How To… prepare an emergency kit.

We have already discussed how to prepare for specific emergencies, such as a medical emergency or a bout of depression. But what about those nondescript “it’s an emergencies” we all get? Neighbour having a baby, sister in hospital, house ruined by fire or flood, anything that suddenly calls you out.

Thankfully, there are some ways we can be prepared for this sort of incident also.

This is part III of my ongoing “housekeeper’s kits” series. Part I and Part II at these links.

1: The bag.

You will need a bag you can easily grab and easily fill. Especially so if the contents can’t all be kept together and you need to pack in minutes. Choose a backpack or rucksack twice as big as it needs to be to carry everything you will take. This way you can also add more things without fretting.

2: The overnight items.

This is best composed of spares, so you can keep them all in the bag and don’t have to run about your house collecting commonly used items.

spare toothbrush, travel toothpaste and mouthwash

spare hairbrush and hairbands

spare towel

-spare t shirt, two pairs of spare underwear and socks

-a purse with change

-spare phone charger

-spare keys

3: The communication.

You need to guarantee you can contact anyone, even if your phone dies or is lost. If you’re called away suddenly you may not have the time to tell everyone where you’re going and why, so this is vital.

-spare phone

-spare charger and battery

-phonebook with essential contacts

It’s also wise to use a social network update to alert everyone. It’s far quicker to post “at Derby hospital if anyone needs me” than to send texts and call everyone. Plus, news spreads faster on social media.

4: The pets and children.

Have a petsitter or a babysitter you know you can contact at short notice, preferably one for days and one for nights. You never know what problem may arise and it will be very helpful to have a friend, childminder or relative who can collect or move in with your kids and pets at short notice.

Keep these numbers at the very front of your phonebook.

5: The entertainment.

We tend not to think of this in emergency situations, but after the initial rush, there is a lot of waiting. When you’re anxious or suddenly stressed, it may be hard to relax or distract yourself from the issue. But as time passes you will be waiting for quite a while and it’s best to do something to use up all that stress-based energy whilst you’re there.

-a book that’s easy and pleasant to read

-a portable games console

an mp3 player

-knitting or crochet

travel boardgame

6: The energy.

These sort of emergencies aren’t really convenient. They don’t strike when you’ve just had lunch, are rested and happy and have had time to digest. You may have been woken up at 2am, interrupted before breakfast or called out when you’ve just got home from work. You will need to keep something on you to get your energy up and keep you going. Everyone’s needs are different, but here are some suggestions for snacks you can keep almost indefinitely in a bag.

-sealed boiled candies

-energy bars

-canned caffeinated drinks

-bagged dried fruit and nuts

-caffeine pills

And those are the things you may want to keep as an emergency bag, in case anything serious happens.

What would you put in your emergency bag? Got any tips or hints for anyone making their own emergency bag?

TTFN and Happy Hunting!