With the holidays approaching, it is time to start thinking about gifts for those dearest to you. Providing a gift that could provide useful and keep those closest to you safe and comfortable should an emergency arise, is a great idea – one that could even save a holiday in an unfortunate situation. Along with gift giving, it is also a good time to prepare for yourself if you plan on travelling or staying in during the holidays. Not only are there far more people on the roads, but inclement weather is also a notable concern, especially if you are in areas that have to deal with snow.
You don’t really think about it until it happens, but when it does it is a relief when you have the proper preparations in place. Every household and vehicle should have a first aid kit and an automotive kit for vehicles specifically.
First aid kits should contain all of the necessary products to treat common medical issues, and can make a difference when a hospital isn’t around. Trauma kits would make great gifts for those who participating in recreational shooting activities, as firearm related injuries could still occur even with proper safety precautions.
Automotive kits can help with any issues during travelling, as they normally contain items such as booster cables, tow ropes, tools, and protective clothing. Ones with flashlights, DOT triangles or flares help you stand out especially in more inclement weather or night time.
Fire making becomes a lot more commonplace during the colder months, from outdoor bonfires to indoor fireplaces and wooden stoves. Whenever participating in any activities that include fire, having a fire extinguisher could mean saving a house, or a life.
Flashlights are also a popular gift year round, as many people include one as part of their every-day carry. If a snowstorm takes out the power they are invaluable in helping making a safe source of light in all conditions, unlike a fire. In the case of worrying about powering anything including your light source or your cell phones, solar generators are a quieter and safer way than gasoline generators to charge up your electronics.
Lastly, it never hurts having high caloric freeze dried food with a long term shelf life on hand. You can easily carry some freeze dried pouches on the go when you’re travelling or camping, or just sitting indoors and unable to get to the super market. Most of the options only need hot water and they are ready to eat.
The holiday season is the perfect time to be sure that the people you care about will be protected and comfortable in the event of an emergency. Survival and emergency preparedness items make ideal and practical holiday gifts.