Getting Started

You want to get serious about preparedness and need to know where to start. You can start slowly and build your supplies over time or you can jump in and create a complete kit from the beginning. The key is to start now! I recommend different kits for home, vehicle, and backpack. Your kits will contain duplicate supplies but having extra supplies is a good thing.

Start by allocating some space in your home and vehicle. When you start you can use your vehicle kit to supplement your home kit. Organize supplies so that they are easy to find and can be accessed very quickly. If you are on a tight budget, you can create a hiking kit, store the kit in your vehicle, and use it as part of your vehicle kit. As your kits expand it is best to have standalone kits for hiking, vehicle, and home (with duplicate items).

The next sections describe a class of item with details for good, better, and best. Good is the minimum that you should have for the kit. Be sure to have all of the good items before adding the better or best items.

  • Inventory: Take inventory of what you already have.
  • Start a Home Manual and have it readily available.
  • Have a good location for your supplies.
  • Basics: Zip bags and containers for your kits.
  • First Aid: Start with some basic first aid kits and expand it over time. Get a more complete kit for your vehicle and a smaller kit for a hiking pack. Have duplicate supplies in your home kit. If you can’t afford a complete kit then start with a smaller kit. This is the most important component because you will probably use this even in non-emergencies. Expect to spend between $10 and $200.
  • Shelter: Start with a rain poncho, bivy, and space blankets.
  • Water: Water filters and storage.
  • Illumination such as candles, flashlight, and lanterns is vital.

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