Home Emergency Preparedness: What Do You Need in Your Survival Kit

In many cases, most of us lead fairly uneventful lives that consist of going to work, going shopping, hanging out with our family, and participating in our hobbies. However, there may come a time when that changes.

It could be a huge winter storm, a hurricane, a major power outage, or another emergency that you and your family are faced with. These natural disasters can come out of nowhere, and it is important to be prepared for anything.

As a result, it is a good idea to have a home survival kit prepped. Thankfully, there are plenty of online resources (such as Bugoutbill.com/) that can help you review and check out all the things you may want.

But speaking of your home survival kit, what sorts of items do you need to have in it? Keep reading to find out.

Water and Food

Of course, having enough food and water to survive is a crucial aspect of any home survival kit. Your running water may be impacted or contaminated, and you may not be able to get groceries or get things delivered or may need to leave your home entirely, so you need to have a bit of a stockpile just in case.

When it comes to food, there are many types of foods to consider like beef jerky, canned veggies and meat, nuts, dried fruit, granola bars, and many others. Anything that lasts a while on a shelf and is quick/easy to prepare is also a good idea to consider.

Clothing Layers

Having various different articles of clothing in your survival kit is always a good idea. The weather can be predictable, and you may not have time to grab weather-appropriate clothing if you need to quickly evacuate.

You should have a bag filled with warm and cold weather clothing, and the various other accessories you may need like gloves, beanies, or thermal underwear. Sure, this might sound like overkill to some, but being properly dressed can help keep you as comfortable as possible during these difficult situations.

Batteries and/or a Portable Charger

Today, most of us rely on a mobile device in order to stay up to date with the news, communicate with others, entertain ourselves, and work. Because of this, you need to ensure you have a way to keep that battery charged if your power goes out or you need to leave home.

Also, having spare batteries to keep things like flashlights powered up during an emergency is also important to consider. If you don’t have spare batteries or a way to charge the devices you need, the potential ordeal you are faced with will become much harder to deal with.

A First Aid Kit

Another thing you need to include is a first aid kit. You never know when someone may become injured during an emergency, and the last thing you want is to be stuck or stranded with no way to deal with these ailments.

When it comes to the contents of a first aid kit, there are plenty of things you need to include. This includes bandages, ointments, wipes, gloves, medication, tweezers, and more. Also, remember to replenish the first aid kit if you end up using something up.

We hope that this article has been able to help you learn some of the things you should be sure to have in your survival kit.

Diego Martinez

Diego Martinez, with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, has been a leading figure in maintenance and facilities management for 16 years. He joined our editorial team in 2020, sharing his expertise in preventative maintenance, system optimization, and energy efficiency. Diego’s previous roles include engineering manager in manufacturing and consulting for facility management. He has provided practical advice and problem-solving strategies for maintenance issues. He is an enthusiastic cyclist and volunteers in community tech education programs.

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