The Emergency Bucket Gift You Need
The emergency bucket gift is something you can give to anyone you know and love. Here’s the deal, it doesn’t cost a lot to fill these, and you can fill them with things you and your family use every day, week, or month.
If your family is like mine, you need to fill them or they may never get filled. They may sit empty on a basement floor. Or they may not even make it into the house. This is where I buy my Colored Buckets and Gamma Lids.
BUT, if the emergency bucket gift is filled to the brim, or even partially, they may make it to the car. Just think how useful these buckets will be if a family is in the car and hits a snag in traffic.
The Emergency Bucket Gift
Here is a picture of the three buckets in the back of my car. I have a small Honda CRV and they fit perfectly in the back. These can be secured with a bungee cord to keep them contained.
First Aid Supplies
Medical handbook – What if you need to look up an emergency medical procedure? Get this book!
Anti-Diarrhea – No one likes the word diarrhea, but you need to be prepared.
Bandages – You just never know when you’ll need a bandaid.
Bandage Scissors – Not something you may think of, but you need it!
Bee sting kit – You need to be prepared with a bee sting kit.
Benadryl – Did you know Benadryl can be used for so many different things?
Betadine/iodine swabs – Make sure you grab some of these swabs!
Bug Spray 100% Deet – You need to protect yourself from the bugs.
Burn Gel – If you happen to get a burn, you’ll need to have burn gel on hand!
Butterfly bandages – The next best thing to stitches! You will want these available.
Calamine Lotion – If you get itchy, you will be glad you had calamine lotion on hand.
Chapstick/lip balm – If you get dry lips on a regular day, your lips are really going to be hurting in an emergency.
Contact case with saline – You won’t want to get caught without a contact case and saline!
Cough lozenges – You won’t be able to find cough lozenges anywhere after an emergency. Stay prepared.
Cough syrup – Again, you won’t be able to find cough supplies in an emergency, so stock up.
Ear Loop Masks (N-95), all sizes – Yes! You can never have too many of these on hand. The N-95 masks can really make a difference from other masks.
Essential oils – Emergencies will make people more dependent on natural remedies, like essential oils.
Fever Reducers – In case of an emergency, you will want to have fever reducers on hand.
Flashlights w/batteries – You can’t go wrong with having extra flashlights! Don’t forget the batteries.
Gauze Pads (sterile and non-sterile) – We need to have gauze pads after a disaster or unforeseen emergency.
Gloves (non-latex) – You need gloves in case of an emergency! Just think about contamination.
Headlamps are great for adults and kids. We need to see where we’re walking for safety reasons. Handcrank radio/flashlights are great as well.
Heat packs-Heating pads – There may come a time in which you need heat packs, particularly if you live in a cold climate.
Hemorrhoid Ointment/Suppositories – Although no one wants to think about it, hemorrhoid ointment and suppositories are essential.
Lotion/cream – If you get dry hands like me, you’ll want some lotion on hand in case of an emergency.
Multi-task knife – We can use one of these every day, right?
My Doctor Suggests Structured Silver – You will be glad you have this on hand when an emergency strikes.
Nail Clippers – You can’t exist in an emergency without nail clippers.
Pepto Bismol Chewables – You will find that the chewable ones are awesome to have on hand.
QuickClot – You will want to have QuickClot on hand, it could save your life.
Scissors – You never know what you may need to cut in an emergency.
Tweezers – Oh yes, don’t forget the tweezers!
Matches– If we need to start a fire, it’s critical to have a few matches available in the bucket.
Toilet paper – You can’t go wrong with having toilet paper in your personal hygiene kit.
Paper Towels– you can never have too many paper towels, right?
Hand sanitizer – I always carry hand sanitizer with me, especially in this kit.
Garbage bags 10-gallon and 33-gallon size – You can’t leave the house without garbage bags in your kit.
Duct tape – There is just something extraordinary about carrying duct tape with you! You can literally do anything with it.
Menstrual pads – You just never know when or where emergencies could happen, always carry menstrual pads in your personal hygiene kit.
#10 can with car toilet supplies Emergency Car Toilet Kit – You will need these car toilet supplies with you!
Tampons – If you prefer to wear tampons, make sure you put these in your kit.
Diapers – Diapers are a must if you have little ones!
Baby Wipes – I carry baby wipes in this kit because everyone can benefit from having baby wipes with them to use in many “sanitation needed” situations.
Mylar blankets – Staying warm needs to be a priority, which is why you need these blankets in your kit.
Food and Water
This is my favorite water that I store in my home, my garage, and in my car. Please keep in mind that it is safe to store in temperatures up to 145 degrees. I have several ways I store water, you can never have enough water stored, right?
Well, when you live in the desert heat can put a damper on what we can store safely. Of course, I can use the water stored outside in my 55-gallon barrel to wash dishes and for personal hygiene.
Drinking water is what I’m talking about today stored in these buckets. My favorite drinking water is called BlueCans. If you can find a distributor near your home you will save a lot of money by saving on the shipping costs.
You can also order them from Brownells (watch for coupons in their emails). If you sign up for their newsletter they sometimes offer free shipping, so get on their list. Don’t forget to have a few water filters in those buckets as well.
These do not leak and have a shelf-life of 50 years. Please be careful, these can freeze just like any other water product. Do not store these in your car if you live in areas where the temperatures are freezing. Any water product will freeze, we all know that.
Granola bars – These bars are so easy to eat on the go, and in an emergency.
Popcorn – A way to get something in your body when you are hungry and in an emergency situation.
Gum– While it’s not really food, but it may help us forget we’re hungry.
Hardtack – I show you how to make this recipe and it’s worth making at least once in your life.
Packaged Snacks – These are so easy to bring with you and last forever.
Jerky – You are going to need some protein in case of an emergency.
Store Them Easily In The Garage
They are easy to store in the garage if you are hauling stuff in your car around town. Put the emergency gift bucket gift back in your car when you return.
Whenever we can have emergency supplies in our home, in the car, or at work, there is a sense of peace that helps us relax knowing we are prepared for the unexpected.
Please let me know if the emergency bucket gift can be used in your home, for a wedding gift, or to give to a college student. It’s all about being ready for whatever comes our way. May God bless this world, Linda
20 thoughts on “The Emergency Bucket Gift You Need”
Hi Matt, thank you, my friend! Linda
These are great ideas! I’ve just (finally) gathered gallon jugs of water in case of an emergency…now to add to my supply.
Hi Renee, way to go on the gallons of water stored! We can do this, I promise! Linda
A battery powered/crank/solar emergency radio with flashlight or other small items make great stocking stuffers too. Kids also get really excited by headlamps, or at least my grandkids do.
Hi Alice, I love your comment! How did I forget the headlamps?? MY grandkids love them, too!! LOL! Adding both of these to the post right now. Thank you, Linda
Maybe a method or two to make fire.
Hi Bob, great comment! I will add that right now, Linda
Great ideas, Linda. One question though, how did you label the buckets?
Hi Karl, my daughter does “vinyl lettering”, but if you know someone who has a “Cricut” they can make the lettering for you. Or look up lettering in your city. Linda
I would love to get free emergency preparedness buckets please.
Hi Patricia, I’m hoping people give these as Christmas gifts. Linda
There are so many ads covering the screen I can barely see your message.
Hi Linda, you can tell your computer to block popups. I’m so sorry it costs so much money to run my website, right now it’s over $3000.00 a month. I have to have ads because I do not charge for anything on my website, Linda
Thanks. I know you need to make a living, but I could barely find your post and your posts are the best.
Hi Linda, I need to figure out how to tell my readers how to turn off the popups. So many of my readers just print out the article and file them. No ads in those. I need to ask my grandkids how to do block the ads. I’m so sorry, Linda
Please don’t be sorry. I value your website and wisdom. Meaning, I value your experience and you!
A note on a few of things. Buckets/water/etc. should never be set directly on the floor (especially a concrete one). Always up on something at least 6″ off the ground for many reasons. The N95 masks are probably a good idea, but the over the counter ones usually don’t fit properly. There can be zero gaps for them to work properly which is why the medical professionals have them fitted for them. I don’t like the can toilet, sorry lol. However, you can find a camping one that is small & keep it with the buckets to grab it easily. Many sporting goods stores carry them. It’s a good starting list. Better than most I’ve seen. I like the bucket ideas for when you have a vehicle you can use, but it would work for a shelter in place during disasters too. I’d actually do several and place them in different places in the house in case something happens to the part of the house where you stored them (I know someone that happened to with their emergency supply closet).
Don’t forget toilet paper and paper towels in your buckets for “Unexpected Emergencies” and many other uses.
Hi Brian, I need to go add these items to that post, thank you!! Linda