Life’s unpredictability can be one of its most endearing and also infuriating qualities. From natural disasters and sudden outages to lockdowns and so much more, feeling prepared in the face of all of these variables can seem like a fool’s errand. Fortunately, reprieve can be found in the form of a well constructed survival kit that includes emergency power.
With that in mind, foresight and preparation are the name of the game. Knowing what and how much to pack can make the wait for relief workers and officials bearable while also setting your mind at ease. So what goes into a properly constructed survival kit?
No surprise here, right? All of the shelter and supplies in the world won’t do you any good if you’re not giving your body the nutrition and energy it needs. Unfortunately, preparing for a disaster takes more than just tossing a few sandwiches and juice boxes into a plastic bag. What you need is non-perishables that can last you and your family several days at least.
As far as food goes, canned goods and dry mixes that require little to no preparation are the golden standard. Think goods like peanut butter, power bars, and even multivitamins. Your goal when shopping should be to find easy to consume products that are nutritionally and calorically dense. Some others to consider are:
- Rations like MRE’s
- Dried fruits and nuts
- Instant oats
- Ramen noodles
Even more essential than food is securing a healthy supply of water for you and those you plan on packing for. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, storing a gallon per person per day is the best practice when creating your survival kit. Of course, how much water you can feasibly pack is limited by where you plan on keeping your emergency kit. If you’re working towards an at-home kit, you can store enough water to last you upwards of two weeks. Others planning to craft a bug-out bag for work or in their car, however, might be a little more limited. Regardless of where the kit is being held, it’s recommended that you at least pack for 72 hours worth of food and water.
In addition, sanitation is also something you’ll need to consider when storing away water. And so, investing in some unscented liquid chlorine bleach to address disinfecting needs can be a smart move. Lastly, remember to replace your stored water every 6 months to avoid spoiling.
Now that we’ve handled food and water, next on the list is the supplies and hardware you’ll require to meet the rest of your needs. What you pack here can vary based on your location and other specifics, but there are some basic essentials you should always consider. Things like flashlights, clothing, and a first aid kit, for example, are pretty universally recommended regardless of your location and circumstances. Other products like moist towelettes and plastic bags can be especially useful for sanitary purposes if you suspect you’ll be without energy or clean water for prolonged periods. Others tools to consider are:
- Smaller tools like pliers or wrenches
- Walkie talkies
- Dust masks
- A weather radio
- A can opener
- Local maps
- Signal flare
While many emergency situations may leave you without electricity, there’s no reason why your phones and radios can’t remain powered for a few days. That’s where backup batteries and emergency power can come in handy. While smaller battery packs can be useful for things like phones and smaller electronics, larger power reserves that carry closer to 100,000 mAh can help power much more essential pieces of hardware like lights, fridges, and health care machines for longer. Of course, you’ll want to consider where you’ll be storing your kit and how large a power reserve you can feasibly carry.
Building off of that last point. Having a reliable means of storage for your survival kit is also imperative. Naturally, you’ll want to default to larger storage receptacles such as sealable plastic tubs, but, if you plan on carrying your kit at work or in your car, you might want to fight that impulse. Unless your workplace is ok with staring at 2 weeks worth of supplies sitting underneath your desk, you’ll need a more tactical storing unit. We recommend sticking to backpacks for bug-out bags you plan on keeping in your car and something a little larger like a roller suitcase for work.
Foresight is everything when it comes to emergency preparedness. And while the mind may immediately race to gathering food and water, understanding how necessary things like emergency power and storage are can make the difference between comfort and distress during an event like a blackout or a flood.