The Best Items for Any Emergency

You never know when the next emergency is going to strike. From a simple power outage to a natural disaster such as an earthquake, hurricane, flood, or tornado to man-made unrest such as political turmoil and war, you need to be prepared with an emergency kit that provides for the needs of you and your family. The good news is that most of the items you need for your prepper efforts are easy to get, will last a long time, and will not be expensive.

Here are the best items you can have for everyday carry in case of an emergency. Keep in mind that the more you prepare today for your survival, the more you and your family will be protected when the unexpected happens.

Go Bag
Sometimes called a bugout bag, this is an everyday carry kit that carries everything you need to survive. You should have a go bag in your vehicle and one at home in case you need to leave the area. A go bag will contain everything from medical kit to non-perishable food to water, water filters, clothes, and more. Remember, a bugout bag is made for temporary use, usually 48 to 72 hours of survival until you get to where you need to go.

Medical Emergency Kit
This type of kit should have the basics to treat wounds, cuts, and abrasions. Also, medication to sterilize wounds to prevent infections, pain relief such as aspirin, and gauze to cover wounds to prevent exposure. There should also be a basic information guide to help you treat more serious injuries such as broken bones. The kit itself should be compact and you’ll need one for each vehicle and one at home.

Fire Starting Kit
To survive for more than a few hours, you will need to have fire. A fire-starting kit provides waterproof matches and magnesium chips, so you can start a fire when caught outdoors. This is especially true in cold weather when warmth is a must. Plus, you can cook food and boil water which is also necessary for survival.

Tactical Flashlight
One of the most useful and practical items, a tactical flashlight provides the light needed to get around in the darkness and is an excellent self-protection device. At the highest setting, the light will temporarily blind attackers while the strobe setting will disorient them enough to help you get away. Also, these flashlights are made from hardened aluminum, so you can strike an assailant if necessary.

Your prepper kits should be in each vehicle and a larger one at home, so you are prepared for most emergencies. A simple go bag should provide what you and your family needs in case the unexpected happens, so have at least one to cover each member of the family.