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August 19, 2016 2 min read

Properly Packing 12, 24, 48, and 72 Hour Survival Bags

It is very crucial to be prepared for an emergency situation at all times no matter where an individual or family may be.  Whether in the car driving, off at school or at work, relaxing at home, or even out of town for the weekend keeping a survival bag nearby will make a great difference.

12 Hour Survival Bag

The 12-hour survival bag is best kept in places for situations where help will be within a day’s reach.  For example, inside the trunk of any vehicle, camper, or even inside a daily used backpack will persons carrying a 12-hour survival bag find the most use of it.  Inside a 12-hour survival bag you will need:

  • Basic medical kit
  • Communications; such as a radio
  • Identification markers e.g., signal flares, flashlight, or road flares
  • Water and a small amount of food such as an energy bar
  • Toolkit including Swiss Army Tool

24 Hour Survival Bag

The 24-hour survival bag is best kept in places such as the trunk or back of vehicles and also inside houses and cabins for quickly grabbing in case of emergency.  The 24-hour survival bag is intended to be used in situations where help may be further away than a day’s travel and includes provisions for resting for the night.  A properly packed 24-hour survival bag will include;

  • 50 – 85 piece Medical kit
  • Communications
  • Identification markers and local maps
  • One day’s worth of food or three small meals and water
  • Toolkit with additional batteries and fire starters. E.g. matches.
  • Small sleeping bag, tent, and a change of clothes.

48 Hour Survival Bag

The 48-hour survival bag is best kept in homes as well as recreational vehicles (RV’s) and/or cabins.  The 48-hour survival bag is packed with enough supplies for either an individual or a family to have the necessary aid until help can either arrive or be found.  A 48-hour survival bag should have all of the following:

  • 50 – 100 piece Medical kit
  • Communications
  • Identification markers; local area maps and emergency maps
  • Several small survival meals with additional water
  • Toolkit including a small axe, cutter, and portable fishing kit
  • Sleeping bag(s), tent, and two changes of clothes per person
  • Basic toiletry kit including toilet paper and washing rags.

72 Hour Survival Bag

The 72-hour survival bag is one of the largest survival bags and is capable of packing enough equipment for either an individual or a family to survive several days in the wilderness.  The 72-hour survival bag should be organized periodically as to compensate for cold and warm weather gear depending upon the seasons.  A properly packed 72-hour survival bag will include:

  • Full medical kit
  • Communications
  • Identification markers including county and state maps
  • Three days worth of survival food with additional water
  • Toolkit with axe, cutter, fishing kit, and campfire tools
  • Sleeping bag(s), tent, and three changes of clothes
  • Toiletry kit
  • Spare blanket, cold winter gloves, earmuffs, and scarves for cold weather
  • Personal defense such as a firearm with additional ammunition

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