Here is a guide to some of the more unexpected items you should think about including in an emergency preparedness kit.

Unexpected emergency preparedness items

March 31st, 2016 by

Here is a guide to some of the more unexpected items you should think about including in an emergency preparedness kit.

When putting together an emergency preparedness kit, some items are no-brainers for inclusion: first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, etc. But other, less obvious items may be of equal or even greater use. Here is a guide to some of the more unexpected — but still very useful — items you should think about including in an emergency preparedness kit.

5-gallon plastic bucket with top 
Ideal for transporting water, soil or other items, the bucket can also be used as a chair or stool, as well as for holding your emergency kit.

Sheets
Sheets have endless emergency uses in the event you don't have access to other linens. They can be torn into strips as bandages, used as slings, or even fashioned in face masks to resist smoke.

Trash bags
Similar to sheets, these plastic bags can be torn and repurposed, but this time offering a nonwater-permeable tool. You can use them as a rain poncho, impromptu roof shelter, carrying soiled items, or to collect water for bathing. 

Pens
While it may seem that you have no need to write in an emergency situation, heavy duty pens and markers like Sharpies can come in handy if you need to leave notes for rescuers or leave notes for yourself about the locations of supplies or shelter. 

Frozen bags of food
In addition to acting as a source of food if nothing else is available, frozen bags of fruit or vegetables can be used as an ice pack. This is a key item in a pinch to reduce swelling, ease sprained muscles, help bring down a fever, or simply stay cool if air conditioning or shade isn't available.

Tweezers 
Often included as part of a multitool, tweezers are essential in both first aid and in working with small, intricate items. 

Duct tape
The useful possibilities of duct tape are almost endless considering its strong hold, even when submerged in water. Anything from taping rips in tents or clothing to opening a stuck jar can be aided by duct tape.

Super glue
For the situations where duct tape isn't enough, a super tacky glue may be the answer. Super glue can even be used to hold together deep wounds until you have access to a medical facility and practitioners. Of course, if you are wounded, make sure to get emergency medical treatment as soon as possible. 

Heavy duty aluminum foil
In the absence of cooking utensils, cutlery, plats and cookware, foil is solid all-purpose material that can be used to fashion most food preparation surfaces. 

Honey
Honey has an indefinite shelf life and can be used for its antimicrobial benefits as well as as a sweetener.

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