Welcome to week #16 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.
This series is also available as an e-book. Purchasing the e-book gives you a few additional benefits over just reading the free series:
- Additional details and tips
- The ability to print the entire book!
- Pictures of my own kit showing just how I pack each week.
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I hope all of you were able to get some communication devices in your kit last week!
Week #16: Tools
The idea this week is to add a few basic tools that will ease the stress of a difficult situation and /or save you and your family’s lives in the event of a disaster.
Don’t get too carried away in this department, especially the first time around. Many tools are heavy and would be difficult to pack. Many are expensive. You do not need each and every tool and many can have multiple uses: especially if you get creative.
Consider the area you live in, the disasters you would be most likely to face and be sure the tools you choose to add this week will be most helpful in your situation.
- Shovel (many are fold-able and / or have multiple uses) or trowel.
- Saw (maybe a Pocket Chainsaw)
- Axe (again, many are foldable and come in multi-use tools)
- Knife / Scissors
- Hammer or Mallet
- Sewing Kit
- Gas Shut off tool (This is very important in earthquake areas. You need to be able to shut off the gas supply to your home. If you know how to use it, a wrench will work for this as well)
- Duct Tape
- Rope / Paracord
- Work Gloves
- Various Maps (and skills to use them)
- Solar Cell / Battery Charger (for your light and communication items)
- Rubber bands / Zip ties
- Plastic grocery bags (Many uses! Cover head when raining, “throw-up” bag if needed, garbage bag, to cover shoes if wet or muddy)
- Garbage bags
What we have done in our family:
We have a fold-able shovel, a compass (combo tool with the adult whistles we have), a sewing kit, multi-tool (includes a screwdriver, knife, pliers etc.), gas shut off tool, duct tape, paracord, work gloves, zip ties, grocery bags, a large garbage bag, and scissors.
How About You?
Leave me a comment and tell me what you will be adding to your kit. Why? What light sources do you need? What do you already have?
|Week #15: Communication
|Week #18: Other Random Tools
|Week #1: Packaging Your Kit
|Series Into: Survival Kit Series, A Week by Week Approach
Becky is a wildlife enthusiast and pet and livestock care expert with a diploma in canine nutrition. With over a decade of experience in animal welfare, Becky lends her expertise to Simple Family Preparedness through insightful info about pets, livestock, bee keeping, and the practicalities of homesteading.