Welcome to week #13 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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I hope all of you were able to add needed medicines to your kit last week.
Week #13: Personal Care & Hygiene
Hygiene is closely related to Sanitation (week #10), but there are many things that were not included in that week that you should consider having in your kit.
This week, add personal care and hygiene items to your 72 hour kit supplies.
- Toilet Paper (take out the cardboard to smash it flat and keep it in a plastic bag to keep it dry)
- Soap or Shampoo and Body Wash Combo
- Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss
- Feminine needs (these also make great wound dressings)
- Contact needs and / or an old pair (old prescription) glasses
- Wet Naps / wipes
- Waste Bags (completely biodegradable; neutralize odors, breaks down waste into Enviro-Friendly material)
- Brush / Comb
- Fingernail clippers
- Bug Repellent
- Plastic bag for soiled clothing
What we have done in our family:
We have almost everything on the list above. I haven’t been able to find a travel size bug repellent, so for now we don’t have one. We also don’t have a razor. We figure we can go a few days (or even weeks) without shaving if we had to!
How About You?
Leave me a comment and tell me what you will be adding to your kit.
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123 thoughts on “72 Hour Kit Ideas Week #13: Personal Care & Hygiene”
Thanks for the list. Will come in handy for sure.
I cant tell you how blessed I feel that I found your site this year. After this last week with all the flooding around me and my family and watching people getting cut off from the rest of the world I’m extremely thankful that I started the challenge. I might not be finished and I got a little side tracked in the middle of it, but what a felief it was for me to know I had water and food for almost 3 days. We did not have to use any of it, but it was nice to know and comforting to know it was there if I did need it.
After reading a lot of the comments this week I thought I would add that the old fashioned shaving soap and brush might be a good idea instead of shaving cream. Also my bag is the army large Alice pack and I have a 5 gallon bucket in the main compartment. I am going to add the personal hygiene products and a toilet seat to fit the bucket this week. I already have the cooking equipment in there. All the items are in a plastic bag so that if the bucket is needed for personal reasons the bag can be pulled out and a liner placed into it. After use the liner can be removed and plastic bag with stored items placed back into the bucket and bucket back into pack.
One thing on the soap. It would probably be better to pack an antibacterial soap (like dial) instead of a beauty bar (like dove).
I never thought of waste bags, but that is a great idea. I also like the idea of the P-style that was mentioned by Vicki, it would also come in handy when camping. I have most everything else on the list, though some of it has not yet made its way to my bag. I do have baby powder in my bag. It is nice to have especially in hot weather and makes a great dry shampoo too.
This blog is great for keeping me focused and on the right track with my preparedness. Though I hope to never need to use my kits, it is nice to know that they are there if needed. Thanks Misty.
You are welcome Bonnie!
You can make your own “dry shampoo” by powdering rolled oats in a blender or food processor. Shake onto hair, massage in a bit, then brush out. The fine oat powder absorbs excess oil. You can also use this oat powder in your bath for soothing itchy rashes or sunburn, or for mixing with a bit of warm water into a paste and using as a facial mask. If you make up lots of powdered oats you can use some as oat flour for cookies or bread, or used to make baby cereal. I have also heard of people using regular cornmeal as a dry shampoo in the same way – just be sure to brush it all out or the larger cornmeal particles might look like dandruff!
One other great item that I have added to our kit is dry shampoo. It is pretty inexpensive and there are various brands that can be found in most grocery stores and drug stores (I have “Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Shampoo” that I found on clearance at Harris Teeter for around $2). It comes in a spray can, like many hairsprays. You just spray it on, then it dries within a minute and then just brush out your hair. The dry shampoo absorbes the oil in your hair and leaves it smelling great!
I just learned about dry shampoo yesterday! Fabulous!
I still need to add TP & some type of biodegradable bags. I think I may look into that “Go-girl”, it sounds like it may be handy. Thank goodness I no longer have “feminine needs”, but I did pass on the links for re-usable ones to my daughter. Thanks to everyone that posted those. And, as always, thanks, misty!
My pleasure Deb!
I have many things in my hygene kit. These items tend to overlap with my first aid kit and sanitation kit. I have lots of baby wipes, diaper rash ointment for chaffing, baby/medicated powder, toothbrushes & paste, floss and toothpics, deoderant, soap, shampoo, lotions, comb and brush and mirror, wash clothes, towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, cotton balls, foot cream, manicure set, make-up(yes make-up, I don’t always wear it, but it can help lift my spirits if I’m down) razors, shave cream, scissors and electric hair trimmers(I know we might not have electricity, but I also prep for not having $ for haircuts, but having electricty)bug spray, bottled water, a portable camp shower, a bucket with a toilet seat and the list goes on and on.
Wow! You’ve got it all. And yes, there is quite a bit of overlap!
We have most of everything on this list. Just need to get some waste bags.
I am pretty well set in this area. I do need to add toilet paper to my kits, but my backpacks are nearly full. It may be time to upgrade my packs.
They get full so fast!