When traveling, everyone has (or at least should have) a list of survival items just in case your car stalls or if an emergency were to occur, but have you ever thought about traveling with items for other people in need? Per Back Door Survival, here is a list of recommended items everyone needs to carry when traveling:
Survival Items You Should Carry When Traveling
1. A wise traveler not only carries a passport, but also a photocopy of the passport and a scanned version on a laptop, CD, or flash drive.
2. Your health insurance or Medicare card.
3. Your driver’s license, proof of car insurance, and the 24 hour claims number for your insurance company.
4. Two credits cards housed in two different places (in case one gets lost or is stolen) along with the customer service numbers for the credit card companies written down and stored someplace other than your wallet. You might want to consider RFID sleeves for your credit cards.
5. A list of emergency contacts, including telephone numbers and email addresses.
6. A prepaid long distance card for making calls when there is no cell phone service or when the calls will be too expensive due to roaming charges.
7. A few blank checks or traveler’s checks plus some funds in the local currency (if you are traveling out of the country).
8. Prescription medications with at least 3 days over and above the number of days you plan to be gone.
9. An emergency first aid kit including bandages, pain medication, instant hot/cold packs, antibiotic ointment, lavender essential oil, an anti-diarrheal, allergy medication, heartburn medication, and anything else that you commonly use.
12. Protein or snack bars.
13. Travel tissues and a travel sized roll of TP (you would be surprised at how often this “essential” will come in handy.)
14. Baby wipes or my favorite, No Rinse Bathing Wipes. You can wash up pretty well with these in the event you can’t take an actual shower.
15. Hand sanitizer plus sanitizer wipes (Those tray tables on planes are horrifyingly filthy – this article says they very frequently are the home for fecal matter.)
16. A mini, LED flashlight and possibly an LED headlamp as well.
17. Pocket knife or Swiss Army-style knife. (This will have to go in your checked luggage)
18. Chemical light sticks.
19. An emergency whistle. This Windstorm Safety Whistle is my favorite,.
20. Paracord in bracelet, keychain, or lanyard form for portability.
21. Water purification tabs for ensuring safe, drinkable water if supplies at your destination are compromised.
22. A portable water filter and pouch, like this Sawyer Mini kit. The pouch takes up very little space when empty but would give you a clean container for your filtered drinking water in an emergency.
23. A small roll of duct tape and some tie wraps (also called cable wraps).
24. Mylar emergency blankets.
25. A pocket poncho for every member of your group.
26. Protective masks to wear when seated near obviously sick people (coughing and sneezing) while using public transportation.
28. Your cell phone charger or a USB cable to use as a charging cable.
29. Key passwords to access email accounts and online financial data.
30. Pre-printed labels with your home address, home phone number, and email address. Include one or more of these labels in each checked bag.
I'm going to take it a step further as I also travel with items for the needy as well. I may not be in need, but my fellow man is. Here is a list of items that can help the needy per Indiegogo.
Survival Items for the Homeless that you can easily carry in your vehicles
- Toothbrush/Toothbrush covers
- Toilet paper in waterproof bag
- Body powder
- Flush-able wipes
- Emergency/disposable poncho
- Granola bars
- Feminine hygiene products
- Card with list of resources including a number to request another bag
As a mom of three, I always carry extra anyway and don't get me wrong, I'm always super cautious! I don't just walk up to people willy nilly especially with my children. This can be done strategically by just dropping off the items at your local homeless shelter, Fire Department or a Women and Children's center. You can help your fellow man and feel safe at the same time.