Welcome!Week #8 in a step by step 72 hour kit series. Makes building a robust, personalized 72 hour kit affordable and do-able!

Welcome to week #8 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.

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Week #8: Shelter

You will need a way to protect your family from the “elements” following a disaster.  It may be extremely hot or cold.  It may be raining or snowing.

Personally, I think this is one area you can skimp on a bit until you have more funds.  While it is possible that you would have to evacuate completely on foot with nowhere to go, it is far more likely that you’d be traveling to some sort of shelter.  Many churches provide shelter during an emergency and the Red Cross usually has something available as well.  The chances of not being able to find any shelter are slim.

However, it is possible you will need to walk to that shelter and you may need to protect your family as you go.   You may also prefer to sleep outside of a provided shelter to keep your family separate from others.

This week, add something to protect your family from the elements.


Tents are ideal, but can get pricey and heavy!  There are ways to protect your family from the elements on a smaller budget.  As such, I’ve separated my suggestions into three categories.  If you have small children, make sure you choose something they will actually use / wear.  You should show it to them and have them practice wearing it (poncho) or getting in it (tent).

Small Budget:

  • Try a  poncho (you can even use a large garbage bag instead).
  •  A couple of drop cloths  can work as well: hang one above you on trees or a rope and lay one out under you if needed.

Medium Budget:

  • A couple of tarps (used similarly to the drop cloths mentioned above with a rope).
  • A more durable poncho.
  • A tube tent or two.


Larger Budget:

What we have done in our family:

We have six ponchos total and one dome tent and a drop cloth (to go under the tent) in each adult kit.  We would each sleep with two kiddos in a tent with us.  We used to have tube tents instead and just recently switched to the dome tents.  They are a bit bulkier / heavier, but I like them better because they have a door!  (-:


How About You?

Leave me a comment and tell me what type of shelter you will be adding to your kit.  Why?  What will you be doing this week?


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