The increasingly inaccurately named ’72 hour kit’

Our emergency kit started out as a generic Costco ’72 hour 4 person kit’. I wasn’t happy with the quality or quantity of the contents (although I’ll admit that just having a basic bag was a vast improvement over the ‘cabinet lottery’ we would play in any sort of emergency situation). The arrangement was expanded to one bag for each member of the household and tailored to their needs, but with each capable of carrying the group for the requisite three days if needed.

Our increasingly incorrectly labelled bug out bag

Pictured is one of the “adult” bags. Two of these are configured almost identically with slight variations for each person (one bag has feminine hygiene products and tinned tobacco/rolling paper whereas the other has a fully stocked first aid kit including vitamins, common over the counter medications and a dizzying array of bandages etc).

Our increasingly incorrectly labelled bug out bag

This bag, in its present configuration fully loaded weighs in at 40lbs. It is the heaviest of the three bags.

Our increasingly incorrectly labelled bug out bag

Contents are:

    Food / Cooking:

  • 5 MREs – assorted (two full meals, three 2 course packs)
  • 7 freeze dried meals.
  • 4 Lifeboat ration packs
  • Assorted hard candy/freeze dried ice cream/pemmican
  • 1 mess kit (plate/pot/pan), 1 melemine mug, 1 metal set fork/knife/spoon, 1 P38 can opener
  • 1 portable stove with 24 fuel tabs
    Water / Water Prufication

  • 12 125ml individual purified water packets
  • Sawyer mini water filtration system
  • 70 aquatab water purification tablets
  • 1 collapsable water bladder
    Light / Fire:

  • I small LED tactical flashlight (3x ‘AAA’ batteries)
  • 240 waterproof wooden ‘strike anywhere’ matches
  • 4 twelve hour chemical break lights

  • 1 roll toilet paper
  • 2 toothbrushes
  • 2 18ml toothpaste tubes
  • 1 bar soap
    First Aid (in IFAK attached exterior of bag)

  • CAT Tourniquet
  • 4″ trauma wound dressing
  • Celox-A with applicator
  • 5 pairs black nitrile ‘heavy’ gloves
  • 5 pairs N95 mask

  • 1 Kabar knife
  • 200 feet paracord
  • 1 facecloth
  • 1 cotton handkerchief
  • 2 pairs wool socks
  • 2 pairs white cotton t-shirt
  • 1 zip-up athletic sweater
  • 1 shemagh
  • 1 pair heavy leather work gloves
  • 1 camoflage poncho
  • 1 coyote poncho liner
  • 2 emergency rain ponchos (yellow)
  • 1 emergency bivvy (SOL)
  • 1 space blanket
  • 1 chapstick
  • 1 bottle insect repellent
  • 1 cannister OC dog repellent
  • 1 whistle
  • Maps (topo and road for immediate area) and lensatic compass
  • Notebook and pencil
  • SAS Survival Guide (collins Gem)

  • 1 ‘hand crank’ 2000 mAh portable battery
  • 1 ‘hand crank’ AM/FM radio/LED light

This kit could use some trimming, but seems to me to be fairly robust.


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