Many folks often ask or are looking for a quick basic checklist of gear that they should have in a survival or disaster kit for emergency preparedness. It can be difficult to know what you need to put in it for your first kit.

So we have put together this short list of items you should keep on eye on to make sure you have for any general survival kit.

  • 3 Days worth of food per person (Adults need at least 1200 calories per day)
  • 3 Days worth of water (16 to 32oz of water per person depending on activity levels)
  • Battery or Crank power flashlight and spare batteries for it.
  • Battery of crank power AM/FM radio. An additional HAM or FRS radio would be a great addition
  • Blanket and/or sleeping bag to keep warm during the night or bad weather
  • First aid kit that can take care of basic cuts, more advanced is recommended with gauze pads and medical tape
  • Sanitation, such as hand wipes, soap, toothbrushes, towels, and tissues.
  • A backpack or duffel bag to keep all your survival gear, in the event you need to leave quickly
  • Spare change of clothing for at least one day
  • Important papers and documents, such as insurance information, and identification
  • Physical cash and money, be sure to have a couple dollars in a variety of coins as well as at least $50-$100 in small bills

Those are the bare basics of what you need in a survival kit, for more in-depth information as to why you might want these items you should read our full blog post “Building and customizing a survival kit“.

You can of course purchase a premade 72 hour survival kit from us that includes many of these items already.

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