Some of the challenges with choosing clothes for our 72-hour kits are changes in our clothing sizes and seasons. So your best option is to pack clothes that will work in most weather conditions, and items that are bigger than what each family member currently wears.
Whatever you choose, a change of clothes in your 72-hour kit will be useful if you ever need it. Imagine evacuating in a skirt and heels; common clothing attire for many LDS women headed to church. Or a man wearing a suit and tie? A change of clothes would very helpful if the clothes you are wearing get dirty, torn or wet.
You probably won’t be able to fit all of your clothing inside your backpack, so you will probably need an additional bag. Clothes pack more easily if you roll them up together and wrap with a rubber-band. Shoes just need to be near the pack. To economically build your clothing packs, go through your home and gather what you already have before you head to the store.
It is recommended that you keep your 72-hour kits near an exit of your home. We keep our shoes by the front door and our packs in the front closet. I don’t care how un-decorative my entryway looks with shoes in a basket and boots on a drying mat. Knowing our shoes are there is a good feeling. Our snow coats hang in the front closet, and I just stacked our snow pants on a shelf in there as well.
Update your 72-hour kits every 6 months to make sure your clothing still fits. Some LDS families check their 72-hour kits around General Conference time in April and October.
A few years ago I picked up some matching yellow T-shirts at Michael’s craft store so each family member would stand out in a crowd if we ever got separated. Some families have matching tie-dyed shirts which could be a fun family home evening idea. For bottoms I like sport pants and snow pants.
February is a great time to find needed items because stores are practically giving away cold weather items. You can even pick up used pants at a thrift store. I know jeans seem warmer, but they don’t dry easily when they get wet. Obviously, choose what you think will be best for your family.
Most of you moms with infants already keep well-stocked diaper bags which make perfect 72-hour kits for children because you are consistently changing the clothing and food as your child grows.
Hopefully, you will get started if you haven’t begun already. Whatever 72-hour kit clothing you choose will be one step forward to having some peace of mind.
Suggested Clothing Ideas
- Underwear (2)
- Socks (2)
- Long-sleeved t-shirt
- Short-sleeved t-shirt
- Long pants (sport pants or snow pants)
- Cap or beanie hat
- Mittens or gloves
- Closed-toe shoes
- Coat (consider the current night temperature)
- Rain-poncho or large plastic trash bag
72-Hour Kit in 12 Steps