This depends on several factors including the type of emergency you are planning for, the lay-out of your home, and where you spend most of your time. We recommend keeping your emergency kit in a convient easy to reach location, that is least likely to be affected by an emergency or disaster.
Most items with in our kits do not expire. Several items do have a shelf life and will need to be replaced over time. These include: Emergency Purified Drinking water (5 years), S.O.S. Emergency Food Ration (5 years), Flashlight batteries, Advil & Tylenol (check expiration on pouches).
We dedicated hours and hours of research to determine what items would be essential in the immediate aftermath of an emergency or disaster. You'll notice that our kit lacks some of the common items found in other kits. The purpose of this bag is to provide essential items only, not fillers, to keep our packs light weight and provide immediate assistance.
Once you get your bag you may consider adding a few items such as prescription medications, documents, or pet supplies to personalize you kit for your needs. You can find a more detailed list of items you may want to consider adding here.
Our kit is designed to get you started on your preparedness journey. Most emergency management organization recommend being 2-weeks ready in the event of a disaster. This means having 2-weeks worth of food, water, and emergency supplies for every individual in you house hold.
You may also want to consider adding items to your Emergency Essentials Kit. This includes this such as a family plan, prescription medications, pet and child supplies, cash, and important documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, bank and insurance docs. If you worry about the security of paper documents, you can instead place important information in an encrypted file on a thumb drive.