72 Hour Kits

Make sure you have a 72 hour kit for each member of your family. These kits are the baseline for being prepared for an emergency. They should cover the essentials for getting you and your family through the first 3 days until more help can arrive.  

Click HERE to get the full government recommended checklist of what you should have in your kit.

Click HERE to buy our pre-made 72-hour kits for 1 to 5 people. 

Tips for Your 72 Hour Kit

Food Ideas

#1. Package each meal for each member in individual bags. PrepareNow.com's pre-packed freeze dried meals are a great way to do this. 

Breakfast Day 1
Lunch Day 1
Dinner Day 1

This prevents any loss of food for any one person in your party and allows you to keep order in your kits

#2. Pick foods your family will enjoy.

You will find that it is very important that you place foods in this kit that your family will eat regardless. You might plan to place foods in your kits that your family particularly enjoys, but that you don’t always serve.

#3. Rotate your food.

Most food comes with expiration dates on it. It will be important to rotate your food according to this schedule so that you do not find yourself in an emergency situation with expired food. A major advantage of PrepareNow.com's freeze dried meal options is their 25 year shelf life--less worrying every year about rotating expired food!

#4. Place food in your kits that are easy to prepare or ready to eat.

When you need to use this kit, remember you will have in most cases been evacuated from your home either by car or on foot. It will be a stressful time for your family. You may be in a Red Cross Shelter, in a campground or on the road or on the way to relatives homes. You will not have all the luxuries of home.

Cooking at best will be difficult. Please keep this in mind as you choose your foods for this 72 emergency survival kit.


Kit Storage Locations

You should prepare supplies for home, but also for workplaces and vehicles (you never know where you'll be when an emergency happens!) Here are some recommendations regarding storage locations.  

  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.

  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.

  • Vehicle: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.

Maintaining Your Kit

After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place

  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers

  • Replace expired items as needed

  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.