10 Life-Saving Items to Get You Through a Crisis Situation

On your road to preparedness, you have probably read about every item imaginable to add to your emergency kit. As you plan for your future survival, here are 10 life-saving items that can help get you through any crisis situation.

1. Water

The human body can’t survive more than three days without water. You should stockpile a substantial amount that fits your mobility needs. Also consider that during disaster, you may not be able to get access to clean water and you will still have sanitation needs. Make sure that you have enough water to deal with washing your body and your dishes, as well as any cuts or scrapes.  A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and two gallons of water per person per day for sanitation and cooking.

2. Food

Whether you choose to use MREs, canned food, or to grow your own, it is important that you have a hefty supply of food to eat. It’s always a good idea to choose food items that don’t require prep. Change out food items every six months to make sure that you are eating the highest quality.

3. Can Opener

There would be nothing worse than having access to canned food with no can opener. Make sure that you have not only the twist kind, but also the kind that can puncture a can (sometimes you can buy two-in-one).

If you do get caught somewhere without a can opener here is a trick you can use to get access to your canned goods without the risk of hurting yourself:

4. First Aid Kit

Make sure that this kit includes heat blankets, bandages, antiseptic products, needle and thread, and any prescriptions – up to a six month supply. Always check to make sure that your products and prescriptions aren’t expired, and get rid of any that have.

5. Battery Powered Radio

This will allow you to keep up with what is going on in the greater area. If you have decided to bunker down, this is especially important as you may not have any access to the outside world.

6. Extra Batteries

Stockpiling batteries is a great idea. It may be years before you are able to go to a store and buy more, so making sure that you have plenty can save you in a long haul. Go to bulk stores like Sam’s Club to take advantage of bulk discounts.

7. Hatchet

This tool is extremely versatile and can come in handy in many situations. Chopping firewood, hunting, and personal protection are just a few uses for this effective tool.

8. Matches in Waterproof Container

While lighters are good, it never hurts to have matches around. You can get the waterproof variety, or just store them in an airtight container. Either way, they will allow you to cook food, provide warmth, and light up darkness when you want to conserve batteries.

9. Important Documents

This includes identification, credit cards, birth certificates, insurance information, and anything else that you would need to hold on to. It should be kept in a waterproof container or bag.

10. Special Needs Items

This includes diapers, women’s sanitary items, formula, prescription copies, spare eyeglasses, and anything else that your family members couldn’t survive without for long periods of time.