Today we are talking about items that you need to have stocked in an emergency preparation and travel kit in case of a natural disaster, loss of power or who knows what with the current state of things. After doing research on this I realized I had most of these items around the house or in the vehicles. These are pretty basic items that you can buy at any store, even maybe a dollar tree store for lots of them.
Being prepared for emergencies, natural disasters and other events we do not know are coming is something you need to do to make sure you and those with you are ok. Going out the day before a predicted wind storm, hurricane or other event creates stress and the items you may need will be gone or very high priced.
Take a look at this list and add/subtract what you want from it and prepare now.
Tuck these things away in a bag, box or the garage and have them ready to go. Some of these things need to be in your car at all times as a precaution just incase you break down or have an accident. Sometimes we have to think about the what ifs of life. What if we have a wreck and the car goes down in the woods and cannot be seen by people passing by. What if a storm hits quickly and kills the power for a few days or a week. Think about being prepared, where are you in this process and what do you need to do to get stocked up. As stated above, I can go to a dollar tree and buy lots of this stuff cheap and have it on hand for emergency purposes.
1. Bottled Water- You need a gallon of water per day per person. You should have a minimum of a few cases of water tucked away in the cabinet or garage. Water is an essential to survival and if power goes out you will need it for drinking, washing, cleaning and surviving.
2. Flashlights- Go to the store and get a few flashlights and put one in every vehicle with extra batteries. A flashlight is a must when power goes out or if you are camping, lost or stuck on the highway somewhere.
3. Charged Portable Cell Phone Charger- Go to the store or order one online. Fully charge it and put it in your vehicles, bedroom and emergency kit.
4. Battery powered or hand crank radio. You can get these online or at an outdoor store. You lose power, get lost or have an unexpected event you grab it and turn the handle about 100 times and it gives you a way to listen to communication about things that are going on.
5. Non-Perishable Foods- Get a two week supply of canned foods for the house. Soups, veggies and other items that you can open with a can opener (make sure you have a manual can opener in the kit also) and stock up. It will not hurt to keep a few cans of these items in the trunk of the car as a backup plan in case of a wreck or accident and you cannot get help. Do not leave them in the trunk over the hot months.
6. Flares or a Whistle- You need a flair or a whistle in your kit. These things can be used to draw attention, ward off criminals and help you be found if you are lost, have wrecked or are in danger. Flares and whistles can be bought at any outdoor store and most retail box stores.
7. Knife, Ax, Cutting tools- Having an old cheap pocket knife or ax in your emergency kit is a must. It offers you a variety of options such as protection, cutting tools for wood and being able to possibly bust a window out to save your life or others. You can get a good knife pretty cheap or better yet a multi tool that has a cutting blade, screw driver, can opener and other functions.
8. Tools- I have lots of tools as many people di, but I was able to go to the dollar tree and build a tool kit for about $10.00. It has an adjustable wrench, different kinds of screw drivers, a multi tool, a knife, a small hammer, small box of nails, small box of screws, Pando straps, cheap duct tape, pliers, needle nose pliers and several other small tools.
9. Moist Towels/Baby Wipes/TP- You can buy these at the dollar store and place them in your kit and every car. Baby wipes, moist wipes or a few small rolls of TP can save the day if you know what I mean. When traveling you need to make sure you have these and in case of emergency.
10: Paper Towels and Toilet Paper- Get a good deal on toilet paper and paper towels and put them in storage. Remember back when everyone was fighting for TP and paper towels. Prepare now and stock up now.
11. Candles- You can get candles at any major store and even some tealights at the dollar store. Tealights need to be in your emergency kit. They offer light and heat if needed.
12. Pet Food/Supplies- If you have dogs and cats you need to have some food for them. Even if it is cheap bag of food from the dollar store as a backup for emergency, power loss and other events. Our fur babies need to eat also.
13. Medicines- Are you on medication and if so make sure you have enough extra tucked away in the kit for emergencies. You may not be able to travel due to power lines down or fires. Know which meds you must have on hand and stock up a months supply. Put a week minimum in your emergency kit.
14. Important Documents- Get a fire proof safe or a small safe and put your most important documents in it. If you for some reason have to leave quickly due a fire, emergency or whatever the reason you can grab the fire box and take it with you.
15. Clothes- Socks, underwear and other needed items. It pays to always have a change of older clothes in a book bag or bag in the trunk. Put a few needed items in your emergency kit so you can grab and go. Winter items during the winter and summer items during the summer.
16. Weapons- Not everyone will agree with this one, but I will never travel without a weapon to protect my family. In the case of an emergency, traveling, camping, and other times you are away from your family carry some form of protection. Better safe than sorrow. Whatever you carry, learn how to handle it and make sure it is a last resort. This can be a knife, big stick, stun gun, pepper spray or other weapons.
17. Fire starters or matches- You can get these at dollar tree and put them in your emergency kit and each vehicle. Do not leave matches in the car in hot weather. It is best to have a fire starter found at any outdoor store or large retailer. You can also get one of those clicking fire starters at the dollar store. They last a pretty long time and can save your life in the wild, camping or if you have a car wreck and need heat.
18. Maps- This is a thing of the past, but if you are hiking, camping you may have to go old school and whip out a map to find where you are. Cell phones do not always work and if your service is out or bad a map can serve as a guide for finding direction or a town close. A compass is even better, it can help you find direction and if you know the road is north, follow the compass.
19. Eye glasses/contacts- Do you have to use these to see where you are going or what you are doing. Put an old set of glasses in the emergency kit and the vehicles for caution. Eye glasses can also be used to start a fire if needed on a sunny day. You can cut things with them and do other life saving activities.
20. Cash and Coins- Store some spare cash in your home for emergencies and have maybe $50.00 in your emergency kit including some coins. A debit or credit card may nor work for you depending on the situation so cash is then king.
Other items you may need: Baby food, diapers, formula, feminine products, deodorants, hand sanitizer, extra batteries, roll of plastic wrap (you can always make a shelter with duct tape and plastic rolls).Fire extinguishers, cleaning items, car jacks, flares, first aid supplies, dust mask (covid mask), gloves, rubber gloves, water containers, sleeping bag, extra bullets, quick start fire logs and rope.
Main thing is to be prepared for the worst case scenario and if you do not use something then that is a good thing. You must have food, water, shelter, clothing and warmth to survive regardless. So make sure you have those items on hand and ready. I am not saying become a prepper for the end of the world, but if you get caught off guard and do not have the basics to live then life will be hard and survival will be tough. Best Wishes and good luck preparing for the “what ifs” of life.