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What Fit Gear Would You Put in an Emergency Survival Kit?

My emergency survival gear...there's a lot more in the backpacks!

Do you have an emergency supplies kit?

Every time a disaster strikes, I get into emergency preparedness mode. I went on a kick and bought a bunch of supplies online a year ago. (The constant delivery of which prompted my UPS man to ask, “Are you some kind of crazy survivalist?”) I filled survival backpacks for my husband and I and stashed them, along with some other essentials like a lantern and water jugs, in the corner of our closet.

After the recent Japan earthquake/tsunami I pulled out our gear and took stock. Good thing, too, because three out of the five gallon-jugs of water are mysteriously empty even though they’re still sealed—I presume due to evaporation. Only three PowerBars survived my husband’s pilfering for workout snacks…and they’re expired. Luckily, one of our backpacks contains 12 water drink boxes with a 5-year shelf life and two big questionable-looking blocks labeled “Emergency Ration.” (Hmm, maybe I am a crazy survivalist.)

Regardless, I’m now taking FEMA’s advice to change food and water supplies every six months very seriously. I’m also using this handy checklist from ready.gov to see what else I’m missing. I like that “books, puzzles or other activities” is on it (we have playing cards). It also made me think of exercise gear, so I’m adding a pair of old running sneakers to my pile—less for exercise than, you know, any run-for-my-life scenarios that might pop up.

Any ideas for other exercise or sports gear that would be a good add to an emergency kit?

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