What are some essential things to pack for emergencies?
After all, often times when we travel, we don’t really think about the things that we pack too carefully.
However what if we were to travel to a destination that are prone to natural disasters. Such as earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, tsunamis etc…
I traveled to Asia quite a few times, and many places in Asia are pron to tsunamis and earthquakes. So being prepared for a disaster is essential to keeping yourself safe.
Now there are many things that you can keep with you to be safe, however the best items are typically small and portable that have many functions as well.
Here is our top 8 essentials that can save your life while you are out traveling.
Carry Your Medical Information On You
Having your medical information on you is a very important thing to carry around. You never know when something might happen to you while you are in another country. In case something does happen to you, medical staff can use your medical information and find out everything about you to help you out. Things like your allergies, blood type, medications, conditions etc.
A good place to store your medical condition is on a USB drive carried around with you probably on a key chain or something. You can also store it in your phone.
Whatever it is, it is a very important piece of information to carry around.
Carry a first aid kit
A first aid kit is probably the number one most essential thing to have when you travel. In case of any disasters or accidents, a first aid kit can help with minor injuries. With items such as alcohol pads, small packets of antibiotic ointment, and also a selection of bandages that can help you keep your injuries from getting infected.
Not only that but it can help care for scratches, blisters, or bug bites. You can even help random strangers in need of some help.
Now this is something not a lot of people will think of packing when they travel. However a whistle can do lots of good in case something does indeed happen. It can help rescuers find you when you are trapped somewhere or under a bunch of rubble during a disaster. The high pitch sound that a whistle makes can be easily detected than human voice and it is extremely important when you are dehydrated or something has impaired your ability to yell.
Now during any natural disaster or accident, one of the first things to go is the electricity. Which is why having a flashlight is important. Places like a building or a subway can be extremely dark when there’s no electricity so having a flashlight can be handy.
Not only that but there are many different flashlights that come in all different sizes and shapes. Find one with a long battery life and extremely bright lights for the best uses.
They can also be used for navigational purposes. Whether you are lost in a forest or stuck walking around a dark alley, a flashlight can be of some use.
Wear a Dust Mask
If you ever been to Asia, you will most likely notice some people wearing masks. This is because often times there are quite a bit of dust in the air. And in case of an accident, debris can cause a dust storm to wind up which can cause breathing problems and long term health issues.
Now a regular dust mask probably won’t filter out everything, it will however provide coverage against large airborne particles. That a lone can be enough to keep you safe.
Since dust masks are relatively small and can be folded together, you can easily carry them around.
One of the most frustrating parts about traveling is that your phone will often times run out of battery. Since charging a phone requires electricity and access to an outlet, two conditions which can be hard to meet during a disaster.
Which is why traveling with a small battery or charger can help prolong the life of your cell phone in case of an emergency. Even if you aren’t able to make a call on your phone, as long as your phone is charged, then you can use it as a flashlight or for recording things that can be helpful for emergencies.
Even if there isn’t a disaster happening, having a portable charger is essential as it allows you to use your phone for a longer period of time.
Drinking water is one of the most important aspects of life.
Now naturally during a disaster clean water can be hard to come by. So to be prepared, you should buy a reusable water bottle and fill it up every morning.
Now to make it easier for you, choose a smaller size so that it can be easier to carry around and doesn’t take up much room in your bag.
Whenever a disaster comes, food is one of the first thing to be in short supply. So try to keep a spare of some high protein snacks in the bottom of your bag and you’ll be able to keep yourself energized for a longer period of time.
Things such as nuts or health bars are easy types of snacks to have on hand when you travel.
More Ways to Stay Safe
Now a large part of surviving a disaster is to prepare yourself in advance. Here are two more steps that you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in case of any emergency.
Know Possible Destination Risks:
Now nobody can predict all the risks that might happen at any destination. However it is a good idea to google around that destination and see what potential vulnerabilities might pop up in that place.
A good tool is to use the app by FEMA which area available on iOS and Android with tips and advice on how to prepare for and also deal with such disasters.
Keep Your Shoes by the Bed:
Having your shoes by the bed is always a good thing to do when you travel. This is because if anything does happen, then you can just pop your feet into the shoes and start running. This way since your shoes are on, you will be protected from sharp objects like rocks or broken glass on the floor.
So before you sleep each night, try placing a pair of shoes and maybe some socks within arm’s reach of the bed.
Also if you are interested in reading some of my other posts about traveling, you can do so by clicking these links:
- Essential steps for planning a trip
- How to find cheap flights
- There is no such thing as a perfect time to travel
Or you can check out all my blog posts by click this link.
Hope you have a safe and fun trip~