A survival kit is one of the best things that any home could have. In fact, it’s so useful that you may even have one in the boot of your car. While most people will never be in a situation where they’ll need a survival kit, it doesn’t hurt to have one just in case an emergency arises.
Being prepared for any unforeseen event will raise your chances of survival and will ensure the safety of you and your family.
In this post, you’ll find a list of the basic items that any survival kit should have. These items will be very useful during natural disasters, power outages, etc. In the event where you’re unable to leave your house, the survival kit will help you to fix many issues that may arise.
Now let’s look at the list of items.
- A multi-use tool (such as a Leatherman or Swiss army knife)
- A plan of action
- Bottled water (at least one gallon per person per day)
- Communication items (such as a portable radio)
- Documentation (identification, medical history and medication lists, emergency contacts)
- Extra clothing, blankets, etc.
- First aid kit
- Health and sanitation supplies (toilet paper, soap, hygiene products)
- LED flashlights
- Non-perishable food items
- Plenty of batteries
- Waterproof matches or lighter
- Weather protection: sunscreen, hats, rain jackets, etc.
It’s always best to have a plan of action all written down beforehand that covers different scenarios and how you’ll act. This will guide you during a crisis when panic strikes and you might not be able to think too clearly due to all the commotion.
It’s also a great idea to have one specific spot in your house where you keep your survival kit. In the event of a disaster, you’ll immediately be able to get it and be ready and good to go.
Besides a survival kit, you should also have a well-stocked first aid kit that is suitable for survival. You’ll need to have more than just band aids and antiseptic cream – see here for more details on what you’ll need.
Besides just having a first aid kit, you may wish to take up a first aid course that will help you develop the skills you need to treat wounds, infections, etc. These skills will be extremely useful in times of need and may mean the difference between life and death for someone who is in need of urgent help.
The truth of the matter is that most people will never be in a situation where they’ll need a survival kit or even first aid skills for that matter. However, it would be complacent to think that such crises only happen to other people. It’s best to be prepared and have what you need at hand so that you’ll be ready to cope with an emergency when it occurs.
The best time to prepare for an emergency is during peace time. Prepare whatever you need to and learn whatever you need to. The skills you pick up will serve you well and you’ll be an asset during a crisis. You’ll be better able to protect yourself and your family during an emergency.