Emergency Survival Kit Check List

Life could be uncertain. One moment, you can be watching your favourite Netflix show and the next you could be in a real-life episode of war of the worlds.

Whether you need a survival kit for emergencies or just for novelty. It is important to make sure you have all the essentials for just in case.

Emergency bags or Survival kits could be used for natural disasters, like earth quakes, flooding, or in cases of severe fires causing havoc. It could be used during times of abuse, if you need to escape, or if your life is in danger such as during riots, looting and protesting.

…or, if you believe in the more supernatural parts of life. Aliens could be attacking, the living dead (zombies) could rise up or the mole people can make an appearance. All that would send you running into the hills, well…. unless its the hill people coming for you.

Let’s take a look at what you might need to pack in your survival kit:

  • Bottled water. Hydration is key. Having a bottle to fill up with is even better, but you might not be sure if you would find clean water out there in the wild.
  • Food that comes in easy-to-open cans (at least a one-day supply). Easy open because you might not have a can opener or the time.
  • Prescription medication for a week and paper copies of your prescriptions. Why paper copies? Well your doomsday emergency might be nothing serious and within a week you might need a re-fill on those medications that you cannot pronounce in real life.
  • Small first aid kit, comfort is key. Bigger might be better, but what if you need to walk far or even run?
  • Blanket/throw, small and compact or the preferred an emergency thermal blanket. Even smaller, but so much more effective.
  • Sturdy shoes/boots. Can you outrun rioters heading your way in flip flops? Can you climb if you need to climb?
  • Warm clothes, rain gear and hats.
  • Extra pair of glasses and/or hearing aid. Well i said extra, but just have what you need to see and hear.
  • Personal hygiene items (include soap, wipes, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush and toothpaste)
  • Items for family members with special needs.
  • Flashlight.
  • Solar panels / battery packs.
  • Battery operated/ manual radio.
  • Extra batteries (sizes AA, AAA, C, D).
  • Pocket knife, a swiss army knife that has multiple uses are ideal.
  • Whistle and pepper spray.
  • Extra house and car keys. You might want to return one day…
  • Paper, pens, and tape. Emergency notes, or boredom writing.
  • Family communication plan that includes emergency phone numbers, regional road map if you need to travel.
  • Credit and debit cards.
  • Small amounts of money; cash or coins
  • Copies of important documents such as identification, passports, home and auto insurance information.
  • N95 or surgical masks and sanitzers. We saw with covid-19 how this can be really important.
  • Duct tape. It has so many uses.
  • Small scissors. Trust me.
  • Something to light a fire with.
  • Some form of entertainment. Playing cards, or building blocks of some kind.
  • If you have a back-up cellphone, pack it in.

Store all these smaller items in a waterproof folder/bag, Recent family photo(s) for identification purposes can also make a massive difference.

Realistically, each persons emergency survival kit will be unique to them and unique for the circumstance. Some might be more survival oriented with gadgets and tools to rebuild society or simply ensure sustainability for a prolonged period of time. For others it might just be an overnight bag with some basic essentials used for when they need to go crash on a friends couch for a few days.

No matter what your reasoning, it is always a good idea to be somewhat prepared. Take a look at some of the below videos with more tips and tricks of what to consider.

Thank you for reading… #TheSomethingGuy #SouthAfrica #Blog

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