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Survival Kit Checklist

Survival Kit Checklist

Some people live in the moment which is great. But does this allow them the safety for tomorrow? This is of course as unknown because we don’t know what the future holds. Unexpected events are just that, unexpected. Having a Survival Kit Checklist for both short and long term periods is a list we should all be checking off.

Survival Kit Checklist – Serious Business

Have you ever gone camping? If you have, you take into consideration where you are intending to camp, how long you will be there and what the weather will probably be like. Because you will probably be heading out to a remote location, you will need to consider what all of your needs may be during that time.

Enjoying your favorite camping spot that has no running water or electricity may seem fun for the weekend. But what if you have to evacuate due to an emergency? What if the time you spend away from your home without all of our modern conveniences lasts more than several weeks? Will you be able to survive?

Having a Survival Kit Checklist will help you in the event of a crisis. It is a list noting an assortment of items that you will need if you and your family must suddenly leave your home for an unknown extended period of time. A must have checklist to ensure that you have what you need to survive events such as a blackout, a natural disaster or perhaps even an economic collapse.

survival-listSurvival Kit Checklist – What to Include

If you do enjoy the great outdoors as we know it today, then you may already have some gear ready to go. If not, that’s okay but you should consider creating a kit that you can grab and go in case there is an emergency. When you do have your list completed, keep your kit in an accessible place so that it’s easy to grab on the way out the door.

There are a number of different lists and most of them will note the same items as these are the most needed items regardless where you are. The differences will be when individuals live in different regions, they have different personal needs or the circumstances they are preparing for are possibly unique.

The items should keep you and your family healthy, protected and safe for a minimum of three full days. The items should assist you whether you are able to stay in your home or if you have to leave. Some of these basic items to include but not limited to:

• Bottled water – may include water filters, water purification tablets
• Non-perishable foods – don’t forget cooking utensils, can opener
• First aid kit – include medications for a minimum of 7 days
• Sewing kit – add in safety pins and an extra needle
• Lighting – such as a flash light with extra batteries
• Warmth – such as fire starter, candles and a wool/thermal blanket(s)
• Protection – consider masks, gloves, tarp/plastic sheeting, whistle, pepper spray, gun and extra ammo
• Tools – items like a rope, rubber band, fishing line/dental floss, compass, duct tape, hatchet, shovel, multi-purpose tool, generator
• Personal hygiene – consider toilet paper, feminine hygiene, hand sanitizer
• Moral boosters – possibly a deck of cards, marbles, paper and pen(cil), hard candy
• Communication – possibly 2-way radio, cell phone with solar charger, GPS with solar charger, flares and/or mirror, map

Some other items to consider are extra clothes and shoes for every member of the family and also items that the family pets will need as you are responsible for their well-being too. Copies of important documents and photos of every member of the family along with emergency contact information should be included on your Survival Kit Checklist.

Probably the most important thing of all that you can’t “pack” is knowledge. Educate yourself and your family about what to do in the event of an emergency. If you are able to stay at home, know how to shut off the gas and water lines and how to turn off the electricity (if it’s not already off). Create your Survival Kit Checklist now and be prepared today.

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