Organize, Organize, Organize
To efficiently pack your emergency kit you need to organize your emergency supplies into different categories. Doing this will save you vital time during an emergency and potentially someone’s life. You don’t want to be fumbling through your emergency kit looking for your whistle when rescuers are nearby.
At practical emergency kits, we organize all of our emergency kits in the following categories. We hope this information can be used to help you organize your emergency kit. Each group of items is individually sealed inside a zip-tie plastic bag to ensure its waterproof.
• Food & Water
• Light & Communication
• Shelter & Warmth
• Survival Tools
• Hygiene & Sanitation
• Important Documents
For more information on how to build your emergency kit, please see our article:
Carrying case should be waterproof (if possible)
Pack your emergency kit inside a large drybag (if possible). It offers an added level of protection that backpacks and duffle bags don’t have; also they can be used as makeshift flotation devices. Just in case you find yourself stranded in the water. It’s also best practice to organize your survival gear into categories using large zip tie plastic bags and separating them from each other. Please see below categories as an example of the storage categories used at Practical Emergency Kits. All of our emergency kits are individually packaged inside a watertight zip-tie plastic bag using the below categories.
Food & Water
An emergency kit designed for more than two people should use a larger carrying case such as a duffle bag or a wheel bag to store emergency essentials. Individually package your food and water into separate plastic bags, for ease of use. Additionally, remember to include water purification tablets or a water filtering bottle to augment any water supply issues you may run into during your emergency.
Light & Communication
Bundle your light and communication tools (emergency candles, crank radios and waterproof matches) together inside a zip-tie plastic bag. Place your light and communication bag at the top of your emergency kit. Doing this, allows you to access your flashlight or glowstick quickly. You might need access to your flashlight and radio during a power outage or evacuation. Or you may need access to your whistle to signal rescuers. Mark each plastic bag with the above headings to help keep things organized.
See Article: An amateur radio license might just save your life.
Shelter & Warmth
Ideally, you want to be able to search inside your emergency kit without any lights and know precisely the location of your supplies. While this takes some practice it’s worth the extra effort just in case you find yourself searching for emergency supplies in the middle of the night or when you're stuck on the side of the road.
See Article: Emergency Kit Testing for simple methods to test your emergency kit.
Hygiene & Sanitation
The hygiene & sanitation supplies should be individually sealed and isolated to ensure no cross-contamination. Ideally, each hygiene kit should include a bar of soap, deodorant, hand & body lotion, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, shaving cream, razor, comb, woman’s pads (also great for treating severe wounds, towelettes, and towel.
The remaining categories should be should all be contained inside their waterproof containers or bags. If you require more information on building an emergency kit, please see our article on building an emergency kit.