Having a stocked emergency kit for your family is a smart way to be prepared for any emergency that may come your way, and it’s a great comfort in times of crisis to have those comforts of home, no matter where you are. If you’ve taken the time and effort to build an emergency kit or bug out bag for your family, your next step is properly storing that kit, so that it’s ready when you need it.
Ideal Storage Conditions for Your Emergency Kit
Your emergency kit should be stored in a place that is easily accessible, but is also a reasonable temperature. If you put your bug-out bag in the hall closet, for example, where everyone dumps their bookbags, shoes and jackets, you’re likely to find yourself digging for it when a crisis hits. It’s also a good idea to keep it in an environment with a moderate temperature, after all, you’re keeping food in this pack, and putting it in an extremely cold or extremely hot location will ruin that food over time.
If you have multiple bags, consider purchasing a large storage tub to keep your bags in – this will keep them all together, and makes it really easy to grab them and go in the event of a crisis or emergency.
Emergency Kit Storage Locations
There are lots of places you can store your emergency kit – some are better than others:
- A designated shelf in a closet – we all have that top shelf where all the random stuff goes – is a great place for your emergency kit. Clear that shelf and make it your Emergency Shelf. If you have prepped bags for each member of your family, put them all up there together, for easy retrieval in an emergency. Remember: if you pack all your bags in a storage bin, you’ll save some space, but keep in mind the weight of the bin and the difficulty your other family members may have accessing the bin if it’s placed up high in the closet.
- Under the bed – if you’re not using your under-bed storage already, purchase a under-the-bed plastic bin and store your bags in it. The bags will stay clean, and be in an easily accessible location.
- A cabinet – If you’re lucky enough to have cabinets or shelves in your laundry room, or even in a closet, store your bags there for easy access in an emergency.
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