72 Hour kits are what you MUST have in your home and cottage. They must provide minimum food and water supplies for three full days. Water is key to survival but it is also heavy and bulky. To carry 6 plus liters of water on your back requires space and strength, so if you can carry it great! If not, then you should have a minimum 3 liters of water in your bag and always be looking to top it up if you do set out on foot. By all means have another 3 plus liters of water in or near the bag but understand that the weight needs to be considered if you do decide to leave with the pack on your back. Try the pack on with all six liters in it and go for a thirty-minute walk around and see how it feels. If too much, you may need to reduce water in the pack and hope you can top it up along the way or by using your water filter.
If you are unfamiliar with any of these items and why we are recommending them, please contact us and we will be more than pleased to answer as many of your questions as possible. While we use high quality gear, we also try to avoid the military or tactical look and it is one of the reasons we recommend you make your own individual clothing choices. When traveling, you will often see people carrying backpacks of gray or black, so we try and blend in as well. When you choose your emergency clothing, it is best the colors be as plain as possible. The bright colored windbreaker for the sailboat may be a good quality item but it is better you pick a dull grey or tan one for a walk in the city during an emergency. Ask any field operative and they will tell you that you want to blend in. Drawing attention to yourself is to be avoided at all times.
We have listed the items and quantities that we recommend you pull from your existing supplies or Purchase yourself from local outdoor stores, pharmacy etc. At the midway point we have then made a link to amazon for the items that we recommend but that you may not have or are able to easily find. Print the list and use as a checklist when time comes to assemble your bag contents.
Water: one half a gallon or 3 liters of drinking water is generally recommended minimum quantity per person, per day. Bathing and cooking is in addition! So, plan accordingly for home, office, cottage or grab and go bags.