Everyone should have an emergency survival kit on hand in case of an SHTF situation. Because making these survival kits is so popular, there are all different kinds of lists and types of kits out there you can create.
The problem is fitting everything you need to survive in an emergency kit that is still easy to grab if you need to get out of dodge.
Use our trash can emergency survival kit list and tips to strike the perfect balance between having all of your necessities and still staying portably prepared.
Emergency Survival Kit and Supplies in a Trash Can!
Start with Your Container
A large trash can works nicely for this kit. It’s large enough to fit everything you need but portable enough that you can take it with you in the event that you need to leave your home in an emergency situation. I would recommend one in a heavy plastic. You want it lightweight and rugged at the same time. There are some metal cans that might work, but with plastic, you never need to worry about rust or corrosion.
You’ll want a lid that snaps securely into place so that in the event that you’d need to transport your kit. all of your supplies will stay safely inside. Imagine loading your kit up in a truck bed only to take a sharp turn, spilling the contents of your trashcan. Not only could you lose items, but you could also do some serious damage jostling your supplies around like that. Keep a lid firmly on your can and avoid this hassle.
What You’ll Need In Your Emergency Survival Kit Checklist:
1. Food and Water
You should have a 3-day supply of food and water. You’ll want one gallon of water per person per day. You don’t want to be stuck without enough water. Especially in a situation where you may have to be exerting yourself physically more than usual.
For food, you’ll want to stick with non-perishables. I recommend canned food as they last a long time and are very convenient. As far as what to get, that’s up to your tastes. Just be sure to get plenty of proteins and nutrient-rich foods to keep your body fueled up. Obviously, you’ll be needing a can opener as well. Consider the dietary restrictions and needs of those in your group when creating this list.
2. First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit Photo by Survival Life
You’ll want a standard first aid kit that has everything you need to sanitize and mend all sorts of wounds. Pack up your favorite bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze, and anything else you like to use to fix up nicks and scratches.
You’ll also want to add sunscreen to this kit, as well as some other medications. Pain reliever, antacid, laxatives, and anti-diarrhea medication should all be in your kit.
A first aid reference book would also be a great thing to keep on hand in case of an emergency.
3. Survival Tools and Gears
You’ll need some extra items in your kit as well for practical purposes. Add these tools and you should be set!
- duct tape
- aluminum foil
This is another portion of the list that takes some thinking. Where will you likely be? What will your days look like? What will you need? Consider these things and add whatever else you’ll require to your survival kit.
4. Sanitation Essentials
Toilet paper, soap, personal hygiene items, detergent, bleach, and trash bags should also be in your kit.
This depends highly on where you’ll be in the survival situation and what time of year it is. You won’t need a parka in Florida and you won’t need rain gear in Arizona. Go with your best judgment when it comes to what to pack for clothes and bedding.
You’ll definitely need a change of clothes for all of those in your group and enough bedding to keep everyone comfortable in your climate.
6. Extra Essentials
Consider who will be in your group in a survival situation. Consider the ones with special needs when planning for your emergency survival kit. Think about what each person in your party needs to live on for several days. Thinking about the individuals rather than the group could help you remember some important items you’d otherwise forget.
Some examples of these special items:
- Eyeglasses and contacts
- Prescription medications
- Denture supplies
- Baby formula, diapers, etc.
- Diabetes supplies
- Pet food, etc.
Packing Your Supplies
Packing Your Supplies Photo by The San Diego Union-Tribune
Start with the water, placing your containers at the very bottom of your kit. This keeps the rest of your supplies safe from water damage in the event of one of your bottles springing a leak.
From there, you go from heavy to light with your items. The heaviest, least breakable items should go on top of your water. Don’t put anything too sharp that might puncture the containers and avoid putting anything that might rust too close to the water. Hopefully, you’ll have no broken containers, but just in case, keep your metal away if at all possible.
Moving towards the top of your container, you should be adding lighter and lighter things, saving the most delicate for the top. Be careful not to break your delicate things when putting the top on your trashcan. Keep your extra shoes/clothes on top for easy access in the event of needing to quickly change attire for travel.
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Learn how to build a survival kit in this video from Black Scout Survival:
This emergency survival kit should work perfectly for long-storage and for floods or hurricanes. For last minute preparations, you can just easily throw stuff you need into the bin and secure it fast.
How is this information helping out in your emergency survival kit planning? Do you have anything else to add? We’re eager to see your ideas in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 14, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.