72 Hour Kit Ideas Week #18: Religious Needs

Welcome! Week #18 in a step by step 72 hour kit series.  Makes building a robust, personalized 72 hour kit affordable and do-able!

Welcome to week #18 in the “72 Hour Kit Ideas: A week by week approach” series.

This series is all about making it simple and do-able to get a 72 hour kit put together for you and your family.

Creating such a kit can be overwhelming and financially difficult to do all at once. But through this series, I’ve broken it down for you into 26 small steps! You can see all the steps here. Just take one small baby step each week and in 6 months you will have a well stocked, personalized kit!

You can even go through the series a few times over a year or two adding just the most basic supplies the first six months and then a few more “extra” supplies each time you cycle through it again.

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Last Week:

I hope all of you were able to gather all your important documents into one place last week!

Week#18: Religious Needs

I am very religious and I know that in the event of a disaster and emergency situation, I would want all the comfort and peace I could find.

If you are also religious, I encourage you to give thought this week to those things that are a part of your religion that are of significant importance and will bring comfort to you. Your mental and emotional health during a time of crisis will directly affect your ability to care for yourself and your family physically. It is important.

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Many call us “Mormons” or “LDS” (short for Latter Day Saint). However, I recognize that not all of you have the same beliefs. The things that you choose to bring for religious purposes will vary. I will list ideas below that work for my faith in the hopes that they may spark ideas of things you may want to include even if you are of a different faith. I will then list items / ideas left by my blog readers of different faiths. Please understand that this list is not meant to be all inclusive (there are so many religions out there), but simply to spark ideas.

Ideas for Any Religion:

  • Scriptures. For me, this includes a paperback King James Bible and a Book of Mormon.
  • Phone numbers and addresses of religious leaders in your area.
  • Religious music on a small device.
  • Small cards with devotionals, scriptures or pictures on them.

Ideas for Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:Friend

  • Blessing Oil Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints use this oil when a member of the church who holds the priesthood gives a blessing of healing (Like Christ did in the Bible).
  • Copy of your Patriarchal Blessings. These are written blessings that many LDS members receive as youth from a Patriarch who holds the priesthood. They are blessing of direction and help for life.
  • Friend Magazine. This is a religious children’s magazine published by the LDS Church.
  • Temple Recommend.
  • Baptismal records / membership record number

Ideas Listed in the Comments on my Website by Members of Other Religions:

  • Rosary Beads / Rosary.
  • Holy Water.
  • Candles.
  • Last rites kit.
  • Crucifix.
  • Chalice.
  • Pure grape juice boxes and Wasa crackers (for communion in certain religions).
  • “Sick Call” Cross.
  • Frankincense and Myrrh (incense).
  • A devotional book.

What we have done in our family:

We have a paperback New Testament and a Book of Mormon, blessing oil, copies of our patriarchal blessings, our temple recommend numbers and two friend magazines. We have phone numbers of our religious leaders in our important documents folder.

How About You?

Are you religious? Do you feel it is important to include such items in your kit? If so, what will you include?

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133 thoughts on “72 Hour Kit Ideas Week #18: Religious Needs”

  1. Reading glasses! I had perfect eyesight until a year ago. Now I need reading glasses. One of many joys of aging I’ve earned to enjoy! ;-D While reading all of your suggestions & the ones in the comments it hit me that I don’t have reading glasses in any of my kits. I will go to a dollar store today and pick up 5 of each magnification and keep a few with my Bible and the rest split up in different cases. (Example: I plan on putting a pair in the medical kit since I may need to read a label or instruction card.) That you for your wonderful resource that I use to protect my family. Due to weather we have experienced a full week of no power and water on two different occasions. One was a week in 100 degree weather the other week in below zero temps. While I DID have many things prepared, I know I can improve in many areas.

  2. I go to a community church, Mennonite Brethren. I would add my favorite hymn book ( I LOVE old hymns), as well as a copy or two of The Light, a Christian newspaper, that I haven’t read, and the daily bread (a devotion book)

  3. As an atheist, here are some of the books that I find comforting:
    – anything by Carl Sagan.
    – the poetry of Nazim Hikmet
    – Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham (which is an excellent guide to meditation, regardless of one’s beliefs.. one that i ought to reread!)

    Personally, there are a few pieces of jewelry that are deeply significant and comforting for me that I would not want to be without.

    Finally, I’d make sure to have some photographs of loved ones.

    In cahoots,

  4. For Roman Catholics: You would want what is called a “Sick Call” Cross. Actually it is a Crucifix that has a hollowed out compartment for two candles and a vial of Holy Water, the base is made so that you can place it on a flat surface, and put the Crucifix in it, standing up, and the candles into candle holders. A priest would bring the Holy Oil used for appointing for the Sacrament of the Sick/Last Rites.

    Holy Water you can obtain from your parish. Other “sacramentals” can be “blessed salt” and “blessed palms” (from Palm Sunday). Ask your priest/pastor.

    A Rosary, and a small book of common Catholic prayers. These items are available from Catholic book stores.

    Other items you might want.
    A Catholic Bible (New American Bible (NAB). Some earlier translations include the Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition (RSV-CE), the Douay-Rheims (the earliest translation from the original Latin), and the Navarre Bible.)
    A missal (St. Joseph prints an inexpensive set).
    A copy of the Liturgy of the Hours (the daily series of prayers of the Church).

  5. I would add Holy water to this list as well as a candle. Actually, I always have holy water on hand. Thank you for this post,
    I am thinking of using some of your ideas for a folder should something happen to us, I believe that would help them,our kids, and my last wishes would be respected, ( hopefully)


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