Car 72 Hour Kits

I have a pretty serious 72 hour kit situation going on at my house. I mean the thing is prepared so that if it is the end of the world we will have everything we need. Which means that it is way too heavy for one, or two, people to carry comfortably (or carry at all unless you are The Hulk). Due to this I got to thinking about how practical it was as a 72 hour kit. I mean really, if I can't take it with me, what good does it do?  

Based on this assessment I came up with this plan, which my husband and I love and works perfectly for us. We will keep the massive 72 hour kit in our basement with a list of things we would grab if we needed to run from our home in a hurry for one reason or another. The list of things to grab would include things like our camelbacks full of water, our tent, our sleeping bag, our camp stove, cash, our hiking boots, etc. So, we would be able to live outside our home with those items and our massive 72 hour kit for a while and be okay.  

But, that means that we don't really have a functional 72 hour kit. To solve this problem we created 72 hour kits for our car. These are much smaller and hold the necessities. The point of these is so that we have what we would need if we were stranded somewhere and needed to make it back home. Once we are home we can get the big 72 hour kit and put it in our car and leave if needed. Perhaps we are a little ridiculous with the whole 72 hour kit thing but we now have three of them. One car 72 hour kit for each of us and then one massive 72 hour kit for the both of us.  

If you want to create a smaller 72 hour kit, or one for your car, here are the things we included. The list is what is included for one kit, not two. 

You can download the entire list of 72 hour car kit items here.

72 Hour Car Kit List For One


  • 1 small jar jelly
  • 1 small jar peanut butter
  • 2 quick macaroni and cheese mixes
  • 2 quick soup mixes
  • 4 puddings
  • 2 small cans of fruit (peaches and pears)
  • 3 applesauce
  • 1 bag beef jerky
  • 2 packages instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 package instant flavored rice
  • 6 packages instant hot chocolate
  • 6 packages instant cider
  • 7 packages Crystal Light
  • 1 bag M&Ms
  • 1 box Lifesavers
  • 1 box Skittles
  • 1 pack of gum
  • 1 pack of 32 water bottles


  • 2 pairs of warm wool socks
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 emergency blanket
  • 1 emergency poncho
  • 6 hand / feet warmer packages
  • 1 winter coat


  • 12 Wet Ones packages
  • 1 razor
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 1 small bottle rubbing alcohol
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 small tube toothpaste
  • 1 small bottle of lotion
  • 1 bar of soap
  • 1 container of hand sanitizer, mine is 3 oz
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper
  • 1 small container shower gel
  • 1 small container cocoa butter


  • 1 mug for hot drinks
  • 1 small cooking pot
  • 1 knife
  • 1 fork
  • 2 spoons
  • 1 hot pad
  • 1 box of matches
  • 1 package of fire tabs, all weather fire starters
  • 1 #10 can, made in to a stove using wire at the base (see picture description of how to do this below)
  • 1 small can to fit inside the #10 can for your 72 hour kit cooking stove (picture description below)
  • 1 “Complete Oil Lamp Kit” (see notes and picture below)


  • 1 emergency sleeping bag
  • 1 notepad
  • 1 Word Hunt (includes a pencil, otherwise pack a pen or pencil separately)
  • 1 length of clothesline or rope
  • 7 clothespins
  • 1 small container of super glue
  • 1 screwdriver with multiple tips
  • 5 glow sticks
  • 1 small Book of Mormon


  • 100% pure olive oil
  • A small box of matches
  • Glass jar with metal lid
  • Wire and string
  • Instructions

The Complete Oil Lamp Kit was purchased from “Let There Be Light”. It includes everything you need to have light and is specifically made for emergency preparedness. Here is the contact information if you would like to purchase one as well:

  • “Let There Be Light”
  • Winder
  • 204 West Oletta Lane
  • Rupert, Idaho 83350
  • 208-431-3155 or 208-436-3055