52 Must-Have Emergency Kit Supplies
Even if a major disaster seems unlikely, you should have a variety of emergency kit supplies. The size of these kits and the items in them will vary depending on the size of your household. If there are people with certain needs or health conditions, the kits may have additional items.
What Should be in Your Emergency Kit
Everyone should have some standard emergency kit supplies in a go-to-bag in the event of a disaster. Among these are basic first aid and medical items, although some emergency kits will have first aid items as well as other necessities. First aid supplies should include burn creams, over-the-counter painkillers, bandages, gauze and tapes, scissors, tweezers, cold packs and antiseptic wipes.
For most people, the following 52 items below are important items in their emergency kit supplies.
- Heavy-duty garbage bags
- Water purifier and or water purification tablets
- Water: At least one gallon per person
- Emergency survival energy tabs
- Upholstery needle and threads: Necessary for repairing sleeping bags or tents
- Sewing kits
- Toilet wipes/clothes - washable
- Aluminum foil - one or two sheets folded compactly
- Menstrual cups and reusable menstrual pads: Younger females will find that it is easy to run out of regular sanitary pads and tampons, so having reusable items is a necessity
- Rubber bands
- Duct tape
- Cotton balls - soaked in petroleum jelly and stored in a tin
- Shovel - folding type
- Knives - a straight blade and folding blade
- One tin plate/bowl one set of eating tools per person
- Manual can opener
- Liquid soap: This is not just for bathing, but also for washing utensils and clothes
- Sleeping bag: Suitable even in cold weather, especially if you live in an area where the temperatures can become freezing.
- Batteries rechargeable with solar battery charger
- Tools such as a hammer, screwdriver and handsaw, etc.
- Portable stove
- Stove fuel
- Solar charger
- Prescription medications (if needed)
- Extra clothing; Include extra socks and sweaters if you live in an area where it gets very cold
- Rain gear
- Snow gear (if needed)
- Extra cash, especially in small notes such as fives and ones as well as plenty of coins
- Vital documents: Keep copies of personal items such as birth certificates in waterproof sleeves, etc.
- Two-way radio
- AM/FM/Weather/Shortwave receiver radio
- Games for children (if needed)
- Extra pair of reading glasses
- Dust masks
- List of emergency contacts: This should include telephone numbers for doctors and relatives
- Pet supplies: This is especially important if you have to leave home with your pets (ie: guard dog to keep you safe)
- Maps (inc. map of the local area)
- How to Guides: Depending on the quality of supplies, some things may eventually run out. How-to-guides can provide useful information on surviving without some items
- Bible or other inspirational/comforting reads (inc. childrens books to keep them occupied too)
Some of the items above may seem excessive, but you will not be taking all of them with you. In most cases, they will come in handy if you are unable to leave home for an extended period. Depending on your lifestyle, the emergency kit supplies will also include items such as rifles, handguns and bullets, traps to catch animals for food and survival garden seeds.
first aid kit, should of course be top of your list, plus sweets and energy bars
can also provide a treat when you need a lift in morale during a taxing day.
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