of Clothing (short and long sleeve shirts, pants, socks, jackets, etc.)
  • Undergarments
  • Rain Coat/Poncho
  • Blankets and Emergency Heat Blankets
  • Cloth Sheet
  • Plastic Sheet

Where Do I Get These Supplies?

You can find a lot of these types of supplies at a local camping or outdoors store. Two of the companies we review on this site, Quake Kare and Survival Food Kits, have an excellent selection emergency preparedness supplies.