Everyone should have a 72-hour emergency kit. It is an essential part of being ready for emergencies that may happen at any time. Whether you are at home or in the car, it is important to be prepared for anything life can throw your way. This blog post will give you three-day emergency kits ideas on what to include in your kit and how to pack it properly so that when something does happen, you are ready!
Put together a bag with everything you might need in an emergency.
- Make sure that the bag is waterproof and easy to carry.
- The items should be of high utility, meaning that they are necessary for day-to-day life as well as during emergencies. For example, a whistle would be useful in an emergency but it isn’t something you need every day so it wouldn’t make sense to put it in your bag.
Include things like water, food, first aid supplies, and other necessities
This one requires a bit more planning and maintenance to manage. Typically, a person needs about 2 liters of water per day. This means that if you have a three-day kit, it should include at least six liters of water.
Pack items like granola bars and trail mix to keep your energy up until help arrives or you return home. You may also want to pack some snacks for your kids in case they get hungry while you are waiting for rescue personnel to arrive.
A list of some important items: a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, water, and non-perishable foods (like canned goods), blankets/sleeping bags, toiletries like toothpaste and soap.
Keep the bag in your car or near your front door so it’s easy to grab if needed
From experience, our bag is in the closet of the main entrance to the house. Anytime we need something like a headlamp, first aid kit, or thermometer; it’s there quick and easy to access.
Maintain a list of emergency contact numbers located on your 72-hour kit. It is also helpful to keep the number for poison control, as well as animal bites or insect stings in case anyone needs medical attention while you are waiting for help to arrive.
If there are children living at home with you, it’s important that they know where things like the band-aid are, or items they can use safely.
Add items as necessary – for example, add blankets if you live somewhere cold or sunscreen if you live somewhere sunny.
The most important thing to remember is that a 72-hour kit should be tailored to your specific needs. Make sure to stock up on any medications you might need, as well as food and water that will last for at least three days. Be prepared, and stay safe!
Be sure to pack extra clothes and shoes for yourself and any children who are living with you because they may not have enough of their own clothes or if you need to leave the house quickly, you may not have time to grab clothes, etc.
Don’t forget to put in any food or supplies for your pets!
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