DIY: Emergency Kit


Our leaders have counseled us to have 72 hour kits on hand in case an emergency happens. You can buy these from different companies, but they often cost a pretty penny. Additionally, they don’t seem that great. We’re going to show you how to make your own.

  1. Get some big plastic paint buckets. Not only are they great for carrying your provisions, but they can double as a chair if needed.
  2. Collect you provisions. We suggest the following:
    • Flashlight
    • First Aid Kit
    • A mess kit for cooking
    • A flare
    • Ponchos
    • Tolietries (deoderant, soap, toothpaste, sunblock, female hygene products, ect.)
    • Matches
    • Food
      • Ramen noodles
      • tuna fish
      • beef jerky
      • canned fruit cups
      • nuts
      • trail mix
      • instant oat meal.
      • peanut butter
  3. Put the food in plastic bags.
  4. Place provisions in buckets.

  1. I’m not sure if you will see this or not, but how do you suggest carrying one of these if the need to travel by foot arises?

  2. What about water? I like the bucket idea. Have you ever heard of the 72 hour kits that can fit in a #10 can? Then you can fit it in a backpack, and also carry your water.

  3. Storing emergency items in buckets has a number of advantages.

    a. If the buckets are securely lidded, the contents are safe from dirt, water, vermin. Plus, lidded buckets may resist tampering/raiding better than boxes. And the amount of abuse they'll take is almost unlimited – which means your stuff is safe until you need it.

    b. Buckets are easier to keep track of. Mine that contain the more critical items are marked with bright orange tape, so they are immediately identifiable.

    c. Buckets can be grabbed and thrown into a car or truck. We have one bucket with water rations, one with food rations, one with batteries, flashlights, and a radio — all labelled and ready to grab at a moment's notice.

    d. Most of our buckets have the "gamma" lid system, which allows them to be opened and closed tightly many times, without tools. Expensive ($5 or more each), but when it really counts they'll be worth every penny.

    We also have emergency stuff stashed in backpacks, in tote bins, on shelves, and in the car. Buckets are just part of the program, but a uniquely rugged and useful part.

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