The Top ‘Must Have’ Items You Should Have in Your Survival Kit

Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, terrorist attacks… We live in a world where catastrophic events are becoming the norm. Unfortunately, tragedies are all too commonplace; they’ve become a norm in today’s society. Whether acts of nature or acts of humans, disastrous events occur daily.

While you can hope and pray that you won’t ever be affected by a tragedy, the truth is this: you never know. Given today’s society, there’s a very good chance that you could be impacted by catastrophe. Would you be able to survive if the world around you shatters?

After a disaster, electricity could be knocked out, leaving you in the dark and without access to food, fresh water, and warmth. You or a loved one could sustain injuries and have no way to access emergency medical care. As they saying goes; the best defense is a good offense, and in a crises situation, a survival kit will serve as the offense that will defend you from the unthinkable.

If properly packed, a survival kit will give you and your loved ones the necessary supplies you need to stay alive. But what should you pack in your survival kit? Below, you’ll find a summary of the emergency preparedness supplies that are essential for a properly equipped survival kit.

Clean Water
The human body can only survive for three days without water. In a crises situation, there’s a real possibility that you won’t be able to access clean water, which means that there’s a very real possibility that you and your family could perish as a result of dehydration. For that reason, clean water is one of the most important things that every survival kit should contain.
Emergency preparedness experts recommend having at least one gallon of fresh water for each person for a minimum of three days in a survival kit. Bottled water may seem like the obvious choice, but it’s really not the best option. Why? Firstly, it only has a shelf life of a year or two. Secondly, that much bottled water will make your survival kit extremely cumbersome and almost impossible to move.

How can you make sure you and your family have access to fresh water without weighing down your survival kit? Forego the bottled water and instead, pack water purification tablets or portable filtration systems. You can use these tools to remove contaminants from water so that you and your loved ones can remain hydrated.

Emergency Food
Following a major disaster, you may not be able to access food. Stores could be shut down and roads could become unpassable, for example. While the human body can survive for up to three weeks without food, doing so will be extremely difficult. You’ll lose your strength quickly, and when you’re in an emergency, you need all of the strength you can muster.

To keep yourself and your family nourished, you’ll need at least at three day supply of nonperishable food for each person. While yes, there are a lot of nonperishable foods available at your local grocery store, their shelf life is minimal. Instead, your kit should be packed with survival food; food items that are specifically made for emergencies. These foods have a much longer shelf life than standard non-perishables you’d purchase at the grocery store; many can last for decades. They’re also made with high-quality ingredients, packed with essential nutrients, easy to prepare – and they taste good, too!

Lighting
After a disaster, you could be left without power for days, weeks, or even months. To ensure you can navigate your way through the dark, your survival kit should be packed with several types of emergency lights. While standard flashlights can certainly be useful, they batteries they require only last for so long; most batteries have a shelf life of around 6 months. Therefore, in addition to standard flashlights, you should also include solar and hand-crank emergency lights in your survival kit, as they don’t require batteries. An assortment of lights is strongly encouraged, too; handheld lights, lanterns, and headlamps. Additionally, you should include slow-burning emergency candles, as well as waterproof matches in your kit.

Emergency Communication
Your cellphone won’t be of any use if the power goes out. The battery will eventually die; plus, if cell towers are damaged, you won’t have a connection. To stay connected, your survival kit should be equipped with emergency radios; solar powered and hand-crank radios are ideal. Opt for emergency radios that feature high frequencies and that have access to Public Emergency Alert System and NOAA channels. Radios should be durably built, waterproof, and easy to lightweight so that you can keep them on your person and they’ll still operate in harsh conditions. There are several high-end emergency radios that are also equipped with flashlights, strobe lights, and several other features that will come in handy in a tragedy.

First Aid Supplies
Disastrous situations can lead to injuries, so you’ll also want to make sure you have first aid supplies in your survival kit. Items in your first aid kit should include an assortment of bandages, gauze pads, medical tape, antiseptics, burn cream, compresses, instant ice packs, pain and fever relievers, thermometers, antibiotic ointments, tweezers, and ace bandages. Female hygiene products should also be included. You can purchase pre-assembled first aid kits that are specially packed for survival purposes; or, you can assemble your own.

Sanitation Supplies
Though it may not be the most pleasant thing to think about, there’s a good chance that plumbing will not be available after a disaster. To maintain your health and well-being, packing sanitation supplies in your survival kit. A 5 gallon container with a lid can be used as a portable toilet. Other to store include toilet bags and toilet tissue, as well as sanitizer so that products (and hands) can be properly cleansed.

Summing It Up
You never know when a disaster will strike. A properly prepared survival kit can mean the difference between life and death. Include the above-mentioned supplies in your survival kit and you and your loved ones will be able to buy yourselves precious time until help arrives.

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