The following emergency survival kit story was written by Mina Arnao:
Life is unpredictable and you never know what would happen the next moment. Whether you are traveling outdoors or staying at home, disasters and accidents can struck anytime, leaving you in an uncomfortable situation. And, this is where the role of emergency survival kit comes into action.
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Go through the checklist mentioned below to ensure you have these seven basic things in your kit that you might need in times of emergency.
- Food: Without food, your body can’t survive. So, make sure you carry three-day supply of non-perishable food items with a longer shelf life like nutrition bars and freeze-dried food. If traveling with babies or pets, then baby food and pet food should also be carried along.
- Water: For better functioning of your body, water is must. Even if there is shortage of food items, water can help in saving you from dying. Not just for drinking, but also for other purposes like cooking and sanitation, you need to have enough quantity of it. So, your emergency kit should also include at least three-day’s supply of it, 3-gallons per person to be specific.
- Shelter and Warmth: You might need to suffer under harsh weather conditions, especially in cold weather and having no shelter and clothing, will make the situation even worse. To prepare yourself for these times, bundle up essentials like tent, sleeping bag, blankets and body warmers in your kit because this is going to be your dwelling in times of crisis.
- First Aid: For medical emergencies, you should include these in your first-aid kit- basic medicines and equipment like antiseptic, cotton, glucose, bandage, scissors, adhesive tape roll, tweezers, CPR masks, eye drops, sting relief pads and cold packs for sprains.
- Survival Gear: A smarter way to deal with emergencies is to put these items in your survival kit. Like, a multi-function knife, sturdy rope for towing purpose, heavy duty gloves, water and gas shut-off wrench, plastic sheeting, manual can opener, moveable stove, some fuel and dust masks.
- Lighting and Communication: When a disastrous event takes place, you might also need some lighting equipment because power cut is a major problem in such conditions. To get through this, carry a few battery powered torches and radio, cellphone chargers, lanterns, candles, whistle for signaling and water-proof matches.
- Sanitation and Hygiene: Some disasters can obstruct basic facilities of your home, especially toilet. So, carry a pail that you can use as toilet along with items like toilet paper roll, paper soaps, sanitary napkins, extra tissues, toothpaste and tooth brush, hand sanitizer, small hand towels and garbage bags.
Bonus — Miscellaneous Items: Other important emergency items include cash, baby diapers, extra clothing pieces, fire extinguisher and sturdy shoes or light-weight hiking boots. You can add more things to the list as per your knowledge and according to similar past experiences, if any.
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