Stance: Studies on the Family

Brigham Young University Student Journal

First-Aid Friday: 72-hour kits

As families and as individuals, we have been counseled on multiple occasions to be prepared. Who knows what the future holds!  Tornados, droughts, blizzards, earthquakes, and many other natural disasters are on the rise in the world today, leaving us with no better alternative than to get prepared.

Now, you might be saying to yourself, “I don’t have the funds to have food storage right now,” or “I don’t have the space in my home for excess things.” Well, you’ve come to the right place. The experts at Stance have compiled a quick, affordable, and space conscious list of items you can collect that will help you to feel confident in case of an emergency.

So, grab your spouse, roommate, best friend, brother, grandma, or FHE group, and let’s begin the journey to becoming a more prepared people!

Items for a Substantial 72-Hour Kit:

-Water (1 Gallon/ 4 Liters Per Person)/ Water Filtration Bottle

-Food: Power Bars, Canned Food, Dried Fruit, Jerky, or Hard Candies

-First-Aid Kit

-Hand Sanitizer

-Flashlight and Extra Batteries

-Small Radio

-Duct Tape

-Pocket Knife



-Box of Waterproof Matches



-Jacket or Sweater

-Pair of Socks

-Toiletries (Toilet Paper/ Tooth Brush/ Tooth Paste)

*In the case of a quick exit, it will be useful to have your items contained in one area. You can use a 5 gallon bin, an old backpack, a bag, or anything you might have that could conveniently hold your 72-hour kit.

By Jessica Porter, Senior Editor


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