Emergency Kit

Good luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparedness

E is for Emergency Kit

Most people don’t expect emergencies. But they happen to everyone, every day, in every part of the world.

A good emergency kit can mean the difference between an adventure and a very bad day. This goes double a flood, fire, earthquake, or giant monster attack.

Mini-emergency Kit:

  • Phone numbers of family/friends.
  • Address of where to meet with family (if separated).
  • Swiss army knife

You can carry the numbers with you on a small card in your pocket or your backpack. Be careful not to lose them.

Swiss army knives come with a toothpick, tweezers, a screw driver, and small scissors. They are almost as useful as telekinesis.

If you plan to travel farther from home, bring a few other things.

Basic Emergency Kit:

  • Water (One gallon of water per person per day)
  • Food (3-day supply)
  • Flashlight + batteries

Water is the most important thing. You can survive a week without food. You will only make it 3 days without water.

Clean water may be harder to find than food, but you don’t want to go hungry. What will you bring to eat? (assuming you don’t have Lembas)

Emergency Kit Food:

  • Survival rations/freeze-dried food
  • Trail mix
  • Protein/granola bars
  • Jerky
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter

Don’t waste room with candy. You’ll need good fuel for your adventure. Remember: chocolate will melt.

Emergency Kit Bonus:

  • Duct Tape
  • Water-proof Matches
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Map

If something really big goes wrong, other people may be scared and confused. This is where they need a friend the most.

Be a good friend:

  • First, don’t panic. (Pray or meditate.)
  • Be patient, and encourage others.
  • Share what you have.
  • Thank the Maker you are still breathing.

Some people might be hurt. You might even get hurt.

Emergency Mini First Aid Kit

  • Band-Aids
  • Tweezers
  • Antiseptic Soap
  • Pain medication (like Aspirin)
  • Allergy medication (like Benadryl)
  • Eye drops

Have more room in your First Aid Kit?

  • Gauze pads
  • Scissors
  • 2+ pairs latex/vinyl gloves
  • Burn ointment
  • Thermometer

Also, include 2-3 days of any medications you need to take. Have asthma? Don’t forget your inhaler.

Emergency Add-ons: Clothes

  • Change of clothes
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Toothbrush

Emergency Add-ons: Big Stuff

  • Battery-powered radio
  • Tent/Tarp
  • Rope
  • Can-opener
  • Dishes + Spork
  • Toilet Paper

Toilet paper Tip: Remove the center tube. Flatten the roll. Seal inside zip-lock bag.

Want to learn more about preparing for disaster? Check out: Readiness U!


“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

-Psalm 46:1

“God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.”

-2 Timothy 1:7

“Whoever has two shirts should share with him who has none. Whoever has food should do the same.”

-Luke 3:11

“Give to the one who begs from you, and do not turn away someone who asks to borrow from you.”

-Matthew 5:42

“Blessed are those who morn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

-Matthew 5:42


“Good luck happens when preparedness meets opportunity”

-Bret Harte

“One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.”

– Arnold H Glasgow

“Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.”

-Robert Baden-Powell

“It’s queer how ready people always are with advice in any real or imaginary emergency, and no matter how many times experience has shown them to be wrong, they continue to set forth their opinions, as if they had received them from the Almighty!”

– Anne Sullivan

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6 thoughts on “Emergency Kit

  1. Our three sons are Boy Scouts, my husband is the Scoutmaster and I am the Committee Chairman so “being prepared” is second nature to us. We have ready made emergency kits – we just need to head to the garage and get one of our many camping tubs. We’ve survived without 5 days of power or water after a hurricane one year. My boys get practice surviving the wild one weekend a month as they always choose “primitive” campsites – they know that momma ain’t goin’ camping unless there are facilities and preferably a cabin ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Awesome! Sounds like your boys are getting to see awesome emergency prep firsthand. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Any suggestions for what’s most important to include in your small EM pack?

      What did you do for water during the hurricane? (Amazing job!)

  2. This is a really good list. I’m going to bookmark it. Also, I love your post about sign language and deaf people.

  3. I’m totally unprepared for an emergency.


    • Haha! I know Joyce – me too at the moment!

      Have a small first aid kit for my purse, and tend to travel with a water bottle, protein bar, flashlight and swiss army knife at all times.

      Need to up my game. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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