Japanese earthquake and seventy-two hour kits

This morning after hearing about the earthquake in Japan and the tsunamis, I decided that today’s post would be a quick review of seventy-two hour kits.  The earthquake and evacuation shows just how suddenly the need for a seventy-two hour kit can occur.  Now, might be a good time to check the contents of your kit or if you don’t have one, build one.  The following list is a very basic one.  More information will be put up in future posts.


Three days’ supply of food minimum, ( I carry more) to be determined by size and age of family and personal needs.
Suggested items

•    MRE’s (meals ready to eat)
•    Freeze dried or dehydrated products
•    Canned food – meats, tuna, sardine, fruits, vegetables chili etc.
•    Hard candy dried fruit, etc.
•    Top Ramen Noodles
•    Lipton Rice & Sauce or Noodles & Sauce
•    Granola Bars or Power Bars
•    Instant Breakfast
•    Fruit bar or fruit rolls
•    Grab & Go buckets from FreezeDryGuy
•    Mountain House or similar freeze dried of dehydrated foods

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.
One Qt. Nylon canteen cover.
Portable Aqua Tablets, 50 per bottle, 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 only about $25.00.

Toilet paper
Bar of soap
Feminine supplies
Personal items
Insect repellant

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Sleeping bags are the best choice for warmth and comfort
100% wool blanket is the best second choice for warmth.  Check the military surplus outlets.
Space blanket, emergency use only, poorest choice
A good poncho, it can also be used to make a temporary shelter.
Waterproof match case
Strike anywhere matches
BlastMatch, Strike Force and a Sparkie are all commercial manufactured fire starters that will work after having been wet. I carry one of these in addition to matches.
A small container of cotton balls impregnated with vaseline.

Legal papers, insurance policies and other important documents.
Large trash bags
Battery or solar power radio
A good knife
A good LED flashlight and spare 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.

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
•    Band-aids assorted sizes
•    Gauze pad 4” four each
•    Gauze pad 2” four each
•    Adhesive tape ¾”
•    First aid book
•    Vaseline
•    Ace bandage
•    Triangular bandage
•    Antiseptic
•    Anti-diarrhea medicine
•    Aspirin and acetaminophen
•    Calamine lotion
•    Cotton swabs
•    Ace bandage, 3”
•    Moleskin for blisters
•    Sunscreen
•    Mosquito repellant
•    Prescription medicine as needed


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2 thoughts on “Japanese earthquake and seventy-two hour kits”

  1. My kids love dry cereal, so I put their favorites in their 72 hr kits. Just take them out of the box and put the bag in. Just rotate it every 6 months so its fresh. That way they will be much happier having something they love to eat if in a bad situation. Especially the little kids. A box of cereal will last them several days. Not something for long term health wise, but for a hard situation it will keep my kids in a better mood.

  2. Good idea for the 72 hour kits. Its always a good reminder to double check and rotate the food. Another thing is if you have babies make sure to have a bottle and some formula if formula feeding and dont forget the diapers and wipes. I know I wouldn’t want to be without those. With the first aid you also want to have infant or children’s tylenol as well.

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