In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti (donate to Red Cross or Doctors without Borders), I’ve started to have recurring dreams about preparing a survival kit for an upcoming earthquake. In my dream, I am laying in my bed, scanning my room and picking out which items I would pull together to put in a bag near the door. They include my passport, some cash, extra contact lenses, a change of clothes, and I think a hand-powered flashlight. Well, now that I’m awake I figure it’s about time to put this kit together.

It seemed especially timely when I noticed that Kimberly Kane had re-posted this Security Message (which she found on the blog of a friend of hers who works for the Camden, New Jersey Fire Department, original source not sited). Kimberly recommends Red Cross’s pre-made kit, and I couldn’t agree more. I love the Red Cross; back when I was a Water Safety Instructor in my swim coaching days I got a lot out of their First Aid for the Professional Rescuer and CPR courses.

What struck me as I pulled together toiletries, clothes, and documents, was that my survival kit was looking like an embellished version of my slut kit. Well, an over-night bag is what it is. I wonder if what I take with me when I leave my home is similar to that which other people pack on their nights out — whether it’s a trip to a bar, a play party, or porn shoot.

The slut kit, while it has many variations based on plans for the night, is essentially as follows:

SLUT KIT

  • Toiletries (travel-sized toothbrush and contact lense solution)
  • Cash and ID
  • Lighter
  • Power bar and water
  • Warm clothing

Now, this kit can also include, depending on the occasion:

  • Harness and cock (usually worn packing) see my Sex Toys list for ideas.
  • Hitachi Magic Wand with extension cord; or
  • Travel-friendly vibes like the Acuvibe Jr. or waterproof Mystic Wand. Plus Batteries.
  • For bondage enthusiasts Hemp Starter Kit (one 30-foot and two10-foot length of 6mm and safety scissors…) is nice to have on hand. Of course you can add more, based on your experience.
  • For porn shoots, this list includes 2 government issued IDs (and make-up powder).

Then, compare this list to the survival kit found on Ready.gov.

SURVIVAL KIT

WATER

  • Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
  • Store one gallon of water per person per day. Don’t forget your pets.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).
  • Change this water every six months. Household liquid bleach to kill microorganisms:
  • Use only regular household liquid bleach that contains 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite. Do not use scented bleaches, colorsafe bleaches or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Add 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water, stir and let stand for 30 minutes. If the water does not have a slight bleach odor, repeat the dosage and let stand another 15 minutes.
  • The only agent used to treat water should be household liquid bleach. Other chemicals, such as iodine or water treatment products sold in camping or surplus stores that do not contain 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite as the only active ingredient, are not recommended and should not be used.

FOOD

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables.
  • Canned juices, milk, soup
  • Sugar, salt, pepper
  • High energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix; foods that will not increase thirst.
  • Vitamins
  • Foods for infants, elderly, persons with special dietary needs
  • Comfort/stress foods: cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags.
  • Pet food, at least one ounce per animal pound per day.
  • Avoid foods like rice, pasta and dry beans that require a great deal of water to prepare. Remember to restock your food once a year.

FIRST AID KIT

  • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • Cleansing agent/soap
  • Latex gloves (2 pairs)
  • Sunscreen
  • 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • Triangular bandages (3)
  • Non-prescription drugs such as Pain relievers, Anti-diarrhea medicines, Antacid, Syrup of Ipecac (used to induce vomiting with the advice of a Poison Control Center), Laxatives, Activated charcoal (used with advice from the Poison Control Center)
  • Various roller bandages
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Needle
  • Moistened towelettes
  • Antiseptic
  • Thermometer
  • Tongue blades (2)
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

TOOLS AND SUPPLIES

  • Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, in case banks are closed in the days following an earthquake
  • Non-electric can opener or a utility knife
  • Small fire extinguisher
  • Pliers
  • Tape
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Signal flare
  • Paper, pencil
  • Needles, thread
  • Medicine dropper
  • Wrench, to turn off gas and water

SANITATION

  • Toilet paper
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies
  • Plastic garbage bags and ties
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Poop bags and scooper for pet waste

CLOTHING AND BEDDING

  • Sturdy shoes or work boots (keep near your bed)
  • Rain gear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses (keep your spare eyeglasses in the emergency kit, too.)

DOCUMENTS

  • Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Passports, social security cards, immunization records
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card account numbers and companies
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

It’s amazing how much is on this list, and how vital all of it could be to survival. What do you pack to feel prepared? I often pack on the light-side, bringing with me the bare-minimum. When I fly I rarely check bags. Being a sucker for lists, though, packing for survival seems like something worth the excess. I’m used to being on the road and preparing for the unexpected. If the big one were to hit California, maybe people in the sex industry will have a plan.