How to Create a Survival Kit

Hi Guys!

In this day and age there are different types of survival kits that you can create.  There is the Zombie Apocalypse survival kit (Just kidding!) But onto a more practical and useful side, there are ones like Road Trip survival kits, College Survival Kits and Library Survival kits.  These are the ones that I’ll be doing today.  Because we all know that these are the three that will be needed once you start your life at college.

Road Trip Survival Kit

This is going to be used quite a bit, especially if you are going to be road tripping home or to other places with your friends or just because.

  • Road Trip Bag – this is important to have so that you can keep everything organized.
  • Sleep pillow and eye mask – if you happen to be traveling with friends or someone else that can drive, switching drivers is a great way to get where you’re going and each be rested.  The pillow and the eye mask make catching those few zzzz much easier.
  • Wet wipes, hand sanitizer – Have you ever been to a truck stop bathroom?  IF you have then you know exactly why you need these!  Also this make it easier to clean your hands on the road.  Don’t worry about that melting ice cream cone, now you can clean yourself up!
  • Snacks – healthy or not, that is up to you but snacks are a necessity.  As the driver these snacks can keep you awake, and keeps the hangry away.  If you bring your own along then you won’t be tempted to stop at a gas station and pay $4 for a sandwich or something like that.
  • Books, Magazines, Ipad/eReader, Music – These things will keep you busy while you’re on the road.  A good book or three will never go amiss, I never travel without something to read.  Magazines like a book is something that can keep you busy.  I love getting inspiration from them.  From crafts to try, to new recipes or even that next road trip destination.  Magazines can have it all.  Ipad/eReader – Now I know I already covered books and magazines, but having your Ipad or eReader can help with this if you have both on there.  Not to mention keeping movies and music all in one place.  Also being able to work on things on the Ipad is a nice incentive too.
  • Headphones – Now depending on who is controlling the radio, having headphones can save you the hassle and headache of dealing with their choice in music. You can watch a movie, listen to music or a new audio book all while they’re listening to something else.
  • Notebook & Pen – I know that I’m not the only one that ends up needing to write something down only to find there is nothing in the car that I can use.  Having a pen and notebook around ends this problem.
  • First Aid Kit – Alright, maybe ya’ll aren’t as clumsy as I am, but I’ve learned that traveling with a first aid kit is a must.  I swear there are times that I trip over air and end up cutting, or scrapping something.  So just as a precaution this is something that I recommend.

Now of course there are other things that are brought along.  Like your cell phone and chargers for all electronic devices.  But hopefully these things are a no brainer, however, if you tend to be forgetful like I am I would suggest making a packing list to insure that everything ends up in the car with you.

College Survival Kit

This is something that can make sure that you have something just in case you need it.  A lot of times it’s things that don’t even occur to you when you are heading off to school.  Here are a list of things to help you survive you time at school.  Some will have explanations others wont, but it all works.

  • Batteries
  • Extention cords – because we all know that the wall plugs are never in the place where you need them.
  • Safety Pins
  • Command Strips
  • stain removing pen
  • lint roller
  • Krazy glue
  • shower shoes (use flip flops… its so much easier)
  • Sharpies
  • Stapler
  • Hole Puncher
  • Ramen noodles – because after those tuition payments, this is probably all we can afford to eat.   🙂
  • Popcorn – for those night’s you aren’t studying and can watch a movie… or a new TV show.
  • Your Favorite Movies or shows – For your downtime… you won’t always be studying.
  • Earplugs – because you never know when you’re going to need them.  If you’re in the dorms, those walls can be pretty thin.
  • Headphones – pretty much the opposite of earplugs, but you know you’re going to need them at some point.  Not only do they block out noise for when you’re studying, but they also enable you to watch a movie on your laptop without disturbing everyone else.
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Gum
  • bandages
  • Coffee
  • sewing kit
  • ibuprofen
  • Aspirin
  • cough drops
  • scissors
  • nail clippers
  • Febreeze – because you know that when you walk into the room and need to refresh the entire room.
  • Sleeping mask – for those time you want to sleep but it’s either daylight out or you have a roommate who’s using the light.
  • Water Pitcher with a filter – The easiest way to try and be healthy during the semester is to drink water.  And depending on where you are tap water may or may not be a good idea.  But if you have a water pitch with a filter, then you can just use tap water and refill your bottles.  If this is something that you can’t have, for example you don’t have your own fridge.  Then I would suggest a water bottle with a filter.
  • Desk lamp – Just in case your dorm doesn’t have one… or if you’re in your own apartment then you’ll need one.  This way you can save money by using this instead of the room light.
  • Extra sheets – You never know when life will happen and yours will be dirty.  Save yourself the drama of having to sleep on a mattress with no sheets by having an extra set.
  • Overnight bag – you never know when you and your besties will decide on a spontaneous road trip or weekend away.  If you have this then you can just throw in what you need and take off for some fun!

Hopefully these things will get you through your semester in one piece as well as hopefully healthy and sane.

Library Survival Kit

It’s that time again, time to lock yourself and you textbooks up in the Library and study for whatever quiz, exam, or final you have coming up.  I know what you’re thinking … the semester just started.  Believe me I’ve been there, you will soon be heading somewhere to study.  But don’t go in there unprepared.  You’ll just end up leaving to go get what you need and decide in the end that you shouldn’t go back (been there done that!) So to head this off I’ve come up with a list of things to help you survive your library time.

  • Backpack – This one is a no brainer… If you’re going to be studying … or writing a paper then you’re going to be needing you text books and pretty much anything that you have in here.
  • Laptop – Depending on what kind of a study-er you are you will probably want your laptop with you.  If you don’t have one of your own chances are that you libraries media center will have one that you can rent.
  • Planner – Now you don’t need to have a hard bound version of this.  You can use a version for your phone if that’s your preference.  But I recommend using something to keep track of your everything that you have going on in your life.
  • Phone – If you are planning on spending more  than just 5 minutes in here then you are going to need this.
  • Chargers – Phone charger… Laptop charger… these are a must have for study time.
  • Headphones – whether you are listening to music or just have something playing in the background to block out the noise around you headphones are key to either of these.
  • Coffee – Homemade, Starbucks, DD, Coffeewaves or Paneras. The choice is yours, but if you are going to be pulling an all nighter you are going to need caffeine.
  • Snacks – Face it… you’re going to get hungry.  Might as well bring something that you have at home and not spend money you don’t have to in order to eat.
  • Water bottle – keep hydrated!  This is important.  If you don’t it’s that much harder to stay healthy.
  • Jacket – Well you can use a hoodie… or a sweater… heck bring in a fluffy blanket if you want, but know that you will need something to keep you warm because those libraries are going to be cold.

 

Well that’s it for today.  This has actually inspired me to come up with some more of these.  Let’s see what I can come up with, and if you have any survival kit ideas let me know.  If you create any of these and share a picture please tag me in it. @tabithajeanett for twitter and instagram and @tabbja for snapchat.  Also feel free to follow me.

Until Next Time!

Tabby

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