Welcome to week #12 in the “72 Hour Kit Ideas: A week by week approach” series.
This series is all about making it simple and do-able to get a 72 hourkit (aka survival kit, bug out bag etc) put together for you and your family: something that will help you care for yourself without the aid of others for at least 3 days!
Creating such a kit can be overwhelming and financially difficult to do all at once. So, through this series, I’ve broken it down for you into 26 small steps! Just take one small baby step each week and in 6 months you will have a well stocked kit!
This entire 26 week series is now available as an e-book!
You can even go through the series a few times over a year or two adding just the most basic supplies the first 6 months and then a few more “extra” supplies each time you cycle through it again.
Week #12: Medicine
Even if you don’t take daily prescription meds, there are some “meds” you may consider including in your kit. Remember that “illnesses” that may seem small during everyday life (such as a headache or a cold) will be far more difficult to deal with in a disaster situation.
You will want to be your best self in every way possible, especially if you are a parent! This week, add medicines you feel are important for your family to your kit.
While many meds are important, prescription meds can be essential and life sustaining. If there are meds you must take on a regular basis be sure you have a supply of them in your kit.
Ideas / Options:
Other than prescription meds, consider the list below as you decide what to keep in your kit for your family. You may consider putting a 3 day supply of some meds in a small zip pouch (like the ones you can find at craft stores) with a label to save on space!
Tips For Prescription Meds
Getting a supply of prescription meds can be very tough as often insurance carriers will only allow for a 30 day supply and / or doctors are reluctant to prescribe “extra.” But, this is one area that I highly encourage you to spend what it takes. I know building a 72 hour kit can be expensive, and there are many areas where you can do without or use just the most basic items. But necessary prescription meds are not a luxury or an “extra.” They are a must have.
- Talk to your doctor and ask for a non-refillable prescription for a 2 week supply of your meds. Tell him why you want it. Most doctors will be open to this idea as long as you aren’t asking for an extreme amount. Take your prescription to a pharmacy and don’t use your insurance! Just pay for it.
- One other option is to fill your prescription 5-7 days early. Most insurance companies will allow you to fill your prescription a few days (5-7) before you actually need the meds. If you did this every month for 4 months or so, you end up with an extra 30 days supply!
- If cost is a really big issue, transfer your regular prescription to a new pharmacy if possible. Most pharmacies will give you a $25-$50 gift card for transferring a prescription to them. You can then use the gift card to defray some of the cost of your extra 2 week prescription.
- There is also an interesting article I found here that may help as well, but be careful!
- Make sure that in addition to your actual prescription meds, you keep a copy of the written prescription (with the RX number) as well.
Alright, on to the list (includes both prescription and Non-prescription med).
- Infant / children’s pain relief (with appropriate dropper if needed).
- Children’s Benadryl (for allergic reactions).
- Cold Meds.
- Allergy Meds / Antihistamines.
- Antacid tablets.
- Various types of pain relief (including Midol if you use / need it).
- Anti-diarrhea meds and Laxatives (when under severe stress the digestive system doesn’t always function so well!).
- Syrup of Ipecac OR Activated Charcoal (to induce vomiting from poisoning) DO NOT use both. I prefer Activated Charcoal.
- High blood pressure meds (Your blood pressure will be higher during times of stress. If you have high blood pressure, include some!).
- Insulin if necessary.
- Inhaler / asthma meds.
- Birth Control.
- Cranberry Pills (for urinary tract infections).
- Ear Drops.
- Essential Oils (if you know how to use them).
- An Epi-Pen (if someone in your family needs one).
- Copies of eyeglass or contact prescriptions.
What we have done in our family:
We have most of what is listed above. We do not need any prescription meds, blood pressure meds or insulin / asthma meds. We do not have a laxative or ear drops. We do use a couple of essential oils for my daughter’s severe eczema which I need to add to the kit. Our hydrocortisone is kept with our first aid supplies. I would like to get some cranberry pills, but have not yet.
How About You? /
Leave me a comment and tell me what you will be adding to your kit. Why? How are you going to “beef up” the supplies in your basic kit?
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