Disasters don’t give out any warning. You may face any disaster like flood, fire break-out, or earthquakes anytime and this can happen at a time when you’re out camping. Whenever a disaster happens, there is panic, confusion, and devastation all over. How will you be prepared for these kinds of situations?
Unfortunately, many people do not have any plans or resources to handle any such possible emergencies. You should prepare a survival kit to overcome such disasters. Here are some of the important things that you should consider when you’ll go out camping. This will help you and your family members to survive during emergency situations and decrease the stress and worries faced whenever such incidents happen.
Lack of Basic Necessities
You might be cut-off from most basic amenities like water, food, and electricity for many days when an emergency situation happens. You may think that you can quickly get some of the basic items from the grocery store, but at such time of emergencies, the basic items at grocery stores will quickly sell out. All the grocery stores have empty shelves, and you can only see a long line of cars to get the access to basic daily needs.
If you’re out in the mountains when you’re camping, the situation is even tougher. You are far from the city and you won’t easily get to any store to get what you need. It’s important that you have with you some, if not all of the following when you’re out camping for many days.
Prepping for Survival
To survive an emergency situation when camping, you should prepare the following:
- 3 Days’ of food and water supply
- Water: 1 gallon per person each day.
- Food: Choose food that can be easily made and do not spill. Prefer canned or dry food such as dry pasta, soup, and powdered milk.
- Manual can opener and basic utensils.
- Health Supply
- Minimum 3-days worth of medicines.
- Medical supplies like syringes, bandages, or even walking canes
- Personal care basic items
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- Baby wipes
- Glasses or contact lens
- Safety supplies
- Emergency blanket
- A first aid kit
- A whistle
- A multipurpose tool which can be used as a screwdriver, knife, etc.
- Radio (preferably solar battery-powered or hand-crank)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Flashlight and some extra batteries
- Copies of important documents like immunization records, insurance cards, etc. packed in a waterproof envelope.
- If you are dealing with any serious medical condition, papers related to it should be there.
- All the important contact numbers of your family members and friends.
Other Things to Consider
Besides all these important things, you should also consider the following mandatory points.
- Keep extra cash with you.
- Have maps of your area.
- Have an extra set of house keys and car keys with you.
- If you have small children, your survival kit should have baby food, bottles, formula, and diapers.
- In case you want to bring your pets, include 3-days food and water supply for them in the kit, keep the cleaning supplies and the items related to their health and safety. You should also keep with your item to transport them, their basic comfort items and any documents related to them including their photograph.
You might think that preparing for disasters and emergency situations when camping is a lot of hassle and hard work. But you will thank yourself for being prepared when something untoward does happen. Of course, the hope is always that you and your family will remain safe for the whole duration of your camping trip. By being prepared, you will know that your chances of survival are going to be high because you’ve covered the basic things. It pays to be ready as you’ll never know what might happen, especially when you’re out camping for many days.
You should also keep this point in mind that like every individual, every family is also unique. There might be many emergency needs that have not been considered here. So, it is necessary that you regularly update your survival kit according to the changing needs and requirements of your family members.