DIY Emergency Food Kit



Why buy an emergency food kit when you can make one yourself? This DIY (do it yourself) Emergency food kit list will detail assembling a 72 hour kit. Building your own go kit gives you the chance to include things that you and your family choose vs. pre-packaged items included in purchased kits. FYI – If you aren’t the DIY type and would rather buy a kit, check out this 72 hour deluxe survival kit.

Before Building Your Kit

Don’t forget that you need to keep everything accessible and in a convenient package. If there is an immediate emergency or disaster and you need to flee or evacuation your home, the emergency food kit should be light enough for all members of your household to carry. It should also be contained in a suitcase, bucket or bag that is easy to grab and go.

Emergency Food Kit Checklist

It might be a good idea to include a list of what is in your DIY emergency food kit. This is something you can do in advance when you plan. The checklist can also be referenced as you start to consume or use items in the kit to help keep a running tab of what is left.

Food & Water

Obviously these are the core components. For this DIY Emergency Food Kit we are assuming a 72 hour (three day) supply of food and water per person. When assembling this it is a good idea to assume that no cooking or refrigeration will be needed. This also makes long term storage of the kit a non issue. A few items that are commonly included are:

  • Granola Bars/Energy Bars/Health Bars
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Cereal, crackers or chips
  • Pop-top canned food (beans, tuna, meat)
  • Canned juice or powdered concentrate
  • 1 Gallon of water per person, per day
  • Candy or some kind of pleasurable junk food

Clothes and Blankets

  • Full change of clothing (variety depending on weather)
  • Rain poncho, slicker or jacket
  • Quality warm blankets
  • Plastic Sheet or tarp
  • Cloth towels or old dishtowels

Batteries & Lights

  • Flashlight, lamps or other battery powered lights
  • Wind up/solar emergency radio
  • Matches and a lighter
  • Extra batteries
  • Candles

Other Emergency Equipment

  • Bottle and Can opener
  • Bowl and utensils per person
  • Swiss army knife
  • Deck of cards
  • Pen and Paper
  • Duct Tape, Rope and Twine
  • Small mirror
  • Cash
  • First Aid Kit

Individual and personal items

  • Personal toiletries & hygiene products
  • Medications (prescription and over counter)
  • Soap, shampoo and sponge
  • Phone charger
  • Diapers or any baby supplies

Building your own emergency food kit let’s each family or individual be in control of what items they think they will need. This list should give you a good headstart if you are going the DIY route and making your own kit. One thing that often gets forgotten, especially for families with younger children, is games or something to prevent boredom. Many emergency situations don’t boil down to extreme life or death situations but do involve no electricity for an extended amount of time. Both children and adults can quickly become bored and in turn agitated or short tempered without the internet, ipad, tv or cell phones we all use on a regular basis.

If your family has a simple board game, deck of cards or even a puzzle – it might be a good idea to include in your DIY Emergency food kit. The entertainment can help prevent everyone from getting bored and will also have a good impact on attitude or morale.

Once you have assembled or build your own kit, be sure to place it in an accessible place and let each and every family member know where it is. This is not the time to bury it under boxes in the garage or place it in the back corner of the attic. It should be in a spot where anyone can grab it and get out the door in minutes.

Here are some good youtube videos to give you an idea