We all know we need an emergency kit, or bug out bag, we pretty much know we need food, water, shelter, knife, fire starter and so on.
But have you given any thought to other things. For instance do you have a copy of your identification in your bag, or a recent photo of your family members. What if you get separated how are you going to tell the authorities what the person looks like. A photo would make it so much easier.
Do you have a list of phone numbers? We are so used to just pushing one number to call or text we have all but lost the ability to dial a full phone number. You will need this in an survival situation. Do you have a plan in place for all your people to call to check in. Speaking of the phone do you have an extra charging cord in your bag. In a survival situation I doubt you will be able to go to the local cell phone store and get another one.
If you take prescription medicine do you have extra in your bug out bag? Do you have a good first aid kit, more than just bandaids? Have you had emergency first aid training? In an emergency you might be the only one with any training at all. Right now is the time to prepare. If you wear contacts do you have an extra pair of glasses?
For personal defense what about pepper spray or something of that nature. Do you have anything extra in your bag to barter with? Bartering is a good way to get the things you need without using up your cash supply. Do you have a map of your area in your bag and can you read a map? If not, now is the time to learn.
These are just a few things to think about when building your bag, I hope you will think about it and maybe think of a few more things. The better prepared you are the better off you and your family will be.
Written by Barbara Conover