How To Make 72-Hour Kits That Will Last Forever

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This post is all about how to make 72-hour kits that will last forever. I mean, once and for all, the food will be in a separate bag because as you know it goes bad, as in rancid. I store my 72-hour kits in my garage with a list I keep in a clear zippered bag that I have put in my kit/storage bag and also in Mark’s to keep everything dust-free. I have water stored right next to them with the water ready to grab and go. My food storage is in my emergency food pantry in the house ready to pick up and load in the car if the roads are driveable. I store it in a zippered bag as well.

Stored in Bags

72-hour kits

Water Storage

These are the water jugs I prefer. Water Bricks are my favorite because they have handles. I store these in clear sweater bags in my garage, ready to grab and go.

Mark 72-Hour Kits

You can see the hose that is lead-free to fill my water containers with clean pure water. I add this Water Preserver because I only have to rotate the water every five years. I have the blue bottles: Berkey Sports Bottles in each 72-hour kit to purify our water if needed.

I also have cases of Blue Cans. Yes, they are expensive but they store for 50 years and they have a coating in each can so the water will never taste like metal. Blue Can Water These are perfect for a college student or an elderly family member to have stored for emergencies. Trust me, they are worried about surviving if they can’t leave their campus or care center. They come 24 cans to a sturdy cardboard box. That’s all I wanted for Christmas in 2016. Water in cases from Blue Can. I call them my “set and forget water.” I can picture myself enjoying sipping every last drop after a disaster. Yep, indeed it’s the best tasting water.

Make 72-Hour Kits

I printed these on cardstock and placed them in page protectors. This way I never have to look again at what is in each of our 72-Hour Kits outer plastic bags (Mark and my kits) that keep our kits dust-free. Large Storage Bags and Medium Storage Bags

Make 72-Hour Kits Updated 2016





Work gloves

Personal unit: shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, shave gel, bar of soap, liquid soap, sewing kit & lip balm

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Basic unit: LED flashlight, batteries or a solar flashlight, poncho, paper, pencil, water purification tablets, garbage bags

First aid kit: safety pins, first aid book, 2 triple antibiotics, burn cream, non-latex gloves, gauze pads, butterfly bandages, aspirin, Ibuprofen, antacids, alcohol prep wipes, non-aspirin products, and any other products YOUR family requires for any special medical or other need. (*Please note, these I keep in a separate bag and I do rotate them to have fresh ones in my car, house, and 72-hour kit.)

Can opener

Toilet paper

Metal cups with silverware

N-95 masks


Goal Zero Solar flashlights

Safety Goggles

Latex-free gloves

Surgical kit with scissors


C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) notebooks

Stethoscope kit and airway punch

Hand warmers

4-in-1 tool

Duct tape

Berkey sport bottle

Signal mirror


Multipurpose pocket knife

Cash: small bills like ones and fives

These are also printed in colors and attached to my sheets above to remind me again to grab these items:








Emergency Binder Download by Linda

I hope I never have to leave my home for evacuation purposes, but Mark and I are prepared to grab and go. Please think of it this way when you make 72-hour kits. These are designed for 72-hours, but you may be gone for 2 weeks. Just giving you the heads up. You do not want to be a family that walks into a school, church facility, a Red Cross tent with nothing in your hands. If you do, you will be waiting to receive food and water. Keyword, waiting. I refuse to stand in line, I’m prepared. I hope you understand you must be prepared to take care of your own family.

The government may take days, weeks, or months to bring you a case of water if they can even get the water soon enough. Please do not depend on anyone but yourself. May God bless the civic clubs, churches, and schools to teach people to be prepared because they are not doing a very good job right now. If they are, people are not listening.

Thank you so much for those of you that get it, you are prepared, thank goodness. I love you for that. Linda

Here are the lists I designed years ago. You will pick, choose, and add what YOU and each family member need in their 72-hour kits.

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My Food Storage Bag

Food Storage Bag

Contents In The Bag

Contents of Bag

Here are the bags I buy to store my food storage to grab and go: Set of 2 Medium Chests 12 Guage Vinyl 12x16x8 each

My 72 Hour Kits-Fruits:

2 pineapple pouches-5 year shelf life

2 banana pouches-5 year shelf life

1 blackberry pouch-5 year shelf life

2 strawberry pouches-5 year shelf life

2 seedless grapes pouches-5 year shelf life

My 72 Hour Kits-Vegetables:

2 sweet corn pouches-5 year shelf life

1 green bean pouch-5 year shelf life- only the pantry can is available today

2 potato dices pantry cans-25 year shelf life

1 freeze-dried zucchini pantry can-25 year shelf life

My 72 Hour Kits-Protein & Milk Products:

2 baked potato cheese soup pantry cans-8 year shelf life-Only available in pouch size today

2 broccoli cheese soup pantry cans-8 year shelf life-out of stock-substituting baked potato soup today

1 strawberry yogurt bites in a pantry can-25 year shelf life

2 cooked white chicken meat pantry cans-25 year shelf life

2 shredded Colby freeze-dried cheese pantry cans-shelf life 20 years

1 instant black beans-pantry can

The approximate total for these food items is $249.35 plus tax and shipping. (PRICES FROM 2015) Remember, this is 13 days worth of fabulous food. I wanted 13 days because I know there will be people who have not prepared for any disaster.

Final Word

If my neighborhood must evacuate and go to a shelter like a school, or a church, I will have a little extra to share. I must say, please be prepared because I cannot feed the whole neighborhood. I would need a semi to drive there. Just saying.

And do not count on the government to have water and food waiting for you at the school, church, or shelter. It might be days or weeks before anyone can deliver water, food, or anything else. We are responsible for ourselves and our family. No excuses.

With the exception of the soups and the yogurt bites, these are only vegetables, fruits, meat, and cheese. All you need is water. The advantage of freeze-dried products is that you can eat vegetables, fruit, yogurt bites, and meat right out of the can. Of course, the soup would taste better with hot water, cheese and veggies added. May God Bless this world, Linda

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22 thoughts on “How To Make 72-Hour Kits That Will Last Forever

  • January 21, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Great ideas, Linda. I’m embarrassed to admit my bugout food expired A YEAR AGO and my flashlight batteries were dead! On the upside, I made a go bag for my service dog, and all her paperwork is now in a waterproof zipper binder pocket like you recommended.

    • January 22, 2018 at 5:19 am

      Hi Roxanne, no worries about the expired food. This is why I keep my food separate from the 72-hour bag. The only thing I change out in the bag every other year is the expired aspirin, etc. It’s right in the front of the bag ave your pets inside a ziplock, easy peasy to check and replace. I’m so glad you have your service dogs paperwork ready in a waterproof bag. Yay, you are rocking with preparedness. Linda

  • January 21, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Great article! Have ever considered switching out the Berkey bottles with a Sawyer product?

    • January 22, 2018 at 5:20 am

      Hi Jarrett, I have used Berkey Sports Bottles for years, but I am going to order a Sawyer one today and check it out. Thanks for the heads up on the Sawyer products. I love new ideas. Great comment! Linda

  • January 21, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Linda, I did a quick search but couldn’t find this.  Do you have or would you please make a similar post for get home bags?  My daily drive is at a minimum 1 hour each way, sometimes much more.  So many lists I come across are just unrealistic with the weight people think they can carry.  I’d love to see your thoughts  on it.  Thanks for all you do, I appreciate your insights and your work!

  • January 21, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I keep telling my mom to get a led headlight. I think headlights are crucial to every home’s emergency kit! If you use rechargeable batteries even better. If you have head lamps for each memeber in house everyone has both hands free to grab stuff and go. Its very important if you have young kids and/or pets especially in a night time emergency where power is out and you have to leave home fast. My mom has 3 little dogs and I have 1 dog 1 cat. Holding a flashlight is not an option . I keep my Princeton tech head lamp hanging near my bed side table. Some head lamps are too heavy some break easy this one has been good for over a year now.

    • January 22, 2018 at 5:28 am

      Hi Tara, I learned about the LED headlight/headlamps in my Community Emergency Response Team class. C.E.R.T. Yes, we have to have our hands free. Thanks for the tip on the Princeton Tech headlamp. I’m ordering one today. Great comment, be safe! Linda

  • January 21, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Have you thought of adding an Isreali bandage to your kits. It is a great multipurpose bandage

    • January 22, 2018 at 5:32 am

      Hi Gene, I have never heard of one these bandages. I’ll be ordering one ASAP, great comment and tip! Be safe, Linda

  • January 21, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Good job with the airway punch. I’m a nurse and I will be adding that to my supplies.

    • January 22, 2018 at 5:36 am

      Hi Deb, thanks for your comment, let’s hope I never have to use it, but I will be ready if I have to! Stay safe, stay well! Linda

  • January 22, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Linda, I read you to say the civic groups are not doing a good job of educating the public….. so will you come to Howell, Mich on Sept 8th 2018 and be a speaker at the 4th Family Emergency readiness EXPO?? We had 1200 folks attend the last two years [660 per year average] Find the EXPO on Facebook. My e mail is below. J R Drick Expo Director

    • January 22, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Hi JR, oh I love hearing you are doing an awesome job in Michigan. My husband belongs to the Exchange Civic Club right here in Southern Utah. They do a lot with the Children’s Justice Center, City projects, school scholarships, preventing child abuse. You are AMAZING to have 1200 show up to an expo on emergency readiness. I tip my hat to you! Utah would not get a turn out like that! I love this!!!So are you involved in a civic club or your family started this fabulous expo? This is a cartwheel moment for me! I wish people would do that here!!! Linda P.S. I’m going to follow you on FB!

  • January 31, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Hi I would like to use my own image as in your kit. I like how you put an image that looks like you, where or how can i find this?

      • February 4, 2018 at 6:56 pm

        Hi. Linda. I was referring to you printable emergency binder kit. It has the cartoon image that represents your self. I love it.

        • February 5, 2018 at 5:03 am

          Hi Yasmin, I had that designed by a graphic designer. It’s copyrighted, I’m glad you like it! Linda

  • March 31, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Hello, unfortunately I live in CT, a state that sucks government wise. But, I have been strategically accumulating alot of survival gear and supplies. Hopefully, if or when the SHTF I’ll be ok!

    • March 31, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Courtney, all we can do is be prepared to take care of ourselves. I love hearing you are strategically stocking up! Everyone needs to do that. Keep prepping, Linda

  • March 31, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Just so you know, tests have been done on both ‘expired’ foods and medications, and while they may no longer look appealing most are still edible and retain some of the nutrition even years later. Just make sure nothing is dented, bubbled, or rusty. Most medications were still good decades later. Also, verify if your food says “Use by” or “Best By”; though even those dates can be inaccurate as long as the package is unopened, and be sure to store in a cool, dry, dark place.

    • April 1, 2019 at 6:40 am

      Hi Davette, great comment, a good reminder for people to look for dented, bubbled, bulging, or rusty cans. I love it! Linda


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