72 hour kits for kids

posted on July 12, 2014 by  |  posted under Boys, Fun With Kids, Girls, Organization  |  170 Comments



Are you ready?  Are your kids?

72 hour kits for kids

UPDATE: spreadsheet available at this link

Alright.  I know you all know about 72 hour kits and there are tons of websites with ideas and information about these, but as I was updating mine, I had a lot of people ask about what I put in it and how to go about it (how did people know I was updating you ask?  Never mind that it all graced my living room for almost a month)…so I thought maybe some of you might want to know as well.  Wow.  I think I just set a record for the longest run-on sentence.:)  Good thing I have an English degree.  Anyway, if you already know what to put in yours but haven’t done them yet…consider this your kick in the pants.  Ouch!  If yours are finished and sitting nicely in your easily accessible closet…way to go!  You rock!

For years, this has overwhelmed me.  Every time it was time to rotate one thing, everything came out of ALL the packs.  There was stuff everywhere that all needed to be organized…again.  I got smart this time.  It’s about time.  This system helps me wrap my brain around these kits, and as an added bonus: keeps everything dry.  I decided to group like items into categories and put them into ziplock bags according to their assigned category.  Clothes, Food, Light, Hygiene, etc.  Now instead digging through an entire pack to rotate the food,  I will just pull out the food ziplock bag and replace it with a fresh one.  You’ll see what I mean…

I took pictures for you.

*NOTE: I am in NO WAY an expert, this is just what I came up for my family after studying a lot of information.  There is SO MUCH that you CAN have in your packs, it can be overwhelming.  Just start somewhere and get the basics, you can always add to it.  Also, this is just the KIDS pack, our PARENT packs contain more supplies.


Everything in the pack.  I used old school back packs to hold everything.


long sleeve shirt, sweat pants, jacket, 3 underwear, 2 socks, warm hat, gloves, poncho, shoes (not pictured)

I used to stress about changing the clothes out for the different seasons but I read somewhere that you can just cut off the pants and the shirt if it is THAT hot and now you have summer clothes.  This same person recommended sweat pants because you can buy them a bit too big and they will still work, and then your kids can grow into them and you don’t have to replace them as often.  My boys are two years apart so I was able to just use all the stuff from my first boy and put it in my second kid’s pack.  My third is a girl and she will be wearing boy clothes in an emergency cause my second boy’s clothes were passed to her.:)

I am thinking of tying the shoes to the outside of the pack because I am out of room inside.


3 water bottles, emergency energy food, snacks and goodies my kids like (z bars, dehydrated fruit, fruit snacks, sucker, jolly ranchers, flavor packet for the water)

1 gallon of water per person per day is recommended, but my kids can’t carry that much weight so I went with 1 water bottle per day in their packs and then I have some water purifying tablets in my pack if we can find water.  If we need to evacuate by car, we will be able to grab our cases of extra water.

I used to stress about rotating the food and having enough calories from what I put in, but then I found these emergency food bars at an emergency preparedness store.  They last 5 years and have enough calories to last for 72 hours.  They are great for me, because now the snacks I rotate are just for comfort and not for nutrition or energy so I don’t worry as much about what is in there or if it slightly expired:)  At least not for 4 more years.  If you do pack food, try to choose food that doesn’t take a lot of water to digest (animal products take more) or food that is really salty – it will make you thirsty.


small first aid kit, emergency blanket, 6 hot hands, whistle/compass, pocket knife (not pictured), face masks


toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, soap, washcloth, antibacterial gel, tissues, sunscreen, shampoo


flashlight, batteries, matches, candle, glow sticks

The batteries need to be rotated every so often and make sure to include an extra set (not pictured).  I use glow sticks at halloween time so this is an easy and fun thing to use and rotate.


small bills and coins

My older children’s packs have their own money in them, just in case.  I know it is important to have cash at least in your pack.  If there is no electricity, there are no credit card machines.  A lot of the stories I have read say to be sure and have cash and in small bills because people won’t be able to make change, necessarily.


post-it notes, notepad, crayons, pen, pencil, bean bag, dice, card game

If you have a reason to use your packs, your kids will have a reason be stressed and most likely scared.  Have something for them to occupy their mind.

One important thing not pictured is to have your child’s records, even if it is a copy.  Some things to include: current family picture, social security number, addresses and phone numbers, emergency contacts, emergency plan, and immunization records.

I would also like to add a tube tent and a rolled blanket tied to the bottom of the pack.

How do I keep track of it all?  I just labeled columns in a spreadsheet with the categories (you can get it, here – copy and paste it into your own program, then add and delete things to make it fit your own needs).  Under each category lists what is in that ziplock.  I turn it green if it is something that needs to be rotated every six months (snacks) and yellow for every year (check batteries, clothes, water, toothpaste).  I printed this off and keep a list with each pack as well as one on my computer for easy access.  Now when it is time to rotate things, I can just pull out a couple ziplock bags, fix what needs to be fixed, and be done!


Whew!  All lined up and ready…except the baby pack, still working on that one – it has a whole other set of needs.  Hopefully now that you have a visual, it won’t be hard to get it together!

Need more ideas?

Here is a great link with information to help you decide what to put in your packs.

For a complete (expert) list of what is recommended, the American Red Cross has a list for you.

Let me know what I am missing.

PS  I spent way to many hours on this blog.  She is an american mom who has been living on a base in Japan for the past three years.  She is blogging about her whole experience from scary earthquakes, no electricity, and trying to stay positive with so much grief around her.  She has little kids and has some great insight into what you might want to have in your packs.  She is actually having other people post every Monday about what they experienced and what they wished they had in their packs.  VERY informative.

If I haven’t convinced to get your packs ready, click over here.  She will!

*Update: the following information is no longer current*

Also, I mentioned in the post I did about raising money for Japan about wanting to do something hands on that kids could help out with.  This same girl tells about a girl scout troop in her area (Misawa, Japan) who is taking donations for fun packs to give out to the children.  It’s called


Taken from their website, “Our mission is to provide comfort and a message of love to the kids of Japan who have lost everything in the recent earthquake and tsunami. We will distribute the packs after transportation and mail delivery becomes available in the affected areas.  We will include a short note letting our Japanese friends know about all the people involved and where the donations originated.”
They have a list of ideas of what to put in the pack and an address of where to ship it when you are ready.  They are  accepting donations until May 15th, so get one put together this week and give it time to ship over there.

I think it is an AWESOME idea.

72 hour kits

    1. April 14th, 2011 at 4:27 am
      A says:
      Great idea. I need to make some for my family. We have DO have flashlights that you handcrank to charge. It is so nice to not to have to think about batteries.
    2. April 14th, 2011 at 8:00 am
      Jackie says:
      Thanks Missy! This is exactly what I needed. We are in the process of putting together our 72-hour kits and this was perfect. Thanks for taking the time to post it for us!
    3. April 14th, 2011 at 8:02 am
      Janet says:
      This is great! Grouping the items together in zip-loc bags is such a good idea. Thanks for posting this!
    4. April 14th, 2011 at 8:36 am
      Katie Adams says:
      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have reqally been stressing about 72 hour kits; it seems like such a daunting task! This post has made it seem so simple. I love the idea of the ziplock bags!
    5. April 14th, 2011 at 8:45 am
      Shelley says:
      A-mazing. Seriously a-mazing. Yes I am the one who just got a kick in the pants because I don't have my 72 hour kits ready. Now I'm feeling guilty. Great Missy. I totally have enough on my plate right now!! ;) Guess I should make this a priority though. Thanks for sharing.
    6. April 14th, 2011 at 9:39 am
      Callie says:
      Will you post your parent pack as well?
    7. April 14th, 2011 at 10:13 am
      Alison says:
      Good Post Missy! I need to go through mine and add a bit more!
      Thank you!!!
    8. April 14th, 2011 at 10:35 am
      MarcT says:
      You might consider buying lithium batteries. They have a shelf life of 10 years, and have considerably more power than the standard alkaline batteries while being lighter in weight (amazing!). They do cost quite a bit more, but don't go bad within 2-3 years while just sitting like the alkalines do.
    9. April 14th, 2011 at 11:51 am
      Nesleirbag says:
      You always come up with such useful, well -thought- through info about things that make a difference. Thank-you, Missy!
    10. April 14th, 2011 at 12:39 pm
      Carol Dyer says:
      You might think about using the backpacks with wheels on them. If you have to walk a long distance, little ones might have a hard time carrying the backpack all the way. Also, a small laminated picture of the whole family on a string necklace with contact info (including an out of state contact)on the back. That way if your family gets separated, emergency workers can actually see who belongs with who.
      • May 30th, 2012 at 7:14 am
        Joanne Sullivan says:
        What a great post! I found you via Pinterest. Could I please have a copy of your spreadsheet? I know you have gotten a million requests for it! Thanks so much!!
    11. April 14th, 2011 at 12:55 pm
      jessica says:
      thank you so much i have never done a 72 hour kit but have thought about it.. this makes it less overwhelming:)

      could you please post the items you pack for parents and baby????:) thank you so much
    12. April 14th, 2011 at 1:17 pm
      Angie (Haslam) Burton says:
      MISSY!!! Jen just told me about this, and I can't believe I haven't seen your site before. This is awesome!! I'm wondering if you would mind emailing me that spreadsheet? I'm a spreadsheet junkie, and would love to see it, if you don't care. This site is awesome, and totally cool to see Grandma on it :) Hope all is well with you! Take care. Angie
      • April 14th, 2011 at 5:39 pm
        Shelley says:
        missy I want the spreadsheet too! ;)
      • April 15th, 2011 at 8:09 pm
        Heather Lynne says:
        Oh, that would be awesome to see the spreadsheet!
        This post gave me a kick in the pants, but I am still feeling overwhelmed, I seriously need it broken down in very simple, do-able steps, so that I feel like I can really do it!
        My poor family would have to live off of one 72 hour kit at this point (and it's a poor excuse for a kit- I don't think there's anything edible in it!!)
      • July 29th, 2012 at 4:52 pm
        Tamra says:
        I would also like a spreadsheet sent to me. I too feel overwhelmed but this has made me want to get it done. Thanks for your posts!
    13. April 14th, 2011 at 1:21 pm
      Lara says:
      thank you for posting this! We just finished putting together our "parent" 72 hour kits... 2 days ago (literally) and I have been stressing over what I should put in packs for my 2 little ones. This is so helpful. Thank you so much!
    14. April 14th, 2011 at 2:11 pm
      Tiffany says:
      Thank you so much!!!! We have 72 hr kits but every time I rotate them I realize that there is no way my little ones could handle carrying what is recomended for a 72 hr pack. And if we couldn't drive, I'd have 4 kids plus all our packs to move somehow. This gives me some good ideas about how to make them more manageable for everyone.
      • April 19th, 2011 at 9:00 pm
        DS says:
        I read from several others that they use wheeled backpacks or small wheeled suitcases for their younger children-much easier for them to navigate rather than on their backs. In the bags are light items: toilet paper, paper towels, money, change of clothing (no extra shoes), coloring book/crayons or other activity item for them.
      • March 27th, 2012 at 9:49 pm
        Lindsey says:
        I have a handicapped parent and one of the things that was discussed was getting a wagon to help pull their packs or if she cant walk we could have her sit in and pull her if necessary. My daughter is 10 and we still have her wagon so if she cant handle her pack for long she can have a little fun pulling it along.
    15. April 14th, 2011 at 3:09 pm
      Brittany C. says:
      Thank You! Thank You! For posting this! I've been stressing about 72 hour kits forever, haven't made them yet, but this was a very helpful reminder!!
    16. April 14th, 2011 at 3:22 pm
      Jen says:
      Missy, Missy, Missy! I have been waiting for your post and have been so excited because I have been working so hard to get mine in order and now I wish I would have read this first! I love your organization! Now I need to dump all my crap out and start over. You thought of a lot of stuff that I didn't think about...Thanks for sharing! You are seriously amazing!
    17. April 14th, 2011 at 4:26 pm
      Jennika says:
      Love this post. This is something I've been trying to get on top of this month along with food storage and checking out coupons to save while doing it. Received an e-mail from a freind in Japan with a list of things she would have never thought to have but wishes she did. It seems the Japan disaster was a blessing in disguise to the rest of us so that we may have time to prepare in case of an emergency. Appreciate all the great ideas and links to other sites!
    18. April 14th, 2011 at 9:55 pm
      Deborah Warner says:
      This is something I need to do for my family. Thank you for making it seem manageable. And please if you will post on baby and parent packs I could you ideas.
    19. April 14th, 2011 at 11:46 pm
      stacy says:
      Wow! I love this post and I love the photos...thank you! I am going to redo my kits thanks to you and your inspiring photos and great information!
    20. April 15th, 2011 at 2:09 pm
      Kimberly says:
      I have my pack made already, but I LOVE the idea of putting it all on a spreadsheet. That makes it so much easier to see what I have, what I need to get, and what needs rotated. Thanks so much, you're awesome!!
    21. April 16th, 2011 at 6:13 am
      Emily in Japan says:
      Hi Missy!
      Thanks for the shout-out! Hope your readers really do get motivated and put some things together. Better safe than sorry, right?
      Great post! :)
      Emily W.
    22. April 17th, 2011 at 10:02 pm
      Jess says:
      My Mom has been on me ever since I got married about having our own emergnecy kits... This has really put my rear in gear for sure! I just saw this today and have been thinking about it all day (and already gathered some things tonight)! I RARELY move that fast! Thanks for posting these and I too would love to get my hands on that spread sheet and would love a post on the parent and baby packs! Thanks!
    23. April 17th, 2011 at 10:38 pm
      Mindy says:
      Fabulous post! I've been putting my kits together and this is JUST what I needed! Perfect perfect perfect.
    24. April 18th, 2011 at 10:26 am
      Jill Jackson says:
      This is such a great post. I know I need to get our 72 hour kits put together and just haven't put the effort out. I think I'm motivated though! Thanks for taking the time to really go through it for us. And the site about the woman in Japan. Its so important to know what we really could be up against.
    25. April 18th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
      Sonya says:
      FANTASTIC post! Thank you so much!

      I'm mostly a lurker but had to de-lurk and tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to make this entry.

      I'm going to print out the whole page and keep it handy when I'm making our packs and I shall visit each and every site you've listed.

      People here (Scotland) just don't 'get it' and would think I was nuts if I told them of the lengths I'm willing to go to to get prepared. To those people who think I'm nuts for doing this I'd just like to say, I hope they're right and it's all for nothing.

      Better safe than sorry though.

      Thanks so much.
    26. April 18th, 2011 at 12:08 pm
      Sonya says:
      Forgot to say, we don't have a lot of those convenience packaged or preparedness things here so I'll have to make do and mend but at least I know now what to aim for.
      • April 19th, 2011 at 6:47 am
        Sonya says:
        Thanks so much for sharing the spreadsheet, it's wonderful.

        Just thought I'd add something that we'll all be having in our packs... a city map. Just a small one. Just in case we're split up it would ease my mind if I knew everyone (especially the kids) had a means to navigate the town, with key areas highlighted.
        • April 20th, 2011 at 11:50 am
          Alexandra says:
          Did I miss the spreadsheet? The 72-hour backpacks are so essential! Thank you Missy!
          Think of all the enpowering impact if we pay it forward for people to be prepared!
    27. April 18th, 2011 at 10:48 pm
      Jamie says:
      I am so grateful that you did this post... I have been on a hunt/rampage trying to figure out what to get for a 72 hr kit for our family! This has been so incredibly helpful, thanks again...
      Would you be willing to share your spreadsheet? That is a fabulous idea!
    28. April 19th, 2011 at 11:30 am
      Kim says:
      I'd love to see the spreadsheet! THank you for this post! I've been thinking about putting these together!! Awesome!
    29. April 19th, 2011 at 3:10 pm
      Amy Kilbreath says:
      Me, too! I would be indebted for a copy of the spreadsheet and what you have in the parents' pack. Thanks!
    30. April 19th, 2011 at 3:26 pm
      Shauna says:
      This is a great list. I read something similar on Mamapedia recently where everyone chimed in on items they suggested for packs. What I would have loved to have seen in this blog is a link to her spreadsheet;)
    31. April 19th, 2011 at 4:55 pm
      Carrie says:
      I have not done this yet. I am going to start tomorrow. Thank you for the kick in the pants!
    32. April 19th, 2011 at 10:35 pm
      Melissa says:
      Ever thought of vacuum sealing your clothes and other items that don't need to be rotated often? It would probably free up some space.
    33. April 20th, 2011 at 8:43 am
      Marnie says:
      what are the energy bars that last for 5 years? Where did you get them?
    34. April 20th, 2011 at 9:02 am
      Candice says:
      Thank you for this list. I have known I needed to make 72hr kits for my family for a while, but didn't know where to start. This is FANTASTIC and I am going to start on them today!
    35. April 20th, 2011 at 9:45 am
      Amy Loo says:
      Thank you for the reminder! It's one of those things I intend on doing, but just forget about.
    36. April 20th, 2011 at 10:03 am
      Megan says:
      GREAT POST!!! :D
      I never thought of just cutting the shirt/sweatpants off if you need to! Thanks for the wonderful ideas - we're doing a preparedness fair in August and this info will be great!
    37. April 20th, 2011 at 12:16 pm
      Mandy says:
      Thank you for posting this ... your timing couldn't have been better. My kids and I had to hunker down in the bathroom last week due to tornadoes in the area. Thankfully we were ok but there were many families who weren't so lucky. I was throwing all kinds of documentation into the bathroom. Putting items into backpacks is a much easier way of organzing and something that makes it a bit more manageable.

      I guess this is probaby an item requred for the adults packs but what about medicines like benadryl, tums and fever reducers for the kids. Since I'm in NC bug spray is a must as well as hydrocortisone.

      If you are sending out your spreadsheet, I too would love a peek.

      Thanks for bringing this up ... I was just about to start piling things together when I got your newsletter.
    38. April 20th, 2011 at 12:56 pm
      Heather says:
      Thank you for this post...it is awesome! I have wanted to get my 72 hour kits together for a while but was overwhelmed by the task. Could I get a copy of the spread sheet. It would be very helpful!! Thank you again I can't wait to get started!!
    39. April 21st, 2011 at 6:05 am
      Amy says:
      Thank you so much for this information - our family has been working on this project for the past month and this is a great approach to organizing all the stuff we hopefully won't need.
    40. April 22nd, 2011 at 7:36 am
      Rebecca says:
      I would also love a copy of your spread sheet! Thanks for your inspirational post!
    41. April 22nd, 2011 at 1:30 pm
      Melissa says:
      May I have your spreadsheet please. Much appreciated!!
    42. April 26th, 2011 at 9:58 am
      Tonya says:
      I didn't rotate mine once for about four or more years. When we got them out to rotate them, my five-year-old had diapers and formula in his and everyone's clothes were way too small. We all got a big laugh out of that one, but it is good we didn't have to use them! We are better about rotating more often now. I like the idea of the emergency food bars.
    43. April 26th, 2011 at 4:54 pm
      Kathleen says:
      Thanks for this post..... I would love a copy of your spreadsheet. I need to get my family prepared! Thanks.
    44. April 26th, 2011 at 11:41 pm
      Nicole Lowe says:
      I work for a 911 Dispatcher in Texas and I would like you use the information in this post for our monthly newsletter. June is National Safety Month and it's our theme for the newsletter. The information in your post would be perfect. I know the information we can get the information from the Red Cross Website but I like the information you provided b/c you have pictures and it's very detail.

      Please contact me via e-mail and let me know if this is something you would agree too.

      Thanks again,

    45. April 28th, 2011 at 10:24 am
      Allison says:
      I loved having this visual. Thank you for the photos! Any chance you can show off your adult 72-hour kits? I know you have snacky foods in the kids' bags so I wondered what meal-type food and what else in yours.
    46. April 29th, 2011 at 9:36 am
      Rebekeh Kamae says:
      I would LOVE to see your spread sheet!!!
      Thanks for breaking this down it seems so do-able all laid out like this!

    47. May 4th, 2011 at 5:14 pm
      Michelle Marchant says:
      How does one get the spreadsheet? Is it on here somewhere? Thanks!
      • May 4th, 2011 at 7:48 pm
        Missy says:
        I just sent it to your email:)
        • May 6th, 2011 at 1:39 am
          iSSa says:
          can you send it to me too Missy? we're from the Asia-Pacific so we're always trying to be ready for disasters, natural or otherwise :)

          thanks for this great article btw! will show it to my parents who doesn't believe in emergency preparedness o_O
          • May 6th, 2011 at 8:03 am
            Missy says:
            check your inbox.:)
          • May 8th, 2011 at 5:00 pm
            Alexandra says:
            Could you send it to me Missy? Thanks so much!!!!
    48. May 5th, 2011 at 2:04 pm
      Jennifer says:
      Wow, what a great resource! That really does seem like a daunting task to try and get a pack together for everyone in my family, but you just never know when you might need it. Thanks for sharing your ideas as well as all of the other resources, it's much appreciated.
    49. May 10th, 2011 at 2:29 pm
      Monica says:
      Living in "tornado alley", my husband and I have put together packs for us for some time. I do love your spread sheet idea and would love to have a copy. For our important info (shot records, birth certificates, pictures, etc.) I have them all gathered in a large freezer bag clipped to the refrigerator so on our way out the door and into the basement I can grab it and put it in my purse. I also have a special one for the car for the winter in case we get stranded some where or stuck in the snow. We found a lot of useful items in the camping section of a local sports store.
      • May 10th, 2011 at 2:31 pm
        Monica says:
        I forgot to mention that we also put together a pack for our cat! She needs to eat and drink too!
    50. May 11th, 2011 at 1:48 am
      Callie says:
      I would love your spread sheet if it's not to late to be asking. You are awesome, so practical and realistic.
    51. May 18th, 2011 at 12:21 pm
      Alexandra says:
      Could you send a copy of your spreadsheet? I think it is such an awesome resource to see and draw from in being prepared. Thanks so much!!
    52. May 25th, 2011 at 1:45 pm
      Cirise says:
      Great post. Would love a copy of the spreadsheet as well. Thanks!
    53. May 27th, 2011 at 11:28 pm
      Amanda says:
      I just came to your site and never, ever even really heard of this concept. I will look into it further.
      One question, where do you store all those bags??? In the garage? An unused closet?
      To me, that is my biggest concern about making them.
      • May 30th, 2011 at 9:32 am
        Missy says:
        I store them all in my coat closet. I have had them in the garage before (with more food in them) and mice got in them...GROSS!!! Also our garage gets super hot in the summer which isn't good for the food either. So, depending on what you put in them - if there is food I would definitely try to find somewhere inside and also somewhere that is easily accessible so when you do need to use them you aren't digging through everything to find them in a hurry.:)
    54. May 29th, 2011 at 6:45 pm
      crystal says:
      Over on our web site fastpreparedness.com we have child 72 hour kits! It's a great way to get started then you can add anything extra that you may think you child would need/want!
    55. May 31st, 2011 at 12:07 pm
      Suzie says:
      Thank you for this! I was excited to find this website, but even more excited about this post. The youth here are doing a service project over the next few days, filling around 18000 sandbags. Yep, we have water here!!! You are my favorite person today!
    56. May 31st, 2011 at 12:08 pm
      Suzie says:
      P.S. I am also interested in you spreadsheet, if you find afew minutes. Thanks so much!
    57. May 31st, 2011 at 7:50 pm
      Jennifer S says:
      Missy, I would love to have a copy of the spreadsheet. I keep hearing about making these packs and keep putting it off. Somehow I landed here tonight and think it is time to get situated. Thank you!!
    58. June 4th, 2011 at 10:45 am
      beckie says:
      I just came across your blog and am SO glad I did. I seriously LOVE your 72 hours kits. My mom and I have been talking about making these for our families for a long time now. But seeing how organized and simple you made yours, I think NOW is a good time to make mine! Thank you! :-)
    59. June 7th, 2011 at 1:27 pm
      Jennifer L says:
      So glad you posted this I REALLY want to see what you have in your parent bag and ya know I am a worry wart and getting together these bags never occured to me so glad you posted this :D Thanks so much.
    60. June 13th, 2011 at 2:44 pm
      Tia says:
      Thanks for the great info! Would you be able to send me a copy of your spreadsheet? Thanks!
    61. June 20th, 2011 at 1:09 am
      RobinD says:
      Thanks for such a complete list - and with pictures! It helps so much.
      I have a couple of things to add.
      ~A compass (I have them as keychain fobs).
      ~Extra Ziploc bags, the freezer type
      ~Emergency sleeping bags. Like these: http://www.amazon.com/Emergency-Sleeping-Survival-Reflective-Blanket/dp/B000Y9H09Q/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1308553077&sr=8-8
      They are reflective and very small. Can be used to signal for help as well as use to keep warm/dry.

      I too, would love a copy of your spreadsheet and what you keep inyour parent pack. I live in California and really need to update our emergency pack. Your list is the most real-life I have seen (and our boys are in scouts).

      oh, for the parent packs, I always keep some disposable diapers in the pack. They are really absorbant and can be used in case of a medical emergency. And, a roll of duct tape, twine and scissors.
    62. June 22nd, 2011 at 8:52 pm
      Emily Hamson says:
      I so need to get going on this for my family! Thanks for the push!
    63. June 23rd, 2011 at 2:39 pm
      meroot says:
      Could you send me a copy of your spreadsheet? I've been hearing about these kits and thought it would be great to have some for my family. I guess I've been too overwhelmed to create ours. You made it seem so easy. Thank you.
    64. June 26th, 2011 at 4:47 pm
      Allison says:
      I have been working on these for my family...gathering my items gradually. I too love the pictures and great descriptions in your post. GREAT job at explaining it. Two more essential bathroom items (for me at least)...hairband and contact solution & case. In putting mine together, I have typed up the items in each bag and printed it out onto a shipping label so I can see what should be in each ziplock at a glance. I marked the items that needed to be rotated with an {*}. If I could get a copy of the spreadsheet sent to me too that would be great! Thanks so much!!
    65. July 3rd, 2011 at 9:05 am
      Ash says:
      Missy, I never heard of a 72 hour kit! So glad I ran into this post... could I get a copy of your spreadsheet? Pretty please! :)

      Thanks so much for all the information already!!
    66. July 5th, 2011 at 6:44 pm
      Karlly says:
      wow can i please have a copy of ur spreadsheet for adults? Thanks!
    67. July 14th, 2011 at 5:44 pm
      Anna says:
      Thanks so much for this valuable information. The food in our kits just expired & I want to have complete 72 hour kits put together this summer. I am also teaching a "What To Have in Your 72 Hour Kit" for church next week so finding your post could not have come at a better time.

      Would you mind sending me a copy of the spreadsheets you have available?

      Thanks so much!!
    68. July 26th, 2011 at 11:36 am
      Nicole says:
      Can i get the spreadsheet also?love this site! Thanks so much
    69. July 31st, 2011 at 12:45 am
      Amber D. says:
      I would add nail clippers for everyone and we put in those little tiny cereal boxes for everyone. I just bought 4 of the 8 packs so I have 2 breakfasts taken care of that way. Also, this is going to sound weird but for the boys I thought of chaffing powder that comes in the dollar section at walmart. If they have a long way to walk and will be sweating that might be a concern and it weighs nothing and takes up little room. Maybe some lint for the fire section. And toilet paper! : ) That's all I can think of at the moment.

      Question though, I have everything else in the backpacks but not all of the food will fit?! and I was thinking of giving the children their tiny backpacks with their comfort stuff and Just take a wagon for the rest of the packs for my husband to pull. That way if the kids get tired we can have one person carry most of the pack while the other totes the children in the wagon. We also have a cooler to wheel with water for everyone that will weigh a million pounds and this is just getting overwhelming! So much stuff! Plus the fireproof waterproof box with all the important stuff in it.

      P.S. Oh, also the new recommendation on the red cross website is 10 days and not 3 anymore. Think of Katrina, Japan, etc. Joplin they were actually very fast because some of the town wasn't destroyed.
    70. August 5th, 2011 at 10:27 pm
      Amanda says:
      I have been wanting to get ours done. You make it look so easy. could I get a copy of your spreadsheet? Thank you so so much!!
    71. August 10th, 2011 at 3:29 pm
      Heather C says:
      Would I be able to get a copy of that spreadsheet? This really looks doable and I'm excited to prepare in every way I possibly can. Thank you so much!
    72. September 15th, 2011 at 4:06 pm
      Jen Lowman says:
      TP - you need TP in those packs. Not whole rolls, but when they get a little less than half gone in the bathrooms, I take them and put one in each pack... You just never know....

      My husband and I also carry tube tents in our packs. You can get them just about anywhere, camping section and they are super cheap. They are packaged real flat and sort of small, so they will be easy to put in the adult packs. You just never know when you will need a little extra cover.

      Got my backpack started for my kids today. And your post made me think to update my husbands and mine.

    73. September 26th, 2011 at 4:41 pm
      Lori says:
      Wow! Thanks for the great post with pictures an all. Could you also send me your spreadsheet?? That would be so helpful! It's time we get our family of 4 (soon to be 5) prepared for an emergency! Thanks again.
    74. October 1st, 2011 at 3:09 pm
      Rebecca says:
      I just read this, and what a wonderful thing you have put together. I'm going to use it for my family. Can you email me the spreadsheet? Thanks!
    75. October 25th, 2011 at 1:22 pm
      Crystal says:
      Love this article. I would love a copy of your spread sheet:)
      Thanks for the info. I firmly believe in being prepared!
    76. November 3rd, 2011 at 6:23 pm
      Wendy Namken says:
      Love the information about the 72hr kits. We have always had stuff ready to go for my husband and I, but haven't put one together for our son. Really need to get going with this. Thanks for all the great info and I would love a copy of your spreadsheet, too, please.
    77. November 14th, 2011 at 10:17 pm
      Alicia says:
      This is a really good idea. :)
      I only have one or two things to say that I didn't -see- anyone else say... (but then, there are a lot of comments and I kinda' didn't read them all... :P )
      I saw someone mention the hand-crank flashlights, and those are neat, if you don't need their light to be consistent for a long period of time. I've enjoyed the hand-crank mini-lanterns in the past, so that you don't have to hold them just so and can hang them from most surfaces, so your hands are free to work on things in emergencies or while setting camp, et cetera. You just have to charge them. You can have people take turns cranking them while driving or walking, though. Also, most have a built-in radio, of varying quality. Depending on the circumstance, that might be nice. However, I really like the LED flashlights, and those lithium batteries are great. They would hold out for a really long time and have a really bright light.

      Someone else already mentioned fingernail clippers, which are a MUST. Also, a small comb and hair ties are nice to have, for people with long hair. Tangles can be painful or very inconvenient if they get really bad, and a hair tie is very helpful if you're walking around in the heat or doing any hard physical labor. Those things don't take much space, either.
      TP is also very important! (I'm agreeing with a previous post... haha.)

      And wow, I could go on, but I think I'm already on the verge of annoying. XD

      This is a really good idea, though. People who are really close to the sea level or who get a lot of earthquakes/live on a major fault lines would really benefit from these... we don't have a lot of major threats in North Idaho, but it would still be a good idea to have. It might not be a bad idea to also keep this sort of thing in the car, especially during the winter.
      • November 14th, 2011 at 10:30 pm
        Missy says:
        These are GREAT suggestions! I didn't even think of hair ties - I would go nuts without my hair elastics - I hate hair in my face.
        Thanks for taking the time to share!
    78. November 28th, 2011 at 10:12 am
      Natalie says:
      Thx for the ideas!
    79. December 15th, 2011 at 12:00 am
      brandi says:
      I loved this post! I am a newly wed and trying to get 72 hour kits put together for my hubby and I, I loved these kids kits and they gave me a good idea for where to start but I would love to see what is in your parent kits so I could see what things I should have in ours since we have no children yet... I plan on using this post once I have children though haha. I would also love a copy of your spreadsheet!
    80. January 10th, 2012 at 12:56 pm
      Tim says:
      What I found missing was emphasis on and how often (if at all) do you actually go over with your kids on how to use every single item in their bags? Periodic retraining, physically using the items (not just explaining) would be important, both so the kids know how to use the items, but also to ensure things are still working properly. This is important for first aid kits, simple things like not eating heat pads, to more complicated things like compasses or fire safety when using matches and candles. I'd recommend waterproof matches or better yet a lighter. I'd opt for baby wipes over the saniwipes+tissue+soap+washcloth. you might think about waterproof paper instead of the postit+tablet, colored alcohol markers or space pen instead of the pencil+pen, so the kids can write on anything. Water, Water, Water. I'd opt to cut something other than water, because you can survive for a much longer time without food than you can without water. I would rather take an extra bottle or two per child over some of the other things, especially if you are packing zbars and dehydrated fruit/items. you can also buy survival water packets/sachets. I'd think about katadyn drink straws rather than purification tablets, which would be easier for kids to use rather than having to treat with pills. you have to be careful about the mainstay rations, since a kid could eat the whole packet of 9 portions, rather than one portion. I would not recommend bag with wheels, b/c in an emergency, the kids are going to have to carry the bag anyways, and wheeled luggage generally weigh more. think about little head lamp rather than the handheld flashlight. they are pretty small, led, and last much longer on the batteries. plus your kids will have hands free to color, etc. last, don't forget about kids' meds, bee kits, etc. overall nice, though, and i'm forwarding link to all my parent friends. thx
      • January 10th, 2012 at 1:54 pm
        Missy says:
        Wow! Those are great ideas. A lot to think about. Thanks for taking the time to share your ideas with us!
        • January 10th, 2012 at 5:00 pm
          Tim says:
          oops, katadyn makes water bottle purifiers, but there are other companies that make the drink straws. the water bottle purifiers are becoming more popular, though.
    81. January 12th, 2012 at 7:43 pm
      Michelle says:
      I know this is an older post, but I just had to share. I am shocked that I have not come across this post earlier, but I'm thrilled to have found it. I work with families with children that have disabilities and this is a phenomenal explanation. I do have one very important thing to add for children. If you plan to have a meeting place or some kind of contact in an emergency, it needs to be placed on those bags or the clothes. Sew a label on if needed. Even older children can forget in a panic and you never know if, God forbid, someone might get separated. It happens more than we wish to think. Also, if you have children that don't talk yet, they need communication cards. Something as simple as pictures of food, drink, and a bandaid could work. I would show them how to use it (play with it for a few days at home), laminate it, and attach it with a binder ring to the outside of the bag so the child sees it easily. Again, if the child is alone and needs help, this is their only way to talk to someone who doesn't know their special language.

      Of course these are geared for the younger children, but I think people assume that they will always be in control of their family in an emergency and you'd be surprised. The extra mile is always worth it should the worst happen.

      Thanks so much for the fantastic post! If you are still willing, I'd love to have your spreadsheet and your parent pack list. You covered a few more things than I had :o/
      • January 13th, 2012 at 8:40 am
        Missy says:
        Those are great ideas! Thanks for sharing.
    82. January 14th, 2012 at 8:05 pm
      Amanda Jo says:
      This is a wonderful post. I'm younger and just started my family so it's not something I had thought about! I would appreciate a copy of the spreadsheet, Missy, when you have a moment. As well as what's in your Baby and Parent packs. I have a 21 month old and due any day with our second. Thanks so much!
    83. January 17th, 2012 at 12:54 pm
      Laura Wright Garner says:
      What do you have in the "parents" 72 hour kits?

      Thanks Missy!
    84. January 18th, 2012 at 6:12 pm
      Shandee says:
      Thanks so much for sharing. I am in the process of gathering supplies for our 72 hour kits, to be put together during conference. Is it possible to get a copy of your parent and kid spread sheets? Thanks!
    85. January 24th, 2012 at 8:52 am
      Mallory says:
      Thank you for this post, I really need to get mine together! I would love a copy of your spreadsheet!
    86. January 27th, 2012 at 9:16 pm
      Susann Gehring says:
      I love this! It is one of my goals to work on this! Great pictures, very helpful!
    87. February 19th, 2012 at 8:26 am
      Jen says:
      Thanks so much for this post, it's very helpful! Now I have somewhere to start on my 72 hour kits. So far I just have a few back packs. I'm going to start working on them soon! Thanks again!
    88. February 19th, 2012 at 9:34 pm
      ReadyMom says:
      Your bags is very similar to what I have packed. I took it a step further and have computer printed lists of what is in EACH bag. That way if anything is taken out (ours are kept in our vehicles) I know what WAS in there and needs to be replaced.

      When our kids (now 18 and 21) were younger, they also had the cover page of our wills in their personal papers.
      • February 19th, 2012 at 9:35 pm
        ReadyMom says:
        Sorry ... meant to add that those lists are taped to the outside of each zip-bag w/ clear packing tape for easy ID & inventory of each bag.
        • February 20th, 2012 at 10:53 am
          Missy says:
          I LOVE that idea! I will have to do that next time I pull them out to rotate - thanks for the idea!
    89. February 20th, 2012 at 3:13 pm
      debbie nicholas says:
      Fabulous post Missy and well timed as im off shopping to start our packs tomorrow!

      Would love a copy of the spreadsheet too please :)

      Love your blog!! :)
    90. March 18th, 2012 at 12:22 am
      Jennie says:
      Thank you so much for the wonderful detailed explanation. We currently only have one bag for our family of 6 which, needless to say, is a poor excuse for a 72 hour kit. I'm re-motivated to update and get prepared with bags for everyone.

      One thing I'd add is that I have one manilla envelope in ours that includes copies of each family member's birth certificates, social security cards, passports, and identity cards. All of these can be really important in an emergency. (These ID cards are ones that came from signing up for one of those companies that specialize in making ID cards in case your child should go missing, it has their height, weight, age, fingerprint and a small picture on it. I think I will make these on my own next time though and update them every year as well. It really would be so easy, and I will keep them all in my or my husband's packs.)

      I would really appreciate your spreadsheet. You've got a great way to get started, which is just what I needed. Thank you!

      p.s. I used to live in Southern CA when they had all those wild-fires and so many people had a terrible time getting their insurance companies to help them out with they completely lost their homes to the fires because they simply didn't have a copy of their home-owner's insurance policies, etc. I would say to make sure you think of copying all critically important documents and be able to carry them with you (if you have to stay in a hotel, etc.) It can be days until you might be able to get back to your home and get into the fire safe.
      • March 20th, 2012 at 9:13 pm
        Missy says:
        Thank you for sharing your great ideas! I love to hear what people have learned from experience - so helpful. I shared the doc in google docs, check your email.:)
        • April 5th, 2012 at 9:35 pm
          Tina Neufeld says:
          Missy, could you please send me the spreadsheet as well? I'm also interested in what you packed for the baby, we have a little one and I don't even know where to begin with that. thanks.
    91. April 14th, 2012 at 10:10 am
      Alison says:
      You could use the vacuum bags that shrink to provide a little more room in the packs.
    92. April 14th, 2012 at 3:01 pm
      Erika B says:
      Missy- This is great! We are actually under a tornado watch right now and I am busy grabbing stuff as I think of it and remembered this post that I had pinned. I would love a copy of your spreadsheet! It won't help me much right now, but I am optimistic that nothing will happen tonight and I can get our packs together in the next week or so!! Thanks!
    93. April 15th, 2012 at 10:50 pm
      Melinda says:
      I would love a copy of the spreadsheet, including the parent & baby packs. Thanks!
    94. April 16th, 2012 at 12:32 pm
      angee says:
      LOVE this!!! Thank you so much for the great ideas--from organization to what to include. Our kits are needing some updating, and this has given me a great start. Thank you!!

      My friend also does the backpacks. She has hers stored on hooks in her garage. They look so organized and are all in one place. LOVE!
    95. April 17th, 2012 at 9:23 am
      Tawna says:
      I've suddenly gone in mild panic mode over getting things ready for my little family. This post is a great help and visual aid- thank you!

      I, too, would REALLY love/appreciate a copy of your spreadsheet!

      Thank you, thank you!!

      I think we're going to trek out to walmart tonight to gather supplies! :)
    96. April 18th, 2012 at 11:24 am
      Miriam says:
      Everytime I start my 72 hour kits for my family I get so overwhelmed. This seems so much better than what I have tried in the past. Can I please get a copy of the spreadsheet as well. Thanks :)
    97. April 18th, 2012 at 1:01 pm
      Kris says:
      What a wonderful post, and a great blog. Time for me to stop "thinking about" this and get the packs done! :) Thank you so much for the details and pictures. Like your other commenters, I'd love to have the spreadsheet as well. Do you have a link to it? Thanks again for sharing this with everyone. Have a great day!
    98. April 20th, 2012 at 9:38 am
      Jamie says:
      Since things with scent tend to spread, you may consider separating your chap stick, toothbrush and toothpaste from your other hygiene items so those items don't end up tasting and smelling like soap. Your list is great by the way.
      • April 20th, 2012 at 11:42 am
        Missy says:
        good point - thanks!
    99. April 20th, 2012 at 3:43 pm
      Lynse Christensen says:
      Can I get a copy of the spreadsheet too? We were thinking about getting a group of friends together to put together kits and this would really help. Thanks!
    100. April 20th, 2012 at 3:43 pm
      Lynse Christensen says:
      Can I get a copy of the spreadsheet too? We were thinking about getting a group of friends together to put together kits and this would really help. Thanks!
    101. May 9th, 2012 at 9:50 am
      Alicia says:
      I know I'm way late in the game, but if it's possible to get you to email me a copy of your spreadsheet, that would be absolutely fabulous! I love your layout and the clear, concise directions and pictures.

      Thanks so much!
      • May 25th, 2012 at 8:56 am
        Amy says:
        I'd love the spreadsheet too if possible! Thanks!!
    102. July 25th, 2012 at 6:20 am
      Cathy says:
      Wow! Thanks for sharing all of your pictures and descriptions...I have a lot to do! Could I also have a copy of your spreadsheet if you are sharing?

      Thanks again!
    103. July 25th, 2012 at 9:02 am
      Lisa N says:
      Great idea! I'd never heard of these packs before. Could I please get a copy of your spreadsheet?
    104. July 28th, 2012 at 11:28 am
      Amy says:
      what do you put in a baby pack? My baby is almost 11 months old. I've never done the 72 hour thing, but now that I have a little one. I feel like it is time, but she will need so many different things from an adult I don't even know where to start.
      • July 30th, 2012 at 3:38 pm
        Missy says:
        Click on the link in the post that takes you to my spreadsheet - there is an extra column for baby needs...hope that helps!
    105. July 29th, 2012 at 12:22 pm
      Rhona says:
      One suggestion I have for you is to put your clothing in the vacuum sealed bags either the ones that you do with a food saver or the ones that you can roll up to squeeze the air out. It has 2 reasons 1) keeps them dry 2) saves space. Also I was told that if you have a long piece of paper and weave it between the batteries and the contacts it is suppose to save them so they don't get ruined and leak out acid.
      • July 30th, 2012 at 3:38 pm
        Missy says:
        I'll have to try that with the batteries - thanks for the idea!
    106. July 30th, 2012 at 3:40 pm
      Missy says:
      I just figured out how to just link you to the spreadsheet - here is the link:
    107. August 16th, 2012 at 9:07 am
      Mike says:
      Hi- so one REALLY important thing that stood out for me is the need for a foam pad. Sleeping and shelter are great but if you are not on an insulated pad there will be very little sleeping on a floor or ground even in moderate temps as the ground holds cool temps nearly year round. We have found them to retail from $12 to 60, the more compact ones are inflatable and they work so long as they do not puncture, the puncture proof ones take up more space but are reliable!
      Mike at EmergencyMountain.com
    108. August 21st, 2012 at 10:22 am
      Aviela Deitch says:
      Thank you so much for this post. Our entire community is under threat of near-immediate destruction and I was overwhelmed thinking of what I should throw in our van for my six children if we're taken by surprise. This puts it much more succinctly than my mind was getting things together. Very much appreciated!
    109. August 29th, 2012 at 7:59 pm
      Candy says:
      Our ward is doing a 72 hour kit camp out for the sisters to give them a chance to use their kits and see if they are really as prepared as they think they are. We did this a few years ago and it was very useful for me. I thought I was overly prepared but found that I could have used a couple of things that would have made life easier for me if I had them. Thanks for sharing the spreadsheet. I might use it as an example for the sisters to help them feel less overwhelmed about it all!
    110. September 2nd, 2012 at 10:01 pm
      Kesha C. says:
      My husband and I were JUST talking about this! Bookmarked, bookmarked, bookmarked! Thanks for inspiring me to get organized and prepared.
    111. September 4th, 2012 at 8:12 pm
      susie says:
      Where do you store the packs?
      • September 5th, 2012 at 9:39 am
        Missy says:
        I keep ours in a closet under our stairs by our front door. You want to be sure to have them easily accessible so you can actually grab them and go if the need arises. If you have to dig them out of an obscure place far from the exit, all your work in preparing might be in vain. :( If you can spare room in a coat closet, that is a popular place as well.
    112. September 30th, 2012 at 1:24 am
      Alex says:
      Excellent post Missy. You did a very good job researching this subject matter. The 72 hour time frame and your necessary essentials lists are well thought out. The only other thing that I would add to the lists would be the essentials for children with special needs.
    113. October 8th, 2012 at 8:04 pm
      shirley says:
      add coloring pages go your bag... also some instant oats.. i put a soft doll in grand daughters bags it can double as pillow.. also little cars for boys..
    114. October 8th, 2012 at 8:16 pm
      Cheryl says:
      there are these foam pads you can get from a medical supply place that have soap in them and all need is to get them wet and they are great to wash with...i think they are a little expensive but one pack will work for probably 4 to 5 people for a few days...
    115. October 9th, 2012 at 8:09 am
      Arica Earley says:

      This is BRILLIANT!!! We live in Kansas, and have had quite a few tornados around us lately..so this is a TERRIFIC idea! I'll get right on making these for us right now as I know I have extra back packs lying around from years before...Thank you!!

    116. October 17th, 2012 at 10:45 am
      Liz says:
      I just found this post via pinterest is there a link to the spreadsheet for the adult/baby packs I didn't see in the comments? We are getting our packs put together this weekend and would love to know what you did! I never would have thought of all of this!! soo great!!
      • October 24th, 2012 at 10:34 am
        Missy says:
        There is a link to the spreadsheet at the very top of the post. Good Luck! and Good Job for doing it!
    117. October 18th, 2012 at 8:43 pm
      Kami says:
      This is awesome, thank you! Will you pretty please post what you put in your adult packs??
      • October 22nd, 2012 at 2:01 pm
        Missy says:
        If you click over to my spreadsheet, there is a tab that lists all the supplies I have in my parent packs. :)
    118. November 8th, 2012 at 8:07 pm
      Angie says:
      Thanks for this post! I used your excel sheet, but I decided to add the expiration dates right there on the printout. That way, I can include the printed excel sheet in with the backpack and just look at what is going to expire soon. Also, if a food/product came in a box (like the fruit snacks), I made sure to write the expiration date on the package before adding it to the kit.

      I added T.P. and lotion, and in my daughter's kit, I added hair ties, a comb, and conditioner to limit tangles.
    119. November 20th, 2012 at 5:22 pm
      anonymous says:
      Those look expensive. I think it would be super cool if you made an extra family set and gave it to someone who needs all the food they have to feed their children instead of putting it into an expensive backpack with a bunch of other stuff they can't afford to just sit in their closet.
    120. March 15th, 2013 at 3:59 pm
      Lyana Watson says:
      Wow, Missy, such a great idea! I don't know why I haven't thought about ziploc bags either:) One of my friends here in England, sent me a link to this post. But what's funny is that you have been following the blog of one of my best friends--Acte Gratuit! We were in Japan together through the whole ordeal(before moving to Europe). Anyway, thanks for your great ideas.
    121. October 14th, 2013 at 10:16 pm
      Jeff says:
      Some great ideas here. I created a kids 72 hour pack for our backpack trip using the food items from http://familyemergencyfoodsupply.com
    122. October 31st, 2013 at 11:47 am
      Trish says:
      I've been putting off making our kits because it just seems SO overwhelming. I love your idea of grouping items together to keep it a bit more organized. I'm gonna look into your resources and hopefully get some packs together after we move next week!
    123. November 5th, 2013 at 8:43 pm
      Jamie says:
      Hello. This is such great information and has been so helpful. Do you by chance have a spreadsheet or list of what to pack for baby?? I would love it if you do.

    124. November 6th, 2013 at 1:32 am
      ivy says:
      gtrat diy
    125. November 6th, 2013 at 6:40 pm
      sande says:
      you forgot the toilet paper!
    126. March 13th, 2014 at 4:21 pm
      Leigh Ann says:
      I've gone back and forth about whether to make kits like these or not. We keep all these things in our house. I guess the benefit to having them in one place is that you can grab the kit if you're in a hurry like in a fire? I love the idea of the 72 hour bars that last five years. Maybe I'll make a smaller kit for us that has the nutrition bars and a good first aid kit.
    127. March 15th, 2014 at 3:35 pm
      Peggy Phillips says:
      I did this with my kids 35 years ago when we lived in Okla with tornadoes I'm glad it is catching on. thanks for sharing.
    128. June 25th, 2014 at 2:07 pm
      Elizabeth T says:
      Good info. Just wanted to give a quick suggestion for the clothes/blanket.
      Space Bags the "to go" ones that don't need suction to get the air out. after getting the air out you can fit the blanket and the clothes in the bag. (minus the shoes)
      I also have gum in my bag. Don't feel as thirsty when chewing it.
      • June 27th, 2014 at 9:39 am
        Missy says:
        Great idea! Space goes so fast when you get everything in. I will try those. :)
    129. July 10th, 2014 at 3:10 pm
      KC says:
      Great idea. These are great for camping and\or walking. My cousin and I used these and we went with only two back packs we had a great time.
    130. September 1st, 2014 at 6:24 pm
      Debbie says:
      My grandkids and I filled a backpack for each child. When they come over, they put their backpacks on and go out in the woods and play. Sometimes they blow their whistles if they are far off to let us know where they are. I've taught them how to start a fire (with their firestarters (they made out of toilet paper rolls and lint from the dryer) in the firepit. They love it.
    131. October 5th, 2014 at 2:11 pm
      Jackie says:
      I just wanted to say that I love your spreadsheet. I have been using it for over a year now to help me build my 72-hour kits. I've been personalizing and editing them for my family's needs. I love the addition you made with the baby sheet. I have a new baby, so I can see what you put in see where I may have missed something for mine! Thanks for your fabulous ideas! They have made all the difference in getting me organized in my busy home.
      • October 7th, 2014 at 6:03 pm
        Missy says:
        You just made my day! I am so glad this was helpful for you and congrats on getting your kits done!
    132. November 9th, 2014 at 10:50 pm
      Ricci says:
      Thanks for sharing this info and the spreadsheet! I live in Southern California, right on the San Andreas Fault., We have experienced earthquakes, power outages, and severe weather. We recently did a disaster preparedness and earthquake unit study. I think it's great that you are so well prepared for a disaster! I will be going over the spreadsheet and adding somethings that I forgot in our emergency kit. Thanks for the inspiration!
    133. January 8th, 2015 at 1:19 pm
      Allison says:
      This was an AWESOME post! I joke with my husband about prepping, but this really hit home for me! I can just see me now frantically running around trying to put stuff together for a 10, 9, 8, and 1 year old. Not anymore though, this is getting done ASAP! Great job!!
    134. June 10th, 2015 at 8:42 pm
      alison says:
      Great ideas Have you thought about putting a paracord water bottle carrier into your bag kids always seem to be thirsty this way they can access there drink themselves also what about making a bandolier to go across there body to hold little toys or snacks. A paracord survival bracelet is a idea as well cause you never know what might happen to the parents and also kids think they are cool an it keeps them happy specially if there are some beads or dangly things on it. I would also but a simple kid friendly map to grandma house or other family member place in with the id papers and go over the route to that person house every month so they know how to get there. Garbage bags can be used as raincoats and grocery bags can be put on feet to keep them dry in case of rain or to put wet shoes in. Speaking of feet kids aren't doing much walking these days so feet might get sore what about putting some gel insoles into their bag cut to fit or with scissors cut when needed. To all the grandparents you should have a 72hr. bag for grandkids as well as one for your self and one for the parents of the grandkids cause as they say when the going gets tuff the tuff go to grandma place
      • June 11th, 2015 at 12:12 pm
        Missy says:
        Great ideas Alison! Thanks!
    135. August 19th, 2015 at 9:56 am
      Mikayla says:
      This is so perfect! My mom was just reminding me to do this and I wasn't even sure where to start! I would love your spreadsheet to always have, and does the spreadsheet have the adult kit on it too?? I am not going to procrastinate any longer!!
    136. August 19th, 2015 at 12:20 pm
      Dixee says:
      I have rolling packs so don't have to carry
    137. October 29th, 2015 at 12:12 pm
      Joe says:
      Hey Missy. Awesome article, and this is something my family is working on now. I think I am probably the only guy who is posting on here, so I would like to add a couple ideas. You said you were thinking of tying the shoes to the outside of the backpacks. Great idea, however, you may want to put the shoes in a small bag, something that can be closed. For example, I am using a "stuff sack" that had an old hammock in it. Shoes go inside, tie the bag closed, and then tie the bag to the outside of the pack. If you just tie the laces to the pack, the knot may become very difficult to undo, depending on weather, environmental conditions, etc. A couple more suggestions would be zip ties, duct tape, and a decent clothesline. No, not for hanging clothes, but it provides you with a moderate amount of cord, which can be used for so many things. Plus, it won't take up much room! And I agree with so many others, I would love to see what you guys did for the parent packs!

      All the best! :)
    138. December 2nd, 2015 at 3:55 pm
      Lyn says:
      Thank you so much for making this daunting process more manageable. We've been talking about doing this for years. I think this will make a great Family Christmas gift.
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