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Essential Items You Need for Emergency Situations

Essential Items You Need for Emergency Situations

Not all emergency situations will be the same, so you have to be ready for anything. Some items can help in a variety of situations, read on to learn which.

Benjamin Franklin once said that “an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure.” These words couldn’t be truer for emergency situations.

We live in a world where anything can happen. Wars, natural disasters, terrorism and personal emergency situations can be sprung upon us at any time.

While it does no good worrying in our day to day lives there is something to be said about being prepared.

That’s why we’ve created this quick guide packed with all the essential items you need for emergency situations.

Let’s get straight to it.

Food and water.

The CDC government agency recommends having the bare minimum of a 3 day supply of food and water. This should be enough to sustain you while fleeing a dangerous environment or waiting out until help arrives.

Stock up for around 1 gallon per person, per day.

For food, it’s best to stick to non-perishables such as:

  • Canned food.
  • Pasta.
  • Rice.
  • Emergency rations, such as these:

Don’t forget to pack can openers and some eating utensils. A heavy duty flask can also go a long way as it is multi-functional.


When prepping for emergency situations you will want to avoid packing unnecessary items, however, there are a few tools and pieces of equipment that will come in very useful.

A high-quality wind-up flashlight will provide light without having to worry about batteries.

Having a radio is useful for receiving updates on emergency situations and can help pass on relative information and instructions.

Investing in a sturdy multi-purpose tool is a good idea as it should have almost everything you would need.

Essential personal items.

These are things that you simply cannot do without.

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste.
  • Medication.
  • Passports/relevant documents.
  • First aid kit.
  • Cash.
  • Spare keys.


Groups of people who have a high morale have a better chance of surviving emergency situations.

With this in mind you may want to pack some of the following:

  • A deck of cards.
  • Notebook and pen.
  • A large book that can be read multiple times.

These items may be more important than you think to keep morale high and get you though.

A deck of cards takes up very little space but can be used in a wide variety of ways to keep people engaged, distracted and entertained.

Put it all together and make a plan.

The last step would be easy to put all your supplies in transportable, sturdy and reliable rucksacks, bags or containers.

We recommend keeping some items in the boot of a car and having the rest of the supplies close at hand.

Having an emergency plan is crucial and part of that plan should be assigning roles of who needs to bring what if disaster does indeed strike.

Get help preparing for emergency situations.

At The Survival Chest, our goal is to ensure that individuals, communities, and families are well equipped with the necessary skills, tools, knowledge and supplies to get through emergency situations.


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