Case of an Emergency

10 Items You Should Have In Case of an Emergency

No one can accurately predict the future with any degree of certainty. However, even if this is very much true, there are still things you can do to prepare for possible negative outcomes. Below are 10 items you should have on hand in case of emergency to protect your family.

Flashlight with Backup Batteries

One of the most common negative scenarios you are likely to experience during the year is a power outage. Slips and falls that happen without proper illumination can be deadly. Have a flashlight and backup batteries for it on hand where you can easily find them in the dark.

First Aid Kit

Second, you should be aware that injuries can happen at any given moment. If you don’t act quickly, the consequences for you and your loved ones can be deadly. This is why you should always have a well-stocked first aid kit nearby. It should include things like gauze, dressings, bandages, eye washing, and more.


Something else you should have on hand in case of an emergency is a tarp. When in nature or forced out of your home, obtaining shelter can mean life or death. One thing that can provide makeshift shelter is a silver tarp designed to keep out water and provide warmth and shelter without tearing.


According to medical experts, a human being can only survive for three days without water. As such, you should ensure that clean drinkable water is part of your emergency stock. Storing a large number of water bottles can help your family survive a disaster. You could end up without access to clean water otherwise for days or possibly even weeks.

Non-Perishable Food

While human beings can survive longer without food than without water, you should also consider including food as part of any decent emergency cache. This should include food that is non-perishable and does not require much effort to prepare so it can be eaten no matter the situation you are in. Good choices include jerky, dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, and tins of sardines.


Certain family members may have medical needs that go above and beyond what would be found in a standard first-aid kit. Overall, a good idea is to have an extra stash of such medicine on hand in the case quickly refilling the prescription becomes impossible. This should include things like prescription drugs, insulin, inhalers, or whatever else may be needed.


While not as important as other items on this list, having a stash of toiletries on hand can make living much more comfortable during an emergency. An emergency stash of goods should include things like toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, tampons, soap, hair brushes, nail clippers, and other items you would need for an extended period of time.


Unfortunately, it may not only be things like bad weather that you will have to face during an emergency. Serious threats could also come from other human beings and even wild animals. As such, weapons may be needed. Things like pepper spray, knives, or even a firearm could save you and your family’s lives. If you purchase such weapons, make sure you are trained to use them properly. Accidents with weapons can be deadly.

Gas Tank

During a true emergency, the quickest and safest way to get away will probably be in your car. However, if your car is low on gas, you may not be able to make it far enough away to be safe. This is why you should always have a tank of unleaded gasoline on hand for when you need it.


You may also need to start a fire in order to ensure the survival of your family. While cartoons claim that making a fire can be done by rubbing two sticks together, this is almost impossible to pull off in reality. Instead, you need lighters to ensure the process of starting a fire is much easier.

Bottom Line

Overall, this list of 10 items is only a starting point. The saying that you can’t be too prepared is generally true especially when it comes to real emergency scenarios. Make sure you have what you need to protect your family if such an event were to come to pass.

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