Preparing a 3-Day Emergency Survival Kit

An emergency survival kit can be a very helpful thing to keep around the home or in a car. You never can be sure when a disaster will strike or when you'll need to have supplies like medical equipment, food, or other tools handy. A three-day survival kit is a common type of preparation package, because 3 days is typically the longest that you'll have to wait before professional rescue services will enter into your area and find you. This is true of most natural disasters and other types of situations as well. Read on for a guide on how to plan for and prepare your three day emergency survival kit today.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Canned food
  • Can opener
  • Bottled water (1 gallon per day)
  • Dry change of clothes
  • Hand crank flashlight
  • Propane gas stove
  • First aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Small tool kit
  • Any special medication that you or anyone in your family may require
  • Large box with resealable lid

Step 1 - Gather Food and Water

Canned food is the best for a three-day survival kit, because it can be kept in the kit for a long period of time and it will keep. Do not store any perishable food in your survival kit, as this is more likely to become damaged or go bad before it become useful. A can opener is an essential tool as well, as you'll need it in order to be able to properly access the food. Plan to bring about 1 gallon of clean water per person per day to put into your kit. Be sure that you have a way to keep the water sealed and clean, or bring a decontaminator like iodine droplets to help treat the water if you should need to drink it.

Step 2 - Assemble Living Necessities

The next step is to gather up any living necessities that you may need. A dry change of clothes for you and one for everyone else in your family is a good idea; you will likely be able to tolerate being in the clothes for 3 days, but you may need to change out of damp clothes when you reach the survival kit. Blankets and a flashlight that is powered by a hand crank are good to have around as well, in case it's cold or dark. Finally, a small propane gas stove can be used to heat the food and provide warmth as needed.

Step 3 - Prepare a First Aid Kit

A good first aid kit will contain bandages of various sizes, antiseptic wipes or solution, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, scissors, and any other basic medical tools that you need. Be sure to also pack any medication that you or others in your family takes. It's also good to pack a small handbook of first aid skills for reference.

Step 4 - Pack and Store the Kit

Pack all of the items into a large box and make sure that the lid is sealed tightly. Store the box somewhere safe and dry where you'll be able to remember and access it as needed.