Monday, October 6, 2014

72-Hour Kits and What Not To Do!

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Knowledge is power...only if you apply that knowledge to your goal.  I know a lot about 72-hour kits and what to put in them.  But maybe not so much about updating them :)

This weekend was the semi-annual General Conference for members of the LDS faith.  This conference is held in April and October of every year.  Many of us use the bi-yearly time to change out batteries in smoke detectors, inventory our food storage, and change out our 72-hour kits.  It's funny that April and October seem to come around a lot faster then we think.  I swear it wasn't that long ago that I had gone through all of our 72-hour kits.  But the proof will show you......that wasn't the case.  

Case in point #1

 My daughter said that even if that was all there was left to wear, she couldn't fit into it.

Case in point #2

 My son is 11 and I'm pretty sure he doesn't wear diapers anymore.  It was hard to take a picture because we were laughing so hard!

Case in point #3

 This child is 18 and had a coat that fit my 6 year old.  We were laughing really hard by this point.  I could hardly take the picture when she zipped it up.  She laughed and said at least she would be partly warm if she had to wear it.  haha!!

Case in point #4
My 6 year old had a bottle and baby formula in her kit.  She would probably have fun drinking out of the bottle, but the formula not so much. She didn't even have a toothbrush in her kit like the rest of us. She didn't even have teeth when I made her she is losing her front teeth. 

How did I not go through these kits in the last 5 years?!?!?!  I did move a year and a half ago, but still, I'm a slacker.

 This was most of the expired food from all 7 of our kits.  It was mostly yucky. The smells...I can still smell them.  My kids added new clothes, in the correct sizes, in their kits, and I have a list of things to buy to bring them all up to date. I think that these kits were not on my mind because I feel that an evacuation in my area wouldn't be likely, it could happen, but not likely.  So I probably put the thought of updating them out of my mind. Having a 72-hour kit, or grab-and-go kit, or a bug-out-bag is a smart thing to have though. I'm not saying that they aren't important. No one knows what the future will bring and it's always a good idea to be prepared for whatever may come our way.


  1. Haha! This is hilarious! This reminds me need to go through my kids' clothes in our kits. What a fun family memory you have here as well as a good reminder to not assume the clothes are growing along with the kids while staying tucked away. --Megan

    1. It really was a funny situation! My six year old is still talking about the bottle in her kit. Making memories....never thought to add that positive twist to it :)

  2. It is a excellent idea dear. It provides me with a direction to put together my own 72 hour kit. Actually, I will travel and thinking to create a 72 hour kit with regard to emergency usage. Till right now, I prepare a checklist which includes some fundamental things which we require on daily basis. I must add some eatable points too.

  3. Your article is perfect and is pointing out the right approach as well as first aid for medical emergencies. However, if you are looking for a perfect shtf kit, then you must include the following things in your list:
    Cotton-tipped swabs, thermometer, needle and thread, scissors, first aid handbook, petroleum jelly. These are the most common and preferable things that must be included in your kit. Thanks and best of luck!!!


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