How to make a 72-hour kit on a budget!

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Week EIGHT: 72-Hour Kit Challenge

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*This post contains a FREE printable to help keep you on track with week 8 of this challenge, you can download the printable HERE!

Welcome to! I am so happy to have you here. If you are new to my site, welcome, and if you have been here before, welcome back!!

In this blog article, you will find information about how to assemble 72-Hour Kits (bug-out-bags/evacuation bags) doing weekly tasks over 12 weeks; if this is your first time visiting my site, I HIGHLY recommend you sign up for my FREE 72-Hour Kit Guide and scroll down further in this post to read more about each of the week’s tasks/purchases for this 12-week 72-Hour Kit Challenge!

How are your 72-Hour Kits (bug-out bags) coming along? If you still need my FREE 72-Hour Kit Guide, sign up HERE; I will email you the guide. 

If you have yet to receive the email with the 72-Hour Kit Guide or you have questions, please email me at [email protected].

Let’s get to work on the week of EIGHT of this challenge!

Here is what we are working on this week-

As part of our ongoing challenge, this week’s task is to enhance your kits with additional items. These additions will further prepare you for potential emergencies. 

We are slowly adding to our essential survival supplies as we work on our kits, one weekly challenge at a time (take these weeks/tips/etc. at your own pace if necessary). You can go through the checklists in my 72-Hour Kit Guide as fast as you want. If you want to get your kits put together as soon as possible, go for it! I have broken the tasks into weekly challenges to help make this project more manageable and to help spread out the cost. 

 This week, I want you to add Rain Ponchos and an Emergency Weather Radio to your kits. Our family currently only has two weather radios; one is stored in my husband’s 72-Hour Kit because it is a larger kit, and one I store in my car. Our weather radios have a solar charger and can charge a cell phone. 

Why do you want these survival items in your kits?

Weather Radio

Emergency weather radio with solar charger and light

Having an emergency weather radio with a solar charger and light in your emergency 72-hour kit can be a lifesaver in times of crisis. Let’s discuss why this product is so critical.

Weather radios are crucial in emergency readiness, particularly for individuals residing or working in regions susceptible to natural disasters or technological risks. These radios continuously monitor broadcasts from the National Weather Service (NWS) around the clock, delivering alerts, forecasts, watches, and real-time weather updates. Models equipped with an alert function will trigger a tone automatically upon issuing a watch or warning, ensuring you stay informed even when not actively tuned in.

Rain Poncho

Rain poncho

Rain ponchos are essential to have in your 72-hour Kits for many reasons. They might not seem like the most important survival item, but I bet you will be shocked by how important having one is in an emergency. 

Rain ponchos protect you from the elements, keeping you dry and warm in wet conditions. This is crucial for maintaining body temperature and preventing hypothermia, especially in unpredictable weather situations. Additionally, rain ponchos are lightweight and compact, making them easy to carry and store in your kit without taking up too much space.

In heavy rainfall or unexpected storms, having a rain poncho can help you stay comfortable and protected, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your survival plan. Remember, being prepared for all types of weather is critical to ensuring your safety and well-being in any emergency.

Once you have stocked your kits with your rain ponchos and emergency weather radio, I want you to review weeks 1-7 and check your kits to see what you have and still need to include. Print out the 72-Hour Kit Guide to use the checklists to see where you are with the necessary supplies for your kits. It’s ok if you are behind on the challenge. You can take this at your own pace, but you must keep track of what you currently have for your kits and what you still need!


During the 12-week challenge, we are focusing on the essentials, so you will only have some of the suggested items by the end of the 12 weeks, but you will have the critical items. As for the more optional and fun items, like a deck of cards, etc, you can add those items to your kits once the challenge is complete (or now). I recommend having FUN things to do in your kits. I will be sharing a blog post about ideas for this in the future! First, we need to get the essentials for our kits squared away!

Week ONE: This week, we focused on clothing for your kits. We spent no money on week one; we only searched our closets for clothing.

TWO: This week, we got bags to use or our kits, either by finding a bag you already had or by purchasing bags.

THREE: This week, we focused on Emergency Water!

FOUR: This week, we focused on toiletries. Can you imagine being in an emergency and not having a toothbrush and toothpaste for days? Yuck!

Search your home for toiletries you have on hand and could use in your kits. You may have some travel-size items left over from a recent trip.

FIVE: This week, we gathered first aid supplies, bought a first aid kit, searched our homes for a flashlight, or purchased a flashlight. 

SIX: We started gathering or purchasing foods you can use in our kits this week. 

SEVEN: We stocked our kits with an emergency whistle, an emergency blanket/sleeping bag, and an emergency tent.

This blog post about 72-Hour Kit Foods will help you as you start to gather and purchase foods for your kits.

Thank you so much for your patience, as I have been slow to get this information out about the weekly challenges in the past little while! I am so happy to have heard from so many of you that you are working on your kits week after week and that many of you have also finished them; wahoo!

Please get in touch with me with any questions you might have or if you haven’t received my free food storage guide or 72-Hour Kit guide. You can email me at [email protected]

If you are new to my website and still need to sign up for my guides, you can do so HERE!

Thanks so much for visiting my site!

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I’m a mom of 5 and know through first-hand experience how having food security can make a world of difference. Now I’m on a mission to help others get prepared for any emergency.


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