How to Make an Emergency Kit For Your Home

what to pack in your emergency kit and feel prepared for the worst

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Over the last few months, horrific natural disasters have hit almost all parts of the globe. My heart aches for the hurricane, flood and earthquake victims,  and when I could donate or send even the smallest contribution I tried to do so. I can’t imagine how devastating it is to lose a loved one. To watch all of your possessions ransacked. To stay at shelters and not know whether there will be enough water. To think ahead for how to rebuild your life after such devastation.

As a mom, thinking about other moms who may not have access to food, water and diapers for their little ones broke my heart. Selfishly, it also got me thinking about the importance of being prepared. I’m not sure how ready one can be, but I felt like I had to do something. So short of being a doomsday prepper I thought I would put together a disaster/emergency kit for our home. As a Californian transplant, and  a parent it felt like an important step.

what to pack in your emergency kit and feel prepared for the worst

what to pack in your emergency kit and feel prepared for the worst

how to make an emergency kit for your home

If you have the ability to donate or send anything, I hope that you do and then if you have not done so, make an emergency kit for your home and car. I based my list on recommendations from Fema, and then also added items that would pertain to my family’s needs.

For example, during hurricane Harvey I learned that Red Cross  doesn’t supply diapers, and my heart broke into a million pieces for every parent trying to hold it together, with a little one that much more.

So first thing on my to-do list was to buy Huggies® in bulk from Sam’s Club and shove them in my car and emergency bag. Huggies is a brand mom can trust, and moms should be prepared. Though I’ve been known to leave the house with not one diaper in our diaper bag…

what to pack in your emergency kit and feel prepared for the worst

what to pack in your emergency kit and feel prepared for the worst

What’s in Our  Emergency  Kit
  1. Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. ( I put a few in our bag, but we also have water stored in our garage.)
  2. Non-perishable food, like our favorite power bars, granola snacks and banana chips—baby Flo’s favorite.
  3. Batteries
  4. Flashlight
  5. First aid kit
  6. Huggies
  7. Huggies Wipes. ( I love getting these in bulk for the house, as I use them for everything, not just the baby. I don’t know how I lived without these before!)
  8. Garbage bags
  9. Pet food
  10. Copies of important documents and cash.
  11. Change of clothes and shoes for each of us.
  12. Battery operated candles
  13. Lighter and matches
  14. Roll of toilet paper
  15. Portable radio
  16. Charger ( that extra one from that drawer full of everything 🙂

Did I forget anything?! Fema recommended a lot more items, but truthfully I typically have other items they suggested in our pantry. I do still have to pick up a fire extinguisher for our home  Click here for the extended list from Fema.

how to make an emergency kit

Every couple of months or so, I plan to revisit and update our kit as needed. Especially the diapers. Also, if you have a little one, now is a great time to not only make your own emergency kit, but to also join Sam’s Club!

For a growing family, shopping at Sam’s Club is the best! I save so much on diapers alone. Plus, I love their pick-up service. I purchased everything I needed online and then simply checked in as soon as I entered the store, and a few short minutes later someone was wheeling a cart full of my items to me!

If you join Sam’s Club online here or visit your local club you will get $45 in Instant Savings!  ( Please note that you need to either sign up through this link, or print it to take with you to the store, for the offer to be honored.)
Simply buy any three participating Huggies products to get rewarded. You can join on or you can join in club! Join online now and get a $5 e-gift card. Sign up in just 3 easy steps!
  1. Join Sam’s Club ( use this link so that the offer is honored!)
  2. Buy any 3 participating Huggies products.
  3. Get $45 instantly loaded onto your new Sam’s Club Membership Card!

Do you have your emergency bag packed? Is there something else I should consider adding? Please share!



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  • Reply Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries October 3, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    What a great idea. It’s always good to be prepared! (And I love that bag, too!)

  • Reply hanna - platforms and pacifiers October 3, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    I love this idea! I know on the daily I’m running around looking for all sorts of things I can’t imagine what it would be like during an emergency!

  • Reply Nicole October 3, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    I love that bag!! We have ours…but we need to update it to include things for our two year old. This is a great reminder!!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA October 3, 2017 at 12:04 PM

      The bag is from target! I’m so glad I reminded you to add things to yours!

  • Reply Eryn October 3, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    I don’t have one of these yet and was very convicted by this post! I’m making it my October goal to have one by the 31st. Thanks for this! xoxo

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA October 3, 2017 at 12:04 PM

      Oh gosh I’m so glad!

  • Reply Allison October 2, 2017 at 8:31 PM

    This is a great list for an emergency bag. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA October 2, 2017 at 9:08 PM

      I’m so glad it was helpful!

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