(More Prepared) — In many cases, survival gear mostly remains untouched for months and years. This could possibly be a case with frequent travelers and explorers who spend most of the time in globetrotting and hardly get time to pack and unpack their stuff. But did you know about the seven kinds of important emergency survival kit items that survival experts recommend to these people who are staying outdoors? In fact, this kit is mandatory for every house and office in order to help you overcome the worst situations like a natural disaster or any mishappening.


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1.       Food- To satiate your hunger during crisis, rather to stay alive, food is that essential item which you should have in your kit. Experts suggest to have at least a minimum of 3-day supply of durable food items like freeze dried food and health bars. These have a relatively longer shelf life and are easy to carry. In case, if you are with babies or pets, don’t forget to pack in pet food and baby food and formula in your emergency kit.

2.       Water- Along with food, water is also at high priority. Carry a minimum of 3-day supply of three gallons of water per person so that you don’t stay dehydrated and your body functions smoothly. You will be needing it for hygiene and cooking purposes. If carrying bottled water, make sure it is not too old. And, replace it yearly. Experts recommend to carry specialized water which is packaged for emergency purposes and have a shelf life of 5 to 50 years.

3.       Shelter and Warmth- Your home or office won’t be the right place to re-enter during emergencies, but you can still stay comfortable and protected under bad weather conditions, only if you are well-equipped with items like tents, vinyl tarps for ground cover, sleeping bags, rain ponchos, thermal blankets and hand and body warmers.

4.       First-Aid- In such conditions, there are higher chances of getting injured or ill. To take care of all this, experts stress on carrying a handy kit which should comprise of first-aid essentials. Like, bandages, thermometer, medicines, hydrogen peroxide to wash and disinfect wounds, antiseptic wipes, ample amount of cotton, antibiotic ointment, burn gel and scissors.

5.       Sanitation and Hygiene- Deprived of plumbing facilities in times of crisis? Need not worry. You just need to carry a few simple things to make up for a temporary bathroom. These include a bucket which you can use as a toilet and a toilet seat for toilet. Plus, you also need to have garbage bags and plastic ties, hand sanitizer, paper soap, bar soap, tissues, toilet paper roll, and sanitary napkins in your kit to maintain cleanliness and hygiene around you.

6.       Lighting and Communication- Prepare yourself for power outage and lack of communication in emergency circumstances. Carry lanterns, battery-operated torches, radio, lighter, whistle for signaling, GPS navigation device, waterproof matches, mobile chargers, and some extra batteries.

7.       Survival Gear- When stuck for help, reach out to your survival kit having essential tools and equipment like dust masks, heavy duty gloves, plastic sheeting, shovel and ax, manual can opener, sturdy rope for towing, portable stove and enough fuel.
Other Items- Also carry things like change of clothing, cash, sturdy shoes, eye glasses, and stationery items like pens and papers in your emergency preparedness kit. You can add or adjust these items as per your knowledge but try not to miss these as they make for a handy, versatile and portable survival kit.

To know more about it, find a detailed list of items in the infographic by More Prepared, an emergency preparedness expert.

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