Welcome to week #19 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 give thought to some religious items you’d like to have in your kit last week.
Week #20: Entertainment
One oft forgotten category in 72 hr kits is Entertainment. 72 hours is a long time. At least it would be in an emergency situation; especially if you have nothing to do. Even more so if you have kids like I do.
Plus, I’m sure there will be plenty of things you’d like to get your (and your kids) minds off of. Depending on the situation / disaster, they could be a possibility for a lot of physiological stress. Having something fun to do can help ease this. And relieving that stress is just as important as taking care of your physical needs.
However, the same rules apply here that have applies over the last 20 weeks: keep it light and small! This can be a challenge, but you do have to be able to carry this pack, remember? Here are a few suggestions:
- Pen & Paper
- Playing Cards
- Small Paperback book
- Small card games such as “Go Fish” or “Memory,” or “Phase 10”
- A small toy car or miniature dolls or action figures for a child
- Small children’s books
- Coloring pages and crayons
- Jump rope (or other small active toys…try the dollar store)
- Dice (play Yatzee, Farkle…thanks to reader Beth for this idea)
- Bingo cards with small candies for markers (thanks to readers Beth and Linda for those two ideas)
What we have done in our family:
We have pen & paper, a small toy for each child, a book for each family member, and crayons with 15-20 Disney coloring pages
How About You?
Leave me a comment and tell me what you will be adding to your kit. Why? What entertainment products will work for your family? What do you already have?
|Week #18: Religious Needs
|Week #20: Entertainment
|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.