1. Flashlights: While solar powered flashlights are the best because you can charge them in the light, you can get by with regular battery operated flashlights.
  2. Batteries: If you are using battery operated flashlights, you better bring back up batteries to make sure your flashlights can stay lit for your usage.
  3. Matches: Matches or lighters are important for you to have if you plan on starting up a fire in the woods.  It will be hard to start a fire with matches or a lighter.
  4. Stove: There are miniature camp stoves you can purchase for a decent price.  There are some stoves so small that you can fit it into your hands.  Others are more heavy duty and may take some effort to carry.  The type of stove you buy really depends on how much you can carry and what room you have.  While it is possible to make a fire out of just sticks and brush in a fire pit, you never know what the weather is going to be like.  If it is snowing or raining, building a fire in a fire pit can be difficult because of damp wood.  Most of the stoves take special fuel cells to help get the stove going and producing flame.
  5. Tent: A tent is a good item to have in case you are forced to evacuate your home and need shelter.  You may want to play it save and invest in a 4 season tent so you know you can stay warm during the winter and cool in the summer.  Cheap tents that you can buy at your local convenient store may not do justice.
  6. Sleeping bags: If you plan to stay in a tent, you will want to have sleeping bags to keep you warm.  Depending on what climate you live in, you may want to have a sleeping bag that is rated at a low temperature so you can stay warm when the temperatures start to drop.  The last thing you need is not having a place to stay and suffering in the outdoors with a sleeping bag that won't even keep you warm.
  7. Dehydrated food: Stocking up on dehydrated food is a smart idea so you know that your family has enough food to live on.  Most dehydrated food is good for 20-25 years.  This is a very long shelf life.  All you need to make dehydrated food is a pot of boiling water.  You can never stock up on too much food because you know that you will always use it.
  8. Water filter: There may come a time where clean water is a rare find.  If you invest in a heavy duty water filter you don’t have to worry about drinking water.  Water can be filtered from any lake or stream to keep you hydrated.
  9. First aid kit: A first aid kid is an important emergency preparedness item.  You should have many items in your first aid kit including; band aids, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, gauze, tape, etc.  
  10. Medicine: Antibiotics, ibuprofen, inhalers and other medication is an idea you will want to be well stocked on in case you ever need them.
  11. Tools: Whether it is a hammer, screwdriver, allen wrench or some nails, you will want certain tools in your emergency preparedness kit.
  12. Emergency blanket: An emergency blanket works very nicely if you were to ever need it.  The aluminum reflective layer will heat up and provide you with enough heat.
  13. Weather Radio: A solar powered weather radio is a good idea so you can check on the weather wherever you need to.
  14. Disinfectant: This is an important item in order to keep things clean.  If you don’t have any running water to wash things down with soap, you may be in trouble without disinfectant wipes or spray.
  15. Solar Panels: Solar panels will give you the energy you need in case you do not have electricity.  There are many different panels that you can purchase and many different sizes depending on where you are using it and what you are planning on running with it.
  16. Rain gear: Rain boots and a rain coat is effective to keep you dry during rainy weather.  Also having waterproof spray for your tent and shoes is helpful.  This will keep you dry and warm during a cold rainy season.
  17. Hygiene products: toilet paper, women’s personal hygiene products, q-tips, wipes, etc. are some of the best hygiene products to have in your emergency preparedness kit.  You may want to have a few extra toothbrushes and some baking soda to brush your teeth with.

Keeping an emergency preparedness kit for your family is a smart idea in case there was ever an emergency where you would need extra supplies.  Keeping your items in large plastic totes is a great way to keep them safe from mold and to keep them dry.