7.08.2010

72 hour kits

72 hour kit


1. First aid supplies:

 Medical-grade vinyl gloves

 Poison ivy relief cream

 Burn relief cream

 Sunscreen, SPF of 30 or greater

 Antibiotic ointment, Polysporin® or similar

 Sting relief lotion or ointment, calamine or similar

 Box of sterile gauze pads, either 3" x 3" or 4" x 4"

 Abdominal (ABD) or combine sterile pad, 5" x 9"

 Rolled gauze of 2 sizes, 2" x 4 yards and 4" x 4 yards

 Bandages of assorted types: finger, knuckle, plastic, Telfa®, and general adhesive

 Sterile oval eye pad

 Small sharp scissors

 Tweezers with pointed tip

 Thermometers, oral and rectal (for babies)

 Elastic bandage, 3" x 6"

 Instant ice pack

 Roll of adhesive tape, 1" wide, may use plastic type if preferred

 Triangular bandages, 2

 Package of safety pins, assorted sizes

 Absorbent cotton balls, 1 box

 Diarrhea remedy, Pepto-Bismol® or Kaopectate® or similar

 Popsicle® (craft) sticks or finger splints

 Antibacterial soap, liquid or bar

 Medicine dropper

 Water purification tablets

 Small bottle of bleach

 Sharp knife or multipurpose knife/tool

 Bottles of aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen (children’s or liquid if needed)

 Splint materials: thin boards 2-3' long

 Cough syrup and throat lozenges

 Large plastic trash bag and several smaller, zip-closure bags

2. Clothes (change twice yearly to accommodate climate)

3. Under Garments

4. Toiletries

• shampoo/conditioner

• toothpaste

• toothbrush

• washcloth/ towel

• lotion

• cleanser

• razor

• deodorant

You may need to add other items that are particular to your climate and to the types of natural disasters that you have in your area. If mosquitoes are a problem or could become one (after a hurricane, for example), you may wish to add mosquito repellent to your supplies.

Include consecrated oil with your supplies so priesthood blessings can be given if needed. Also be sure to include the scriptures and some favorite toys, games, songs, or books so that your family will be able to have some degree of normalcy if a time of emergency comes.

Other activities and situations may call for additional types of supplies. For example, for a car trip you may need to add roadside reflectors or flares. For camping, you may need to add a small saw, signal mirror, compass, multipurpose knife/tool, whistle, and other pertinent items. For hiking kits include moleskin to prevent and treat blisters. For both camping and boating kits be sure to include aloe vera gel for treatment of sunburn. Hiking kits can be more compact and include only very essential items that can be easily carried in your daypack.

Assembling the supplies listed above may take you some time and money if you have not yet begun. The important thing is to begin now to plan for an emergency. Start by gathering a few of the most important emergency items, then add to your supplies as quickly as your time and money allow. Some packaged first aid kits can be used as a baseline and then additional supplies added as you can afford to do so. A few of the local Red Cross chapters even have facilities for assembling your own first aid kits.

Source: http://www.lds.org/

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