If you’ve put together your Vehicle 72 Hour Kit, good for you! It’s packed in the trunk of your car or in the back of the mini-van, right?. Yaaay!
What about your husband or significant other, though? My husband works all over a huge metropolitan area. All he currently has in his truck for emergencies is a container of Wet-Ones and some extra napkins from Burger King. The guy needs some help!
My plan for a “His” 72 Hour Kit is a little different from the one in my Tahoe. First, instead of using a Rubbermaid container, I’m using a military backpack, or Alice Pack. What guy wouldn’t love something that looks like this:
It’s large enough to hold everything he might need and has the advantage of being packed and ready to travel at a moment’s notice. If my husband ever to had to hoof-it home, he’d be ready to go. These packs can be found in Army surplus stores, on ebay, or from many online sources.
Another difference between his Kit and mine is that he won’t need supplies geared toward the kids. No goldfish crackers for him! I’ll pack smaller packages of everything: wipes, Kleenex, a tiny bar of soap, etc. Oh, and no tampons!
As you go through the standard Vehicle 72 Hour Kit list, just make notes of anything different for him, such as Old Spice anti-perspirant instead of Secret! Be sure to include one or two disposable shavers, although I personally like that 72 Hour Stubble!
A key to making this large backpack user friendly is organization. For example, small items must be in zip-loc bags or something similar to keep them from getting lost. Once you’ve collected everything for his Kit, spread out everything on a table, and ask him to pack it up in a way that makes sense to him.
One tip on organizing that pack is to put a flashlight on top of everything else inside the pack or in a handy outer pocket. Knowing exactly where to find a flashlight is crucial in the dark.
Sometimes Survival Mom has to look after Survival Dad! His 72 Hour Kit will make him feel just a little more loved!
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