How We Choose Survival Items
Choosing the right survival items for any situation is a critical step for anyone facing an emergency or disaster situation. Knowing what items to pack and how to adequately prepare can make a difference between life and death. However, with the variety of available options on the market, it can be difficult to keep track of the most necessary items and how to best prepare for potential situations.
In order to make sure you have the appropriate items for any potential situation, it’s important to create a checklist of go-to items. This checklist should include essentials like food and water, first-aid items, shelter and clothing, communication equipment, and tools. For each of those categories, you should list a specific item—or at least the type of item—that you can use in an emergency.
When creating your checklist, it’s important to get in the mindset of always being prepared. Look for items that can fulfill multiple roles, be stored indefinitely, and serve multiple people. Additionally, put a priority on items that can help you sustain life and perform basic functions, like obtaining food or water. Items like flashlights, fire-starting materials, crowbars and ropes, should be high on the list as well.
Aside from the checklist, there are some additional steps you should take to ensure you’re always prepared. Make sure you have a comfortable bag that can carry all your supplies, as well as a reliable means of carting your supplies, such as a wheeled suitcase or a cart that can be pulled behind you. Make sure to practice with all your items before you potentially need them, and stock up on extra food and water that can last for multiple days.
Finally, remember to educate yourself and your family about the importance of emergency preparation. Even if you take all the necessary steps to prepare yourself, an emergency will still be stressful and chaotic. Educating yourself and your family on proper emergency techniques, such as building a shelter or signaling for help, can give you the confidence you need to cope with a crisis.