Life is quite an unpredictable journey, one minute everything is smooth sailing the next moment everything has gone south. Unfortunately, we can never tell when things will go wrong especially when everything seems so okay. What we can however do is stay prepared by always having an emergency kit to help us handle whichever situation is thrown our way. If you don’t have one and you are wondering what you should include, then you’ve come to the right place because below are top 7 things to put in your emergency kit.
- First aid kit
Your emergency kit should not only help you get your car going or get you out of technical trouble, but it should also help you during a health emergency and as such, a first aid kit is essential. It should include at least two absorbent compress dressings, 25 adhesive bandages, one adhesive cloth tape, five antibiotic ointment packets, and five antiseptic wipe packets. Two packs of aspirin, a breathing barrier, an instant cold compress, scissors, gloves, oral thermometer, tweezers and a few other items are also important to help you handle any health emergency you might come across or even one that might happen to you.
Another must-have item in your emergency kit is water. Ensure that you have enough water such that if life takes an unexpected twist, each person will get a gallon of water per day in the next three days and at home have a two week supply of emergency water.
Ensure that you have non-perishable food supply which will cater for you and your loved ones for three days in case of an emergency. These should be easy to prepare foods. The most recommendable emergency food is the canned type as it is not only easy to park and carry around but is also ready to eat whenever a person needs it. Additionally, it should be energy-rich food because when disaster strikes most people require more energy so include cereals too.
If any of your loved ones is on meds, always ask his/her doctor to give them an extra round of drugs and put it in your emergency kit. Additionally, it is quite essential to have over the counter medicines such as painkillers, laxatives, antibiotics, antihistamines and a few others which will help you handle whatever medical emergency which might come your way. Medication and a first aid kit are two different elements so you should not confuse them. Depending on what area you are in, prepare for specific bug bites like treatment for red wasp sting or spiders, whichever is more prevalent in your area.
- Tools such as flashlights, a pen knife or a multipurpose tool
A flashlight will help a lot when your car breaks down during the night or when you get a power outage at home, while a penknife will come in handy when you need to open something.
- Extra cash and local maps
The extra cash will help you out during urgent emergencies and will also help you get more supplies while local maps will come in handy when you are going to new places.
- Extra batteries for your flashlight and also a spare cell phone with its charger
Having a spare phone as part of your emergency kit is absolutely necessary. For instance, if you get lost, if you need any type of assistance and your main phone is out of charge, a spare phone will really come in handy. While if you are out on camping, if there’s a power outage or you are camping somewhere, and your flashlight batteries die, having extra ones will definitely save the day.