I’m excited to share Part 2 of our 72 Hour Kits for Families Series. Alright, now that we have our food all listed, prepped and set into menus, there are a few essential items to add to the individual bags, that are not food related! Obviously (like with any of this) there will be items that you’ll need to change up for your own family and needs. We tired to think of everything though. 🙂
As a quick side note, make sure to get a good sized, sturdy backpack for these. We find ours in the camping section. Prices vary from $15.00 – $60.00. There are some for every price range.
Old Glasses/Extra Contacts and Solution
How I packed them:
I grabbed a couple (literally) of gallon sized bags for these as well. I put all the Toiletry type stuff in one bag, and then all the “survival” type items in another bag. Neither were really filled, and you could probably get away with one. However, if something in the toiletry bag spilled/leaked I’d rather not have it all over the stuff from the other bag
Affording It All:
Let’s talk about Money. I felt like this part of the 72 hour kit was where it really got pricey. My best advice (besides price checking, knowing how much it’ll be, then saving or finding a way to buy it) is to look at a local dollar store for many items. However, sometimes Walmart, and Target (and many other stores I’m sure) have Travel Sized items for fairly cheap.
That’s what you’re looking for here. TRAVEL SIZE ITEMS (at least for the toiletry bag). So some of these things are around $1.00, some are cheaper, some a bit more expensive. With the wash clothes, I found a package at Walmart for super cheap, that had several. Even the First Aide Kits I had listed were small travel sized ones that were not expensive.
I also mentioned Old Glasses or Contacts. You could obviously get 2 pairs and stash one. I just figured that my previous glasses would be better than nothing if something happened to the contacts/glasses that I was using at the moment.
The “Survival” bag is where things got a bit tricky. I didn’t find everything at either Walmart of Target. This kind of stuff is in the camping section of the store. It costs about $1.00-$3.00 per item, depending on what it is. I was able to find some of the in packs with 3 or so, which for our family was helpful. We found the masks in the painting section, if you don’t find any in the camping section of the store. These are things you’ll for sure want to know how much they are, and plan for that.
The Low Down:
I feel like this is where it can be kind of overwhelming. That’s a big list. The great thing is, you only need 1 of every item listed. The other thing we decided was to just get 8. Even though our baby won’t need some of these things right away — someone else in the family might, right now. However, we’re not planning to use them any time soon. I figure, if we just stock hers while we stock everyone else’s, then she doesn’t go without when she’s older and I’ve forgotten to double check it all.
On the money envelopes for each person, I’d probably put somewhere how much is in them, so you remember. I think it’s best to seal it so the money isn’t tempting to use at some point when you think you need it. Seal it, leave it, and let it be there for when you may need it more than you realize. Who knows what kind of disaster may cause you to need money — or it could be totally useless. Better to be prepared though.
Here is what we have in the individual 72 hour kits. I believe I mentioned in Part 1, that we put 6 waters in each adult pack, and 3 in the kids packs.
This, is my keepin’ it real picture. It was a mess to put the kits together. The kitchen is obviously not picked up at all. The cardboard boxes were all over, but put into a pile before I snapped a picture. My daughter is there trying to make something with it all before I threw it in the recycling box. Lol. 🙂 It’s a process, but one everyone can be involved it, and one that could literally save your life and your families!