Recently I have read a lot about buying and preparing 72 hour kits. I am very much aware of the importance of having a portable and well-equipped 72 hour kit with me. However, I am a bit confused about the items that should essentially go into building an emergency kit. The more I read about it, the more confused I get. While some websites explain the 3 bare minimum to have is food, water and medicines some other focus more on food, water, clothes and toiletries. For me all of them seem to have equal significance. When I think of medicines, I feel unhygienic toilet conditions can cause havoc during emergencies and vice versa. Can anyone suggest me a list of minimum essentials that I can include in a 72 hour kits without making it too bulky?