No one likes to imagine what life would be like when an emergency strikes. However, as much as we like to think life goes on as normal, it’s never a good idea to assume everything will go smoothly. This is why having at least a minimal amount of survival equipment is essential for any emergency situation.
Here are a few suggestions to consider for your emergency plan.
If you’re bugging out, one of the most important pieces of survival equipment would have to be your navigational gear. These devices not only do wonders for helping you find your way around the countryside, but they’ll also prove vital in the event that you end up lost. These items include compasses, flashlights, emergency flares, and GPS receivers. Paper maps can also be useful because your fancy mapping app on your cell phone may no longer be working. Communications gear is also important… battery operated radios to gather intel and ham radios to communicate with the outside world.
Another type of important survival equipment is your food stores. While granola, dried jerky, and other hearty foods may be fine for a short period, for lengthier emergencies, it’s a good idea to have something a bit more nourishing. Fortunately, with the variety of canned, vacuum sealed, dehydrated, and freeze dried meals available, you can enjoy a variety of different meals without taking up allot of storage space. Best of all, these meals can last for years or more, which means you don’t have to worry about it spoiling. However, if you have any dietary requirements or restrictions, be sure to stock any necessary vitamins or food allergy pills.
Finally, your first aid kit is another crucial piece of survival equipment to have on hand. After all, you never know when an accident may result in a broken bone or a messy gash. Depending on the length of the crisis, you may choose a basic or a detailed kit. The smallest kits typically include bandages, disinfectant, insect bite creams, suntan lotion, and other essentials. Larger kits can consist of large gauze rolls, bone splints, wound irrigation systems, and more. Also keep in mind that if you have any pills, inhalers, or needles you use daily, it’s typically a good idea to keep a few extra doses on hand in case they’re needed.
These are only a few different kinds of survival equipment to consider. While it may seem trivial to pack much of this, you’ll find yourself quite grateful that you have them in the event of an emergency. Furthermore, packing them allows you to relax more rather than worrying over emergency situations.