Welcome! Week #26 in a step by step 72 hour kit series. Makes building a robust, personalized 72 hour kit affordable and do-able!

Welcome to week #26 (the FINAL week) 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.

Want even more help?Build a robust, personalized 72 hour kit one week at a time over 26 weeks

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Last Week:

I hope you were able to go through and rotate all of your supplies last week. That is an essential part of this whole process. If you need to use this kit, you want to be able to!

Last Week:

I hope you were all able to create a helpful list of items in your kit last week.

Week #26: Rotate, Update, Test, Review

It is week #26!!!! Wow! 6 months! I hope that all those who actually started with me on week #1 have been able to fully build and complete a great kit for your family! I hope that the ideas I’ve presented and those in the comments from some great readers have been helpful. But I also hope that you’ve personalized those ideas and adjusted them to fit your family’s needs.

I’ve got just one last task for you and then we will start over with week #1.

I recommend that once you’ve built your kit to your liking (you can go through this series a few times adding more robust supplies each time), that you do all the following things every six months. Or, if you prefer, you could pick one category to work on every six weeks.


  • Food (Most food in a survival kit will have between a six month and a 5 year shelf life. Check the food in your kit and replace any that has expired. Don’t just throw away the old stuff though. Use it! This can be especially fun for kids if you’ve included fun snack foods).
  • Water (water bottles have a 6-18 month shelf life depending on how you store them. Water boxes / pouches vary)
  • Diapers (check sizes)
  • Wipes (they tend to dry out)
  • Children’s clothing / shoes (make sure they are not too small)
  • Medicine (typically has a 6 month to a few year shelf life)
  • Batteries (will lose their stored energy over time, especially if stored in the heat or cold. I recommend replacing them every 6-12 months just in case)


  • List of important phone numbers / insurance policy #s etc. (Make sure they are all current)
  • Kid’s toys (make sure you’ve got things they’ll actually want / use)
  • First Aid Kit (Did you use anything from it over the past 6 months that you need to replace?)
  • Cash (Did you use any over the last 6 months that you need to replace?)

Check / Test:

  • Flashlights
  • Radios
  • Stove
  • Lighters / matches
  • Anything liquid (Soap / Shampoo / Hand sanitizer etc.…Make sure they haven’t leaked)
  • Compass


  • Basic CPR and First Aid guide
  • Family Evacuation Plan
  • Family Emergency Plan
  • How to shut off your gas

How About You?

How do you remember to rotate, update, check and review the items in your 72 hour kit?

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