An everyday carry (EDC) kit includes survival tools that you have with you every day. These items will also prove useful when you're bugging out, so consider having them before SHTF.
Depending on various factors like your job, location, or skill level, the items in your EDC kit may vary. Even if you're not a prepper, you should always have your keys, phone, a watch, and your wallet with you at all times.
Other items to include in your EDC kit are:
If you have the means to do so, prepare a safe bug-out location (BOL) that can house your whole family when SHTF. Make sure your BOL is stocked with enough supplies for your whole group.
If you don't own a cabin, where will you bug out to? Can you stay in a heavily wooded area near your home?
Talk to your family after you decide on a BOL and figure out safe routes to this location.
Your answer to this question depends on another set of questions, such as:
Your BOB should contain more than a standard list of things that you'll need when SHTF. If you know what to pack, you can keep your family safe and provided for even after a disaster.
Basic items that you will need include food, clothing, materials for a building a shelter, several ways to start a fire, and self-defense weapons.
Children will need different items in their own BOBs. Depending on their age, they may need lighter bags, toys, or other comfort items so they can stay calm when SHTF.
If you have pets, they will need their own BOBs. Is your pet large enough to carry their own pack, or will you need to carry the bag for them? A pet BOB should include food bowls, pet food, pet medication, and comfort items like toys so they can stay occupied once you reach a safe BOL.
Ask yourself these six important questions so you can keep your family safe if you ever need to bug out.