Having a 72 hour kit is something that we have been counseled to have as members of the church. As we are entering these last days, it is imperative that we are prepared for the calamaties that will befall us as we are witnesses to the things that are foretold in the scriptures.
While we do not know when a disaster may befall us, we are expected to be prepared. This means having a short suppy of food, drink, clothing, money and other necessities ready to go at a moment's notice.
While many of us have prepared a 72 hour kit in the past, we may not have taken the time to make sure that everything in it is still good. Having a kit that has food or beverage that is too old, or clothing that is too small is the same as not having one at all. That is why we need to check over our kits at least every 6 months. This is a time to change out items for newer ones. That way if a situation arises where the kit is needed, it will be usable.
I like to check the items in my kits every General Conference weekend. I check that the food is still in date and the clothing is in the right size. With growing kids, this is a very important step. I also take the time to check the batteries for the flashlights as it would not be good to find leaking batteries when that flashlight is needed.
If you have not put together a 72 hour kit, you should make it a priority to do so now. Also set up a regular time to check your kits to make sure they are in good order and to replace items that may need replacing.
Here are some general guidelines of what you should include in your 72 hour kit:
Food and Water
You should have a 3 day supply of food and water for each person.
Protein-Beef jerky or peanut butter are some ideas
Canned Tuna or other meat
Candy and gum-make sure to include some hard candy in your kit.
Water-1 gallon/4 liters per person per day
Bedding and Clothing
Change of clothing-short and long sleeve shirts, pants, socks, undergarments, etc.
Rain Coat or poncho
Blankets-including emergency heat blankets
Fuel and Light
Flashlights and Lamps
Duffel bag or backpack to put 72 hour items in
Infant needs if necessary
Dishes and Utensils
Radio with batteries
Pen and paper
Personal Supplies and Medication
First Aid supplies
Feminine Hygiene if necessary
Cleaning Supplies--soap, shampoo, dish soap, hand sanitizer
Immunizations-up to date
Medication-acetiminophen, ibuprofen, children's medication
Personal Documents and Money
Please place these items in a water proof container
Vaccination records-up to date
Pre-paid phone cards