The world is pretty rough for some of us with natural disasters, flooding, hurricanes, and the incoming zombie apocalypse. Strike that last one. It’s worrisome in certain areas (and we know that even U.S. citizens don’t always get the help they need in their own country), and it never hurts to be prepared. But you don’t have to get all paranoid survivalist about it. Just a few extra supplies on hand can give you a little peace of mind.
I scoured the CDC website to see what they recommend for emergency supplies to have on hand. Here are the most important…
A first aid kit
Having a comprehensive first aid kit on hand can cover most, if not all, of the medications and health supplies you could need in case of an emergency. Plus, having it in a portable case means you can grab it and go.
Make sure it has hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, alcohol swabs, OTC pain killers, diarrhea medicine, eye drops, and current versions and dosages of your prescription medications. For injuries, you’ll want bandages, Ace bandages, rolled gauze, cotton swabs, an adhesive tape roll, and feminine hygiene supplies.
If you wear glasses or contacts, you probably have had that thought: what if The Walking Dead was real and I was caught outside with broken or missing glasses. I’m ultra blind so I’d be screwed. So when you next get a new pair of glasses for fashion or prescription reasons, toss that old pair into your kit so you can have a backup pair just in case.
Non-perishable food and water
Think about foods that are non-perishable and don’t require refrigeration like protein bars, granola bars, canned foods (with a can opener), dried fruit, and nuts. Water purification tablets are useful, too. Don’t forget baby food or pet food, too, if applicable to you.
Unlike losing your glasses to a zombie apocalypse, it’s actually far more likely that you might be called upon to move debris or similar labor. Work gloves will save your ass. I mean your hands.
Lanterns or flashlights
A tactical pack might sound like overkill, but it will be waterproof and heavy duty for carrying everything with you.
Stepping up your game in this area might also include getting a super portable tent like these.
A great waterproof blanket
One of these bad boys folds down, protects from the weather, and is super warm. Plus, it’s great for picnics, sporting events, and camping in the meantime.
For lighting candles, starting campfires, or emergency light, a lighter is pro.
Even if you’re just helping out in a crisis situation, you need to look out for your skin with some high SPF, waterproof sunscreen. Actually all the time. Are you wearing some now? Is there a sliver of light coming into your window? Put on sunscreen stat.