I like to refer to my teeny bit of paranoia as “preparedness”. With three kids and husband, it’s always a good idea to keep your emergency kits up to date. So after a few years of watching Man vs. Wild and MacGyver, I’ve come up with a few kits I hope will help if anything unexpected occurs. Hee hee, maybe I’d better consult the recommendations of http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit as opposed to a fictional, albeit awesome TV show.
I have several emergency preparedness kits & locations; the basement tornado kit, the quick kit in my purse, the hubby’s “working man” kit, the emergency pantry, and more. Today, I am going to share with you my on-the-go Family Van Emergency Kit.
Family Van Emergency Kit
I need this kit to be multifaceted. It has to meet the small needs that may arise (hungry kids, headache, etc.), or if necessary become a survival kit.I needed the perfect grab-and-go case, and what works better than a double decker cooler bag? Heh heh, I thought my “brilliant” idea of was one-of a-kind creative until I ran across a couple other bloggers with cooler emergency kits. Well, let’s just go with “great minds think alike”. Lol, it makes me feel less sheepish.
Tips For Filling Your Kit
Shop the camping department of your favorite store to find everything you need. An outdoor store is best, but Walmart is cheaper.
You wouldn’t believe how much stuff you can cram into such a small space! I divided items into like groups by putting them in tiny craft baggies and labeling them, it helps you find things quickly without rummaging through tons of stuff. Baggies are also a good idea for waterproofing, if your kit gets wet or something moisture rich decides to burst, you won’t have drowned your entire kit rendering it a useless mess.
Van Emergency Kit Contents:
- Non-perishable food items,
- Cup & camper seasonings, paper towels
- Gatorade packets, water packets
- Aspirin, non aspirin, Ibuprofen, antacid
- Bandages, & adhesive tape, neosporin
- Alcohol swabs, disposable gloves
- Children’s Tylenol
- Activated charcoal
- Cough drops, zinc tablets, Emergen-C
- Anti-itch ointment, sun & insect spray
- Feminine products
- Mints, wisp mini brush,
- Chapstick, petroleum jelly tube
- Needles, safety pins, thread, small scissors
- Nail file, clipper, scraper, & tweezers
- Superglue, glasses kit, & spare glasses/contacts
- Clothing stain stick
- Water purification tabs & liquid storage bags
- ¼” x 50’ poly rope
- Emergency poncho’s, windbreakers, & blanket
- Emergency whistles
- Lightstick, flashlight
- Matches, + waterproof, flint
- Multitool, nails
- Campers toilet paper & paper towel
- Napkins, & plastic utensils
- Plastic bags
- Sharpie, pen, & paper
- Antibacterial wet wipes, & dish soap
Keep Up Your Wit & Kit
Ok, I have been in enough weird random situations to know that preparedness is half the battle. Keep yourself educated, be well informed in addition to having the necessary tools. Oh, and watching Survivor Man doesn’t count. Review certain basic emergency procedures from time to time; know CPR, know the signs of stroke or heart attack, know what to do in a natural disaster, keep a booklet with emergency basics handy.
The other important thing is to keep all your emergency kits up to date. Change out medications that may expire, restock used items immediately, etc.
My philosophy, better to be safe than sorry!
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