The Emergency 72 hour Backpack

 March 15, 2011

Hi Folks !

OK, this week I believe it’s appropriate to discuss the Bug-Out Bag.

Your PERSONAL 72 Hour Emergency Supply Kit

One Bag/Kit for Every Member of your Family.


No Excuses Now, remember the Poor 60 year old guy who ended ten miles out on the ocean, on his roof

He got there because he said that he went back to his house “to get a few things”

Even Christ said not to go back in the house to get your cloak !

Remember Lot’s wife.

You Must have a grab and go bag, Near the door, grab it, leave and don’t look back !


Imagine, there are MANY situations that call for such supplies. Even a spur of the moment summer trip !

What would YOU need ?


An adult can carry 50-75 pounds long term, on their back with a proper pack & frame,  children less, and USE animal paks for pets !

web belts with military surplus mag pockets and canteens are very useful along with a backpak.

Here’s a basic list:
  • Enough food and water to last for 72 hours. This includes:
  • Water for washing, drinking and cooking.
  • Canada recommends 2 litres per person per day for drinking plus an additional 2 litres per person per day for cleaning and hygiene.
  • New Zealand recommends 3 litres per person per day for drinking
  • US recommends 1 gallon (3.78 litres) per person per day.
  • Non-perishable food
  • water purification supplies
  • Cooking supplies & mess kits
  • A first aid kit including stitch kits, forceps, scissors
  • Belts with boy scout or military style buckles can be used to bind packages, tie things down, and even tourniquets.
  • Fire starting tool ( matches in waterproof container, Flint & Steel, lighters, Fire Piston.) a few self lighting charcoal briquettes & boy scout firestarters, FLARES
  • A disaster plan including location of emergency centers, rallying points, possible evacuation routes -motorized and by foot !
  • Everyone should have copies of all important keys: house, vehicle, safety deposit box etc.
  • Professional emergency literature explaining what to do in various types of disaster, studied and understood before the actual disaster but kept for reference (red cross books)
  • paper masks and even respirators and gas masks are useful for lots of conditions.Better than a wet rag although even they have their place. Bandannas…
  • Maps and travel information -Laminated as paper disintegrates in Rain
  • Compass & GPS gear
  • signal mirror
  • Standard camping equipment, including sanitation supplies
  • Fold up shovel military style
  • Weather appropriate clothing ( poncho, headwear, gloves, etc.) Cold weather waterproof gear is ALWAYS a good idea even in summer. HIKING BOOTS
  • Bedding items such as sleeping bags and blankets
  • Enough medicine to last an extended evacuation period
  • Medical records
  • Pads, paper, pens, pencils
  • Pet, child, and elderly care needs
  • 3 sets minimum socks, underwear, t-shirts, you cannot have enough WHITE socks !
  • Footcare: powder, bandages, moleskin, blister treatment & needle to drain, alcohol wipes.. Nail clippers.
  • Battery or crank operated Radio.
  • walkie talkie for every member of your party, extra rechargeable batteries plug in charger, car cigarette powerchord, & small solar charger
  • Lighting (battery or crank operated flashlight, glow sticks).  LED HEADLAMP,  small solar battery charger. Candles.
  • Firearms and appropriate ammunition
  • $25-$1000 Cash and change, as electronic banking transactions may not be available during the initial period following an emergency or evacuation
  • Credit cards & blank checks, debit cards.
  • Positive Identification: COPIES such as drivers license, state I.D. card, social security card, official id’s, current first aid cards
  • Passport & Birth Certificates, copies of titles & deeds as well, Weapons permits. Wills, medical-living wills, all in  a WATERPROOF CONTAINER
  • Fixed-blade and folding knife
  • Duct Tape and rope/para-cord
  • STRONG climbing carabineers, not the junk ones people use for keychains, you need 3 for a “Z” drag, used to control decent or Pull something heavy.
  • The ratchet and strap tie downs with hooks attached are VERY useful – 3 for a “Z” drag around trees & carabineers, bungee with hooks.
  • Plastic tarps for shelter and water collection
  • Slingshot, pellet gun, blowgun or other small game hunting equipment
  • Wire for binding and animal traps


        I have discussed some of the items above in previous Articles, so a review may help

 Especially the WATER Article. 

If You remember one thing for Water Remember this:


In that order,  for the water you drink that day, per person.

So your kit should have the tools you need for that, aside from carrying what water you can

Bottled or in your canteen or water backpak.


If You have a dog, get a backpack for him, and get him used to wearing it BEFORE the emergency.

A muzzle is a good thing if you are in a crowd situation, although shelters will probably not allow pets.

You will need food, water, and medications for your pet as well, so get a good sized backpack for him, so it can carry some of your extras too.

Collar and leash.


MRE’s are great if you can stomach them, buy some and eat them, see what you like and order enough for everybody’s pak.

Pepto Bismal, imodium, antacids, help under stress as well.

High Energy Food bars are good.

Comfort food, coffee, tea, jerky, hot chocolate, Gatorade for electrolyte replacement.

Don’t forget the Cholera rehydration “salts” as defined in the Cholera article, put a few in everybody’s pak.

Nuts and dried fruits in a trail mix “gorp” has always been a staple for hikers.

Canned meats like HAM and SPAM are good protein treats.

Powdered everything in packets are light and provide plentiful food.


Remember the food  & drink you choose SHOULD be high calorie, high nutrition.

You will be under stress and be using up your body’s resources and WILL need to replenish, especially if on foot.

Bring extra to share, especially if your destination is a shelter so you can make new friends or help kids.

Bring entertainment items, decks of cards, Jax & ball, small chess & checker sets.

They not only amuse but bring some friendship and normalcy to the situation.

coloring books and crayons are good for everyone.


Make up one extra for each vehicle and keep it IN it, include extra Oil, antifreeze, windshield washer, and a 5 gas can(empty)

A good shovel, pick or iron pry bar, glass breakers, seat belt cutters, and road first aid kit flares and blinking/rotating/strobe lights.


Like the child getting his radiation scan in the photo of Japan, it is a good idea to sew the child’s name and address tags on the front of jackets !!

For those like minded, sew a bar of silver in everyone’s jackets and pant cuffs, many uses for a bar of silver,

it is an always has been the equivalent of a steak dinner, at all times and all market values.

It will get you a ride, or thru a door or border.


DATE everything with Marker, and check the paks often, replace and consume what is due to expire !!


Add on items YOU suggest in the comments box below !









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