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
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
• washcloth/ towel
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.