Everyone should have an emergency survival kit on hand in case of a SHTF situation.
Because making these survival kits is so popular, there are all different kinds of lists and types of kits out there you can create.
The problem is that fitting everything you need to survive in a kit that is still easy to grab if you need to get out of Dodge.
Use our trash can emergency survival kit list and the tips along with it to strike the perfect balance between having all of your necessities and still staying portably prepared.
Start with your container:
A large trashcan works nicely for this kit. It’s large enough to fit everything you need but portable enough that you can take it with you in the event that you need to leave your home in an emergency situation. I would recommend something in a heavy plastic. You want lightweight and rugged at the same time. There are some metal cans that might work okay, but with plastic you never need to worry about rust or corrosion.
You’ll want a lid that can be snapped securely into place so that in the event that you’d need to transport your kit all of your supplies will stay safely inside. Imagine loading your kit up in a truck bed only to take a sharp turn, spilling the contents of your trashcan. Not only could you lose items, but you could also do some serious damage jostling your supplies around like that. Keep a lid firmly on your can and avoid this hassle.
What you’ll need:
Survival Food and Water:
You should have a 3 day supply of food and water. You’ll want 1 gallon of water per person per day. You don’t want to be stuck without enough water. Especially in a situation where you may have to be exerting yourself more than usual.
For food, you’ll want to stick with non-perishables. I recommend cans as they last a long time and are very convenient. As far as what to get, that’s up to your tastes. Just be sure to get plenty of proteins and nutrient rich foods to keep your body fueled up. Obviously, you’ll be needing a can opener as well.
Consider the dietary restrictions and needs of those in your group when creating this list.
You’ll want a standard first aid kit that has everything you need to sanitize and mend all sorts of wound. Pack up your favorite bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze, and anything else you like to use to fix up nicks and scratches.
You’ll also want to add sunscreen to this kit, as well as some other medications. Pain reliever, antacid, laxatives, and anti-diarrhea medication should all be added to your kit.
A first aid reference book would also be a great thing to keep on hand in case of an emergency.
You’ll need some extra items in your kit as well for practical purposes. Add these tools and you should be set!
- duct tape
- aluminum foil
This is another portion of the list that takes some thinking. Where will you likely be? What will your days look like? What will you need? Consider these things and add whatever else you’ll require to your survival kit.
Toilet paper, soap, personal hygiene items, detergent, bleach, and trash bags should all be added into your kit.
This depends highly on where you’ll be in the survival situation and what time of year it is. You won’t need a parka in Florida and you won’t need rain gear in Arizona. Go with your best judgement when it comes to what to pack for clothes and bedding.
You’ll definitely need a change of clothes for all of those in your group and enough bedding to keep everyone comfortable in your climate.
Consider who will be in your group in a survival situation. People with special needs will need to be considered in the planning for your kit. Think about what is needed to live several days for each person in your party. Thinking about the individuals rather than the group could help you remember some important items you’d otherwise forget.
Some examples of these special items:
- Eyeglasses and contacts
- Prescription medications
- Denture supplies
- Baby formula, diapers, etc.
- Diabetes supplies
- Pet food, etc.
Packing your supplies:
Start with the water, placing your containers at the very bottom of your container. This keeps the rest of your supplies safe from water damage in the event of one of your bottles springing a leak.
From there, you go from heavy to light with your items. The heaviest, least breakable items should go on top of your water. Don’t put anything too sharp that might puncture the containers directly on top of the containers, and avoid putting anything that might rust too close to the water. Hopefully you’ll have no broken containers, but just in case, keep your metal away if at all possible.
Moving towards the top of your container, you should be adding lighter and lighter things, saving the most delicate for the top. Careful not to break your delicate things when putting the top on your trashcan. Keep your extra shoes/clothes on top for easy access in the event of needing to quickly change attire for travel.
With that, you should be all set with your highly-useful, well
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