How many kits do I really need?

Posted on: April 18, 2014

We preppers do so love putting together different types of survival kits, don’t we? But, really, how many kits does one truly need? Well, let’s take a look.

First, there’s the Get Home Bag (GHB). This is the kit we keep with us wherever we go, just in case we need to exit stage right and hightail it back home. Often, this kit is kept in the trunk or back seat of the vehicle.

The Shelter in Place Kit is a tote or other container filled with emergency gear for use at home. While you don’t necessarily have to separate this stuff from your other household supplies, many people would benefit from having it all stored together so it can all be easily found. These supplies include flashlights, a crank radio, water filtration system, and a first aid kit.

Then, there’s the Evacuation Kit. This is sort of a kissin’ cousin to the GHB. We keep this at home in the event we are forced to flee at the drop of a hat. Some folks combine the GHB and Evacuation Kit into a single entity, which is fine. The point is to have a portable stash of supplies you can grab on your way out the door.

I like to suggest folks also have a separate Workplace Survival Kit. This is a very small assembly of supplies to be used if you are forced to shelter in place at work for the night. Stuff like a bit of food and water, hygiene supplies so you can clean up, maybe a book or deck of cards to help pass the time. This is augmented, if needed, by the GHB. But, the idea is to have a small amount of stuff in your cubicle or locker so you don’t need to leave the building.

The Wilderness Survival Kit is a pouch or waist pack you keep on your person each and every time you hit the trail. Just a small collection of gear for if you get lost or otherwise end up having to spend the night in the field without the benefit of your normal camping supplies. Things like a pocket knife or multi-tool, emergency blanket, whistle, flashlight, fire starting kit, granola bars, and such.

The Vehicle Emergency Kit contains tools and supplies for quick repairs, flares or other signal aids, blankets, warm clothing, and anything else you may need if you get stranded on the side of the road for some reason.

What other types of kits do you maintain? Are you missing any of the above?

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