Updated: May 4
Many women carry a purse when they leave their home. It usually contains essentials they know they may need. An emergency kit ought to contain these same items. Women have specific needs that are not met by basic emergency kits. Men can also improvise with these same items or include them to help a woman in need. Think of the many ways you could use each everyday item listed below in an emergency:
Elastic hair ties
Compact makeup mirror
Lotion (Corn Huskers)
Chapstick - Chapstick is basically a tube of wax. There are many uses for chapstick:
Keep foreign matter out of a wound.
Keep infection away from sores.
As a fire starter, pull cotton off the tip of the q-tip, fluff it out, take a bit of the chapstick and rub it into the fibers, then use a lighter and touch it to the cotton. The wax makes the cotton burn longer. You can also use the juniper tree bark and rub the wax into it. Put the other end of the q-tip into the top of the chapstick and it will burn quite a while as you turn the canister. The longer your makeshift lighter works, the more likely you will be able to get a real fire going. It can also serve as a makeshift birthday candle.
Chapstick can lubricate wire threads like on a flashlight and can make it more waterproof.
It can protect steel knives and keeps them from rusting.
It helps with friction when using tools like a grip or vice - smooths it out.<