survival kit is a package of basic tools and supplies prepared in advance as an aid to survival in an emergency.

Whether you’re taking a wilderness trip, preparing for earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, floods, fires or getting ready for WWII or the zombie apocalypse, survival kits come in handy.

Having a survival kit on hand for when times get tough is a great idea. FEMA recommends at least three days’ worth of food and water in case an emergency strikes.

survival kit is a package of basic tools and supplies prepared in advance as an aid to survival in an emergency.

Survival kits are available in a variety of sizes and contain supplies and tools to provide a survivor with basic shelter against the elements, help him or her to keep warm, meet basic health and first aid needs, provide food and water, signal to rescuers, and assist in finding the way back to help.

A well-prepared survival kit, bag or pack is invaluable for any emergency situation.

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

Survival kit ideas:

  • Food & Water
  • Water – 1 gallon/person/day
  • Food – non-perishable (ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables are a good idea)
  • Canned juices or soup
  • Powdered milk (store extra water to mix)
  • Staples – sugar, salt, pepper
  • High-energy foods (peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix)
  • Comfort/stress foods (cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, instant coffee, tea bags)
  • Kitchen Items
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
  • All-purpose knife
  • Household liquid bleach (unscented) to treat drinking water
  • Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
  • Re-sealable plastic bags
  • If food must be cooked, small cooking stove and a can of cooking fuel (or Sterno?) … use only if safe to do so!
  • First Aid Kit
  • First aid manual
  • Sterile adhesive bandages and gauze pads in assorted sizes
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Towelettes
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Thermometer
  • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Safety pins in assorted sizes
  • Latex gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nonprescription Drugs
  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Laxative
  • Vitamins
  • Tools & Supplies
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Tent
  • Pliers
  • Duct tape
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Signal flare(s)
  • Paper, pencils
  • Work gloves
  • Medicine dropper
  • Wrench (to turn off household gas and water)
  • Whistle
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Sanitation
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap and liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies
  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste/brush, mouthwash, etc.)
  • Plastic garbage bags and ties (for personal sanitation use)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Clothing & Bedding
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Rain gear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Hat and gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Household Documents
  • Personal identification
  • Cash
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, marriage certificates, social security cards, passport, wilds, inventory of household goods, insurance papers, etc.)
  • Emergency contact list and phone numbers
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Special Items
  • For baby: Formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk, medications, toys
  • For adults: Special dietary needs, medication, denture needs, contact lenses/supplies, eyeglasses, entertainment
  • For pets: Medications, food, water, identification

Emergency situations can arise at any moment; make sure you’re prepared for whatever life throws your way.

 

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