72-Hour Emergency Kit: Checklist #2

Checklist #2: Clothing

It is important to include a change of clothing (and underwear) in your kits. You never know if it’s going to rain on you or you get caught in a flood or you just get dirty. A change of clothes is good hygiene as well.  You will want to include loose fitting clothing that is comfortable and easy to get around or work in.

  1. Long pants
  2. Long-sleeved shirt – Good for all seasons; blocks sun in summer, keeps you warm in winter.
  3. Undergarments
  4. Warm socks – I included more than one pair, wet socks are the worst.
  5. Jacket or Coat
  6. Hat, Gloves, Scarf – For warmth, mittens are better than gloves. Also include a pair of work gloves.
  7. Raincoat or Poncho
  8. Sturdy shoes or work boots – I tie my hiking boots to the outside of my backpack, they are accessible if I still want to use them.
  9. Warm blankets (wool-blend) and Emergency reflective blankets
  10. Cloth Sheet
  11. Plastic Sheet – This is for chemical hazards. I bought a 9ft x 12ft plastic drop cloth (what painters use) for less than $2. I also considered buying a clear plastic shower curtain.
  12. Sunglasses
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