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The 72-Hour Kit

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It can't happen here . . . but if it does, you'll want to be prepared. Below is a survivalist-certified checklist of everything a New Yorker might need to survive in the urban wilderness.

  • Gas masks with extra canisters (1 per adult with 1 extra canister apiece) ($170)

  • Child gas mask ($200)

  • Hooded infant seat

  • Smoke hood (Essex Plus 10, used on Air Force One, is the best; $195)

  • D-class Tyvek hazmat coverall ($9–$12), plus gloves and duct tape (to seal gaps)

  • Potassium iodate or iodide pills

  • Military atropine auto-injector or tablets (for nerve-gas exposure) ($300)

  • Police radio scanner

  • Basic first-aid kit

  • 2 water filters (Katadyn is best; $200 each)

  • Toiletries

  • Insect repellent (DEET)

  • 2 lighters -- one flint, one gas -- plus windproof, waterproof matches

  • 2 flashlights, with extra bulbs and batteries (optional: battery-free NightStar flashlight from Applied Innovative Technologies; $75)

  • 2 emergency candles  

  • 550-lb.-test nylon cord 

  • Extra cotton underwear

  • Two knives (folder and fixed blade)

  • Powdered drink mix, tea, coffee, Gookinaid ERG (electrolyte replacement with glucose)

  • Pedialyte for children

  • Dehydrated trail food

  • Multivitamins

  • Tent

  • Radio (hand-crank or solar) 

  • Stainless-steel mess kit

  • Cooking utensils

  • Portable stove

  • Rain ponchos 

  • Cat litter (for disposing of human waste)

  • 3 pairs wick-dry socks

  • 2 pairs Sorbothane shock insoles, 2 pairs sealskin socks

  • 2 pairs sturdy shoes

  • 2 BDU pants (black, tiger-striped, camouflage prints)

  • Important papers and personal photographs 

  • 2 Boonie hats 

  • Sunglasses 

  • Work gloves 

  • Tri-fold shovel

  • Small pry bar

  • Water containers (canteens, camelback, jugs, etc.)

  • 6 to 10 A.L.I.C.E. (all-purpose lightweight individual carrying equipment) pouches

  • 2 signal mirrors

  • Water-purification tablets

  • 1 pack fish hooks

  • 5 assorted sinkers

  • 1 spool 30- to 50-lb.-test fishing line

  • Ziploc bags

  • 2 Tomahawk multi-tools

  • Magnesium fire starter

  • 2 Mylar blankets

  • Thermal blanket

  • Sleeping bags

  • Goggles

  • 2 inflatable or wooden splints (for fractured limbs)  

  • Charcoal tablets

PLUS:

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