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70+ Important Items You Should Have In Your Emergency Kit

In these uncertain times, it's best to be prepared for anything! Start by checking out this list of items that you'll be glad to have on hand in an emergency situation!

While people all over the country dealing with the various effects of the coronavirus pandemic, us Utahns have had an especially chaotic week! A 5.7 magnitude earthquake occurred just outside of Salt Lake City last Wednesday morning, and while thankfully there weren’t any casualties, it didn’t do much for the already frayed state of our nerves!

If there’s a silver lining to facing an earthquake during a pandemic, it’s that it served as a timely reminder about how important it is to be prepared for an emergency! If the earthquake had been any stronger, it’s highly likely that we would have been facing power, water, and gas outages in addition to structural damage.

In light of these uncertain times, I figured there’s no better time to discuss emergency preparedness than right now! So today I’ll be sharing a list of essential items to include in your emergency kit. (Obviously you shouldn’t go out and buy all of this at once, so start small and add to your kit regularly!) 🙂

70+ Emergency Essentials To Stock Up On

Emergency Food Items

  • Sweeteners – white sugar, brown sugar, honey, syrups
  • Grains – rice, wheat
  • Seasonings – salt, dried garlic, spices
  • Baking supplies – flour, yeast
  • Oils – vegetable oil, shortening
  • Canned goods – Tuna fish, beans, fruits, vegetables, soups
  • Snacks – crackers, pretzels, trail mix, jerky
  • Peanut butter
  • Milk – powdered milk, condensed milk
  • Vinegar (read more here)
  • Non-perishable food items

Emergency Cooking Supplies

  • Tools – can opener, whisks
  • Disposables – napkins, plates, cups, utensils
  • Canning supplies
  • Camp stove & propane
  • Cast iron cookware
  • Insulated ice chest
  • Aluminum foil
  • Charcoal
  • Fire starting supplies – lighter fluid, matches, kindling

Emergency Hygiene & Personal Care Items

  • Medical supplies like a First aid kit
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Personal care – soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair products, skincare, shaving
  • Paper goods – toilet paper, paper towels, tissues
  • Baby supplies (if needed) – diapers, wipes, formula, aspirin
  • Lip balm
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Sunscreen
  • Drugs – prescription medications, pain relievers, allergy tablets

Emergency Clothing

  • Sewing kit
  • Work gloves
  • Waterproof gear – boots, jackets, pants
  • Cold weather clothing – scarves, mittens, thick socks, thermal underwear
  • Shoe laces
  • Underwear – socks, underwear, t-shirts
  • Head covers – hats, bandanas
  • Reading glasses

Emergency Cleaning & Laundry Essentials

  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Laundry supplies – clothesline, clothespins, washboard, bucket

Emergency Power & Fuel Essentials

  • Generator
  • Firewood
  • Propane
  • Solar-powered water heater
  • Lighting – oil lamp with oil, lantern with batteries, headlamp
  • Gasoline container
  • Extra Batteries – standard batteries, rechargeable batteries, solar-powered battery charger
  • Hand-crank
  • Hand pumps & siphons
  • Candles

Emergency Tools & Gear

  • Wood tools – axe, hatchet, bow saw
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlights
  • Duct tape
  • Super glue
  • Hand tools – multi-tool, hammer, wrenches, pliers files
  • Trash can & garbage bags
  • Materials – tarps, stakes, rope, nails
  • Gardening supplies – seeds, tools
  • Water – containers, filters, purifiers, tablets, water testing kit, Life Straw
  • Portable toilet
  • Fishing supplies – fishing rod, line, tackle
  • Insect repellent
  • Pest supplies – mouse traps, ant traps, cockroach magnets
  • AM/FM radio for updates, news and to check the weather
  • Cell phone

Emergency Sleeping & Shelter Essentials

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bags
  • Bedding – blankets, pillows, emergency blanket
  • Cots, inflatable mattresses, or sleeping mats

Miscellaneous Emergency Essentials

  • Books – survival guide, The Boy Scout Handbook
  • Writing paper, pens, & pencils
  • Copies of important documents in a waterproof container or bag
  • Wagons or utility carts
  • Bags – backpacks, duffel bags, tote bags
  • Training (Prepare by taking a first aid class, learning CPR, practicing wilderness survival skills, etc.)
  • Two-way radio
  • Pet food and other essential items for you pets

In Conclusion

With everything going on in the world today, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for natural disasters and other emergencies. Starting an emergency kit (even if you’re starting from scratch and adding to it slowly) is a great place to start!

For more useful information on how to prepare for emergencies, visit RedCross.org or Ready.gov.

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