We live in a world where anything can happen. For instance, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many countries to go into lockdown as a measure to contain the spread of the virus. And as a result, a lot of things went south.
For example, many men couldn’t access haircut and grooming services and that meant growing unruly beards and uncomfortably long hair. Funny enough, a simple self-cut using a good hair clipper like the ones listed on this WiseBarber.com review would have helped with this.
Anyway, to ensure that you’re never caught off guard again, I’ve prepared a list of six must-have items that will come in handy during any kind of emergency. Here’s everything you need to know:
1. Toiletries & Other Personal Care Items
When you’re unsure of your environment and situation, it can be pretty tempting to ignore yourself in the bid to figure things out. But remember – you come first. Taking good care of yourself will put you in an excellent frame of mind that fuels quick and smart decision-making.
Therefore, you’ll be able to get out of any situation faster than if you took care of everything else to the detriment of your well-being. Here are some of the items you need for self-care:
- Comb and Scissors
- Emergency blankets and many more.
2. A Complete First Aid Kit
Your survival kit must definitely have a first aid kit since it comes in handy for all types of emergencies. You can treat/patch up injuries and prevent infections when you have no immediate access to a hospital. Your first aid kit should contain:
- Band-aids of different sizes and shapes
- Small, medium, and large gauze and medical tape
- 2 sterile eye dressings
- Alcohol wipes
- Disposable sterile gloves
- Small scissors
- Prescription medication (if any)
- An up-to-date first aid manual
3. Food & Drink
You need enough food to eat satisfactorily for at least three days. The food should contain various lightweight, nutritious and calorie-dense options. Since we’re talking about surviving in an emergency, it’ll likely be in a high-stress situation, so you need all the energy the food will provide. Aim for 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day.
4. Remember To Have Water
When storing water for your survival kit, the container is as important as the content. Ensure you choose durable bottles and not ones that degrade with time. During the emergency, ensure you drink a gallon of water a day. And even though you can survive without water for about three days, I doubt that living without water for a day will be a palatable experience.
5. Have Some Handy Tools
You need light in an emergency situation, and you can’t rely only on the power grid for that. A flashlight or rechargeable light will suffice. Also, cell phone flashlights don’t count because you need to preserve the battery to call for assistance. Other tools include:
- Folding blades
- Sheets of paper
- Tactical knife
6. Don’t Forget About Shelter
Your survival kit should also have provisions for shelter from harsh weather elements. It doesn’t have to be anything grand. A tent, zero-degree down sleeping bag, and an inflatable sleeping pad are about everything you need to survive a night outdoors. If you can’t get any of these, an emergency (thermal) blanket can suffice.
As the world continues to battle COVID-19, the lessons we’ve learned so far should remain with us. You must always be prepared to handle an emergency situation that lasts at least, 72 hours, otherwise, you may be putting your life, and that of your dependents at risk. It may seem far-fetched to be so adequately prepared for what may never come; but if anything does happen, your investment will be worth it.