Emergency Kits That Aren’t 72 Hour Kits

If your goal is to be prepared for any situation, set yourself up for success! There are a few different types of emergency kits that you may want to consider creating to be prepared in an emergency.

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Emergency Kits You Need In Your Home

Everyday Carry (EDC)

Everyday carry kits are things like purses, backpacks, and even pockets that you use to carry your everyday items. The idea behind an everyday carry kit is that you have a little emergency kit on you at all times that has items you might need in a pinch.

You can include things like a wallet, chapstick, pocket knives, glasses, etc. If you have a big enough EDC you can add things like a water bottle, snacks, small first aid kit, hand sanitizer, medications, concealed weapons and more.

Get Home Bag

A good friend of mine, Reine (preppinginsuburbia), has a reel on Instagram that says “What if you had to walk home?” This could be due to a vehicle malfunction, impassable roads, or really anything else. That is when a get home bag would come in very handy.

Get Home Bag - Emergency Kits

A Get Home Bag should be filled with things like food, water, a flashlight/batteries, a jacket, walking shoes/socks, etc. Whatever you might need if you were on foot and had to walk home from work, school, etc. Something we do since my husband works a couple cities away from us, is in his vehicle we keep a fold up kick scooter that would help him get home a little faster if he happened to be on foot.

Tornado Bag

Another good friend of mine, Jen (Serenity Hill Farmstead), lives in Illinois where tornados are a big threat. She said that for her family she packs tornado bags. These are bags that every member of her family wears on their person in the event of a tornado warning. These are backpacks filled with about 24 hours worth of necessities. A change of clothes, flashlights, glow sticks, power banks, food, water, medications, multi tools, a weather radio and entertainment. She also has her kids wear helmets in case of falling objects.

Tornado Bag - Emergency Kits

Something else to consider since tornados can be all or nothing it might be a good idea to swap a bin or a suitcase filled with extra food, water, and clothing with a friend or family member who is in a different area than you. That way if you find your house has been reduced to rubble due to a tornado you at least have some of your own clothes and food at a friend or family members house, or vice versa.

Car Emergency Kit

Imagine you’re driving down the interstate in the middle of a blizzard and suddenly traffic is stopped in both directions and you are in a gridlock for over 24 hours. This is exactly what happened to hundreds of motorists in Virgina January 2022. Motorists on their normal commute found themselves stranded in gridlock traffic during a blizzard for over 24 hours. With what you had in your car how would you fare for 24 hours? Do you have enough gas to keep you warm and still be able to drive when roads cleared? Do you have food/water? What if you had young children with you?

In my car I always keep flashlights, multi tools, roadside repair kits, a portable jump starter, OTC medications, and more. I have a collapsible storage bin that stays in the trunk similar to this one. In it I keep jackets for every member in our family, blankets, some coloring books, colored pencils, and a small 6 can cooler.

Food and water is hard to keep good in a car where temperatures fluctuate to extremes, especially to extreme heat. I have found that if I keep some water bottles in the cooler in the trunk or back of our van then it doesn’t get extremely hot. I also keep some protein powder, peanut butter powder, and crackers in that cooler. I change out the food and water when summer is over and temperatures start to cool down.

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Something else to note. I am a mom of young kids which means our primary vehicle always has toys, activities, blankets, and who knows what else floating around. I make sure anytime we travel distances longer than 30 minutes that my kids have a full water bottle and some snacks. If we are traveling for any distance longer than an hour one way I will pack even more snacks and treats. The last thing I want is to be stuck in a car with cranky, hungry, bored kids while I’m trying to figure out what to do next.

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Hi I'm JaNae!

I consider myself a practical prepper. I am not about zombies and bunkers. I believe in preparing for personal disasters — job loss, medical problems, financial problems, and natural disasters.

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