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Prepare Your Supplies: 12 Essential Items for Your Home Survival Kit

From Hurricane Michael, the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the lower 48 since 1992, to the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, natural disasters aren’t getting any less intense.

What’s more, both of these disasters show just how quickly another day in paradise can turn into a living nightmare. Emergencies can and do happen all the time. So, you must stay well-prepared, come what may.

That includes keeping a well-stocked home survival kit on hand. But what to put in an emergency kit? Read on for a breakdown of 12 emergency kit items. 


1. Solar Generator

When it comes to home emergency kits, a solar generator will help your household prepare for a wide variety of contingencies, whether an intense wind storm that blows down power lines or a blackout. 

But if you’ve ever searched for a unit online or in the store, you probably already know that options abound. In fact, it can feel confusing to choose just one. 

Factors to consider as you look for the best solar generator for your family include how portable the unit is, its battery capacity, its charge speed, and its RV connectivity.

Check out now for a full breakdown of how to find the right solar generator for your family. 

2. NOAA Radio and Charging Device

During a natural disaster, it’s essential to keep in contact with the outside world. That way, you know what’s going on and why. Of course, if the power’s down along with the internet, then you need other ways to get news.

That’s where a solar hand crank radio comes into play. You can use this multi-purpose device as a flashlight, an SOS alarm, or to tune into radio stations so that you know what’s going on. Better still, a decent model retails for less than $30.

3. Weather-Resistant Thermal Blankets

For less than $15, you can purchase a pack of four Mylar thermal blankets. They’re specifically designed to retain up to 90 percent of an individual’s body heat. What’s more, they’re moisture-proof, windproof, and waterproof. 

In a pinch, you can also convert the emergency blankets into a shelter tent. And because they prove so lightweight and portable, you won’t hesitate to bring them wherever you go.

4. Battery-Free Flashlight

When you’re in the midst of a survival situation, batteries can prove a hard commodity to come by.

Fortunately, a unit such as the Thorfire three-LED bulb flashlight features hand-crank technology and solar energy, which means no more worrying about batteries. 

One hour in the sun provides you with 120 minutes of light. Or, you can use the hand crank for one minute to enjoy 80 minutes of light. What’s more, the flashlight is waterproof and can even be submerged in water at depths of up to 45 feet.

5. First Aid Kit

When it comes to first aid kits, you’ve got plenty of options. Look for one with a small first aid guide and a compact carrying case. It should contain supplies such as:

  • Tapes
  • Sponges
  • Bandages
  • Pads
  • Sterilization wipes
  • Gloves
  • Medical tools
  • Antibacterial salve

As you shop the best first aid kit for your family, make sure it contains supplies to deal with everything from minor cuts or fevers to burns and puncture wounds.

Also, keep in mind the quantity of supplies based on the number of individuals in your household.

6. Portable Water Filter

While our bodies can manage without food for up to three weeks, lack of clean drinking water proves another story. Don’t plan on getting much past three days without it. That’s why you need a portable water filter such as the LifeStraw. 

Its compact size makes it easy to keep on hand, whether you go for a simple hike or a week in the back country. And its microfiltration membrane removes 99.9 percent of waterborne microplastics, parasites, and bacteria. 

7. A Paracord Bracelet

Paracord bracelets prove cheap and have a relaxed, outdoorsy look. But don’t let these little guys fool you. They offer more than a rugged fashion statement.

Each bracelet comes with a small compass, a fire starter, and an emergency whistle. That way, if you find yourself unexpectedly lost, this accessory will help you stay alive and get noticed by rescue workers. 

Best of all? A two-pack from Atomic Bear costs just under $10.

8.  Heavy-Duty Duct Tape

Heavy-duty duct tape has so many uses, we don’t even know where to start. Brands such as Gorilla Tape prove weather-resistant and come in double-thick adhesive to stick uneven and rough surfaces together.

The tape also proves impervious to extreme temperatures, UV rays, and moisture, which means you’ve got a go-to item for any sudden repairs or outdoor “construction” projects that come up. 

9. Waterproof Matches

Waterproof matches come in handy when you need to make a fire in a damp area. They’re inexpensive and highly portable.

So, keep plenty on hand, because you’ll find endless reasons to use them, whether it’s a fire to stay warm or a light to guide rescue workers.

10. A Swiss Army Knife

A good quality Swiss Army knife isn’t cheap. But it’ll be well worth every cent, not only when a disaster strikes but in day-to-day life as well. That’s because you’ll find plenty of practical uses for each of the tools on the knife. 

What should you look for in an army knife? Some come with up to 33 different tools. These include everything from pliers to screwdrivers, all in one compact device.

Whether you stash it in your backpack or back pocket, it’s easy to take with you and will ensure you always have the tools you need when you need them most.

11. Two-Way Radio

Whether you prefer to call them two-way radios or walkie-talkies, a long-range set comes in handy if your group needs to split up for any reason. Radioddity makes a decent pair that come with 16 pre-programmed frequencies.

The units can communicate over a range of up to three miles. And the batteries last on standby for up to 96 hours. What’s more, you can recharge them using a USB-compatible device. 

12. Emergency Food Kit

Having a supply of non-perishable food items on hand is always a great idea. The Red Cross recommends keeping a three-day supply on hand at all times for each member of your family

While canned food may be the first thing that comes to mind, it can take up lots of room and prove burdensome to haul around. A more practical solution? Invest in pre-made food kits such as the Mountain House Essential Bucket.

The Bucket contains 32 servings (12 meals) of dried food. And it has a shelf-life of 30 years! Designed for emergencies, it ensures you still get the basic nutrients and calories you need. What’s more, you’ll be pleased by the variety of meal options.

Choose from dishes such as rice and chicken, chili Mac with beef, and spaghetti with meat. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll have a ready-to-eat meal.

And as for your canned food supply? Don’t forget to keep a manual can opener on hand. 

Why You Need a Home Survival Kit

Whether it’s a hurricane or wildfire, earthquake or tornado, emergencies strike without warning. Besides natural disasters, a variety of other situations can conspire to wreak havoc and leave you wishing you were better prepared, too. 

For example, the recent PG&E blackouts in California have cut power to millions of people, creating a problematic situation. From lighting to heating homes, cooking meals to having hot water, a power outage can significantly impact your daily life. 

That is unless you prepare now for the unforeseen but inevitable. That’s where a well-stocked home survival kit can make all the difference. With the tips above, you’ll prove ready for just about anything. 

Interested in more ways to prepare for emergencies? Or, maybe you’re looking for useful life hacks for everyday use? Browse our blog now for the articles you need to rock life. 

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