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GO BAG and 72 Hour Kit Checklist

GO BAG and 72 Hour Kit Checklist

David has been around the world in major disaster areas and military operations. In this very detailed podcast he talks openly about what you should consider having in your Go Bag or 72 Hour Kit.

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.


  • Every Day Carry (EDC) (gun, knife, light and a basic first aid kit)
  • Car Emergency Kit (comfortable tennis shoes)
  • 72 Hour Kit


A survival kit and a bug out bag have some similarities, but there are also some differences. The main difference being that a survival kit deals with a natural environment and what it can throw at you, while a bug out bag is designed for a person to survive for roughly 72 hours in a disaster situation.


A survival kit is used primarily for surviving in a natural environment like the wilderness or the desert, and the items in the survival kit reflect that. You should include items like a fire starter, a survival knife, and a container for water in a survival kit. Every item that you will have in your survival kit is designed to do one or several things in the wilderness. From shelter, fire or cooking, your kit will provide you with self-reliance when nature is at her worst.


A bug out bag is made for disaster situations. In these , you are not always out in the wild. You may be in an urban environment, meaning that you may, in fact, need tools differing from what you would use in the outdoors.


  1. Large knife (machete or hatchet)
  2. Cellphone
  3. Lighter (BIC)
  4. 9 x 12-foot plastic painter’s tarp (0.35 mm thickness)
  5. Mylar survival blanket
  6. Mini LED flashlight
  7. Water purification tablets
  8. Water Container of some sort
  9. Small roll of fishing line or dental floss
  10. Fifty dollar bill (why starve when you can buy a meal)


  1. Water (3 days without)
  2. Food (3 weeks without)
  3. Shelter - includes clothing
  4. Clothing (our mobile shelter)
  5. First aid
  6. Essentials


  1. One gallon per person per day (drinking and sanitation)
  2. Water purification tablets and water filtration system

NOTE: Purifying water can be done by heating it to a rolling boil after filtering debris.


At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food (Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation, cooking, and little or no water, and choose foods your family will eat. Example foods (e.g., ready-to-eat meals or canned meats, peanut butter, protein or fruit bars, and dry cereal or granola).


At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food (Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation, cooking, and little or no water, and choose foods your family will eat. Example foods (e.g., ready-to-eat meals or canned meats, peanut butter, protein or fruit bars, and dry cereal or granola).


​For optimal warmth and cooling Base layer (underwear layer): wicks sweat off your skin. Middle layer (insulating layer): retains body heat to protect you from the cold. Outer layer (shell layer): shields you from wind and rain.


Base layer materials: You have a wide range of fabric options, including synthetics like polyester and nylon, or natural fibers like merino wool and silk. Though there are subtle differences in wicking and drying for each material, and in odor retention and durability, a lot people simply go with their personal fabric preference. NOTE​: Wool is WARM WHEN WET - this is due to its high absorbency, meaning it can hold moisture for longer than other fabrics before you start to feel wet. Wool also wicks moisture away from your body, stopping cold, wet surfaces from resting against your skin.


Just as with base layers, you have a broad range of options, both synthetic and natural. In general, thicker (or puffier) equals warmer, though the efficiency of the insulating material is also important. Below are some common middle layer materials, though other options, like wool and wool-blend tops, are also available.


Polyester fleece is available in lightweight, midweight and heavyweight fabrics (sometimes marketed as 100, 200 and 300 weight), fleece stays warm even if it gets damp, and it dries fast. Fleece also breathes well, so you’re less likely to overheat in it.


The flipside of breathability, though, is that wind blows right through, which can steal warmth. That’s why you need to have a shell layer with you if you’re going with a fleece middle layer. Another option is to wear wind fleece, which includes an inner wind-blocking membrane.


The outer layer (or shell layer) protects you from wind, rain and snow. Shells range from pricey mountaineering jackets to simple wind-resistant jackets. Most allow at least some perspiration to escape; virtually all are treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish to make water bead up and roll off the fabric.


  1. Bandages of various sizes (4x4s included)
  2. Blood clotting agent
  3. Tourniquet (SWAT-T or CAT)
  4. Roll of gauze and first aid tape
  5. Needles
  6. Lighter
  7. Ace bandage
  8. Airway aids
  9. Aspirin
  10. Antihistamines
  11. Antiseptic wipes
  12. Triple antibiotic ointment
  13. Tweezers
  14. Safety pins
  15. Razor blades


  1. Tools - Field knife, Small axe, multitool, small shovel and small saw
  2. Flashlight (LED) - Two sets of extra batteries - Emergency candles
  3. Water container and water
  4. Duct tape
  5. 200 feet of Paracord
  6. 100 yards of monofilament fishing line
  7. Fuel, flint and magnesium fire starter, matches, tinder and small magnifying glass
  8. Metal mug and spoon
  9. Space Blanket and poncho or rain jacket, trash bags
  10. Zip lock bags
  11. Toilet paper
  12. Microfiber towel
  13. Sanitizer and hand/dish soap
  14. Emergency Non-Perishable Food Rations
  15. Large Tarp or thick plastic sheeting
  16. Rescue Signals - Orange or pink panel (VS-17), signaling mirror, whistle glow sticks
  17. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  18. Flashlight (LED) & extra batteries
  19. 100 yards of fishing line & hooks
  20. First aid kit
  21. Gloves (Leather)
  22. Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
  23. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  24. Manual can opener for food
  25. Solar charger and adapters
  26. Two way radios
  27. Local maps
  28. Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery


  1. Prescription & Nonprescription medications
  2. Glasses and contact lense solution
  3. Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  4. Pet food and extra water for your pet
  5. Cash or traveler's checks
  6. Important family documents saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  7. Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  8. Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  9. Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  10. Fire extinguisher (car)
  11. Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  12. Mess kits, plate, tin cup and metal spoon
  13. Paper and pencil
  14. Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  15. Immunization records


    1. Keep canned food in a cool, dry place where you can access it
    2. Consider storage location relative to a disaster
    3. Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers
    4. Replace expired items as needed
    5. Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change
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