Special Report

Emergency Items You Need to Have Packed and Ready to Go

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6. Petroleum jelly

Many people may simply know it as Vaseline, but that’s just a brand name for petroleum jelly. One of the most common uses of petroleum jelly is for skin care. The ointment is often applied to relieve very dry skin and to help skin wounds heal. In case of an emergency, however, petroleum jelly can be used to start a fire or for light as a candle. Don’t use it for burns, though. To deal with burns, immerse skin in cold water.

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7. Medications

People who use prescription medication must absolutely have access to them in an emergency. It may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about getting an extra supply or if there are any over-the-counter medications you can use instead, if necessary. There are several OTC medicines that should be in the stash of first aid supplies, including acetaminophen, which is a pain reliever and fever reducer, and aspirin.

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8. Adhesive bandages

It’s good to have bandages in a variety of sizes in case of an emergency. Stock up on plenty of gauze and sterile tape as well. Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes are often included in family first aid kits. You may also want to store a large triangular bandage, which can be used as a sling.

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9. Paper, pens and other for-fun items

Though many Americans rely on their devices for note keeping these days, it’s good to have paper and pen in case you need to write down important information and your devices are dead. Paper and pen can also be used to play games and make time pass faster. You may want to stock up on a few items that can be used for fun games like board games and cards.

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10. Matches or a lighter

Store lighter and waterproof matches (in case either fails). They can easily start a fire if you need to keep warm. Choose waterproof matches because they light up in rain, wind, and even heavy snow. They are often included in first aid kits for hikers, campers, and hunters.