Thoughts on Survival Kits

As a family we have always had a survival kit – just in case.  The world is full of unknowns from natural disasters, potential threats etc… and now we are in the midst of a pandemic that many of us felt would run its course in a month and life would return to normal.  Our lives are far from normal.

People are desperate in these times due to lost income, sick family members, loss of family members and essential workers who are overworked with no end in sight.  There are things to consider now more than just surviving a potential apocalypse.  We need to be prepared to keep our families safe.

One of the first things my husband and I did a couple years ago was get our pistol permits.  I had one years ago but let it lapse – I had been working at police departments and I thought that was going to be my career choice.  Turns out it definitely wasn’t my destiny.

Here is what our survival kit looks like:


Bottled water

Water filters

Dehydrated food

Flashlights with a years worth of batteries



Food staples:  Rice, peanut butter, honey, beans, oils for cooking, flour, sugar, salt, yeast, powdered milk, spices, baking soda, baking powder, canned fruits, vegetables and other staples

Shampoo, conditioner, tooth brushes, toothpaste

Aluminum foil, baggies

Solar radios

Toilet paper


Lighter Fluid

Duct tape

Water containers

Garden seeds

Gas containers and syphons

Propane and cooking stoves

Survival Guide Book

Baby supplies (if you have a baby) and pet supplies if you have pets

Vitamins and whatever you can store for medication – over the counter and prescription

First Aid Kit

Feminine products

Most of the items above are available in your home automatically as long as you are still able to access your home.  Now we get to the list of items needed for self protection in the event of your need to survive.

Gun permit

Gun(s) and safety cabinet and safety locks – can check out We the People Holsters


Knives (assorted for self defense, hunting/cleaning etc)

Sling shots (wrist rockets)


Bow(s) (recurve, cross or other) and arrows

Bow saws


Pepper spray



Pandemic box

In this day and age I feel strongly that everyone needs to be prepared.  If there is anything I have learned is that things/life can change at any moment.  I have been through the times of swine flu, blizzards, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and more.  This year – the infamous 2020 – has brought this crazy pandemic, so much daily insecurity, civil unrest with “black lives matter” and the political civil unrest.  I have never seen anything like it and even generations older than me haven’t.   At this point it is very clear we need to be prepared for anything at just about any time.  In addition to all of the normal concerns of life we struggle with “what is going to happen today” because something always seems to.  Who in a million years would have ever thought there would be empty grocery stores, no toilet paper to be found, wearing masks all day every day and more?  Not me, that’s for sure.

Hopefully 2021 will be a much better year but I do think we will always need to be prepared with necessary survival gear.

What would you add to this list?



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