What's In Your 72 Hour Emergency Kit?

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  1. Jennifer Branch

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    Hey there! I feel like it would benefit my family greatly if we all have a 72 hour kit packed for the just in case. What would you suggest be in it?
     
  2. Keith H.

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    I don't see the point in a 72 hour kit, how can you possibly know how long the crisis will last for?
    Keith.
     
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    Sorry Jennifer, I did not intend my comment to put you off getting a kit together for your family, but I do think that you should think more long term. If you have two kits each, a 72 hour & one for longer term, what happens to the second pack if you have to leave home? Can each of you carry two packs? I just think it is easier to have one main pack each that you can grab & leave that will sustain you long term, or at least sustain long term as much as any pack can. You will never be able to carry enough water & food, so sooner or later you will have to find these, but with a well planned & equipped pack you should be able to leave the area & survive comfortably for a couple of weeks food wise. The pack does not have to be heavy if you choose the right contents.
    Just my opinion, others may think differently.
    Keith.
     
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    72 hours gives you breathing room to deal with the unexpected and get everyone in the family together.

    72 hours gets you from where you are to a meetup point, or home.

    72 hours gets "most " emergency services up and running- hopefully

    72 hours is a good base to start from. 72 hours, then 7 days, then 30 days, then a year.

    I would suggest 2 bags per person, or a 6 month repack for warm and cold weather. Id avoid all the threads about the "what if" and take a hard look at what you use on an average 3 day length of time. I run very little in my bags, I know from real life carrying too much means you are dumping gear you could have stored in a safe place

    I have

    4 prs of socks
    1 set thermal merino wool, with knit cap
    1 set of goretex top and bottom
    2 ponchos
    poncho liner
    heavy weight space blanket
    freeze dried food
    stove and fuel bottle
    Cook pot, stove and bottles ride inside
    MSR water filter
    2 steel Klean canteens
    2 1 gallon Nalgene canteens

    The Nalgene bottles/bladders thread on my water filter, if you've ever tried filling a container holding the hose in the water while pumping a filter you will understand why I run this combo

    I have a Prius stove and bottles, and an aluminum pot

    Any more than that and you are carrying too much crap

    Learn from those who do and ignore the 100lb BOB talkers because they have NEVER carried it. If someone hasn't walked from where they work, home, with all the crap they say they have ,put them on ignore because their advice will kill you

    I did a long series on the BOB concept on my page http://quietsurvivalist.com/category/survivalbobinch-bags/
     
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  6. Keith H.

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    I don't agree with the 72 hour pack principle, I see no point. One might just as well rely on the main pack for all occasions. If you need something to get you home from work, fine, but you would have to be a long way from home to need a pack.
    I do agree with the size & weight, one chap told me recently that his pack weighs 60 klg. My pack will last me a lifetime with no modern gadgets & it weighs 9 klg. The more you use your main pack the better. You will get used to what you need & what you don't need.
    Keith.
     
  7. Jennifer Branch

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    Thank you guys!
     
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