How to Pack Emergency Backpacks

back pack
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 200-1000
What You'll Need
Tube tent
Sturdy backpack

Emergency backpacks are essential for your survival in the event of a disaster. Be it flooding, an earthquake, severe snow, or a landslide, having an emergency backpack right at your own car, boat, living room or office building gives you better chances of making it through the disaster. Packing for an emergency is necessary because most mandatory evacuations are announced with little time to spare. Having an already packed emergency backpack will therefore save you the panic and hassle of packing essential things for your survival in case a mandated evacuation is announced. Your emergency backpack is your insurance for survival during worst-case scenarios.

Pack Food and Water

The first thing that you should have in packing emergency backpacks is a good and sturdy backpack that is both lightweight and durable. Choose a backpack with a lot of pockets or compartments to accommodate the different items that you will put in your backpack. Make sure that the backpack is also able to withstand moisture damage as well as wear and tear. Preferably, choose a backpack that is made of heavy polyester.

Two of the most important things that you should have in your emergency backpack are water and food. Do not pack chips and other junk foods. Focus on the essential foods that you need to be able to survive a disaster such as high calorie nutritional energy bars. You should also pack MREs to provide your body with additional nutrients. MREs, or Meal Ready to Eat, have a long shelf life which makes it ideal for your emergency back pack. It is no use packing food types that spoil easily as you may have to store your emergency backpack for a long time. Pack enough food to last for at least seven days.

When it comes to water, purchase water pouches, collapsible water containers and water purification tablets. Water pouches are ideal for survival since it is equipped with water rationing capability.

Pack Shelter and Other Essential Items

Shelter is an important factor in your survival also. Purchase tube tents which can accommodate at least two people. Tube tents are easy to pack and are relatively cheap. Along with the tube tents, you should also include an emergency sleeping bag along with a blanket to combat hypothermia.

Fire is used for heating your body, provide light and cook your food. Purchase emergency matches and candles which are cheap and compact. Include a flashlight in your emergency backpack as well. Have at least one battery-powered LED flashlight and one hand crank flashlight.

Tools and Medicines

Purchase a Swiss Army knife, portable shovel, and a good pair of gloves. Include 2 rolls of duct tape in your emergency backpack as well.

In the event that you are injured during the disaster you will need first aid kit. Purchase a pre-packed emergency first-aid kit that comes in a hard plastic case at your local outdoor shop. Familiarize yourself with the different contents and functions of your emergency first-aid kit before packing it in your backpack.