Store your container in a location that would be easy to access and not prone to damage. Check your kits at least yearly in case needs have changed or items are no longer usable. I had diapers in my 6 year old daughters kit – I had no idea it had been that long since I checked it.
The main items you would need are for survival so water is the most important thing. You can buy bottled water but do not use the one gallon jugs like milk and spring water come in. The plastic breaks down and they will leak or the water will evaporate. One gallon per person per day is the recommended minimum. Do not reuse bottles which contained anything toxic – including bleach.
Food items which can be prepared without cooking and preferably without additional water and are lightweight are ideal. It may be difficult to find foods which fit all three at least at first. Canned tuna, peanut butter, and jerky will all provide protein. If using canned foods don’t forget to pack a can opener.
Items for shelter and warmth may be critical depending on your climate and the time of year.
A change of clothes, first aid kit, some change, toilet paper, garbage bags, a few candles (tea lights are great), matches, phone numbers, copies of birth certificates, paper and pencil, and a whistle would all be great additions. Garbage bags can be used for shelter, garbage, or a poncho.
More ideas of what to add.
Keep your cell phone charged and gas in your car.
Having an out of state contact for your family is a good idea. In case of emergency it may be easier to call out of state than within state. If all of your family members know who to call you can find out from that contact where everyone is and if they are ok.
You may also want to put together an herbal first aid kit:
Herb Companion magazine herbs for a first aid kit
HealthWyze.org create a natural first aid kit
ehow first aid kit herbal remedies
www.1001herbs.com first aid
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