It has been a long time since I have posted a suggested list for the contents of a 72 hour kit or bug out bag. I look at the kit as designed to get you to some safe place within a few days. This is not a kit that will allow most of us to live in the back country without additional help.
FOOD -Three days’ supply of food minimum, (I carry more) to be determined by size and age of family and personal needs.
• MRE’s (meals ready to eat) or LRPs (long range patrol rations)
• Canned food – meats, tuna, sardine, fruits, vegetables chili etc, (I avoid these as to heavy) .
• Hard candy dried fruit, etc.
• Granola Bars or Power Bars
• Fruit bar or fruit rolls
• Mountain House or similar freeze dried of dehydrated foods
• Jerky or pemmican
• Home dried fruits
• Beans or pasta
U.S. military surplus mess kit or similar backpacking set
Knife, fork & spoon set
U.S. stainless steel canteen cup can be used for drinking or cooking.
One Qt. Military canteen. At least one depending on availability of water.
One Qt. Nylon canteen cover.
Aquamira Tablets, 4-year shelf life, or a good quality water filter like the one made by Aquamira, Katadyn or First Need. I like the Aquamira’s Frontier Pro which only weights 2 oz and will filter 50 gallons of water. The cost is under $25.00.
Bar of soap, small. I use the little ones out of motels.
Feminine supplies if needed, they can double as first aid dressings.
Personal items, tooth brush etc.
Insect repellant, many some insect repellents will double as a fire starter, check yours.
WARMTH AND SHELTER
Sleeping bags are the best choice for warmth and comfort, keep it light
100% wool blanket is the best second choice for warmth. Check the military surplus outlets and thrift stores.
Space blanket, emergency use only, poorest choice
A good poncho, not the cheap plastic ones. They can also be used to make a temporary shelter.
Waterproof match case
Strike anywhere matches
BlastMatch, Strike Force, Sparkie or varies fire steels are all commercial manufactured fire starters that will work after having been wet. I carry at least one of these in addition to matches.
A small container of cotton balls impregnated with vaseline.
Legal papers, money, insurance policies and other important documents.
A large trash bag
Battery or solar power radio, if weight allows
A good knife
A good LED flashlight and spare batteries. I carry a Powerfilm USB+AA solar charger and Eneloop batteries. It weighs 6.2 ounces including two batteries.
50’ hank of parachute cord
Small shovel for burying waste
Large rucksack or other means of carrying kit.
CLOTHING is an item that depends on the area in which you reside, and the time of the year. Be sure and pack warm clothes, if you have to stay outside all night it can get cold even when it seems hot during the day. Keep the weigh as light as possible.
FIRST AID KIT
The kit should contain a minimum of the following items. If possible package them in a water proof container.
• Surgical dressing, approx. 4” x 6 or feminine hygiene pads
• Band-aids assorted sizes
• Gauze pad 4” four each
• Adhesive tape ¾”
• Ace bandage
• Triangular bandage
• Anti-diarrhea medicine
• Aspirin and acetaminophen
• Calamine lotion
• Moleskin for blisters
• Prescription medicine as needed
Personal protection or hunting items of your choice.
Keep in mind that this is just a suggested list; yours will vary depending on your age, health, strength, physical conditioning, experience, skill levels and local conditions (weather). Do your best to keep it light.