Emergency Supply Scavenger Hunt

Fill Your Emergency Kit with Items from Around the House

Less than 30% of American Families have an up-to-date emergency supply kit. But most households already have many of the supplies they may need for an emergency stashed around the house.

Game On!

You can make a game fun for all ages out of finding and collecting these supplies. Just set aside a big box in a central location, and print out this checklist for everyone participating. Collected items can be put in the box. The winner is the one that finds the most items!


  • Flashlights
  • Headlamps
  • Lanterns
  • Battery-powered Radio
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Ponchos
  • Tarps
  • A Pocket Knife
  • Whistle
  • Duct Tape
  • Rope or Twine
  • Wrench or Pliers
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Matches
  • Candles
  • Leashes and Collars for Pets
  • Canned Food or Other Non-perishable Food Items
  • HeaterMeals self-heating meals!
  • Pet Food (in an airtight container, or unopened packaging)
  • A Can Opener
  • A Bag of Rice (for drying electronics)
  • Plastic Baggies (for holding items and keeping them dry)
  • Large Containers of Water or Empty Jugs (for filling)
  • Garbage Bags
  • Household Bleach
  • Pens and Paper
  • Playing Cards
  • Local Maps
  • Emergency Contact Info
    • Doctor
    • Veterinarian
    • Police
    • Fire Department
    • Local Hospital
    • Local Utility Companies
  • Coats or Jackets
  • Raincoat
  • Umbrella
  • Old Blankets or Quilts
  • Warm Clothes (long sleeves, and can be worn in layers)
  • Sturdy Shoes (for each person)
  • Socks and Underwear
  • A Bible or Other Favorite Book
  • A Duffel or Other Large Bag
  • Cash or Traveler’s Checks
  • Bandages
  • Bandaids
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Iodine
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Eye Dropper
  • First Aid Kit, or Other First Aid Items
  • Soap
  • Pain Relievers and other Over the Counter Medications
  • Prescription Medications
  • Extra Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss

Printable Checklist

After the Fun

When you have collected as many items as possible, decide which to keep for your emergency supply kit. Place them with your existing supplies, or use a bag to store the items and create a new kit. Make a list of items that will need to be replaced or items that are missing from the checklist and need to be purchased. When your checklist is complete, you should store your new emergency supply kit in a place where everyone can find it.

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