Essential DIY Adult 72 Hour Kit with Printable Checklists

Are you prepared? Do you have 72 Hour Kits? Follow the simple checklist and menu plan to put together everything you need for your Adult 72 Hour Kit today!

Are you prepared? Do you have 72 Hour Kits? Follow the simple checklist and menu plan to put together everything you need for your Adult 72 Hour Kit today!

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Are you prepared? Do you have 72 Hour Kits? Follow the simple checklist and menu plan to put together everything you need for your Adult 72 Hour Kit today! Do you have your 72 hour kits ready?  I have spent weeks reading everything I can get my hands on to try to make the best 72 hour kits for our family. Hopefully we never have to use these, but I’m glad we have them all done now. I was joking with my husband the other night that if there is ever an emergency, we better grab those first since I spent so stinking much time researching them!

Now that I have done all the grunt work for you, this should be a super easy project where you simply print the list and put together your supplies!

We were lucky to already have quite a few supplies for our 72 hour kits. I had half-heartedly thrown some together, but that was back when our 4th kid was just a baby. We really needed to update things to suit our current needs. I figured if I was going to put in the time, I was going to do it right. Since April and October are the months that we focus on Emergency Preparedness, we went all out this time. Let me break it down for you:

My Criteria

For our 72 hour kits, I wanted to have things in the backpacks that were practical, easy to use, and easy to access. We have 2 emergency totes in addition to the backpacks. One tote has extra emergency supplies and the other has extra food. I am hoping that we would be able to grab all the extra totes in the event of an emergency. If we have to leave on foot we have the necessities in our bags, but they aren’t so heavy that we can’t manage them. Knowing that some kids won’t be able to carry their own packs, and some kids would most likely have to be carried made this extra important.

72 Hour Kits, do you have yours? Follow the simple checklist and menu plan to put together everything you need for your Adult 72 Hour Kit today!

Within the backpacks, each category of supplies is separated by a Gallon Ziploc bag. This will make it easy to find things when we do have to use our kits, and also will make rotating things MUCH easier. Get your Adult 72 Hour Kit Checklist here!

Emergency Supplies

72 Hour Kits, do you have yours? Follow the simple checklist and menu plan to put together everything you need for your Adult 72 Hour Kit today!

I have an amazing Aunt who has given us TONS of emergency supplies over the years. Every Christmas, I look forward to seeing what new things we will receive. One year we got a portable toilet! With little kids, I can’t even tell you how awesome that will be to have an actual toilet seat to use!

I looked through a ton of different websites (check out my Emergency Preparedness Pinterest Board) and came up with a checklist that worked for my family. I tried my best to include links to exactly what we have in our kits. We included the essentials like:

Hygiene

72 Hour Kits, do you have yours? Follow the simple checklist and menu plan to put together everything you need for your Adult 72 Hour Kit today!

This list seemed pretty basic. Pretty much everything you can find in little travel sizes, which makes it convenient.

  • Baby wipes, Chapstick, comb, deodorant, feminine hygiene, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, lotion, razor, shampoo/conditioner, soap, toilet paper, toothbrush/toothpaste, and washcloth.

Clothing

Again, basic.

  • Long shirt and pants, 2 socks, 2 underwear

Food

This is the area where the bulk of my time was spent. I wanted food that:

  • is light weight
  • has a fairly long shelf life
  • has enough calories
  • we would actually eat.

This last part is still somewhat up in the air. We don’t eat many processed foods, and it is pretty hard to find whole foods that have a long shelf life without packing #10 cans in each person’s backpack. I tried to keep things as healthy as possible. My kids were getting excited over most of the things I was putting in the cart, so that is a good sign. Some of the foods they have never tried before, but the shelf life and calorie count won me over. I plan to rotate these foods out and use them as fun foods in the kids’ lunches during the school year since they are all grab-and-go types of foods. (to find more food ideas, see my other post just on emergency food here.)

Day 1

72 Hour Kits, do you have yours? Follow the simple checklist and menu plan to put together everything you need for your Adult 72 Hour Kit today!

Day 2

72 Hour Kits, do you have yours? Follow the simple checklist and menu plan to put together everything you need for your Adult 72 Hour Kit today!

Day 3

72 Hour Kits, do you have yours? Follow the simple checklist and menu plan to put together everything you need for your Adult 72 Hour Kit today!

I split up the food into bags labeled Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and included a menu. Super user friendly. For the oatmeal, I included a baggie with regular oats to add to the instant oatmeal. This gives it more substance and calories. I figure you can also then use the bag to soak the oats in overnight. With the food being split up into the different gallon size bags, you can also reuse that bag for making the Ramen noodles and the chicken and rice dinner. Each adult backpack also contains 4 bottles of water.

72 Hour Kits, do you have yours? Follow the simple checklist and menu plan to put together everything you need for your Adult 72 Hour Kit today!
Get the Adult 72 Hour Kit Shopping List here!

Calories

72 Hour Kits, do you have yours? Follow the simple checklist and menu plan to put together everything you need for your Adult 72 Hour Kit today!

Knowing that my calorie count was higher than just the minimum needed for survival was important to me. The count isn’t super high, but I figure right around 1500 calories is a pretty good amount in a backpack. Remember too, that we have a whole other tote filled with more food. Get your menu with calorie count printable here!

I have a whole other post on just the food aspect of things where I break different food options up by easy to hard in preparation for your kits!

Documents

Each 72 hour kit also has a Grab and Go Binder with printouts of Emergency phone numbers, our Family Emergency Plan, a card with our family info, and an up-to-date family photos and all the other important documents we would need.

Whew! That was SO much work! Really, the peace of mind knowing that that I am prepared is very satisfying. Because I made such an effort to keep this simple, I hope to be able to maintain the kits over the years and never have to do a complete overhaul again!

What do you have in your 72 Hour Kits?

Are you prepared? Do you have 72 Hour Kits? Follow the simple checklist and menu plan to put together everything you need for your Adult 72 Hour Kit today!

4 thoughts on “Essential DIY Adult 72 Hour Kit with Printable Checklists”

  1. Great job! But what are you planning to do with the instant breakfast? They need to be added to milk. You might want to add some instant milk packages.

    1. Also, I am seeing things that require cooking and I’m not seeing any means to do that, a pot or pan to cook in, or dishes and silverware. Several of your items also require extra water. I don’t mean to be negative. It is great that you are preparing your family.

      1. maintainingmotherhood

        Totally not seeing this as negative, thanks for clarifying! Earlier in the post I did state that we have additional totes and emergency water. If we had to leave but were able to take our car, those totes are packed with additional foods and cooking items and are easy to access. Everything in the backpacks can be cooked with just adding water (there is additional water in adult backpacks compared to kid backpacks) although it wouldn’t taste quite as delicious as it would if it were cooked, for sure! I tried to make things as simple as possible in the backpacks knowing that we had other resources that were also ready to go if we had the time and means to carry it.

    2. maintainingmotherhood

      We have tried them mixed with just water and they taste fine. It will give an extra boost of calories and provide variety to plain water!

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