My friend and I often have discussions surrounding this topic and more than once she has told me to have my survival kit ready. I laugh at the thought but then again think that nothing is impossible. We could one day experience a real worldwide disaster or an apocalypse be it zombie or otherwise.
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When putting together a survival kit you have to make a list of the most immediate needs. These being items that would help your survival for food, shelter, and safety. It’s important to make considerations for the following. These are items that will help you survive the first few hours to days.
- Water (ideally one gallon per person)
- Food (non-perishable such as canned goods, food bars, etc)
- Flashlight (with spare batteries)
- First aid kit/Medical supplies (including scissors)
- First aid book
- Prescription medications
- Manual can opener
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Iodine Tablets – If you need to purify dirty water, this is definitely needed, it can also be used for cleaning wounds.
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Swiss Army Style Knife
The other items to consider for your survival kit are those that can give you an idea about your surroundings and the next steps to take.
- Family and emergency contact information
- Battery-powered or hand-crank two-way radios
- Extra batteries
- Cell phone with chargers
- Map(s) of the area
These items will also help in prolonging your survival with various purposes and uses.
- Extra cash (if cash is still a warranted commodity)
- USB Solar Charger (for gadgets that you’re still able to use)
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies) these are important to keep to confirm identities in case of any security risks.
- Games and activities for children
- Duct tape
Having a first aid kit will come in handy not only for yourself but for others who may have been injured and need proper medical attention.
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What to put in your First Aid kit.
- Adhesive bandages (different sizes)
- Sterile gauze pads (different sizes)
- Adhesive tape
- Band aids
- Antibiotic ointment
- Paracetamol medicine
- Hydrocortisone Cream
- Cold Compress
- Nonlatex gloves
- Antiseptic wipes
- Cotton balls & cotton swabs
- Emergency blanket
- First aid book
Make sure to check your survival and first aid kit regularly to check expiration dates and to check that items such as batteries still work.
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