Don’t just survive the apocalypse. Conquer it!
Are you a hard-core “Prepper” or an apocalypse newbie? Well, regardless of your level of expertise, the one thing everyone should have in case of an emergency is a portable survival kit! You never know when the next catastrophe might strike or when the next pandemic might sweet the globe (case-in-point: Coronavirus). And it’s never a bad idea to “be prepared”, as the Scouts would say.
Now more than ever you might be thinking, what should I stockpile or have ready in case of an emergency? For the most part, long-term stockpiling of food and supplies is unnecessary. The maintenance and cost required to keep up such vast quantities of inventory will be a significant burden. We suggest you be selective with what you do choose to stockpile, and instead focus on having an emergency kit at the ready.
Because there is so much to choose from when considering what to prep, we’ve boiled it down into your top 10 priorities in order to make the perfect survival kit:
A well-stocked first-aid kit is essential! A small injury can balloon into a critical situation rapidly unless you take precautions and treat it effectively as soon as possible. In addition to your first aid kit, you should make sure to have a 30-day supply of any prescription medications as well as some over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea, and ant-acid pills.
A water filter is very likely the most important thing on this whole list. You can last with out weeks without food, but only a 3 days without potable drinking water. A water filter will drastically reduce the bulk required to transport and store gallons of bottled water and in the long-run it is actually significantly cheaper. Here are a couple of additional water-related accessories that are absolutely essential:
- A high-quality stainless steel water bottle (The Yeti Rambler is awesome)
- Water purification tablets (a great backup to your water filter)
3. Extra food
You never know how long a disaster might last so it is always a good idea to have some ready-to-go food options on hand. We recommend a 2-week supply. Canned food is definitely a good option if you’re planning to stay put, but dehydrated food is the best option if you’re on the move because it is light and compact (check out Mountain House for some good options). You might also want to consider the following for a longer-term solution:
- Portable cookware (to boil water or cook food)
- Portable cooking stove (For when the power goes out)
- Multi spice kit (Seriously, who wants to eat bland food!)
Who can go even a few hours without their devices now-a-days? If the power-grid becomes unstable, or you find yourself without a means of connecting to it, you’ll want to be able to source your own electricity. A portable solar power kit can be a lifesaver. It can power up a dead car battery, charge your cell phone, or cook your food. Just make sure to buy a few extra cables so that you’re actually able to charge your devices.
Any flashlight should do the trick, right? WRONG. When you need a flashlight, you want to make sure that it isn’t dead-on-arrival and has the power to do what you want it to do. If you’ve never seen how bright a tactical flashlight can get, you’re in for a surprise. These are amazing for navigating the dark, scaring away predators and signaling for rescue (SOS = 3 long, 3 short, 3 long flashes of light).
No good man should be without his multi-tool. We prefer the Leatherman, but anything from a Swiss-army knife to a Gerber will do you right. If you’ve never watched 127 hours, go do so now and you’ll see why it’s better to splurge for a quality knife! Multi-tools are so versatile – they can serve as a means of self-defense and provide all sorts of functionality from opening cans to sawing through wood. Keep yours with you at all times!
> Fire Fast – Magnesium Ferro Rod (lighter)
> Fire Lighters – Starter cubes (kindling)
Not all modern disaster situations call for fire-starter supplies, but when they do, you want to be prepared. A magnesium rod and fire-starter cubes are great because they are water proof and re-usable. But something as simple as a few matches in a waterproof container and a bit if tinder are just as handy. Be it to keep you warm, to cook something, or to signal for rescue, the ability to create fire can be absolutely essential.
A full set of quick-dry clothing (light jacket, technical shirt, pants, underwear, socks) is a must. This type of clothing is made from either nylon, polyester or merino wool, so make sure to check the label when purchasing to make sure you’re getting a genuine product. Not only will these last for a very long time, but they can be washed very easily and dry quickly! Make sure to also get a pair of heavy-duty shoes. If you need to walk long-distances or over dangerous terrain, you’ll be eternally grateful for thinking ahead.
An emergency/ survival blanket is such a versatile item. These are extremely durable pieces of fabric that can withstand heat, cold, wind and water. They take up a lot less space than regular blankets and are fare more effective. They also make great emergency shelter arrangements should you require shielding from the elements.
It’s always good to have some liquidity on-hand. You never know when the the payment network will go down, the markets will crash or you’ll find yourself in a tough position that only some cold, hard cash will solve. Some people think that precious metals (gold, silver, platinum) are the way to go, but the scenarios in which you would have to resort to bartering with Gold are exceedingly low. If you find yourself in such a position (especially in first-world countries like Canada or the U.S.) you’ll likely have much bigger worries on your hands and a little gold nugget won’t save you.
Bonus tip: Photocopies of all important documents
The absolute last thing you want to content with during a crises is having to prove who you are or being unable to access critical information. Take a photo copy of all your important documents (including your passport, driver’s license, bank account numbers, insurance policies etc.) and put them in an element-proof bag.
For more information on how to prepare for disasters or emergencies, visit the Department of Homeland Security’s disaster preparedness site.