Emergencies do not just strike when you are at home. They can happen anywhere at anytime. If you are thinking about taking a road trip with your family, you are probably venturing into unknown territory. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of nowhere with nothing. There are several ways you can be prepared for anything this summer with a little bit of planning ahead, and with summer vacations just around the corner now is the time to make sure yo are ready
Car Emergency Kit
Small, portable, emergency kits are great for throwing in your trunk when you hit the road. Make sure you find one that fits the area you are going to travel through, and where your destination stops. Because the country is so vast and different you will need to do a little planning before packing your kit. For example, remember the couple who lost their lives hiking in the desert?
This is an example of what might happen if you are not prepared with the right equipment and supplies. Kits can differ from destination to destination but the basics apply, make sure to get a kit that cover your bases no matter where your compass is set. Most emergency kits come prepackaged with all the food you will need, plus a Multi-tool, survival kit, medical blanket, compass and two glow sticks. Our 72-hour kit
will help you in the case of an emergency, while our one month or three month options will keep you ready for anything, just make sure you bring plenty of water!
Grab And Go Bucket
These are great kits for traveling and will offer you great balance of portability and gear to make sure you can last until help arrives. These kits will usually come in a sealed bucket and contain enough food for everyone with you for a couple days and have some basic medical, survival and water supplies. Our Grab And Go Bucket would is an excellent option and comes packed and ready to be stashed in your car. Leave one in your camper, boat, cabin, or anywhere else you may be headed for a vacation. There is no telling what kind of situation you may encounter on the road or in the woods, but you can always be prepared with one of our kits. The bucket is a great option for vacation destinations because of the easy packaging, but inside the bucket are also some tools to help you get through anything. Four fire starters, an emergency blanket, duct tape, rescue whistle, survival guide, medical supplies and an water purifier bottle are all included with your emergency food supply. Don’t be left without it.
If you are planning a hiking trip or a backpacking adventure this summer, this can bring on an entirely new set of challenges. While we love to escape into the more rural areas while on vacation it means that help can be much further away.The good news is that you can have a little insurance, by using your training and a good emergency kit you can turn a a would-be disaster into a small inconvenience. The question is what do you need? We can help you out with that, our camping food is ready to go, and packs easily in a backpack. You can add a week’s worth of food to your backpack with very little weight, unlike traditional supplies. Our natural ingredients will ensure that you are eating healthy while getting back to nature. We have sample packs available, or you can pick and choose from our list of available breakfast, lunch and dinner foods that are sure to please everyone who is coming with you.
Here is a list of other supplies:
Bic lighter Cheap and small $2 and widely available
Brunton 15TDCL compass
This compass has a signal mirror and a built-in sighting line. $81.20; brunton.com
CamelBak Omega Reservoir This convenient water carrier comes in four different sizes.
Cell phone Cell phones are “pretty much mandatory” as survival items today. They’re lighter, cheaper, and less bulky than satellite phones. Just don’t rely on a cell alone to save you, he cautions. You might not get a signal.
Emergency Tinder It burns readily, is easily portable in an empty pill bottle, and so light and small there’s no excuse not to carry a few.
Valley Food Storage Be ready with the best food on the market, any kit for any situation.
Include an aspirin- and ibuprofen-filled pill bottle wrapped in duct tape and medical tape, a couple of gauze pads bound in a rubber band, and a standard gauze roll and a Kerlix gauze roll. It’s enough gear to stop a bleed and wrap it tight with the tape, or wrap a sprain and take the pain meds.
Berkey Water Bottle BPA free durable plastic water bottle. Bring one as a back up and can do up to 300 gallons of water.
Wristwatch A watch with altimeter, barometer, and compass. The readings give you a good reference point
Patagonia Houdini A 4-ounce shell a good all-around windbreaker that’s also ultralight.
Potable Aqua iodine tablets Lighter than a filter, and if you’re really thirsty, you won’t mind the taste.
Small tea light candle Set one up under wet wood to speed drying.
Trekking Heavy Crew sock Carry an extra pair of wool socks because they stay warm when wet.
Smith and Wesson Baby SWAT knife Sharp 2.5-inch half-serrated blade locks open to prevent accidents.
Heatsheets Emergency Bivvy Having spent several uncomfortable nights in space blankets, which is preformed into a sleeping-bag shape. The wind can’t catch the edges and you don’t come unwrapped.
Be ready for anything on this year’s summer vacation. All your camping, hiking, boating, and cabin emergencies will feel like no big deal when you know that you have supplies on hand. Not sure where to start? We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.