Easily Forgotten Items For Your 72 Hour Kit

72 Hour Kit

Don’t Miss This In Your 72 Hour Kit

Your 72 hour kit is vitally important. When you need it, you are depending on it for you safety so it must have the important items. Its hard to limit what to put into your 72 hour kit because there are limits.

Here is something that doesn’t take up much space but could make a huge difference in your family’s health and well being. Don’t make this mistake that is all to common while preparing for an emergency.

No Documents

In an emergency, you’ll automatically grab your wallet with your driver’s license and credit cards inside. However, having the following documents in a recloseable plastic bag already packed will give you peace of mind after the immediacy of the situation is over:

Contact List

You probably keep the name of your insurance agent, your sister who lives across the country, and other important people in your phone or on your computer. If you can’t access your electronic devices you may not be able to contact anyone.

Having a hard-copy contact list is imperative – especially if at the time of the disaster some of your family members are separated from each other. Being able to call a specified contact person reassures everyone.

Emergency Meeting Places

You’re not with your family all the time, which is why it’s good to have two meet-up places. One location should be near your home. The other could be a few miles away. Keep the address and a map of each location in your 72-hour kit. Again, in a time of stress you might not be able to remember whether you’re meeting at Rock Park or Central Park. So have it written down. Even better, have a dry run so everyone will remember the meet-up spot and how to get there.

Insurance Card

Obviously if you’re hurt, you’ll need medical attention. Having your insurance card handy will help you get through the paperwork quickly.   Medical information. A list of your medical conditions, allergies, and prescriptions is also invaluable if you need medical assistance. Even if you’ve packed your medications, take a list as well.

Insurance policies

During a disaster, you might not be able to contact your insurance agent. Having copies of your home and auto policies will ease your mind. You won’t wonder if your smashed car or flooded basement is covered.

Other Documents

FEMA recommends you have copies of your Birth Certificate, Social Security Card/Green Card, Passport, and Living Will in your 72-Hour kit. These documents are not as vital as the above papers, but they could come in handy.
– via www.independentlivingnews.com

Discoveries from testing a 72 hour kit

There’s no wisdom so useful as the advice that comes from experience. Below you’ll see what a prepper learned after testing out her own 72 hour kit twice. If you have the time, it’s a great idea to do a few of these tests, as well. You’ll never learn more about what you need but have forgotten than trying to actually use your prepper supplies and kits!

Over the last two months, on two separate occasions, I had the opportunity to test my 72-hour kit.  Yes, these tests were intentional…

MRE’s are good.

Meals Ready to Eat have improved dramatically over the last few years.  Today’s MRE’s are actually good.  The Chili with Beans MRE is some of the best chili I’ve ever had.  I have to fight my kids for the Pulled Chicken in Buffalo Sauce.  Ignore the serving suggestions of “main course plus side dish plus desert”.  I found one main course filled me up completely.

A rock works as a hammer – good thing!

We have lots of rocks in the Sonoran Desert.  By using a natural hammer, I saved a pound in my backpack.  Make sure you find a smooth rock as the rough rocks have a tendency to scratch up aluminum tent pegs.  (Using aluminum tent pegs in the hard desert soil might be a lesson also.)

Emergency fire starters are not fast fire starters.

I tried out the magnesium block with flint that is available from many stores.  You know the ones – use your knife to shave off some metal shavings, then use your knife on the flint to create sparks to ignite the shavings/dust.  This takes some time to get going. You may have better luck with firestarters with built-in ignition or this fire making system.

A cell phone is a very poor clock.

If you are out of digital service range, your phone will switch to analog mode and drain the battery faster.  Since Murphy is with you (“What can go wrong, will”), when you are out of digital service range, the battery will deplete at 4:30am and your phone will start beeping to tell you that it’s low on battery.  4:30 is too early to get up.  Best bet is to turn it off and use it when necessary.  Use your Casio G-Shock watch for your alarm.

Bring required medicines.

On my first trip, I forgot my allergy medicines.  Since I’m allergic to dust, this made the weekend of desert living rather miserable.  I brought the medicine on the second trip and life was good.
– via The Survival Mom

What are the most important pieces in your 72 hour kit?

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