Emergency Kits: Are You A Game Changer?
Emergency kits are your best companion when it’s time to run for your lives. Be it typhoons, hurricanes, or earthquakes, emergency kits will never let you down. Think of it as your best friend in times of need. However, it all comes down to how you pack and make your own emergency kit.
Ever wondered how to pack your emergency kit like a pro? Then luckily, you have stumbled upon this article today! Listed below are some tips and tricks to help you pack your emergency kit easily. So sit back, relax, grab your notes, and continue to read on.
The Bare Basic Essentials
First things first, let’s pack all the basic essentials you need for survival. This includes:
The last thing you don’t want to feel during the escape is getting dehydrated. So don’t forget to pack water and make sure it is enough for days or at least a week. Water storage and cleanliness is also important too. Better yet, bring a portable water filtration system to ensure that you have tasty and clean water to drink. Remember to think about how many people you will be providing water for. Experts say that you should plan on 1 gallon (4 litres) of water per person, per day. Half to drink, and half for sanitation and cooking. If you have to bug-out, water is very heavy and cumbersome to pack. That is where portable water filtration units are extremely valuable. Just be sure that carries a certification - so that you are confident it will filter out anything that might make you sick from questionable water sources.
We highly recommend bringing at least five days’ worth of non-perishable food items. Use airtight containers when doing so to ensure that food stays fresh when it’s time to eat. Make sure to pack some snacks that you can eat on-the-go as well such as trail mix and granola bars. And don’t forget freeze-dried fruits for your body’s much-needed nutrients too! Freeze-dried, dehydrated, or vacuum packed foods are light-weight and easy to pack, and they usually have a shelf life of 5 years or more.
This includes power banks, flashlights, and a radio. The most crucial ones here are the power banks or batteries because these are your source of power for your gadgets for the time being. So check them if they are fully charged before packing them up. Don’t let your electronics die during the escape because you will have nothing to use when calling for help from the authorities.
These items are composed of toiletries, sanitization essentials, and things that we usually find at home such as tweezers, scissors, matches, pins, tapes, and the like.
Pro tip: Use a ‘bug out bag’ as an emergency kit to pack these essentials instead of a school/travel bag. These bags are made for survival purposes and has excellent quality and durability.
Packing Your First Aid Kit
Of course, an emergency kit will never be complete without first aid items. Here are what you should include:
Gauze bandage rolls
Bandages are usually the first in line when it comes to first aid kits. Don’t forget to pack enough of these too especially if you are escaping with your family.
Cotton balls and tissue papers
Wiping up wounds has never been easier with cotton balls. And if nature calls, tissue paper is here to keep your bottom area clean.
This includes rubbing alcohols, betadine, antiseptic wet wipes, antibiotics, and hand sanitizers.
Not feeling well in the middle of an escape is definitely a no-no. So pack up medicine for headaches, diarrhoea, and the like. Essentially medications like insulin (if you are diabetic) or heart medication should stored appropriately.
Includes items such as gloves, face masks, thermometer, scissors, and syringes.
For Your Pets
You can’t just leave your pets behind during a disaster. Bring them along with you as well as their essentials too. Use a pet food container to pack all their goody treats, and don’t forget to bring a blanket to keep them warm too.
It’s also best to use a separate bag for all your pets’ essentials. But instead of a bug out bag that we usually use, a normal bag that can hold pet items will suffice. Just make sure that everything is sealed tight inside, especially the food.
Creating your emergency kit has never been easier with this guide we created. We also highly suggest preparing your emergency kit as early as possible. And for that, The Prepared Bear is here for all the essentials you need. Feel free to check out these emergency items that we have in store for you by going to our home page.