A Fourth of July survival kit is something you need to make sure you have a grand time during the holiday weekend without a hitch. Since you still have time before the actual Fourth of July weekend, make sure you have everything you will need. You need to be doubly sure your Fourth of July survival kit is complete before leaving for your weekend getaway. Things can get a little problematic if you leave something important at home.
A lot of people will be trooping to the beach to enjoy the holiday. Others will be heading to the nearest campsite while some will take the time to go visit their loved ones. And then there are those who will watch parades, re-enactments, concerts, and kinds of celebrations.
Suffice to say, it will be quite difficult to maneuver through the crowd of cars and people. You’ll enjoy the festivities more if you don’t have to find a store just to get something you forgot back home. Make a checklist so you won’t forget your Fourth of July survival kit.
Wear the Proper Attire
Start with the right clothes to wear. Of course, you’ll need swimsuit for when you take a dip in the water. Bring at least two sets of swimwear if you’re sending more than a day at the beach.
If you’re hiking or doing something else that requires you to be outside, a pair of board shorts or a bikini may not be suitable. You’ll need hiking pants, long shorts or any pair of comfortable trousers along with a quick dry top under your long-sleeved shirt. You’ll be sweating buckets under the sun so you’ll be glad that you wore something that dries up quickly.
For your foot wear, it will depend on where you’re spending the holiday weekend. When you’re at the beach, a pair of flip-flops is a must-have. Hiking shoes are necessary for hiking and camping. A comfortable pair of sneakers will serve its purpose when you’re out partying, watching a concert, or enjoying the parade. A quick-drying pair of socks is also a must-have.
Protect Yourself From the Sun
Whether you’re hitting the beach, going camping, or just watching the local celebration, you must never forget to protect yourself from the sun. You don’t want to return to work with a sunburnt face, do you?
Bring your favorite pair of sunglasses to help shield your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. Better yet, invest on a pair with polarized lenses to protect your eyes even more. A wide-brimmed hat or a cap, meanwhile, will help take care of your head, including your sensitive face.
An umbrella or parasol can only do so much against the sun’s rays. In fact, it only blocks a portion of the UV rays, according to How Stuff Works. If you wish to take full advantage of an umbrella, use a large one with “heavy, dark, (and) opaque fabric.”
Perhaps your best protection against the UV rays is sunscreen. Make sure you have one that has at least SPF 30 in your Fourth of July survival kit. Put some on 30 minutes before heading out then reapply after swimming. If you have to stay under the sun for an extended period, apply sunscreen throughout the day.
You need to take a sip every now and then to prevent thirst and dehydration. Try not to buy bottled water while you’re out. It can be annoying to line up to buy water. Plus, the plastic bottle is not good for the environment.
Bring your own water bottle or hydration pack wherever you go. If you run out of water, look for a refilling station. Most music festivals have one.
Hunger pangs will not be a problem if you’re having a barbecue in your backyard or an Independence Day feast at our in-laws. But if you’re spending the weekend outdoors, you may want to bring something to snack on.
Forget about chocolate bars. They’d melt and make a mess in your bag or pocket. Include crackers, energy bars, nuts, or even fruits in your Fourth of July survival kit instead. Pop Sugar has a list of snacks you can take to a music festival. This can also apply to your beach trip and other Fourth of July festivities.
Stay In Touch
Whether you’re going out alone or with a group, best you stay in touch with the folks back home. Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
Bring your phone and an extra battery pack or a powerbank so you can call or text when you need to. Make sure you memorize the phone number of at least one contact person. This is vital during emergency situations, particularly in those times when you can’t stop and fiddle on your phone looking for someone to call.
If you have one of those old school two-way radios, might as well bring them to your trip. This will prove handy when your phone runs out of juice or when the signal is weak or non-existent. And you need to contact someone else in your group.
Some people say the best way to enjoy a concert, show or beautiful scenery is to watch or look with your own naked eyes. While this is true, your memory will soon fade and all you have are photographs to remind you of the past.
Include a camera in your Fourth of July survival kit. A digital camera will work best, especially if your camera phone is not that great. A DSLR camera, meanwhile, is too bulky to truly enjoy the outdoors, unless you’re a professional photographer that is.
Stay Safe Against Fireworks
Fireworks displays are amazing and fun to watch, especially at night. However, they pose a threat to your safety if not handled properly. If you’re lighting your own fireworks, you need to consider everyone’s safety.
Fireworks-related accidents are quite common during Fourth of July festivities. In fact, eight people died while almost 13,000 were hurt in 2017 because of fireworks.
Aside from handling fireworks properly and carefully, you should also have a first aid kit in your Fourth of July survival kit. You also have to know how to treat burns and other injuries related to fireworks. There should also be a fire extinguisher standing by in case fire breaks out.
Be Ready to Defend Yourself
Most Fourth of July celebrations will be flowing with beer and other alcoholic beverages. Expect people to get drunk and rowdy. If things escalate, you need to leave immediately to avoid getting caught in the middle of a fistfight.
In case you are the target of drunk hooligans, you should have something to defend yourself. Your Fourth of July survival kit should include an emergency whistle to scare away your would-be attackers and to attract other people who may want to help you out.
If you have no other option but to fight back, you’ll need self-defense tools. Pepper sprays or stun guns should definitely be part of your Fourth of July survival kit. They’re pretty effective against attackers as long as you know how to use them properly.
Tactical pens or even a pocket knife will also be useful against thugs. Of course, you need to make sure your knife is legal in the state where you’re celebrating Independence Day. Also, use your knife only to scare them off. But if it comes to it, you should know how to use it. This goes for your tactical pen and other tools that could hurt or maim.
Other Survival Gear Must-Haves
Your Fourth of July survival kit will not be complete without other tools for survival, especially if you’re spending the weekend in the wilderness. If you are, don’t forget your tactical flashlight, camping lantern, waterproof matches, lighter, paracord, signal mirror, and multi-tool.
Check out this list of DIY items courtesy of Homestead and Survival, which you can include in your Fourth of July survival kit.
Show Your Patriotism
Finally, celebrating Independence Day wouldn’t be complete without you showing your patriotism. You don’t have to dress up as a soldier and stay on guard while carrying the flag, though. There are lots of other ways you can do that. Thought Catalog gathered a few examples of how you can show your patriotic side.
Still, displaying the American Flag is a great way to show your love for your country. If you don’t have an actual flag, you can make your own patriotic displays. In fact, you can turn this into arts and craft activity, which the kids will surely enjoy. Here are a couple more patriotic ideas from Urban Sitter.
Perhaps the most important yet often overlook aspect of the Fourth of July is the reason why we are celebrating such an occasion. Make sure the true spirit of Independence Day is not lost on you and the rest of your family and friends.
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