08 August 2012 ~ 2 Comments

5 Versatile Items for your Preparedness Kit

You know what to put in a preparedness kit. You’ve stocked it with a weather radio, flashlight, first-aid kit and plenty of food and water. However, what you might not have in that kit are the following multi-use items. These things are common, everyday items that you have at home, but probably didn’t realize they had so many uses in an emergency situation.

5 Versatile Items for your Preparedness Kit:

1. Trash Bags. Waterproof your boots, backpack, bandages, supplies, or anything else that needs it, with a trash bag. Convert it into a poncho or tent, or use it to hold water.

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2. Iodine. 5 drops of 2% Iodine Tincture will sterilize wounds or purify 1 quart of clear water. Add 10 drops to cloudy water to make it drinkable.

3. Petroleum Jelly & Cotton Balls. Petroleum jelly can help prevent chapped lips, dry skin and sunburn or keep water away from open wounds. Cotton balls, which obviously are used for cleaning and sanitation, also make great earplugs. When combined, though, these two items make a great fire-starter. Keep them in a Ziploc bag in your preparedness kit.

4. Bandana. A bright-colored bandana can be used as a signal device. You can also convert your bandana into a bandage, sling, facemask or tourniquet.

5. Duct Tape. Duct tape has many uses in everyday life, so keeping a stash in your preparedness kit shouldn’t be a strange idea. Repair shoes, clothes, backpacks, etc, with the adhesive. Prevent blisters and remove splinters with a piece of duct tape.

Bonus item: Paracord Bracelet. You now that bracelet you wear everyday? In the case of an emergency, it’s very valuable! One bracelet contains about 10 feet of rope—so you can unravel your bracelet and use the cord for anything you might need!

Are any of these items in your preparedness kit? What other versatile items do you recommend including?

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2 Responses to “5 Versatile Items for your Preparedness Kit”

  1. Mel 23 August 2012 at 2:37 pm Permalink

    You may want to add toilet paper to your list!

  2. Heike 24 August 2012 at 1:23 pm Permalink

    Good one. Thanks!

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