Begin a 72-hour Kit • January Prep Challenge #4

Our fourth January preparedness challenge is to begin a 72-Hour Kit. This week we’ll also stock up on travel toiletries for our kits and toiletries for our home. A 72-hour kit has supplies if you need to evacuate. Everyone should have a kit at home and at work. Let’s start with the one at home.

Begin a 72-hour Kit • January Prep Challenge #4


These kits can become expensive, so each month I’ll suggest a few items to add to yours. You can gather things as quickly or as slowly as you wish, and you don’t have to buy everything I suggest. There is a list of everything below if you want to finish more quickly.


  • All emergency supplies will NOT fit in a large backpack, so be very picky about what you do put in your backpack or carry-on bag. A carry-on suitcase works well too if you struggle carrying your bag.
  • “A backpack shouldn’t weigh more than about 25% of the weight of the person carrying it. So if a person weighs 125 pounds, the total weight of the backpack should be no more than 31.25 pounds. Of course it should be lighter if a person does not have strength to carry it.” (Barbara Salsbury from the book “Preparedness Principles”)
  • Backpacks on a frame can withstand bad weather and rough handling and could carry a sleeping bag. However, those on a frame are not suitable for small children or seniors.
  • Can you imagine the number of bags at an evacuation center? Label your kit with your name or first initial and last name. Put your phone number inside. We use duct tape and a permanent marker to put our names on our bags.
  • Use an additional container like a bucket or tote to carry the rest of your supplies in case you evacuate by car. You can keep a family tent in its own bag. You you could attach a small tent to a backpack as well.


These are some items to add to your kit this week. You don’t need a whole roll of toilet paper. Store some in a baggie and store the travel toiletries in a baggie too. If you already have a kit, check on the usability of these supplies.

  • toilet paper – enough for three days OR wipes
  • travel toiletries – check dollar stores for the best sizes and prices


Also this week, begin to stock up on a few toiletries at home. Watch for sales. Having extra home supplies will help you during troubled times. Other than toilet paper, I like to stock up on these toiletries for 6 months to a year. Do what works best for your finances and home space.

  • toilet paper
  • soap or body wash
  • deodorant
  • shampoo/conditioner


Get your family involved when adding items to their 72-hour kit so they take ownership and master this skill.

Best wishes and stay healthy,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Purchase my food storage and emergency preparedness items in my Etsy shop.

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