72 Hour Kit Ideas Week #23: Packaging Your Kit


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72 hour series #23

Last Week

I hope all of you were able to add some cash to your kit last week.

Week #23: Packaging Your Kit

Now that you have gathered all the supplies for your kit, you have an idea of the amount of space you will need to package it.  Remember, this pack of supplies will be used on the go if you have to evacuate.  However you choose to package it, keep the following in mind:

  • It needs to be something you can carry relatively easily.
  • It needs to be durable.
  • It should be as lightweight as possible.

If you’ve already got your kit and will just be updating it, then take a week off!

Here are a few ideas I’ve seen (and my opinions on them).  Feel free to share your ideas and opinions if you’ve got them in the comments below.  There is a great one from reader, Don about a pull / push golf cart here!

Option #1: A cooler or suitcase on wheels
  • Easy to drag behind you, meaning you don’t have to actually carry it.
  • May be difficult to use over tough terrain.
  • Would be heavy / difficult if you ever DID have to carry it.
  • Durable.
 Option #2: A large tupperware type tub.
  • Relatively durable.
  • Lightweight.
  • Can easily see & find what is inside.
  • Very difficult to carry.
Option #3: Duffel Bag
  • Relatively durable.
  • Lightweight.
  • Could put them in a wagon / wheeled golf cart and pull them unless / until forced to carry them.
  • You must carry it at all times…typically more difficult to carry for a long period of time than a backpack.
  • Not a lot of separate compartments for making things easier to organize / find.
Option #4: Backpacks
  • Very lightweight, but must be on your back at all times.
  • Will be heavy once packed.
  • Could put them in a wagon and pull them unless / until forced to carry them.
Option #5: Wheeled Backpack
  • Could be carried if needed, but can also be pulled behind you to make things easier unless covering rough terrain.
  • Heavier than a traditional backpack would be.

What We Have Done in Our Family:

Right now, we have 2 adult backpacks* and 2 children’s backpacks.  Only two of our four children would be able to carry a pack  (the 5 yr old twins); and one (a 1 yr old) would need to be carried.  Both my husband and I will need to have both hands free in order to be able to carry a child and manage another.  We do have a moby wrap for the 1 yr old so we can carry her and still have both hands free.  But I still want both hands free to be able to manage the other 3 kids.  So, we went with backpacks.   However, we will likely switch to wheeled backpacks eventually.


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Leave me a comment and tell how you plan to (or how you already) package your kit.


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  1. Melissa Rampy says:

    My children are 4, 3, 2, and 1. None of them are quite big enough to carry a backpack. Our situation is somewhat unique, but surely we can’t be the only people with multiple young children! How would you suggest packing since my husband and I are the only one able to carry all the items for all 6 of, plus we’ll have to be able to carry the baby and manage the other 3?

    • Misty says:

      Hi Melissa!

      When I very first wrote this series, my kids were 3, 3, 20 months and 2 months. (-: So, no you are not the only one! Even now, the supplies my twin boys can carry (6 years old now) are minimal. My book actually shows pictures of how I pack everything and what I put in the kids pack.

      But when they were younger, I had a baby sling for the infant and a front carrier (like a bjorn) for our toddler next to our supplies. Our plan was to strap the kids on and then each pick up a pack. We kept everything in two large backpack style packs so that we’d still have both hands free to keep track of the twins. And then we prayed we’d never have to walk very far like that! (-:

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  3. Brandi says:

    Hello. I just found your blog today(several years after the original post). I hope you haven’t had to use your emergency kit during that time. I saw where you posted that you will have to carry your youngest child, perhaps he/she is old enough to have an emergency kit of her own now. Anyhow, for individuals that have children that they need to carry and also pull supplies, I would recommend the www.Rideoncarryon.com. However. I am not sure how well it would do in rough terrain, but are so functional otherwise!!
    You safely strap your child into the seat that is attached to the luggage and off you go. BRILLIANT.

  4. Kristy says:

    I know this is an older post but wanted to add something that I haven’t saw mentioned. For the main bag, I suggest getting a backpacker pack. These are basically backpacks but built with sturdy frames so they are easier to carry heavy loads. They are made for backpackers carrying supplies for days which is perfect for a bug out bag. They can be expensive but this is one thing you may not want to go cheap on. Nothing worse than having your backpack break after a few days. Then how are you gonna carry everything? I’ve read of people buyng regular school backpacks and they are a great temporary cheap solution but I always end up having to buy my kids another backpack sometime in the school year as they just aren’t very durable. So I don’t know how they would do with heavy use and heavy loads. I came across this link that may help anyone who is looking at purchasing a pack: http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpack.html.

  5. Caitlin says:

    A while back (around huricane Sandy I think) to start stock piling some basics (water, shelf stable food, tp) in case of emergency or financial crisis and now I’ve just started out putting together 72 hour kits for my family. To me, the two go hand-in-hand as there is no way to know what kind of situation you may be in. I’m so glad I came across your site! What a wealth of information! I’ve got a good start already on my kits, but I’m looking forward to working through your links to fill-in gaps and modify over time. Thank you for all the information!

    Personally, when it comes to packaging, I have bins but my new project is going to be packing a bug-out backpack in each one. The bin is really for if we can take a car or if we need to go to some kind of a shelter (like the Astrodome). It’s got more comforts because we would’t have to carry it far but the bag is ready to hoof it.

  6. Barb Savage says:

    Hi Misty – I’ve finally made some headway in getting our kits together, but I’m having trouble figuring out what to use for a “waterproof, portable file” for all of the documentation. I have it all in a binder, in sheet protectors, and bought a waterproof, fireproof safe, but that’s not exactly portable. What have you seen being used?

    The other thing that’s stumping me, is what supplies (tools, sanitation, OTC medications) should be added to our two Red Cross backpacks, and what should remain in our wheeled tote. I’m assuming that if we were to evacute we’d only be able to take the backpacks.

    Thank you so much – you’re blog has been invaluable! I’m making my way through it for the second time to add on!

    • Barb Savage says:

      Just a clarification, Misty. I have all of the supplies – just confused about whether you would recommend keeping the items in our backpacks or in the wheeled tote. Thank you!

  7. Jessica corbet says:

    We live in Texas. I really enjoyed all the information and plan to start immediately! Thank you.

  8. Ashley Lowder says:

    I am SO proud to say that after following your blog for some time I FINALLY started your series. I got my family all our new backpacks today and I’m so excited to keep going! I recommend your blog every time I can. Keep being awesome ;).

  9. Lisa says:

    Just getting started – so glad to find you!


  10. Katie P says:

    We have two adult backpacks and two child’s backpacks. I’m going to add a third, small one for my smallest child. It should be able to hold a lovey and some coloring books and some water.

    So excited to be restarting! This gets me so motivated. :)

  11. Jessica says:

    This is really cool. I’m excited to start preparations on my kit.

  12. Annie Holscher says:

    We use the Green Deluxe backpacks shown above. They’re light and sturdy, and have plenty of room for all our supplies. I also have a separate box/container of extra stuff that would be nice to have in an emergency, but I don’t want to carry on my back.

  13. Greg says:

    I’m now thinking about converting to a fold-up golf bag trolley rather than a luggage cart because of the larger wheels. I have to hit some yard sales to see if I can find one for a reasonable price. I’m not as sure I want to use a golf bag like in this link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Grey-Man-Bug-Out-Bag/

  14. Tiffany K. says:

    We all have backpacks. I started half way through last time. So I am excited to start from the beginning.

  15. Stacy says:

    Started following about halfway thru the last time, so I hope to finish up this time through. Thanks for the organization.

  16. Erica says:

    Woohoo! I made it through my first 6-month cycle. We’ve got one bag that is pretty well-stocked. Now it is time to work on a second bag. With my husband and I both carrying bags, we’ll be able to pack more water and supplies. I’ll be keeping my eye open this week for a good pack back.

  17. Toni Clark says:

    Why do you suggest starting with 1 dollar bills or quarters? Starting on our bag this week!

    • Misty says:

      If you could not use your credit cards for any period of time, store / gas stations etc would quickly run out of “change.” You don’t want to pay $20 for a gallon of milk just b/c the store doesn’t have change and you don’t have any $1 bills. (-:

  18. Dawn R says:

    Thank you Misty. I have learned so many things by subscribing to your Blog. I have purchased backpacks, but I haven’t really gotten started filling it up. I have wagon that I could use to pile things into. I think when you think about “bugging out” something else that would be invaluable is a good pair or comfortable hiking boots/shoes. I do have them hooked up to my backpack so I can find them if We have to leave home.

  19. Marie L says:

    I have a great rei daypack that we will use and each of our small boys have a small backpack. We figure that the hubs will carry our youngest in a backpack carrier which we have. We will pack a few things in there as well. Thanks for this great series! I’m excited to start at the beginning!

  20. Betty in Colorado says:

    Currently my husband and I have Rubbermaid totes but they are not practical for a quick bug out. I will investigate and hopefully purchase two backpacks for us real soon. We can also use them when we go hiking in the mountains.

  21. Rachel says:

    We just finished putting ours together a couple weeks ago and opted for the traditional backpacks, I would like to get the larger hiking packs for my husband and I so we have more room to carry supplies and better support for your back but we will add those down the road when there is more money to spend. I actually bought all of our back packs for under $5 each! The down east home store in my area was selling all their catalog returns from $2.50 – $5.oo and they are super nice quality backpacks so I was happy with the score!

  22. Heather says:

    My husband and I both have obtained very nice hiking bags. We were able to get them both at a discount on groupon. We try go go through them seasonally to update them. Thanks.

  23. Michelle says:

    Hi! We are just getting started. I was able to find 6 backpacks for $3 each at a local overstock store. I’ll try to find a place for staging our bug-out bags this week too. Thinking to hang them on hooks under the stairs behind the pantry. Thanks for your site… such a great resource!

  24. MarySue says:

    Thanks for this helpful reminder that I need to recheck my packs that we put together too long ago. This was full of helpful advice.

  25. Sheena says:

    We have a regular backpack for each of us but I’d love to start looking for inexpensive backpacks on wheels.

  26. Darlene says:

    I really like the idea of the pus/pull golf cart. I have one collecting dust in the barn!

  27. Kelly says:

    I am so excited you started this series over! Since I have a 5 and almost 2 year old as well as a 14 year old, I am thinking wheeled backpacks is the way to go! Now would be a great time to buy them since it’s before summer and I know they up the prices before school starts.

  28. Thomas Pinkerton says:

    For now I’m filling in a tupperware bin we don’t use anymore, but I have my eye out for a good backpack or two — spring/summer is garage sale season, and we have a lot of hikers in the area.

    The nice thing about the bin is that it fights right under our shelving in the linen closet. Accessible from every bedroom and the living room, but out of the way.

    • Misty says:

      Bins are great and better than not gathering supplies at all. I think bug out situations are relatively rare compared to “bug-in” Good luck finding a deal on those packs!

  29. Vanessa says:

    My husband and I have matching backpacks that we got in our student ward at BYU when we were dating. Now that we’ve got two kids (2 years and 2 months!) I need to add another backpack for their things. I’m considering using my husband’s camping backpack that has a little more space and we can hook on a tent, sleeping bag, etc. when we get to putting together the “gear” part of our kits. He can carry his pack and the boys’ pack while I carry my pack and the baby. I also plan on including a wrap for the baby so I can be hands-free. I’m thinking about keeping a cheap umbrella stroller near our packs to put our 2 year old in if we end up having to evacuate on foot.

  30. Heather says:

    We have 4 backpacks. I’m not altogether sure the 3 y/o and the 4 y/o could carry them but I had them so we started there. They are old school jansport backpacks so I may switch one out for a hiking backpack as they fill up…we’ll see.

  31. JOELLYN A says:

    Right now I have 2 backpacks (1 for me and 1 for my daughter). I also have a small box in the car.

  32. Libby says:

    I am just starting for my family and I have a few things together. My plan so far is to start with a heavy duty rubbermaid for each of us (there is me, my hubs, and our 12 &13 year olds) plus a small on for our cats. That way it is at least all together and if we can go by car, we can throw them in there. I plan is to find some nice backpacks soon. We know where we would go in an emergency too. :)

  33. Anneta Ammon says:

    I have been watching your blog for a while now, and have just started building our kit. We have 3 in our house so we chose 3 different ways to package 1) for my husband we have a military style duffle bag , it is good quality canvas and has a long strap and can be carried on his back . Is very roomy and can handle some of the bigger items . 2) for me a back pack ,a larger one that is normally used for long hiking trips. The reason for bigger bags is that we have food allergies and medications that will also have to be packed for so not just any packaged foods will work for us . 3) a smaller back pack for my son .

    Could you send me Allergen information for Thrive . Thanks

    • Misty says:

      Sure Anneta! You can see all THRIVE Allergen info (and more) on this pdf document: https://www.thrivelife.com/files/materials/thrive/THRIVE-Product-Details.pdf

  34. Norma Underwood says:

    I have read many of your ideas & have already picked up several items…now I am ready to start my survival kit. I presently have a large wheeled duffel bag that I plan to use to see how it will work. It can be pulled or carried with a strap. I have used it on an overseas trip & it worked well. The entire top unzips & exposes the entire inner bag & it has some outside pockets as well. Thanks for restarting the weekly lists. I will be making it for me & my elderly Mom.

  35. Sylvia says:

    I have a wheeled cooler that can be used and also some old wheeled carry on size suitcases just sitting in the garage. They are still in good shape so they could be used.
    Excited about getting started.

  36. Paul says:

    I appreciate you posting this again. I plan one updatting my current system by creating it from scratch as we go through each week. Thanks again

  37. Jennifer b. says:

    I currently have two adult backpacks, still need to get two more for adults and one for a child. I’m so excited to find this site!

  38. Catherine C. says:

    My kit is actually in two parts. First, I have a small backpack that was designed for a laptop. Then, I have a carry on sized wheeled suitcase. The backpack fits nicely on the suitcase for rolling over smooth floors, and the suitcase is small enough that I can carry it over rough surfaces.

    Both of these bags have seen years and years of heavy use. They have traveled with me back and forth across Europe, parts of the Mid-East, and all over US. Now that they’re starting to look a little ratty, I’ve upgraded my vacation bags, but these two workhorses still get to be useful as my emergency kit. Knowing that my trusty bags are with me will make me feel just a tiny bit better in an emergency.

  39. Karrie Cook says:

    I have two adult wheeled back packs and one child backpack. I still need to get one more backpack. LOVE the idea of the pull golf cart. We have one and will certainly use that, if needed. Someone else mentioned a stroller. I have a double stroller with all-terrain wheels that can be used. Such great suggestions! Misty, how much money total do you recommend we keep I the packs? Thanks!

    • Misty says:

      I think the more the better Karrie though I don’t keep all my cash in my kit. I think I have about $400 in our kits (I’d have to go check for sure) and the rest is inside our home. Even if the power were just out for an extended period of time, you’d not be able to use credit cards at all. Having cash makes me feel more secure. (-:

      • Karrie Cook says:

        OK, I’m right on track then. We are a family of 4. I have $400 in our packs, $500 in the home safe and $50 in the car emergency kit. Plus we usually have about $100 in our wallets between the two of us.

  40. Ashley Lowder says:

    I love this series every time I read it! Our kits are currently in a box by our bed…BUT we are wanting to get some backpacks to make them more mobile. And now that my daughter can carry her own back pack we’ll have one for her too.

    • Misty says:

      I LOVE the idea of just keeping everything in a box until you can get the bags! So many let themselves get stopped at step one b/c they feel they can’t afford the bags. SO SO much better to have the supplies in your home even if you don’t have them all in a bag yet.

  41. Alison says:

    I am so glad we are back to week 1 – I jumped in mid-stream. I currently have the kids backpacks and am looking for a deal on the adult ones

  42. Bryndis says:

    We were just talking about starting a kit yesterday and then I run into your site on pinterest…thanks for all the great info!

  43. jennifer says:

    I’m so darned excited to take on this adventure I can hardly stand it. So… because I read ahead when I found you last week I’ve already started :) However finding the funds for 7 backpacks and a dog saddle bag is quite stressful. So… I purchased those drawstring backpacks. I know they are clumbsy, not comfortable and really not practical, but until I can get the funds together for “real” backpacks I can at least use them to seperate everything so I know who’s missing what. I also figured that when I do get the funds for those backpacks I can then use the drawstring ones for something like my car kit or to hold the extra pair of shoes. The strings are long enough that I could easily carry it over the top of my backpack with ease. That being said I’m also looking for fanny packs. Grandma always told me to never keep all of my money when traveling in the same place. Grandmas are always right… right??? Figured a fanny pack was a good choice also for snacks and certain meds for the kids so that we did not have to keep getting in the backpacks all the time…oh… I’m so so excited!!!!!

    • Debbie says:

      Jennifer, I just wanted to share a few money saving tips with you about getting some of your emergency supplies. Think about watching yard sales & thrift shops for backpacks. Since you have something to use ‘for now’ you’ll be able to wait & watch for good deals. Or you could even think about asking for backpacks on FreeCycle.

  44. Allison says:

    I just found this web page. Thank you for the ideas that you have provided. I have been thinking on doing this for awhile and now I have some ideas.

  45. Don Huffman says:

    I know this is late to your posting but just now getting into the game. Something you might want to think about is a push/pull golf cart. They are easier to maneuver than a wheeled backpack. I have one of those with a army duffel bag. Bag is too big to carry but can be pulled on cart. You can put bulky, heavy items like a tent, cooking stuff, and change of clothing for a couple of people including shoes, underwear, outer wear. Also if someone gets tired of carrying backpack you can hook to cart without adding too much pull weight. Then I have a backpack for emergency things, water, food, emergency medical kit and other essentials.

  46. flatlander says:

    OK I’m a newbe,I have not began yet but plan to do so soon..I’m gonna start out making mine for the husband, me and our two boys, Boomer and Gizmo. adventualy will add to mine for other members of the family(not Living with us). As I know they won’t take the time out to do this for themselves..will take me awhile to catch up with you all but gonna give it my best shot..my first step will be getting back pack for the two of us and leashes for the boys..Glad i found you on the pinterest…will be looking for those back packs next trip to town…hoping goodwill will have something on very tight budget..

  47. Claudia says:

    Thanks so much for posting all these great Ideas, I was overwhelm by the though of doing my emergency preparedness, but You made it so much easier.

  48. Amber says:

    I just started bags for my family. As a nurse, my first instinct was to concentrate on first aid supplies. But after my toddler got sick all over himself and me while at the table in a restaurant, I quickly learned never to forget the basics: extra clothes for everybody and some method to clean us up! Lol I think I will go from there.

  49. sue says:

    right now we are using tupperware tubs, due to the fact our most likely problem will be tornados and it will need to be in water proof containers. I think today I may start searching for back packs in case we need to leave and have to walk after the storm

  50. Noelle says:

    I am just learning about your site and this survival kit idea. I love it and can’t wait to start!!! I am starting with the week that gets my documents in order and then back here at week 1. That is where I really need help. Thank you for posting!

  51. Judy says:

    I use a backpack but instead of giving away my grandkids stroller I would just plop my backpack in and away I’d go. The wheels are goodsize and I think it could take moderately rough terrain…not to mention it would save my back and it is definitely better to push something rather than pull it.

  52. Shelly says:

    This is great! We were cleaning out closets and had a pile of backpacks/bags that we weren’t sure what to do with. Now that we have just started getting things together, we know exactly how to use them! I love sites, blogs and books that break preparation down into easy steps. Thanks!

  53. Ric says:

    I know this is just the start but really you need a back pack as you may need to move. A key here is weight really. You need to be able to carry you bag as well as in your case and mine a child. I regularly take walks with one or 2 children added to me own weight. If you have pets, they will need food and water at least. Most dogs can carry a small pack with food and some water with folding bowls. A good start but really you need to be able to carry your stuff in a pack because you can not count on smooth roads to travel on.

  54. Cathy W says:

    Thank you for this sensible site. I have been looking for tips that are broken down to make things cheaper and easier. I have not yet started but I now know what to start looking for.

  55. jess carter says:

    I just found you and got started and shared you in my facebook page. So far i have the backpacks and the 1.00 a person. I think now more than ever we all need kits. It might take me longer to get mine going i might do every other week cause of pay period and Christmas and my cars broke but im not stopping till i get it all done. Thanks for breakingit done into steps

  56. karrie cook says:

    Picked up an amazing wheeled backpack today at the thrift store for $6! One pack down, three more to go. Also got a brand new 100 feet of rope for $1 and can opener for $.50. Picking up things bit by bit and I find them.

    • Misty says:

      Yay! Sounds like you’ve found some great deals!

      And sorry my response was so delayed. I was in Costa Rica for a week and I’m just now getting caught up!

  57. Jayme says:

    Unless your one year old weighs 15 lbs or less, I strongly suggest getting another carrier/wrap for your baby that isn’t made of a stretchy material! Moby wraps and other stretchy wraps are potentially dangerous when carrying more weight than that, not to mention uncomfortable!

    • Misty says:

      I actually really like mine and know many who use them for older children. I’ve never before heard they could be unsafe. Where have you heard that. I certainly want to make sure we are safe!

      • Melissa says:

        I use a tube style sling for mine it works up to 35 lbs and depending on how you put them in it and if the hold on or not its pretty comfy and its not stretchy so no worries about using it for extended periods of time

  58. Aimee says:

    We increased our shelter-in-place water from 3 gallons per person to 4. There is enough room in our water storage cupboard to stack two layers of 2-liter or half-gallon bottles, so I will ask DH to install a shelf. We don’t buy soda for the house and only get juice when someone is sick, but I will likely be able to add 2-3 more gallons for each of us if we have our usual number of winter colds.

  59. Erica says:

    I have honestly never even thought about having a 72-hour kit. Thanks to Pintrest, I found your website this morning and have been pouring over it for the last few hours. I plan on purchasing two rolling backpacks, one for my husband and for myself. I will work on getting necessities in there as soon as possible. Thanks so much for all the work you put into your website, which makes emergency preparedness much ore manageable seeming for someone like me who has never thought of it before.

    • Misty says:

      I am so glad to have you here Erica! I love knowing that this is truly helping people. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I hope to “see” you back each week!

  60. Angie @ Crazy Country Momma says:

    I have one backpack for myself or my husband, and one for my oldest daughter (5). However, I need to get another adult backpack, so I’ll go to Salvation Army this week and pick one up. Anytime we need a bag or backpack we go there, because there is usually a good selection with most being under $3. After your recommendations, I’ll probably look for a backpack with wheels. Thank you! I look forward to this series. I have been needing to work on these, but wasn’t sure where to start.

  61. Laura says:

    Love this idea! My husband and I have nothing like this for our family (our 5 month old little girl and two dogs). Looking forward to getting this done! We have one hiking backpack and a plastic tub which will have to do for now. When funds are more readily available I think backpacks with rollers would be a great idea (at least one).

  62. Julie P says:

    Since my existing kits are basically down to packs with socks after removing the outdated food & outgrown clothing, I’m going to start over. Each member of my family has a backpack for their kit, although I may get larger packs for my oldest two since they are now closer to adult size. I plan to do a 6month rotation for the basics this time. I like the idea of adding a small amount of money to each kit every week!

  63. melinie says:

    Love being prepared for anything! I am just getting started and am so excited. thanks you for providing all these great ideas. i have 3 kids, 10,8 and 5 would you suggest having each child carry their own 72 hour kit?

  64. Leigh says:

    I mentioned last time that I need to find a backpack. What I really need is multiple backpacks and to reorganize what is currently a family kit into more portable individual kits.

  65. Lyndsay Micklus says:

    We have a large hiking pack that my husband would be able to wear on his back and a child size backpack for our three year old. I also have an old college backpack that we could carry and a Beco baby carrier that we could carry our 9month old in. We have a wagon with “all terrain” wheels that could carry Children or backpacks if we needed that as well. Great ideas in this post!

  66. christina says:

    We have an overnight camping pack for my husband and a day pack for me as I can bit carry as much as him. And I would also have my child. We also have a rolling two ball bowling bag for our water. We can’t possibly carry 3 gallons let alone 9 gallons of water on our backs. It looks like a regular duffle bag though. So can be picked up if needed.

  67. Jodi Bernard says:

    We have decided to use hiking backpacks for our kits so they can be carried easily. My husband and I each have our own and our 2 boys (3 years old and 1 year old) are sharing one for now. We originally had the boys’ stuff in a large rolling suitcase so we could carry our packs and then drag the suitcase, but it just was too bulky and cumbersome to store that way. Good idea about being able to pull them in a wagon! I never thought about that option. I will make sure to add my wagon to my “grab and go” list!

  68. Nicole says:

    I actually stumbled upon this blog last week, I love the idea of being prepared for anything. Being a new mom kicks that idea up a few notches. I plan to use backpacks and a small rolling suitcase. My son is 3 months and obviously cannot carry his own supplies. Backpacks will also allow for free hands to help carry, and open fronts for carring our son!. I am really looking forward to getting our packs up and running!

  69. meredith says:

    This time around we will be making a kit for my husbands mother, peace of mind for us and something she wont do for herself. Thank you

  70. Greg says:

    We’re looking at backpacks for minimum essentials along with collapsible luggage trolleys as the last stage of an evacuation. Our hope would be to hunker down at home. Next would be by car filled with supplies in storage tubs. On foot would be the last resort. We could discard the trolleys if we have to go cross-country. Plan on using the bulk consumables first to leave the backpacks full.

  71. brandon says:

    Im so glad you restart this all the time. We missed the start last time so we will be catching the steps this time and upgrading some of the later steps too. Thanks

  72. hilery brown says:

    We have really cheap backpackers with our supplies in them we really need to upgrade
    To something more durable

  73. Anna says:

    Hey! I literally just started reading, and I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned this to you, but with 4 small children, some roll-up slings or baby carriers (like a mei-tai or moby wrap) would allow you to carry up to two children each (one on front, one on back), or one child and one backpack each (child in front carry, backpack on back). Even a simple ring sling or a sheet tied to make a pouch that goes over your shoulder would allow you to carry a child and have hands free and also wear a backpack. You could google homemade slings and come up with a lot of ideas. Hope that helps!

    • Anna says:

      Oh, and unlike structured baby carriers (like a baby bjorn, etc that can only be worn one way), you can use some kinds of slings to carry toddlers and preschoolers. I still use mine to carry my 5 year-old when she gets too tired at fairs, etc.

      • Misty says:

        Yes, that is exactly what I meant when I said they would have to be carried! We have moby wraps. But I wouldn’t want the child in the wrap and something else plus trying to help another child so we went with backpacks. Just like you said, the pack on the back, child on the front and two hands to help the older child. I should clarify that above though b/c those wraps are amazing!

  74. Rachael Hogarth says:

    Fantastic idea!! Will definately be following this!!!!

  75. Heather says:

    I just came across your site and Wow these are amazing ideas that I would have never though of doing! All of our important documents ( marriage license, birth certif., SS cards, vehicle papers and House documents) are in a fire proof safe. The back pack idea is the one I am going to use as there are 3 of us 2 adults and our son whom is 8! I cant wait to get started!

  76. Tracie Morris says:

    I am disabled, so planning is a little more difficult for me. We have purchased a large back pack for my wheel chair, and a cooler on all terrain tires for the rest of the items. We have water for 7 days for 3 people, a water purifier, professional grade first aide kits, and copies of all important paper work. This is our first step.

  77. Lisa Keawekane says:

    I found camelback-type hydration backpacks on sale at Costco and Big 5. They are considerably smaller than a regular backpack and you still can fit the absolute bare necessities in them while keeping them fairly light weight. As a bonus, once you find a water source you have a built in water system. I put in water purifier in the pack to make sure it was safe. My 6 year old son can wear his without too much trouble. They are less intimidating than my monster hiking backpack that I have tried using without success.

  78. Vicki King says:

    I followed a pin on pinterest that led to your blog and I am so glad I did! I have decided today to start following your week by week survival kit series. I will work on getting all my bags and/or containers that I need this week. Thanks so much!

  79. Megan britton says:

    We are just starting out making our kits. It is just me and my husband and our dog Rocky. We are going to use backpacks we just got from Gander mountain. Can’t wait to get started and feel a little more prepared in case of emergency. Thanks for the ideas!!

  80. Anna Marie says:

    Good afternoon, I stopped by to download your emergency folder info but soon found myself, reading and reading and reading until I ended up here and forced myself to stop( i have work to do lol). I wanted to say, thank you all for providing such wonderful, easy to follow information.
    Being that we live in hurricane alley( southeast texas) being prepared is essential. Our last hurricane left us without electric for 2 months and we being new to the area at the time, the entire situation completely caught off guard. Add to the equation, I’m a single mother of three children with Autism and I you have a mad mess on your hands. I’d like to think that in having things prepared we would have a better go in times of crisis, however finding the information, getting the things needed in order has been more overwhelming than it should be until i found your site. So again thank you. I will be back, most likely daily. Be blessed.

    • Misty says:

      Anna Marie, I’m so glad you found some useful info! Please continue to comment and contribute as it sounds like you have a lot of first hand experience that could truly help other readers!

  81. kelly le says:

    Hi there,
    Im so glad i got ur site from my sis in law. I have been wanting to do a survival kit for my family. We have 4 kids as well. Our youngest is 3 so I think he might be able to carry a backpack. I’ve been watching plenty of the survival shows on tv and had made a list of the things I’ll need such as flint for fire, first aid kit, water bob, switch blade and maybe nighttime vision goggles. I have limited income so preparing a pack will be challenging. I hope to win some of your freebies. Thanks for a great website.
    Kelly Le

  82. Debbie Randolph says:

    I just ran across this website and I think it is awesome. With all of the natural disasters happening more and more every family should have some kind of plan. I am going to start my kit today!

  83. Cindy Montville says:

    I’m just starting to prep. I got the small shelf reliance can rotators to establish a working pantry and I’m now putting together an emergency kit for the car so I guess I’m just barely a beginner. I have the added disadvantage of being severely mobility handicapped. So I’d have to hunker down or send the rest of my family on without me. Either way at a minimum I want to be prepared for them.

    • Misty says:

      That is incredible Cindy! Good for you for doing all you can. So many people who are not in your situation come up with so many excuses. You are inspiring!

  84. Helen Ward says:

    Are emergency packs just useful in the US? I see lots about them on American sites but not on UK ones (I’m from the UK)… They sound like a great idea but in the 42 years I’ve been in the planet I don’t think my family has ever needed to get out quick. Luckily I’ve never lived anywhere that’s flooded, and we don’t have typhoons or quakes here either… So would you still recommend putting together a 72hr pack?

    • Misty says:


      I’m going to be doing a post about this soon…not specifically the difference between US and UK, but on when you really need a pack vs just having good supplies in your home. Look for it in the next week or two! GREAT question!

  85. BRIEANNA WARD says:

    I am in love with your web sight I am so glad that I have found it. I have been so over whelmed on where to start and how to do it all. I am just starting on week one and I have just bought the bags you recommend. Thanks for putting this all together for people like me..

  86. Linda says:

    Just found this website and i’m starting at week one. :) I have decided to go with the wheeled backpack. Right now we have everything in a rubbermaid tote but I never thought about having to carry it. Always just thought about using it in our home.

    • Misty says:

      Using it in your home is the most likely scenario, but depending on where you live, there may be a chance for a quick evacuation.

  87. samantha pina says:

    i think the backpack idea is great, im going to get that for my husband and i and a cooler as well to take things that cant fit

  88. Gloria says:

    I found this site on Pinterest. Looks like am going to get a lot of interesting tips here. Thanks

  89. Wendy Esparza says:

    We decided that we would use backpacks to pack our 72 hour kits in. We have extended family in our household so their are five adults and six children, 3 of which can carry their own backpacks. So far we have our food, first-aide, clothing, and sanitary items put together. This month we will be completing our 72 hour kits and start working on Emergency Plan Notebook.

  90. daphanieh says:

    what is the $1 for each week…i guess i missed what that is for???
    im ready to start getting all this together.

    • Misty says:

      If the power goes out, cash will be supreme Daphanieh…even if it is just for a few hours. Stores won’t be able to take credit cards, possibly not even checks. You want to have some cash for that purpose. If all you have a large bills and a store can’t break it for you, then a loaf of bread might cost you $20! So, smaller bills are better

  91. Kathryn Gilliam says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. I’ve been wanting to create an emergency preparedness plan and kit for my own family for a long time but have been overwhelmed at the prospect. I didn’t know where to begin. I feel so hopeful and excited about following your plan! I can do this!

  92. mariya says:

    It’s my first time getting prepared. My family of 4, 2 adults, and 2 kids(4 yr, 2yr). Thank you for great tips and advises.

  93. Kari Reed says:

    Hi! I just came across this! I am excited to get started! Am I understanding that week 1 is where I purchase the backpacks and water/carriers? Then week 2 will be something else to add to that?

    • Misty says:

      Yep, that is right Kari! Each week we do something new. This week was backpacks, week #2 was water. Right now we are actually on week #14. I will be posting it later today. You can work on whichever week you want, but in order to be entered into the drawing, you must comment on the current week. (-:

  94. Penny says:

    Thanks for a great site! I’m looking forward to implementing some of your great ideas. Thanks for motivating me!

  95. Jess says:

    Just found this through Pinterest. Going on day two without power, this is definitely something our family of 3 needs to do. We will use whatever bag we have – either duffel or wheeled suitcase. Funds are limited and bags in this house are plenty! We’re starting at week one. Thank you for the info!!!

  96. Paula N. says:

    I just found your site on Pinterest and I have decided my family and I need to be involved in this. I am beginning at Week #1 and will try to complete the whole series. We are grandparents raising two grandchildren and we have a disabled son. We will need 7 adult packs and one child pack. (I should have found you a long time ago!) Thank you for a great site. I’m a little overwhelmed right now, but I will get caught up.

    • Misty says:

      Don’t get too overwhelmed Paula! You are incredible for raising your grandchildren, wow! Just take it a week at a time and let me know if you ever have questions!

  97. Lisa says:

    Loving this website-I had your emergency binder pinned from Pinterest a long time ago, but never got around to looking more closely at your blog! Love it! Have already decided on a rolling suitcase, since it is something we own, can distinguish easily with purple duct tape (already own). Children are 6 and 3 so if necessary one of us could still carry a child. Love this idea!! Thank you Thank you!

  98. Sharon says:

    I discovered your site from the website Pinterest. This is something I have been contemplating way too long and need to get started. Your week by week approach just might motivate me to get focused and get started. I have a lot to read and learn!


    • Misty says:

      Welcome Sharon! I’m glad you have you here!

      And sorry for my delayed response! I’ve been on vacation!

  99. Chanelle miora says:

    I will be switching from regular to wheeled backpacks for boy my son and myself. I came across this site randomly on pinterest. It has answered my prepping prayers. Thank you so much!

  100. jessica says:

    I’m going to start on my binder and emergency kit this week. I have a rolling backpack and 2 rolling duffle bags. Love your ideas! I also think its great how you break it down so it’s not so overwhelming

    • Misty says:

      Welcome Jessica! Glad to have you here!

      And sorry for the late response. I’m on vacation and a bit behind! (-:

  101. Sarah says:

    Amazing…..I just found this on pinterest and I am going to start my kits right away! Thank You so much for sharing!


  102. Rose Albason says:

    I have currently 2 emergency backpacks that I personally gathered to organize. I started making a small emergency kit for our cars too (1 for me, and 1 for my husband). I can say that making your own (according to your family’s needs) is the best way in making/starting a list of the what will be in your emergency kit. Organizing a kit cannot be done right away in one day,but atleast strive to complete your list, so you will have a peace of mind, that when an unexpected catastrophe occurs, you are ready!

    • Misty says:

      Thanks for this Rose! Fabulous advice!

      And sorry for my delayed response! I’ve been on vacation!

  103. Alicia Lincoln says:

    Hello, I was wondering if you offered Thrive in trial sizes? I would love to try it but am hesitant just in case my son does not like it.

    Thanks so much!


    • Misty says:

      Yes, Alicia, most of the products are available in pouches and there are even a few packages that include many “pouches.” I also offer samples for just the cost of shipping ($6.99) and tax if it applies in your area. If you are interested in that, just send me an email (misty@yourownhomestore.com)

      Sorry for the late response. I’m on vacation and a bit behind! (-:

  104. Melissa says:

    Thanks for making something that could be overwhelming easier to prepare! so glad I found your site!

  105. Amanda says:

    I was told about this website by a friend, and now I am so glad I found it I never thought how easy it could be if did one step at a time for it not do the whole thing at once. Thank you so much.

  106. Marie A. says:

    After reading your post, I’m going with two adult packs – one with rollers and one without. Thanks for making me think about my options.

    This is something I’ve been planning to do and needed to do for a long time. Thank you for making it easy.

  107. Kelli Melenyk says:

    Wow! I am not tell you how excited I am to have found you and your website. This is something I have wanted to do for my family for a long time but haven’t known how to begin beyond basic medical supplies and water. This is amazing.

    • Misty says:

      Glad to have you here Kelli!

      Sorry this reply took so long, I’ve had some issues with the comments on my site the last few days.

  108. Ruth says:

    wow..this is great. I haven’t thought about it..but we have lived thru hurricanes and torandoes…you would think i would be on top of it. it was very hard getting water..and I had four children at home when Hurricane Floyd and Isabel came thru…

    thank you for this. I am starting this week. My youngest son has a catchers bag…and it has wheels on it. He has outgrown this bag..and i have it in the attic. it has wheels on it and will pull. also you can put the handles and use as backpack straps. There are used sporting good stores around…I will see if i can get another one. I have just my youngest son at home and everyone else is grown. …anyhow, that is what I am planning to do for this week.

    I will also suggest this to my grown kids. thank you.

  109. Diane says:

    I found you through my daughter’s Pinterest and am looking forward to reading your posts–starting with #1. Thanks for your encouragement and knowledge.

  110. Wendy Jo Williams says:

    I am just beginning so I will need to figure out what type of container to use first and then move on from there

  111. Laura Gagnon says:

    Just found your site. It looks like just what we need – have been meaning to do this – thanks for the organization and encouragement!!

  112. Kristina says:

    I love this, I just seen your page through pinterest. So I will be buying 1adult pack to start. I will need 2adult packs and 2 kid packs. But I think this website is so organized and perfect. Thank you!!!!!!!

  113. Danika Walter says:

    I found you by one of my friends posting your site to pinterest. I’ve been meaning to start a 72 hour kit, but never had the motivation until seeing your site!

  114. Holly Baker says:

    Can I still get the prices listed for backpacks? We would love 2 adult and 2 kid backpacks.

    • Misty says:

      Holly, yes! Those prices will be valid until at least the end of the month. Shoot me an email at misty@yourownhomestore.com with your address and phone number and I will get your order ready to go and then contact you for payment!

  115. Stephanie says:

    We live in tornado alley so I have a large rubber made tote that I keep stocked that says in our cellar so when the sirens go off I can focus on getting my kids safely down the steep steps. I really like the ideas I have seen about keeping the emergency stuff I have in my car in a backpack of some kind to better find what I need in that situation and it would help keep the kids calm. One thing I keep for my 4 year old daughter is a coloring book and small box of crayons in the cellar, it occupys her and distracts her from the bad weather going on around her and also a stuffed animal. It’s the little things of comfort that help as well with kids.

  116. Melissa Copp says:

    I just stumbled across your sight through Pinterest! I am so excited to get started!

  117. mary says:

    Starting at the beginning, I will use my suitcase on wheels.

  118. Marilyn Burrell says:

    Very cool site!

  119. Brooke says:


    I just found your sight thru Pinterest & I am in love. =) I have been meaning to start my emergency kits for some time now, but I get so overwhelmed. This is such a great idea to break it down weekly. Thank You!!!

    Now for my question. I am going to price shop for good back packs but the ones you listed about seem pretty great and great pricing. If I’m wanting 2 Adult and 2 Child Packs, Do I just give you my info thru the form posted above?


    • Misty says:

      Welcome Brooke! I’m glad you are enjoying the site! Thanks for taking the time to let me know that.

      As for your order, yes, just enter your info here: https://fs20.formsite.com/yourownhomestore/form13/secure_index.html

      In the “anything else you want me to know?” section, just mention that you’d also like 2 kids packs. I will email you the total with shipping / tax before I actually place the order with Shelf Reliance. (-:

  120. Debbie says:

    Just found this site thanks to a friend on Pinterest. Thank you for putting the time into this site & allowing people to post. Many minds can make life MUCH easier! I can’t wait to begin my prepping :-)

  121. melinda says:

    We were just working on our packs tonight. The kids (11,7,3,1) all have a pack (school size). my husband and I each have a pack (hiking). One of the adult kits will have the more esssential stuff in it, the other will have the less essential stuff. We did it this way just incase I am home alone with the kids and he is at work. I couldn’t take all the kids and two hiking packs. We also all have bikes and a bike trailer, in fact we have two trailers. Something I was thinking about was maybe we should have a small bike pump, and extra tubes or a patch kit. I know my kids tires are always going flat, and I would hate to be stuck with a flat tire.

  122. Kathy Walker says:

    We are just getting started, I just found your page. There are five of us, my husband and I and 3 boys 15,14, and 4 so I think we will go with backpacks.

  123. eNVy says:

    I just want to post a word or two about backpacks. I have been working on my bug-out bags for a while and I first just got a decent backpack like the kids might use for school. These are OK if you don’t have any other resources, but the weight in the pack is all on your shoulders. I have tried hiking some with a pack like this and it is incredibly tiring in just a short time. I know we have to work with what we have, but you might just consider getting one of the camping backpacks that have the substantial belt that goes around your waist. The weight of the pack is supported by your hips and makes traveling for any distance, much easier. I recently bought this type of pack and I really love it. I am a grandma and hiking with a 30-40 pound pack on my shoulders isn’t something I could do very easily (probably not at all). I keep this pack in my car so I will have it if I need to get home somehow. Also, it is at home when I am and is easily accessible if I need to leave from there.
    I am glad that so many of you are getting prepared. Begin with what you have, but if you can save up the money and get the one shown above (or one similar) I know you will be very glad that you did. I was blessed to find the one I bought on clearance online. It was a $200 backpack that I found for $35. They are sold out now, but maybe you can find a similar deal for the kind of pack that you want. Good luck!

    • Misty says:

      Great suggestions Envy! The pack I link to above for $18.50 has a substantial waist belt. (-:

  124. Karen Williams says:

    I just bought a wheeled carry-on suitcase for a train trip to DC (from Mississippi). After the one trip, I shall repurpose it for this more important project. …I have other luggage for more usual car trips. I’m planning my kit for a family of four. I’ve been needing to do this for awhile, and have gathered some things into a notebook, but your ideas are much more thorough and practical for emergency preparedness. Thanks for all the helps I will be using every week. This is going to be really good for us!


  125. Cassandra says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your ideas!

  126. Angie P says:

    I think this is a great idea! I am just coming across this website via Pinterest so i am starting back at the beginning. My children are 10 & 11 and we buy them new backpacks for school every couple years..as you can imagine..we have lots of “old” backpacks from previous years. I am going to put some of the old backpacks to use..and i thank you for the idea!

  127. Tiffinee Morris says:

    SO happy I found this! We have been wanting to do a 72 hour kits for FOREVER for me, my hubby, daughter and 2 sons. I haven’t looked at everything yet, just week 1. Do you include any info on what to pack for dogs? i know it might sound crazy, but we wouldnt’ be able to just leave them stranded…..

    • Misty says:

      Yep. Not crazy at all! It is important. However, I don’t have pets so my knowledge was a bit limited. I highly suggest you read all the readers comments! There are some great ideas there! Good luck:


  128. Aimee says:

    Hello Misty! I found your site through a friend’s Facebook/Pintrest post. After glancing through your posts from round 1, I think I have most of these things already, but:
    1) They are not centrally located.
    2) Just because I know where they are doesn’t mean my husband does.
    3) Most of the things we do have would be good for sheltering-in-place or evacuating by car but are too heavy or bulky for evacuating on foot.
    I will focus on #1 and #3, and both naturally take care of #2.
    I plan to package everything in a hiking backpack and a well-padded backpack we already own. Looking forward to week 2!

  129. Ivy Huntington says:

    I am so excited about this! I just found your site today and I found two old school backpacks for me and my husband, just need a little something for my two year old to carry. Thanks!

  130. Regi says:

    So glad I found your site. I always feel a little overwhelmed but breaking it down by weeks makes me feel so much more organized!! I’m going to start with some old rolling backpacks that I was thinking of getting rid off. THen upgrade when the funds are a little better.

  131. Maria Matter says:

    so happy to have found your site!
    We just started compiling info about 72 hr kits, so I will now be following along with your series!
    We have backpacks and are ready to start filling them!

  132. Tawna says:

    Ah! Im SO excited that you’re redoing the giveaway. I woke up this morning on a rampage to get my young family more prepared. (4 kids 5 and under). I’ve found some backpacks online Im just waiting for the hubs go ahead to order. Like you, we’ll need all hands free to manage the children. :)

  133. Lori E. says:

    To be honest, I’d never thought about a survival kit before, but now that I have, I can’t wait to run out and start assembling it for some peace of mind. Thanks for the information!

    And being that we have two small kids (1 year, 3 years) we’re definitely going with backpacks.

  134. Jen Archuleta says:

    I have backpacks for our family, and have had them for a while. I get so overwhelmed with what to pack, what isn’t necessary, etc. Thanks for laying it out week by week to make it simple for mom’s like me. :-)

  135. Tamara Batson says:

    I think I would like backpacks. Love all your ideas!

  136. Erin says:

    We also have chosen backpacks since they are easy to grab and let our hands be available for the baby. :)

  137. Amber Oswald says:

    I think it is awesome you have all this information on here. I have been wanting really badly to start making emergency kits and what not for my family!! This helps out alot, thanks!! And I agree on the backpacks, I think I will also do that. Cant wait to do next weeks!!

  138. Robin B says:

    I have backpacks for myself, my husband and my oldest son. My youngest sons stuff is split up between the three other packs. I’m doing good with most things, but need to look closer at water storage!!

    • Misty says:

      Water storage is always tough Robin. I have a pretty extensive post on it here if you are interested: http://www.yourownhomestore.com/2011/02/water-storage/

      My friends Jodi and Julie also just had a great series all about water storage over the last month or so here: http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2012/04/05/water-storage-series-faq/

  139. Katie P says:

    I have a rubbermaid container with everything in it now. But I’m investing every week in inexpensive backpacks, so hopefully by the time I’m done with this round I’ll hopefully have 4 backpacks full of emergency gear!

  140. Amber says:

    We ordered the 2 person survival backpacks. I love how everything was already done for me. I just added some extra stuff and food. I need to get some child backpacks for my daugters.

  141. Kelli Eudis says:

    I’m going to get the backpacks first!

  142. Jennifer Worthington says:

    I just love your site and everything thrive! We ordered one of the 2 person survival packs when they were $72 and then my husband was a Marine so he has a pack that can carry a ton. If you can find one of those military issues packs at a thrift store it is a great way to have a very sturdy, big pack for CHEAP.

    Oh, and are you giving away the prize packs again since this is the second time around for the series??? Just wondering.

    • Misty says:

      Yes, I am still going the giveaway. It is just a bit different. Each giveaway will focus on the NEXT week’s assignment. So the items I give away will actually help you complete the assignment each week. (-:

  143. Callie says:

    i found your website the other day, and i am loving it. i like how you start/go over your series again! we already have some back backs with something in them, and i am hoping that ill be able to add a lot more things to them

  144. Melinda A. says:

    I have a backpack with wheels and a handle so it can be worn or pulled. I also have an ice chest with wheels and a handle. We make sure we have enough bikes for everyone including the little kids. we have a bike trailer to pull them and other things.

  145. Hilary says:

    I think we will do backpacks. So glad I found your website just in time to start over with week 1! You are the best to share all this info. :)

  146. Erin Heuett says:

    Definitely going with the backpacks. It would be nice to carry it all and have your hands free. I have a couple hiking backpacks that will work perfect. So glad I found your website just in time as you are starting on week 1!!!

  147. rachel b. says:

    working on getting things into the backpacks.

    also working on getting things together to have in the kids school backpacks. seeing online that some are calling the car storage stuff Get Home Bags. i always have some stuff in my car but am trying to focus on getting it organized and in a backpack as well.

    • Misty says:

      Yes, I really need to work on my car kit too Rachel. I typically keep this one in the car, but not always and there are some additional things I’d like to have in the car that are not in this kit…soon!

  148. Kelly says:

    I can’t believe how helpful it is to keep everything in one place. Your ideas are very on point. Just yesterday, we had tornado warnings and a watch here in our neighborhood, and it was awesome to know that with your help we have everything in our packs ready in the basement in case we needed to evacuate, but it actually gave me peace of mind to see them ready. I hope everybody takes this seriously. thanks again for your posts and blog.

    • Misty says:

      SO SO wonderful to know that this is actually helping others Kelly! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a comment. So glad to hear you are safe.

  149. Andrea says:

    My husband and keep our 72 hour kit with our camping supplies in a rolling, lockable trunk that can either be dragged behind us on foot, or thrown in the car if we can drive. We have some backpacks IN the trunk that have the “essentials” if we truly needed to run, but we like that we can have a few extras (sleeping pad, camping stove, etc) to make life more comfortable in a difficult situation.

  150. Shauna H says:

    We use smaller backpacks – I have issues trying to fit in our clothes…maybe I need to upgrade to a larger backpack.

    PS – I really would love to win those water boxes for our cars!

  151. Megan says:

    I have a backpacking backpack i had purchased years ago and am planning on using that, i do daycare so if i have to evacutate i will need 10 extra hands, so it has to be something i can carry! (and as it’s a high quality one it can take a lot weight without feeling heavy)! Just discovered your blog last night and excited to update and make my kit ready for real! (the one i have right now isn’t very good considering i need it to work for up to 10 kids and me!)

    • rachel b. says:

      i used to do home childcare as well. it was a startling/overwhelming thing when i attended an emergency preparedness conference shortly after 9/11 and the reality of the fact i could easily be responsible for the whole house full of kids for an extended length of time. OMG…. it was hard enough getting a regular amount of diapers, wipes, etc out of hte parents for a normal week. it was a huge challenge to make sure i had supplies for the…. just in case situations. But… i never considered having to evacuate w all the kids. they didn’t mention that at the classes. most people just don’t think of having to leave their house.

      i have been wondering how prepared the public schools are. we homeschooled our older boys and have just this yr sent them to school. have talked to them about having certainemergency supplies in their school backpacks.

      • Megan says:

        I live in a tsunami zone, so that would be the only real reason i would evacuate with the kids (that i can think of anyway) most of my kids are all walkers so it would be more of keeping them all together that would be difficult (and i have a rope with plastic bracelets tied on it spaced out that we use on walks etc that would work in a pinch if needed), we also have a wagon thats nearly always out front that i would use for slow walkers etc. I’m not too worried about getting full changes of clothes etc for the kids, just whats needed for a few days survival, our city has placed barrels of supplies in the hills where we would evacuate to, and that along with the likely hood of many houses still standing in the area (and therefore supplies etc). I figure there is only so much i can do, I can do my best to be prepared, and not stress about it too much. OUr area schools practice evacuations at least a few times a year and i think basically rely on the barrels placed in the hills. The more likely situation would be a big storm with downed trees blocking roads etc and keeping parents from being able to pick up kids, and with those there is almost always plenty of warning, and with my well stocked pantry we would be ok for a few days (and living in a small town could relistically almost always walk around the downed trees etc). Of course there are the extreme situations, but I figure i can only do so much!

        • Misty says:

          Sounds like a good plan Megan. It is never a good idea to overwhelm yourself! Just do what you can. But I have to say I admire you for thinking about it and doing what you can to plan beforehand!

  152. Josie Fuhriman says:

    I have yet to see anywhere where there are tips for handicapped persons in wheel chairs. We need survival kits too! I have two smaller duffel bags in my handicapped van and they stay there because in case of an emergency, I could not carry anything out. I do check them once or twice a year and update any medicines and food though. I did have a house fire 9 years ago and had to leave with only the clothes on my back and my purse. However, I was ok for three days because of what I had in my van.

    • Misty says:


      I hadn’t thought about that as it isn’t something I would have to face, but you are right: I should do a post about it as it is something important to many. I will put some time into doing some research and post on it in the future. If you have any tips for me, I’d love them! Just shoot me an email: misty@yourownhomestore.com



  153. Hilary says:

    What a great website! I need something like this!

  154. the naptown organizer says:

    Do you own baby carriers? You can wear a backpack on the back and your baby on the front, or vice versa. Our Ergo supports up to 40 lbs of child, just in case you’re worried about carrying your little ones. It also has a zippered pocket, and a pull-up cover for their heads if it is in inclement weather.

    • Misty says:

      Yes, I have a carrier and plan to strap the youngest to my front with a pack on my back. LOVE those carriers! I don’t have a cover for their heads though. Thanks for the tip!

  155. Misty says:

    @ Rachel. I have my 2 yr old's stuff in my pack. I gave my boy's their own packs right around 3 yrs of age. I've listed what is in their packs here: http://www.yourownhomestore.com/2008/03/72-hr-kits.html (near the bottom of the post)

  156. Rachel says:

    we found some pretty decent backpacks at GoodWill recently. Until we can upgrade to bigger and better ones, these will work find. Looking into getting a hikers backpack for my husband. There are 6 of us… my kids are 14, 11, 3, and 2. so the little ones won't have much in their bags. any advice here on the extent to what they should have in theirs?

  157. Misty says:

    McKrysT: you can get 55 gallon drums here: yourownhomestore.shelfreliance.com/55-gallon-water-container.html They should be shipped out within 2 weeks.

  158. MsKrysT says:

    I have tracking down 55 gal drums to catch rain water but seems to be a demand on them. Also I bought 3 cases of water on sale and with coupons for $1.99 each..little bit at a time..

  159. Misty @ Your Own Home Store says:

    Stormy,I totally get the tight on money b/c of a baby thing! Suitcases will work just fine until then. I had my 72 hr kit in a suitcase for years before we moved it to backpacks last March. Good luck!

  160. Stormy says:

    Since we are somewhat tight on money for the next couple weeks due to me having a baby, I plan to use the suitcases we have on hand to pack our kits in. Once we have extra income again, I plan to buy backpacks since those are easier to carry.

  161. Misty says:

    This is the 1st round! I'm glad you have you join us!

  162. Prepared Teacher says:

    Is this the first time you are beginning this series or is this a second round? I am excited to get my bags up to date and reviewed, it will be interesting to see what I am missing…Thanks

    • IVY STYLES says:

      I am just starting my kit…Since it’s just me I have decided to use a backpack and maybe a small rolling suitcase to carry extra water in because water is heavy…For me I already have some first aid things, flashlight, and batteries. I have a list of all my allergies, surgeries and medications along with my physician’s names. I also have an emergency contact list with phone numbers and addresses of family and friends. Copies of insurance papers, license, social security card, birth certificate, and bank information.

      Now I need to invest in a radio…the food I had I need to replace…so how do you think I did so far?

      I. Styles