When collecting food for an emergency kit, it’s vital to shop for ready to eat and nonperishable foods. You might not be able to use your kitchen. Soups, canned meats, fruits, and vegetables are good since they have a long shelf life. Packets of tuna are good too.
High-energy foods like granola, peanut butter, jelly, and trail mix are good choices as well. You can also buy military-grade emergency ration bars in the camping section of any store.
Also, you can include gum, mints, and hard candy that can help if you have an upset stomach. And to be complete, including instant coffee packets. Who doesn’t need coffee?
First Aid and Medicine
A first aid kit is vital for any home, but you should also have a duplicate kit for your emergency kit to be sure you have all the essential supplies. At the very least, a first aid kit should have:
- Safety pins
- Baby Wipes
- Sterile Gauze Pads
- baby wipes
- Antibacterial Ointment
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Eye Drops
It’s also a smart idea to add non-prescription drugs like ibuprofen and antacids. Talk to your physician regarding any medications you take and what you would need if you couldn’t get to the pharmacy. Remember special needs for anyone in your family and pack crucial items like hearing aids and batteries as well as insulin. If you wear glasses or contacts, pack backups as well as contact solution.
Protection Against the Elements
As you might need to leave your home, it’s vital to think about what you’ll need outdoors. Pack lots of sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats for the family and rain gear like umbrellas, rain jackets, and ponchos. Pack warm blankets and include a few emergency thermal blankets, too. They don’t take up a lot of space and can keep you warm if you’re stranded.