You need a survival kit. You probably need more than one survival kit, but one is a start. Check out the TrueRisk index to help determine your threats that apply to you and start planning in conjunction with developing your kits. Here are a few of the various types of survival kits with short descriptions:
- Disaster/Survival Kit: In place survival kit with supplies for basic disaster mitigation and lengthening the period that you can comfortably live in your home without assistance. The majority of preppers wisely start with this kit since it is applicable to many types of likely and unlikely threats.
- Bug Out Bag (BOB): Mobile kit condensed to a bag that focuses on tools for survival. Also designed to be lightweight and accessible quickly. It can also be called a 72 Hour Kit or a Go Bag depending on functionality and preference.
- Every Day Carry (EDC): This system of tools and equipment are kept on your person for rapid use without notice. A concealed carry handgun is often included in the system, and is of a similar mindset.
- Get Home Bag (GHB): Mobile kit often kept in vehicles to traverse whatever likely distance to literally get home. A change of clothes and gear accounting for typical weather patterns or risks encountered on this trip home are included.
- Car Kit: Kept in vehicles to repair or stay in the car for a longer period if necessary. This kit is to avoid being stranded and to survive if you are. They are very common in areas that experience harsh winter weather patterns and suggested everywhere else.
- First Aid Kit (FAK): Medical supplies and tools condensed into a kit designed to be rapidly accessible. This is usually tacked on to other survival kits as a modular kit, and is one of the more important components.
- Specialized Kit: Whether a small survival kit meant to be attached to a bike, or a modular chemical/biological/nuclear protection kit- these kits are for specialized purposes. These are the important kits to know based on your lifestyle and the type of threats you expect to encounter.