When the unthinkable happens, fortune will always favor the prepared. We’ve taken our cues from the American Red Cross to provide you with a list of essential items for your home emergency kits. We love these products so much, we want to share them to the world, and we may earn affiliate commission if you find them as essential as we do.

Flashlights, for everyone

Flashlights for everyone are absolutely necessary if self-reliance is important to you and your family. These Evelots Handcrank Flashlights have two powerful LED lights that don’t require batteries, or the sun, and actually store excess energy.

The wrist band is a nice touch, and this crank flashlight doesn’t require you to constantly crank it to keep the flashlight lit.

Evelots Hand Crank Flashlight-Camping-Home-Car-No Battery-LED Bright Light-Set/4, Amazon
Evelots Hand Crank Flashlight Set/4, Amazon

Customer review: “The crank works fine. Has a switch to lock the crank up, and another to turn on the light with stored electricity which makes it FAR better than ones you have to crank to keep illuminated.” – K. E. Wilson

Deluxe family first aid kit

You can bet the American Red Cross included a deluxe first-aid kit in their list of essential items in your home emergency kit. They also list it as important for your “on the go” emergency kit too.

This All Purpose First Aid Kit has 299 different pieces, enabling treatment for just about anything that comes up.

First Aid Only FAO-442 All-Purpose First Aid Kit, 299 Pieces, Amazon
First Aid Only FAO-442 All-Purpose First Aid Kit, 299 Pieces, Amazon

Customer review: “All in all, if you’re looking for a portable first aid kit that is easily accessible, this is a great choice. It fits nicely in a large compartment of a backpack (where I keep mine), a large purse, or you could fit it in the glove box of most vehicles.” – Kyle T.

RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio

When disaster strikes, the old methods of receiving information might be all you have. The American Red Cross classifies the RunningSnail Solar Crank Radio, with access to NOAA weather (for if you live in a hurricane, flood, snow, or tornado zone, so basically everywhere) as a must.

This radio can also be charged in four (count ’em!) different ways, has a flashlight, and it can charge your cell phone.

RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio, Amazon
RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio, Amazon

Customer review: “I have had other NOAA weather radios in the past, but this little guy is THE BEST EVER!!! It powers with solar, or batteries or crank. It picks up AM and FM very clear for a small radio. The NOAA weather channel comes in nice and clear as well.” – Deb Kaye

Fresh water filter

Keeping a supply of fresh water is a great idea if you have the storage space. But even if you do have the space, keeping a Lifestraw Go Water Filter Bottle in your emergency kit is a good idea.

This filter is an on-the-go water bottle, enabling you constantly replenish your water supply while at home, or if you’re on the move.

LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw for Hiking, Backpacking, and Travel, Amazon
LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw, Amazon

Customer review: I have just come back from travelling around Cambodia and Vietnam for 2 months and used this for my entire journey. I DID NOT GET ILL. Not once.” – Miss E M Mathieson