Make a 72-Hour Kit in 12 Steps: Step 8 – Emergency Items

Here are several emergency items I keep in our 72-hour kits and supplies. You certainly could buy expensive items, but if finances are tight start with something you already own and add additional items later. Keep it simple so you will get the job done.

Step 8: Emergency Items

  • Radio – Everyone wants to know what’s going on in the outside world during a disaster. As much as I love my cell phone, keeping it charged is not always possible during a power outage. I keep a solar radio in our kitchen window so it is always charging.
  • Flashlight & Batteries – We have a small battery operated flashlight in our kits, but I really like our running headlamps because they are bright, have various levels of lights and you can wear them.
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Work gloves – These protect your hands from broken glass, dirt or other dangers.
  • Hand/Foot Warmers – We use these every year for skiing, but they are useful to keep your hands and feet warm during any cold weather.
  • Mini First Aid Kit
  • Needles and Thread – These are useful to repair clothing.
  • Trash Bags – Keep a few extra for sanitation or weather protection.


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