Have you every wondered how you and your family would survive a disaster? One way to improve your chances is to create a survival bag that contains everything you will need to survive following a natural or man-made disaster. If you have ever experienced an earthquake, tornado or hurricane, you have an idea of what it is like in the following days. Many experts recommend creating a three-day survival kit.
It is best to create go-bags or survival kits for each of your family members. This helps keep the bags a reasonable size so that everyone can carry their own. A strong, well-made backpack is a good bet for a survival kit. It can be worn by almost anyone and is comfortable if you have to travel any distance. Make sure to check the fit of the backpack so it is as comfortable as possible. This is important if you will be wearing it for an extended length of time. Using a backpack to keep all your survival items is smart since you can quickly grab it and go when disaster strikes.
The first item that should go into your survival kit is water. One of the hardest things to find after a disaster is clean water. Without water, you cannot survive. Most survival guidelines recommend you carry at least one gallon of water per day. For a three-day survival kit, this would mean carrying three gallons in your backpack. If you are building a survival kit to carry, three gallons would be a lot of weight. It might be possible to get away with three liters as long as you have fresh water staged at your bug out shelter.
Another option is to carry purification tablets. These can help you treat water that you might come across. Your kit should also contain a small, collapsible water container that you can use to gather water from streams, rivers or lakes. These collapse down so they take up almost no room in your pack. If you don’t have purification tablets, you can boil the water for at least 20 minutes to make it safe to drink. You might want to include a small camping stove or pot in your survival kit.
Food is another essential element of a good survival kit. This should be freeze-dried or vacuum packed so it will last. Include some energy bars and trail mix. These are higher in calories and have protein which makes them a good survival food. You might also include a few “Meals Ready to Eat” or MREs. These are meals designed for field troops. They come in individual packs and can be easily reconstituted for a quick meal.
Your survival kit should also include extra clothing, including at least one more pair of shoes or boots. You should also include a rain jacket. All clothing should be comfortable since you might be hiking or traveling for some time.
Keep your bag stowed where it can be accessed quickly and routinely inspect all items to ensure nothing is expired. Building a survival bag is a smart way to stay prepared in case disaster hits and you and your family need to relocate quickly.