Family Emergency Kit – an add on to your 72-hour kits

So, you’ve got your 72 hour kit together and now you need to know what else you need for your family emergency kit? That’s what this post is for. This list is not all inclusive, the items you could need are endless. You can ALWAYS think of more you want/need.

The point of this post to help you to know what to focus on next. In my opinion, 72 hour kits are the number 1 thing to have for every household. (If you don’t have 72 hour kits, start here. I’ve put together super simple 72 hour kits). This list is next, along with having a 3-month supply of food in your house.

Survival Items

These are items that you will need to help you survive (besides food and water.) Everyone is different and you may want to add or take away from this list, based on your own beliefs and needs.

  • Work Gloves – at least 2 but preferably one pair for each family member
  • Bandanas
  • Ponchos
  • Emergency Blankets
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Pepper Spray
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Fire Starter Kit
  • Pocket Knife
  • Trash Bags
  • Scissors
  • Lighters
  • Twist Ties
  • Zip Ties
  • Duct Tape
  • Packing Tape
  • Masking Tape
  • Tent
  • Super Glue
  • Handwarmers
  • Stakes
  • Shovel
  • N95 Mask

5 Gallon Bucket

  • Water Bottle Filtration
  • Sanitation Bags
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toilet Seat
  • Wipes
  • Lantern
  • Trash Bags
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Barf Bags
  • Hand soap
  • Paper Towels
  • 50 ft rope
  • Extra Batteries

First Aid Kit

This is another area that you can always think of more to add for that “just in case” moment. But this list is the basic items I believe you should have in it:

  • Band-Aids (Fingertip, knuckle, butterfly, and large)
  • Neosporin
  • Calmoseptine
  • Contact Solution
  • Alcohol Pads
  • Scissors
  • Antifungal Cream
  • Bug Spray
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Vick’s Vapor Rub
  • Cough Drops
  • Eye Drops
  • Tongue Depressors
  • Stool Softeners
  • Benadryl
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Thermometer
  • Laxative
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Dramamine
  • Anti-Diarrheal

I have a more detail list and information in this First Aid Kit post.

Also, take a CPR class! Check your area to see if there is some kind of first aid class you can take as well.


  • Sleeping Bag – one for each member of your family
  • Flashlights/headlamps
  • Hammocks (not needed but it may come in handy)
  • Scissors
  • Wet Wipes
  • Tent
  • Hammer
  • Bleach
  • Can Opener
  • Mess Kits
  • Pot and pan

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Having 3-month supply of food
Simple 72-Hour kits that anyone can put together

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