Rolling Backpack photo c/o

Rolling Backpack photo c/o

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By Kellene Bishop

As promised here is the list of my recommended 72 hour kit supplies. Mind you, this isn’t the minimalistic 72 hour kit. This is the “rolling” one.

By all means, if you have something to add to the list or have questions as to why a particular item is on the list, simply leave a comment.

Basic 72-hour Emergency Kit (*This is a list of ONLY the Basics)


  • Leather gloves
  • Shirt, pants, socks and shoes
  • PVC poncho with hood
  • Bandana
  • Hat
  • Sweat pants and top or other light workout suit


  • Handgun
  • 50 rounds of self-defense ammunition

Note: Rather than “in” your kit, it should be on your person

Lexan Cutlery

Lexan Cutlery


  • 3600 calorie bar OR (3) MREs of desired flavor with MRE heat-packs
  • Lexan fork, knife, and spoon
  • 20 feet of fishing line, (4) small hooks, sinkers, and a bubble
  • Small quantity of hard-tack candy
  • (3) granola bars
  • (6) sticks of jerky in sealed bag
  • Small wing can-opener


  • Older style Bic lighter (flint spark can be used when fuel runs out)
  • Wind-proof, water-proof matches
  • Magnesium block with striker
  • (3) 12-hour cyalume lightstick
  • (2) 4-inch wax candle
  • (6) hand warmer packs
  • Sealable sandwich baggie with small quantity of dryer lint
  • Flashlight


First Aid Booklet photo c/o

First Aid Booklet photo c/o


  • 72 hour supply of personal medications
  • First Aid booklet
  • (4) Butterfly bandages
  • 3-inch foot wrap
  • (3) gauze compress
  • Burn-Free packet
  • Small bottle of Naproxen, Acetaminophen, and Ibuprofen
  • Small bottle of hand-sanitizer liquid
  • Bug repellant
  • Lip balm
  • Eye drops
  • (4) Safety pins
  • Small selection of band-aids
  • Alcohol wipes
  • (2) Feminine Pads (for males also as these soak up blood and other liquids fast)
  • Small quantity of salt (a few teaspoons)
  • Small quantity of baking soda (a few teaspoons) (1/2 tsp. soda + 1 tsp. salt + 1 qt. water for shock)


SAS Essential Survival Book

SAS Essential Survival Book


  • Whistle
  • Mirror
  • SAS Essential Survival Book
  • Toilet paper
  • Pocketknife (preferably a multi-tool type with pliers)
  • 20-foot length of nylon rope or utility cord
  • Marking pen and small Memo-pad of paper
  • Small plastic hand shovel
  • Duct tape
  • Compass and basic map of your area
  • FRS or GMRS radio
  • $2.00 minimum  in change (combo of nickels, dimes, quarters)
  • Waterproof, sealable baggie with copy of driver’s license, other identifications, marriage certificates, passports, emergency contact numbers (relatives or contact points), etc.
  • (3) large garbage bag
  • (12) large cable ties
  • 12” x 24” piece of tinfoil or aluminum foil
  • Small copy of your scriptures
  • This list of items
  • Day-pack with multiple outer pockets to carry it all in


Foil Blanket photo c/o

Foil Blanket photo c/o


  • Foil Emergency sleeping bag
  • Fleece blanket
  • 12’ x 8’ plastic sheeting or tarp (ground cloth, tube tent or other)


  • (2) Quart-size sealable plastic bag
  • (2) 20-oz bottle of Gatorade or Powerade with screw-on top
  • (8) 4-oz Water pack
  • (20) Iodine pills or other water purification method
  • Sierra cup


  • Customize this list to the individual
  • Most items (but not all, for obvious reasons) should be duplicated in each kit since separation is possible

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