Survival Kits and Supplies

72-Hour Emergency Survival Kit Checklist

Boy drinking a bottle of waterHere is a list of items to include in your Emergency Survival Kit. Should a prolonged emergency occur, this checklist/kit is designed to sustain one person for three days. This is a suggested guideline. If you or someone in your family has special needs, you should consider those too (i.e. seniors, babies/toddlers)


  • Four litres of water/day (bottled water). Two litres for drinking and two litres for cooking or washing. Many of us already buy or have a supply of bottled water on hand. Therefore, always keep enough extra water on hand to last for at least three days.


  • Non-perishable foods such as canned goods: salmon, tuna, canned vegetables and fruits. Other food items such as sugar, coffee, tea, honey and high-energy foods like crackers, peanut butter, and food bars (to be consumed and replaced once/year).
  • Instant ready-to-eat meals
  • Dried foods
  • Small amounts of "comfort food": candy, sweet cereals, chips and cookies


  • Disposable eating utensils, knives, forks, spoons, cups and plates
  • Manual can opener and bottle opener
  • Fuel stove and fuel (never use indoors)
  • Waterproof matches and plastic garbage bags
  • Pocket Knife or multi-tool
  • Window covering (plastic sheeting, duct tape)

Emergency Survival Kit

  • Flashlight and batteries or crank flashlight
  • Portable radio and batteries or crank radio
  • Spare batteries for both
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra Car Keys
  • Cash on hand (including coins for pay phones)
  • Important Personal Papers (ID, personal documents such as passports, birth certificates, social insurance numbers, marriage certificates, etc.)
  • Clothing and Footwear (one extra set)
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Heavy gloves
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, pre-moistened wipes, tissues, etc.)
  • Blankets (Mylar type) or sleeping bags
  • Any necessary medications (one week's supply on hand plus copies of prescriptions and medical contact information)
  • Whistle (to attract attention)
  • Playing cards, games
  • Something to carry survival kit items in case you have to evacuate