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72 Hour Kits

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The first thing you need to know about 72-hour kits is BEWARE! That may seem a little strong, but too many companies market 72-hour kits that are filled with nothing but cheap junk made in China.

People purchase a 72-hour kit because it is an instantaneous way to get a measure of peace-of-mind. They pick one up at the local big-box store or online, throw it up in the attic, and think they are prepared for whatever life or Mother Nature throws at them. This false sense of security is unfortunately only exposed during an actual emergency when the contents of these kits either don’t work, taste terrible, or provide less-than-adequate protection.

We highly recommend having a 72-hour kit, and these are the things we look for when buying one:

Make sure you have light-weight, freeze-dried food that can truly sustain you and your family for 72 hours. The reason we recommend freeze-dried food is because of its long shelf life and ability to reconstitute with just water. Too often, people put perishable items or cans with 1-2 year expiration dates into their 72-hour kit and then throw them in the attic where they are forgotten. Five years later when a disaster strikes, the food is worthless. The long shelf life of freeze-dried food helps minimize this problem.

Too many 72-hour kits contain “packs of water.” Believe it or not, water can actually go bad, so these packs guarantee its freshness for a few years. But like we have said so many times on this site, it is virtually impossible to carry enough water to sustain a person for a couple of days. It’s just too heavy and bulky. That’s why we recommend a good water filter
so you can clean the water you come

When it comes to emergency supplies, we think it’s best for each person to customize his or her own 72-hour kit. People have their own ideas about what’s important and what’s not. However, we strongly recommend you go to your local grocery store to find these items. The first-aid kits, utensils, multi tools, and other wares that come in “off-the-shelf” 72-hour kits are manufactured in China and are extremely low quality. You can save money by buying these items yourself.

What do we recommend?
The best 72-hour kit on the market is the Food Insurance Emergency Plus Kit. It has two weeks of food (roughly three days for a family of five), a 1,500+ use water filter, and a truly heavy-duty backpack. We recommend adding your own individualized items to this kit.

Fax orders 24 hours a day (click here to print an order form) to (630) 916-7389

If you order after 12 noon, your order will not be shipped until the next business day. UPS does not pick up or deliver on weekends for overseas orders. Place your order with the complete address and choose International Shipping. We will e-mail you with the UPS shipping charge that we need you to okay to bill
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