7 Everyday Items That Could Save Your Life [Check If You Have Them]
(AscendHealthy.com) – “Prepare for the worst; hope for the best.” It’s a motto used by disaster prep organizations throughout the world. Being prepared for everything isn’t possible, but there are important items that may help you be prepared for several scenarios. With proper preparation, you may have the tools you need to save your life or someone else’s.
1. A Whistle
If someone is lost or trapped, they may need to be heard to be found. By having a whistle with them, it’s easier to make noise for rescuers to hear. That may mean locating the person faster and more easily. A whistle that doesn’t have a cork “pea” in it generally lasts the longest.
2. A Flashlight
Even if someone isn’t afraid of the dark, having enough light makes it easier to see potential dangers ahead. A flashlight may help them find their way out of a bad situation or back onto a path if they become lost. It may also help other people see them, which can make a big difference when it comes to rescue. Choose a hand-crank flashlight, so batteries aren’t needed.
3. A First-Aid Kit
A first-aid kit won’t be enough to treat every serious wound, but it does contain items that can help stop bleeding and reduce pain. It may also help with sanitizing cuts and other skin damage. Having one on hand can help prevent infection, and it might also make it easier to reduce blood loss while waiting for help to arrive.
4. A Blanket
Being cold isn’t an emergency, but going into shock or freezing is. With a blanket, it’s possible to cover up and stay warmer. Rescue blankets are made for this purpose. They are warmer and more insulating than normal blankets and may prevent the loss of body heat. A rescue blanket doesn’t take up a lot of space but is a very important item to have on any trip.
5. A Bandana
A scarf, bandana, handkerchief, or neckerchief can cover the nose and mouth to keep debris from getting into a person’s lungs. In many natural disasters, there’s a lot of debris in the air. It may be ash or smoke, or it could be particles from a collapsed building or another serious incident. Keeping those things out of the lungs may reduce breathing problems and health risks.
6. Food and Water
It’s easy to carry a water bottle and a few snacks — and doing so can save your life. Anyone who becomes lost or trapped may need food or water before they’re found by family, friends, or rescuers. Even a few ounces of water and a couple of snack or granola bars might make a difference with the water being the most important aspect. People can survive much longer without food than they can without water.
7. A Back-Up Charger or Power Bank
Having the ability to make a cell phone call or even use GPS to help rescuers locate the signal may be lifesaving. By carrying a charger or power bank with them, people may be able to make a call or let rescuers know where to find them. Without the chance to charge their phone, a GPS signal and calling opportunities may not be available.
No matter what climate you live in or how much you travel, these seven simple items may mean the difference between life and death for you or a loved one. Taking them along doesn’t require much space. If they’re ever needed, you’ll be glad you have them with you. Not only might they make you safer, but they can also add peace of mind.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension
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