Special Report

Emergency Items You Need to Have Packed and Ready to Go

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21. Wet wipes

Any emergency kit — whether built for a car or home emergency — should contain moist towelettes. They are basically pre-moistened pieces of paper, mainly used for cleaning. Their main benefit is convenience as they take very little space, and using them is much quicker than the alternative of dispensing liquid soap and using cloth or paper towels.

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22. Antibiotic ointment

An antibiotic ointment is applied to cuts and scrapes after they are washed with water and soap. The Red Cross recommends having at least five antibiotic ointment packets and five antiseptic wipe packets in an emergency kit.

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23. Eye wash solution

Eye wash solutions are used to rinse or flush irritants and other small particles from the eyes. If there is an emergency, you need to be able to see clearly and not feel uncomfortable or in pain.

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24. Weather-resistant blankets

Weather-resistant emergency blankets are designed to keep you warm by trapping body heat. These waterproof and windproof blankets are usually made out of impermeable plastic known as Mylar. A NASA invention, the blankets work by reflecting up to 90% of the heat back towards the source.

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25. Heavy-duty duct tape

While you may not be able to actually build a house with heavy-duty duct tape, as the joke goes, the strong, waterproof, polyethylene-coated tape can be very useful in emergency situations. It can make a rope, patch holes in sleeping bags or tents, reseal packaged food, create a shelter (if you have some trash bags), and serve as a bandage in an emergency situation.