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In addition to your First Aid kits and other emergency kits, it’s always a good idea to be as well prepared as possible. This means packing a 72-hour bag (or longer, depending on your needs and how prepared you want to be). When it comes to assembling your bag, though, it can be difficult to decide what exactly you should include.

Here is a handy checklist you can use to assemble your 72-Hour Bag. You don’t need to gather everything here; this serves as a way to give you ideas on what to pack so you can omit or even add additional items as you see fit.

Clothing & Apparel

  • Back Pack
  • Bandana
  • Belt (heavy duty)
  • Dust Masks
  • Gas Mask
  • Hat
  • Hiking Boots
  • Long Johns Underwear
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Spare Shoe Laces
  • Sun Glasses
  • Sweater
  • Underwear
  • Winter Gloves / Mittens
  • Wool Socks (x2 pair)
  • Wool Blanket
  • Work Gloves

 First Aid / Medical

  •  After Bite
  • Antiseptic wipes (Alcohol and iodine)
  • Antibiotics
  • Bandages and Bandage Wraps
  • Benadryl (for bee and wasp stings)
  • Burn Cream
  • Butterfly Sutures / Bandages
  • Cortisone cream (for poison ivy, etc.)
  • Cotton Balls
  • Decongestants (Colds)
  • Dental Kits
  • First Aid Manual
  • Gauze Pads
  • Imodium (Anti-diarrhea)
  • Iodine Tablets (radiation)
  • Latex / Surgical Gloves
  • Lip Balm (medicated)
  • Medical Tape (white)
  • Nail Clippers
  • Needles (for suturing, sterilize with alcohol wipes)
  • Neosporin (Triple Antibiotic Ointment)
  • Quick-Clot (stops bleeding)
  • Saline Nasal Spray
  • Safety Pins – Various sizes
  • Sewing Kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Surgical Blades
  • Vaseline
  • Tampons / Maxi Pads
  • Tweezers
  • Tylenol / Advil

Matches, camping supplies, survival products

Fire & Heat

Food / Cooking / Water

  • Aluminum Foil (about 5 feet folded)
  • Aluminum bottle (carry water, boiling)
  • Beef Jerky
  • Book on Edible Plants
  • Can Opener
  • Coffee & Filters
  • Collapsible Water Container
  • Energy Bars (3000 calories)
  • Granola Bars
  • Hose (siphoning or drinking)
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Oxo Cubes
  • MRE’s
  • Packs of condiments (ketchup, mustard, hot sauce)
  • Portable Mini Stove
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Seeds (for planting)
  • Soups
  • Tea Bags
  • Water Purification Tablets

Hunting & Protection

  • .22 Rifles and ammo (and cleaning kit, oil)
  • Binoculars
  • Ammo Belt Pouch
  • Arrows (wood and aluminum)
  • Chain Link for fish
  • Crossbow
  • Fishing Kit (Line, Lures, Jigs, Weights, Reel, Floats, Etc.)
  • Fishing Rod (ice fishing length)
  • Hunting Knife (and sharpening stone)
  • Mosquito Head / Body Net
  • Mosquito Repellant with deet
  • Pepper Spray
  • Sling Shot and ammo
  • Snare Wire

Hygiene

  • Bar of soap
  • Comb
  • Dental Floss
  • Deodorant (non-scented)
  • Gold bond powder
  • Razors
  • Shampoo
  • Maxi Pads / Tampons
  • Tooth Brush (Portable)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothpicks
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wash Cloth
  • Wipes

Navigation, Signaling and Lighting

  • Batteries (AA, AAA)
  • Hand Crank Radio
  • Head Lamp
  • Flash Lights (LED)
  • Fluorescent Trail Marker Tape
  • Light / Glow Sticks
  • Map and Compass (local area / province)
  • Mirror
  • Survival Manual or Book
  • Whistle

Tools & Other Equipment

  • Axe (chopping axe)
  • Garbage Bags (black and white)
  • Duct Tape
  • File (Sharpening tools, shaping wood, etc.)
  • Folding saw
  • Folding Shovel / Pick
  • FRS Radio
  • Measuring Tape & Sewing Tape
  • Multi-Purpose Tool
  • Padded Ground Mat
  • Para cord / Rope
  • Saw (Bow Saw – Collapsible)
  • Small screwdriver with all bits
  • Tarps (waterproof with grommet holes)
  • Wire Saw
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Zip Ties

In addition to the above, it’s always good to keep some additional money on hand in case you need it, especially if you’re facing the possibility of unemployment.