1) Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon monoxide is terrifying: It’s odorless and when inhaled displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives the heart, brain, and other vital organs of oxygen. Large amounts of CO can overcome you in minutes without warning—causing you to lose consciousness and suffocate. Yikes. We highly suggest the Nest Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detector, it has all the smart features of the Nest Home thermostat and works double as a smoke detector.
2) Portable Battery Charger
These things can be a lifesaver. When charged these packs can fully recharge an Iphone 7 three times. If you’re a camper or someone who frequents music festivals you can’t go wrong with the Anker Powercore 10000 which boasts an ultra-compact design and features an 18-month warranty.
3) Car Escape Tool
Now this one is literally a lifesaver. You can buy one for as cheap as $8, like Tools of Life Car Hammer and Seatbelt Cutter from Amazon. It also features a seatbelt cutter and is made from high impact polyurethane.
4) Space Heater
For $35 you can get a compact, plug-and-go space heater from Honeywell that has a 1500 Watt output and can quickly heat up small spaces in your house. If your furnace goes out in the middle of the night calling an emergency repairman can cost a fortune.
5) Power Generator
Not just for doomsday preppers, a power generator can provide enough electrical current to run important household appliances and emergency supplies like flood lights. The WEN 56180 is gas powered and is currently on sale for $180 and features all the bells and whistles of a commercial generator for a fraction of the cost.
6) Jumper Cables
The Cartman 4 Gauge Jumper Cable Set is what I’ve used and I sure was happy that I had them. If you don’t already have a set in your trunk then you’re not prepared to be a responsible motorist.
7) Home Security Cameras
If you own a house there’s really no excuse to not have a basic security camera system. They’re super cheap these days (Zmodo camera system – $99) and easily customizable so you can set them up to record video and store it in the cloud. If you’re ever a victim of property theft nothing tells a story like video.
8) Sidewalk Salt
A bag of pet-friendly, nontoxic sidewalk salt costs as little as $8 and can save you in a pinch if there’s a sudden snowstorm. Especially useful for walkways and hard to shovel areas.
9) Plan B (Contraception)
Guys can buy them at any local pharmacy and anyone who is sexually promiscuous should have one on handy.
10) Pet Insurance
Vet bills can pile up in a hurry. Pet insurance can be really useful if you can’t afford those crazy emergency situations.