Basic survival kits

Restoring the things we take for granted

Photo: ©UNHCR/Diago Ibarra Sánchez

Many refugee families lose everything in their escape – their homes, livelihoods and possessions. In the immediate aftermath of fleeing, accessing basic essentials is the first step to helping refugees regain a sense of control and survive the immediate days, weeks and months ahead.

Essentials like blankets to keep them warm and mattresses to sleep on at night. Stoves and cooking pots, so they can prepare food together. Solar lamps, so children can study and feel safe when darkness falls.

With the help of our supporters, UNHCR is delivering kits of these core relief items to families all over the world – helping them to survive, start over and return to some kind of normality as quickly as possible.


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and sleeping mats to keep people warm and comfortable.

Mosquito nets

to protect families from deadly malaria.


and kitchen sets, so families can prepare warm meals.

Solar lamps

so children can study and move around safely at night.


to fetch clean water for drinking and washing.

Cooking pots, blankets and hope for Laila

“Two of my children stayed in Myanmar,” says Rohingya mother Laila Begum. “I don’t know when I’ll see them again.” She and her youngest children now live at Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh – sleeping in a makeshift shelter and uncertain what the future might hold.

Fortunately, they have all the essentials for day-to-day survival, thanks to a kit of emergency relief items provided by UNHCR. Inside were cooking pots, blankets, a tarpaulin to protect them from the elements and a solar lantern to help them feel safe at night. With the help of this kit, Laila and her children are continuing with life as best they can – and holding out hope for better times to come.

Photo: ©UNHCR/Andrew McConnel

Did you know that our basic survival kits often contain phone chargers, so that refugees can stay in touch with loved ones back home?

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