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After enduring and surviving hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, we have paid more attention to keeping these basic survival items with us at all times.
Baby Food Squeezers
My cousin Christie turned us on to these healthy portable snacks with a really long shelf life. Squeezable, yummy goodness!
Bug Zapper
John would have never survived Puerto Rico without his "Zapper!" Here's the latest and greatest model that has a lithium battery, as well as, USB charging capabilities. It's a "gotta have" if you are traveling to a bug infested area! And the snap, crackle, pop of mosquitoes is quite satisfying!
Collapsible Silicone Water Bottles
Durable and lightweight. Made of BPA-free silica gel and non-toxic. Easy to pack.
Leatherman Multitool
We never would have survived the hurricanes in Puerto Rico without this handy tool. Everyone should have one.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
This official LifeStraw personal water filter will provide 264 gallons (1,000 liters) of safe drinking water without using chemicals. It removes 99.9999% of bacteria including Escherichia coli (e-coli), campylobacter, vibrio cholera, pseudomonas aeruginosa, shigella, salmonella. No shelf life, can be stored indefinitely even after use. Doesn't take up much space in our bags and doesn't weigh much. (Dimensions: 229 mm (9") x 25 mm (1") -- Weight: 57 grams / 2 oz.)
Luci Inflatable Solar Light
This handy, solar lamp gives new meaning to "brilliance." They collapse and don't weigh very much. They can be used as a porch light, flashlight or lantern. So cool!
John says that if we are ever stranded on a desert island, or an island after a hurricane this is the best tool to have. He packs a 12" in his bag for using during our housesits. You never know when you might need to clear some brush or hack down a low lying coconut for some yummy deliciousness!
Mosquitoes Pest Diffuser-Insect Deterrent
Even though we don't travel with this item, we order via Amazon as soon as we get to a housesit. In Texas, this handy little "egg" saved us from a lot of mosquito misery. It also smells really nice!
Whether for strapping items or hanging out clothes, every savvy traveler should have heavy duty nylon paracord.
Pepper Spray Gel
This is part of my running "uniform" each morning. I've never had to use it, but I definitely feel safer with it attached to my hand! I LOVE the pink!
Permethrin Clothing Inset Repellent
Before any trip to a tropical climate it's a good idea to spray all of your clothing with permethrin. Lasts up to 6 weeks (or 6 washings); will not stain or damage clothing, fabrics, plastics, finished surfaces, or outdoor gear. Odorless after drying; ideal for hunters and jungle explorers!.
Portable Solar Charger
We wish we had had this charger after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. When the mail was finally operational our friends, Tom and Sue, received one of these awesome gadgets from friends. If you are going to be anywhere where there is a threat of losing power, this charger is a MUST!
Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets
After hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, these handy tablets were popular.
Terro Liquid Ant Baits
If you've ever had a problem with ants, the Terro folks make the absolute best ant traps. After hurricane Maria, we were invaded with crazy ants and we would have been as crazy as them had we not had the forethought to order these traps beforehand.

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