Watch The Weather Channel for any length of time and it becomes apparent that emergency situations can arise day or night, sometimes with little warning. Although it is impossible to prepare for every situation having some specific supplies on hand can make a huge difference.
If you are giving a gift to a family member or friends, why not make it one that could be life saving. Talk about putting your money to smart use. Here are 35 ideas for budget-conscious things to put in emergency essentials gift baskets.
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Automatic Lighter-Either the type that is classically known as a cigarette lighter or a long handled lighter with adjustable nozzle
Collapsible Water Bottle-The Sportszu Flexible Collapsible Foldable Hiking Reusable Water Bottles, Set of 3 offer easy storage, BPA-Free options for water bottles.
First Aid Kit-When it comes to kits that can be carried easily and are useful for a variety of situations, the Compact First Aid Medical Kit – Small and Lightweight First Aid Bag is a winner.
Hand-Held Flashlight-Having a waterproof and shock resistant versus such as the Captink T6 Tactical Flashlight is so important.
Hand Warmers-Keep your hands toasty with these HotHands Hand Warmers 2 Pack Bundle.
LED Headlamp-The LED Headlight,Water and Shock Resistant with Red Strobe, is highly rated and is battery powered and water resistant.
Multi-Tool-For example, the Stanley Multi Tool contains a bottle opener, file, pliers, screwdriver, and wire cutter.
Nonperishable Food Items (Food items that will at least stay fresh for a good period of time)-Such as beef or turkey jerky, canned beans, canned chicken and tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, canned pasta, dried fruit, evaporated milk, honey, nuts, peanut butter, protein bars, ready to eat canned soup, and trail mix.
Notepad with Pen
Pack of Kleenex
Paracord-These cords can be used for a variety of things including as tow ropes, part of shelters, as improvised hammocks, and signaling devices (SurvivorGeek).
Space Blanket-This Grabber Outdoors Emergency Survival Blanketwill be much appreciated. Check out these 50 uses for an emergency blanket from Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
Water Purifier-The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is well-known for its quality and is used worldwide.
Waterproof Container to Hold Vital Records
Weather Radio--The iRonsnow Emergency Solar Hand Crank Self Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio, LED Flashlight, Smart Phone Charger Power Bank with Cables can meet a variety of needs.
Great containers for these gifts would be backpacks, draw-string bags or duffels in which these emergency supplies can easily be stored in a closet or cabinet for quick access.
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