|One website suggests keeping a small mp3 player in your bag.|
Think of it as a place where important emergency items are all put together that happens to be portable enough to grab and go.
Do it now. Don't delay.
I showed you last Saturday how I started putting together my emergency bag. I'm still slowly adding to the emergency bag as I think of items to put in it. I don't have an extra set of eyeglasses but I do have extra reading glasses! So one extra set of reading glasses has been added to the bag.
When I need new eye glasses, I will place my older glasses in the bag, too. I must have glasses to read but the bifocals are mostly used for driving... and even then they are not required by law. So save your extra prescription glasses for your bag and reading glasses are quite inexpensive at many stores.
My husband brought home a huge box of Nutra Grain Strawberry Bars from a food pantry last week. They were just a couple weeks past their sell by date (which is why they went to a pantry), so I put all of them into a gallon size Ziploc bag and added them to the emergency bag. Of course, attention will be kept as to the rotation of any food products as needed.
I read a very good article this week about preparing for emergencies and they suggested buying an inexpensive mp3 player and loading it with favorite music and even audiobooks for emergencies when there is no power or one has to "bug out". Assuming one keeps their mp3 player charged.
My tiny IPod Shuffle* is still just over $50.00 but even then I could not afford to leave it just for an emergency bag. But since reading that article, it is now going to go on the list I tape to the kitty carrier! I also realized I should add my camera to that list as well as insulin and meds. Yes, I would forget them in a hurry.
But I don't forget my cat.
Which reminds me, I've also decided to continue working on typing all my favorite family recipes and putting them into a three ring binder. Copies will be given to my daughter and daughter-in-law but a copy will also go into the documents box.
I still need to purchase a small radio for the bag and it should have one or two more flashlights as the one there now is not all that bright. Oh, and extra batteries. But only as the budget permits.
You may be able to tell already that my husband and I have decided a second bag would be a very good thing even for just the two of us. So I'll be checking the aisle in Goodwill and at the Salvation Army for large backpacks or another duffel bag.
Even if we don't need them to leave the house, just having some of these items in one place during an emergency is a very good idea!
Now, here are a few good links I have come across recently:
50 Last Minute Ways to Prepare for an Emergency - here. This will provide a great list of reminders one may need in an emergency bag.
Prevent Infections, What to Take to an Emergency Shelter - here. Once again this provides a small list of reminders for an emergency bag.
How to Make a 45 Day Emergency Candle from Crisco - here. This was perhaps the easiest explanation I found that was not on YouTube. But if you google the title, there are thousands of instructions, including a lot of YouTube videos.
Somewhere in my research recently, I came across an article where they said how to make these into smaller versions but I can't find it. I will continue to look. As with anything with a flame, there is a fire hazard but how easy it would be to keep some Crisco and wicks available if needed!
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