Review this list of suggestions and provide the following items as appropriate for every member of your family or group.
A change of clothing may seem like a luxury, but it can be a necessity. If your clothing is torn, wet, or inadequate to protect you outdoors or in the absence of heating or air conditioning, your health may suffer. Be sure to include a change of clothing appropriate to your climate and something to afford protection from inclement weather.
Note that some rain gear is also good for protection from the sun. An umbrella makes a great sunshade. Ponchos can be rigged to afford protection from the sun, rain, or wind as a lean-to or one-person pup tent.
- One complete change of clothing
- Sturdy shoes or hiking boots
- Extra socks
- Extra underwear
- Rain gear: poncho, rain hat, umbrella
- Hat (knit for for warmth; wide-brimmed for sun protection)
- Gloves for warmth/heavy pair of work gloves for protection
- Thermal underwear (if appropriate for your climate)
Bedding and Hygiene:
Staying clean and getting a good night’s sleep is important to your physical and mental health, especially when you are dealing with the stress of an emergency situation as a result of disaster.
If you must sleep outdoors or on a concrete floor remember to insulate your body from the ground. When you lie in a sleeping bag there is very little to no insulation between you and the ground.
The ground is cooler than your body, so you will lose heat from contact with it. You may want to include the optional sleeping pad for a softer, warmer, more comfortable night’s sleep.
Emergency bedding and hygiene items may include the following:
- Sleeping bags/Thermal or other blankets
- Sleeping pad (optional, see below)
- Pillows (optional)
- Toilet paper – one roll per person – an absolute Must Have item!
- Moist towelettes/baby wipes
- Washcloth and towel
- Toothpaste, toothbrushes
- Shampoo, comb/brush
- Skin lotion
- Razor, shaving cream
- Feminine hygiene supplies
- Diapers for infants
- Extra pair of glasses or contact lenses & solution
Below is the video “emergency clothing“: