PREParedness Quick Tip #33: Travel-Sized Items for Emergency Kits

Mom with a PREP | PREParedness Quick Tip #33: Take advantage of the travel aisle to stock your 72 hour kit with all of your personal necessities.

When was the last time you wandered down the travel-sized or sample aisle of your local mega-mart and wondered how you could use those things? They are always so expensive for the size they are, and seem like a waste, don’t they?

But wait. They are perfect for your emergency bags! When you are putting together a 72-hour kit, you’re looking for three days worth of things to get you through until you can return home or find a place to stay. Deodorant, laundry soap, personal hygiene items, and even some foods come in perfect sizes for just a few days, don’t break the bank, and make it to where you can store without bulk.

If you don’t like the cost per ounce of the travel size items, you can purchase reusable travel size containers that allow you to refill with your own product. The smaller sizes save room in your bags for the rest of what you need.

Other places to collect travel-sized toiletries and food:

  • Hotel sample packs
  • Sample foods from store promos
  • Condiments from fast food restaurants
  • Multi-packs of snack items
  • Bag up bulk food into smaller portions
  • Mail samples
  • Dental kits from cleaning visits




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Katy Willis is a writer, lifelong homesteader, and master herbalist, master gardener, and canine nutritionist. Katy is a preparedness expert and modern homesteader practicing everyday preparedness, sustainability, and a holistic lifestyle.

She knows how important it is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, because you just never know what's coming. And preparedness helps you give your family the best chance to thrive in any situation.

Katy is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced herbalist and a member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).

Her preparedness skills go beyond just being "ready", she's ready to survive the initial disaster, and thrive afterward, too. She grows 100% organic food on roughly 15 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she's feeding her family, she's a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker.

Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes, too, including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening.

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