Constructing The Functional 72 Hour Survival Pack: Tricks Of The Trade

If you have not noticed the frequency and magnitude of natural disasters seems to be getting exponentially more devastating with each passing decade.  Emergency preparedness planning is becoming more important everyday.  One of the quickest and most effective things you can do is to get a survival pack.  These are backpacks typically have all the essential supplies you would need to survive to live for 72 hours after a catastrophe.
Always be sure that your survival kit is light enough to carry in the event that you must leave your home quickly. It is feasible that not everyone will be in the house when there is an emergency, so the kit must be light enough for everyone to tote it.

Everyone should have an individual kit that is monitored for the appropriate clothing changes at least once a year.  Packing the materials in a Ziploc bag is a smart move in the event of some type of emergency flooding situation.

Be sure the kits are light enough to carry around for a period of time. You cannot be sure what type of emergency you will face.

Make sure some type of flashlight is easily accessible in your backpack gear.

This is a brief primer to assist you in sticking to the essential items that must be included in a 72 hour survival kit, and also to tailor the contents to your own requirements. An item that one person sees as crucial, someone else may dismiss.

Emergency storage containers:

A powerful, rugged kit is ideal for adults. For the little kids, just a small backpack is perfect.

A pail is a useful tool to include some important items in your 72 hour kit. You can include some cooking utensils, and it can also serve as a commode if the situation requires it.

Include some type of barrel liners as well as toilet tissue to supplement the use of your pails to create a usable and functional toilet.


Water is without question the key item to have in a disaster.  While you can survive for a reasonable period without eating, you must have water. The suggested quantity for survival is one gallon daily to allow for consumption and other uses.

Plastic water containers are very portable and convenient for easy storage. Put a couple in each of the backpacks. While they won’t solve all your problems, they serve as a great thirst quencher if you need them quickly.

In the event you are short of water, water purification tablets are cheap and simple to tote around.

Food & Supplies :

High calorie energy bars are small enough to pack easily, and they have a shelf life of five years.

“MREs”, also known as military meals, can prove to be very useful. These items are also edible for up to five years.

Dehydrated food meals – these packets are also convenient for easy storage and preparation. All that you do is add hot water, and you have a meal in 15 minutes. These packages will last forever. But you must have water on hand. If part of your emergency kit is in cans, bring some type of can opener.

Warmth & Shelter:

This is addressing the need to be relaxed and comfortable. Bring items which will not only provide enough heat, but that also make you feel comfortable.

A favorite sleeping bag or emergency blanket is ideal for this purpose, and easy to pack. Seeking the best quality out there:

Butane products are the perfect portable tools to provide heat for cooking and warmth. The butane containers can be placed in your survival kits.

Hand warmers are ideal to have and can provide heat for several hours.

Having matches or a reliable lighter is a smart move in an emergency.

Having a waterproof poncho is critical in the event of a storm. In the event that you don’t have access to a poncho, you can improvise with the use of a large trash bag.

Light Sources:

Multi function flashlights can double as a radio a well as providing a light source.

The importance of 100 hour candles: These items are ideal for three purposes – a light source, a heat source, and a cooking tool, and they are effective for four days.