Making a DIY emergency kit is easy and can be a lifesaver in an emergency. Having the right supplies on hand can alleviate some of the stress involved in an emergency situation.
Do you know what the contents should be in your emergency kit? Well, that depends on the emergency you are preparing for. I prep for hurricane season here in central Florida so my DIY emergency kit includes the items that I would need if a hurricane causes havoc on my homestead. Other types of prepping kits may include different supplies.
I am sharing with you, my DIY emergency kit that I keep in my home, I have included the contents and the reasons that I include these items. I hope that this will help you become better prepared in the future. Feel free to eliminate or add additional supplies to fit your situation.
My DIY Emergency Kit
My kit starts with a Walmart tote. I use a medium size tote because my emergency kit is for just me. If you have a family you may want to grab a large one or even two.
On the bottom of the tote, I lay a blanket and newspapers. This gives cushion to any contents being placed on top in case the tote must be taken in a car for example. The newspaper will be used for fire starters if needed or for wrapping glass jars.
Next, comes my drinking water. The recommended amount of water is one gallon, per person, per day. I chose to use smaller bottles to make more room for other stuff.
Next, I place garbage bags and some storage bags in the bottom. I will use these for disposal of garbage and other waste as needed.
I also place one change of clothes in the bottom. You never know when you may need to have clean clothes so you can wash what you were currently wearing. I also include a pair of shoes.
Now I include a hygiene bag. These are the things I may need to stay clean.
Hygiene bag contents:
- travel sized shampoo, conditioner
- toothbrush, toothpaste
- contact case, saline solution
- feminine products
- toilet paper
I then place a wrench and a pair of pliers in the tote so that if I have to shut any utilities off, I can. This is followed up by a flashlight, batteries, duct tape, a bag of fire starters, and matches.
At this point, I can add canned food like soups and tuna, peanut butter, crackers, granola, snacks, olive oil and drink mixes. Make sure you include a can opener. I place a small pot and a pan inside to cook with along with a spatula and a spoon and some foil.
Finally, I add a first aid kit, paper plates and plastic utensils, and a roll of paper towels in a bag.
If and when an emergency may occur and I know I may need to open my DIY emergency kit I will then add any prescriptions, financial papers, my pets food and water dishes and their food, my cell phone and charger, cash and change, and a fire extinguisher. Obviously, what doesn’t fit into my tote will be placed into another tote or a large bucket.
Other Useful Items:
Depending on what type of emergency you are preparing for you may want to include some or all of the following items:
- Gallon of bleach for sanitizing
- Dust Mask
- Plastic Sheathing
- Zip Ties
- Swiss Army Knife
- Bucket with a tight fitting lid
- Gloves, Hat
Specialty DIY Emergency Kits
Have an emergency kit for your pets is smart to have ahead of time. Include in your pets kit the following items:
- food and water dishes
- any meds they are taking
- collar and id
- veterinarian records
- crate and blanket
- plastic bags for waste
It is important to not only have the necessities for children in an emergency but for some extras as well. Include these items in their kit:
- diapers, wipes
- baby food
- bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers
- toys, busy stuff
- medical records
- any medication they are on
- bath supplies
Remember that in an emergency there may not be enough time to gather supplies or make a DIY emergency kit. Always try to have a kit on hand and ready to go. I always go through my emergency kit to checks dates on foods or medicine that may be in my kit and replace any items that are out of date. Also, try to remember that water is perishable, so keeping your water supply fresh is important.
Keeping your emergency kit safe and out of the way, yet easily accessible is important too. You can keep a tote in your home, a shed, or even your car. Mine stays in my closet in my bedroom. Just make sure it is somewhere that you can get to it quickly during an emergency.
If you do not want to make your own, there are many resources available to purchase emergency kits. I have included some links for you:
Do you have a DIY emergency kit ready? Are there items you include in your kit that I have not mentioned. Feel free to share with my readers any suggestions or comments you may have.