Are You Missing This Item From Your Home Emergency Bag Kit?

What to include in your emergency kit

In case of emergency, it is a smart idea to keep a bag of necessary items that are easily accessible in your home and/or car.

In the event of a disaster, you have an easy, portable survival kit you can live off of until other arrangements can be made. Ideally, there would be one of these survival kits for every member of your household, and they would be kept in an easy-to-reach location. This way, in the event of an emergency, each of these bags can be easily retrieved while you move to a safe location. Something like a backpack or small suitcase would be suitable, as long as it is easy to carry.

Things to keep in an Emergency Bag:

  1. First-aid supplies. There are small first aid kits that can be purchased, which can prove useful as long as they have everything you need. In general, it is a good idea to carry bandages, disinfectant for cuts and wounds, pain relievers, antacids, any medications you need, dust masks, and spare eyeglasses if you need them.
  2. Emergency food and water. Non-perishable food and a refillable water bottle will keep you from dehydration and hunger. Things like granola bars and mixed nuts won’t go bad by the time you need them. Keeping them in an airtight bag or container will also prevent ants from getting to your food. In addition, a water bottle with a portable purifier will help to make sure that water you refill it with will be free from any contaminants you may encounter after a disaster.
  3. Personal hygiene products. Things like your toothbrush, a small bottle of mouthwash, a small bar of soap, hand wipes, and deodorant will come in handy in an emergency. In addition, if you require things like diapers or contact lens solution, make sure to put those into your bag as well.
  4. A change of clothing. You don’t know how long you may be away. A spare outfit or two (maybe one for cold weather and one for warm) is a great idea to pack as well along with one spare pair of shoes. Even for a short time, it allows you to change your clothes while you find someplace to wash the ones you were wearing.
  5. Some cash. A small amount of cash (preferably smaller bills) can help you in the event that you are unable to use your debit or credit cards.

 

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