A few years ago, Dave Sheets (President of Emergency Essentials, Inc.) asked me an interesting question while I was helping him with a preparedness fair:
“What is the most important thing to have in an emergency kit?”
Being the beginner prepper I was, I quickly answered “water.” He followed up with another question, “Would water be the most important in the dead of winter when it is only 5 degrees outside?” He had me thinking about my response and I learned a little wisdom that day. The right answer should have been “it depends”.
Anyone and everyone will give their opinion on what the right answer is to this question. The simple truth is that they are all right. Each inpidual has a different circumstance that calls for a kit that is personal and the best fit for them. There is no cookie-cutter emergency kit that can fit the needs of every inpidual.
Of course, there are definite advantages to buying a pre-built kit; in fact, I recommend it to save on the overall cost and get the basics that will be important for anyone in an emergency situation. The important thing to remember is that you still need to personalize that kit to your own needs (and those of your family). Here are a few suggestions to help with adding that personal touch:
- Look over an emergency kit checklist and note the things you are missing; add them to your kit.
- Discuss possible needs with your family and add items to your kit to provide for those needs.
- Add to your kit as you learn more about different preparedness ideas
- A personalized kit will change as the demographics of your family change as well.
As a simple example, diapers, water, and formula are the most important things in my daughter’s kit. Insulin is the most important thing in my cousin’s kit because he is a diabetic. It is important to know your kit and to be able to adapt to needs as they change or arise.
Thankfully I have now learned that water is not always the best answer when asking yourself what is the most important thing in your emergency kit. My good source of warmth and shelterwill come in handy if something were to happen when it’s cold outside.
What are some items you feel are important in your kit? Let us know in the comments.