72 Hour Kit Ideas Week #18: Religious Needs

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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.

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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. The big item for me is a Bible. I have crank charger for my electronic version but also like to keep a paperback Bible. For those who prefer the King James Version, I have seen them for $1 at our local dollar store. It might be worth checking if you need an extra Bible for your kit.

  2. The Bible that I use currently is one that I got way back in junior high; it is small, hot pink, with an aluminum cover. Since getting married, I’ve been thinking about getting a new Bible, something with a more neutral cover that I can carry with me into adulthood. This gives me an excuse to do it, because despite the hot pink color, my current bible is the perfect size and toughness for an emergency pack.

  3. An addition to a relgious prep, last rites kit! Many can be bought but you can make your own: holy water (ask the church), crucifix, candles(birthday candles work great) , purple cloth. It will do in a pinch.

  4. Love this site! I haven’t read all the posts yet, but plan to do so over the remainder of the weekend. I do have a suggestion (which may have been covered in one of your earlier posts, so feel feel free to ignore it!) for those who keep their scriptures and such on electronic devices. These things will need some sort of power source, and electricity may or may not be available. So something I am putting at the top of my list is a solar power charger. Anyone have any suggestions as to a good option for this? Portability and affordability are, of course, preferred.

    • Yes, you are right. I do mention solar chargers during a different week, but it is worth re0mentioneing here. YOu can find some options here:


  5. We have a small bible, but I’m wondering if we have room to add a children’s picture bible; it’s quite a bit larger & heavier, but it would be nice to have I’m sure.

    I love this series, but I’m going to need to start at the beginning because I haven’t gone through any of our stuff in quite a while … I don’t think it’s even all together in the same place as we’ve used much of it for camping trips.

  6. We have our patriarchal blessings on our thumb drive along with all of our other important documents. Other than that, I am totally lacking in this department, and its one of the most important! I want to get a vile of oil, reference cards, Book of Mormons, and maybe the Friend magazine for the kids to do. Thanks for this great reminder!

  7. Hi,
    I just found your blog. I’ve been trying to get on top of my emergency preparedness, and I’m SO glad I found your blog. I love your important info binder. I’ll be going through your weekly posts to better prepare. Thank you for offering so many wonderful insights!!

  8. Has it been 6 months already!?! At least my packs are out of the bathroom tub, well underway (thanks to you and this website) and ready for the next go around.

    Since I’m getting some forms together for an Emergency Info binder for Super Saturday this topic was a timely reminder of a few things to include on a list for people to gather.

  9. I’m so glad I found this site. You’ve done a great job of breaking down an emergency kit into manageable portions. I’m limited on size and weight because of an injury, so I am just including a small New Testament that my grandmother gave me years ago.

  10. Instead of a bible or any other books we will just toss in our Kindle and my husbands new Nexus. Both hold a charge for a long time. My Kindle has the bible, study guides, devotionals and dozens of entertainment reading all in one. It is much lighter than packing a bible let alone a couple of paperbacks!!

  11. What a great idea! I have the bible on my iPhone and iPad, but a paperback bible is also a good idea in case there is no power.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  12. I received my box of goodies- they are stored away now- thank you so much. I have added a couple of things…including a small bible. I also added a leash and harness for my cat (never thought about it before but might not be able to carry the carrier).

  13. I really appreciate all of the work and thought that goes into this. I had not thought about taking my Bible. I guess it is because I keep one located near the front door that is in a tote, with notes and other things that I would like to have. All I would have to do is grab it on the way out. I do like the idea of a small Bible to keep in my car. You never know I might not be at home when disaster strikes.

  14. I absolutely agree that a Bible is vital to spiritual as well as physical preparation. May I also suggest that scripture committed to memory is the most portable?

  15. Hmmm… hadn’t thought of this! For the hunker or car possibilities, I would want Luther’s Study Bible. However, if I’m carrying everything on my back… I’d leave the books…and hope and pray to get my hands on a Bible later on.

  16. Thanks for the post! I have a “travel” Bible that I keep in my luggage so I’m never without. It’s just a smaller than normal sized, just in case. But in an emergency, I plan on grabbing my regular Bible first, since it has all of my notes. My faith is the thing I count on the most in everyday life. I hadn’t thought about the oil, though, so I’ll be adding that to my kit. We use oil for healing & blessing, so it’s an essential. Last wk., I found Bible game books & cards at the dollar store & added them to my kit, in anticipation of grandkids someday or for a child that may need them. Looking forward to your next post.

  17. While I am not religious, I do feel this is an important step and one that should no be missed. Keeping others calm can be a great help to everyone in a group and we carry things to help keep the kids calm, so why not be able to help others as well? If nothing else this could by us some peace and quiet.

  18. I had a GoBible (which is an MP3 player with KJV Bible read by Alexander Scorbie) in my back pack, but was having issues with it. I will be getting it replaced with a new one and replacement batteries. I also have a small KJV Bible in my back pack for when I want to read or when batteries die.

  19. While my own family is not religious, we will however include a bible in our preps. Not only could it be beneficial to others in a time of need but it could also be a good source of reading material.

  20. I included most of our church leadership on the “Important Phone Numbers” page of our documents binder but could easily add a full church directory. So far, I’ve added a copy of our principles (we are Unitarian Universalist), my favorite sermon, and my spiritual development plan for the coming year. I will work on adding some songs to my phone and am trying to figure out how to include a portable, non-breakable chalice. My congregation uses battery-operated tea lights in its elementary school aged religious education classes, so that may be a start.


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