How to Put Together a Foolproof Emergency Tool Kit

You can never think of everything ahead of time, but you can manage most emergencies with this list.

You never know what life might throw at you. Here are the items you should keep around to help guard against uninvited surprises, whether they're life threatening or just inconvenient.

The Basics

These are the things you've already thought of, and hopefully already have. If not, here's where you start.

  • A robust first aid kit ($31.39) This should include sterile sponges, antibiotic, antiseptic wipes, and iodine wipes, along with standard gauze and bandages. Optional: some, especially those who live in remote locations, choose to stock a surgical kit ($26.99) at home as well.
  • A general tool kit ($35.99), plus some hardware. This should contain:
    • At least one adjustable wrench
    • Tongue-and-groove pliers
    • A hammer
    • Screwdrivers
    • Needle-nose pliers
    • Electrical tape
    • Wire cutters
    • A utility knife and blades
    • Miscellaneous hardware such as nails, screws, nuts and washers

Here are the top 10 emergency preparedness items that are NOT usually included in standard tool kits.

Everyone should strongly consider keeping these emergency tools at home. If help is not immediately available, if there's a fire, or if your power goes out for an extended period of time, having these items can turn a serious crisis into a manageable situation.

In addition to a well-stocked first aid kit, it's also smart to have the following six over-the-counter medications:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Imodium
  • Dramamine
  • Antihistamine (e.g. Benadryl)
  • Decongestant (e.g. Sudafed)

Finally, from your local hardware store, every home should have these six general utility supplies:

  • WD-40
  • Lock-picking kit
  • Plumbing putty
  • Duct tape
  • A pry bar (15 inches or larger for heavy-duty jobs)
  • Super glue (also serves as a liquid bandage)

By our math, even if you're starting from scratch, you should be able to assemble your emergency tool kit with these essential safety supplies for under $400. It's up to you to decide if it's worth it for the peace of mind.

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