If you have a survival kit, you may not know which supplies in your kit, if any, have to be replaced. If some supplies do need to be replenished or replaced, you may not know how often to do so. The supplies that are perishable generally include items like food, water or a few other supplies that contain chemicals (like a light stick for example).
What Supplies Should I Check? How Often?
You should check your survival kit at least once per year. When you check the supplies inside of your kit, be sure to take inventory to ensure everything that is supposed to be there is actually there. Common Items that expire include food, water, electronics and medical supplies. Below we will go over the most common items that need to be replaced.
Ensure Your Supplies are in Working Order
Once you have checked to make sure all of the kit’s contents are there, the next step is to then inspect each of the supplies to ensure they are in working order. This includes testing items like flashlights, radios and other electronic items to ensure they are still functioning properly. If one of the items appears to be broken or is otherwise not working, you should replace them immediately.
Perishable Foods & Water Items
Aside from testing out these types of supplies, be sure to check the manufacturing/expiration date on all perishable items (like food and water). These types of supplies generally have a shelf life of around 5 years, which will be indicated on the product. If your food, water or other perishable supplies are expiring within the next few months, be sure to replace them.
Additional Supplies to Check
Additional items that may be expired include light sticks, certain first aid supplies, water purification tablets, toilet chemicals, fuel tablets and body warmers. Depending on the manufacturer, these items may not expire or may have a shelf life of around 5 years.
Storing Your Survival Kit
Now that you have checked all of the items in your survival kit, make sure you keep it stored in an area of your home, office or car that is easily accessible. If you have a survival kit, but aren’t able to access it during an emergency it will be virtually useless. One of the best areas to store your kit include a closet in the main part of your home that is centralized and free of clutter. This will enable you to access it easily, and grab it after a natural disaster or emergency.
Aside from where you keep your kit stored, also make sure that it is in an area that does not experience drastic temperature changes. Keeping your kit in a place where the temperature is stable and does not exceed 65°F will ensure your supplies last as long as possible.
Acquiring Replacement Supplies
You can purchase replacement supplies for fairly inexpensively online. In our store, we offer water pouches, food bars, freeze dried foods and survival gear which can be used to replace existing supplies. All of our supplies are manufactured by trusted manufacturers in the preparedness industry to ensure you are receiving a quality product that stands up to its shelf life. If you have questions about your survival kit or are interested in purchasing one, feel free to get in touch with us and we’e happy to help!