So if you live in Southern California (or are friends with any Southern Californians on any social media outlet) I assume you are aware that we have been experiencing a slew of seismic activity lately. None of the quakes thus far have been too intense, but it has served as a sobering reminder that the big one IS coming…and there really is no excuse for us to be unprepared.
I have spent the past few days collecting items for our Earthquake Emergency Kit and as a native Californian who has gone through a few quakes already, I thought I would share my personal list so that you too can be prepared.
Take a look and let me know if you think anything is missing!
Multivitamins This is an essential. You have no idea what kind of atmospheric damage your body will be enduring, so plan ahead and keep it healthy! Your body needs a lot of vitamins but you don’t want a bunch of pill bottles rattling around. Do yourself a favor and find a good multi. Trust me, you’ll need the space in your bag ;).
First Aid Kit This one is a no brainer. No emergency bag would be complete with out a first aid kit for your pet. Dogs are stupid and can’t take care of themselves. Plan ahead so you don’t have to make any tough decisions that you will regret in non emergency circumstances.
Make up It might be the end of days but that isn’t an excuse not to look your best. Plan ahead. Stock up on the makeup that makes you feel your prettiest and make sure you have enough to last at least 3 months. No need to go crazy, just some foundation, liner, blush, bronzer, mascara and maybe high definition powder. Also make sure to pack cleansing towels and dry shampoo. Don’t waste precious water staying clean, that would be irresponsible. Also, sunscreen is a MUST! Wrinkles are gross.
Underwear I don’t know about you, but my very worst fear is running out in the middle of the night, stranded without a bra and underwear. So plan ahead! Pack a few panty changes, and make it something pretty. Just because society is in chaos doesn’t mean you can’t hook up.
Pre Planned Outfits Along those same lines you should probably pack a few changes of clothes. Plan ahead! I would suggest really thinking about how you want to BRAND yourself post earthquake. This is important. Personally, I have opted for looks that say, “one bad bitch” so that no one will mess with me, but that is just one route you can take. Have fun with this! It is your future.
Candy If you do nothing else do THIS. If you think that convenience stores will be open you are a fool on a fool’s errand. I suggest you pick up fruity based candy, such as Starbursts or Airheads, since chocolate stands a chance of melting (plus - more vitamins! Fruit is good for you) but if your kit MUST include chocolate, make it something cheap. Only foolish people waste their money on chocolate.
Emergency Mix Music is the best. You don’t want to be the guy making his Emergency Playlist during the quake, so plan ahead! My list is called the “ApocaPlaylist” but other options include, “The ApocaList” or “Party Like the Earth’s Shakin”. Anything upbeat is a solid choice, but you can’t go wrong with music that is melancholy and reflective (Coldplay??) considering the circumstances. I would suggest avoiding anything too “anti-establishment” if you don’t want to ruffle feathers.
Also, If you have one, def pack a Guitar or Ukelele. Everyone loves the guy who brings a guitar to the party, so bring a guitar to the party. That cutie in the camp site next to yours is sure to be vibin’.
Megaphone If you are like me, you are going to be at a loss as to what to do with yourself while Twitter is down. Plan ahead. Might I suggest investing in a megaphone? That is the way our parents communicated and shared links before they had technology, and if it was good enough for them it should be good enough for us when every other option is broken.
Ok, so that’s what is in my bag! What do you have in your emergency kit?