I rarely have anything stolen from me. I can thank three factors. Caution, luck, and until recently, not having anything of value to steal! However, that changed recently.
I was at work, busily making a living, and someone decided to take advantage of that fact (and my inattention) by getting into my trunk. My car hadn’t been locked that day. My trunk is messy and not all that interesting, so the only thing convenient to grab was my emergency kit.
I learned a couple of things. One, I rely on that kit quite a bit.
“Hey, do you have any glue?”
“Sure, it’s in my…. oh darn.”
“I need some duct tape.”
“No can do, not unless I restock.”
And so on.
As I was rebuilding the kit, I learned how disorganized the old one was, and realized most of the over the counter medications needed to be rotated anyway.
As I shopped, I had some fun imagining the thief opening the unassuming backpack. What treasures are inside? Electronics? CDs? Maybe medications?
Nope. The first thing he’ll find is a big pack of Maxi pads. They make great semi-sterile compression bandages. And there are medications all right – aspirin, generic Benadryl, and some oh so exciting Dramamine. Gauze, tape, glue, emergency candles, and more.
I learned a third thing by this experience. You can put the different items of your emergency kit into gallon sized plastic bags, the kind that zip with a little plastic tab so they are easier to open and close. Bandages can be in one, disinfectants in another, small tools in still a third, and so on. things stay cleaner, more organized, and much easier to get to in an emergency. I removed the outer packaging on the individual items as well, which saved a great deal of space.
I also included a bottle of water, an ounce or so of beef jerky for protein, and some dried mangoes for quick energy. The kit isn’t meant to sustain a person for days, but rather to get you home safely. I sometimes have problems with low blood sugar, so having that small amount of provisions could make a big difference if I needed to function at my maximum.
Despite the expense, and the annoyance caused by this major disruption, I know that my kit is much more organized and complete than it was. I’ve also changed where I park and I always lock my doors.