I believe T.R. mentioned gloves as being a very necessary prep item a while back and then I run into this post titled Inexpensive Yet CRITICAL Prep? GLOVES! That must be the world telling me to buy more gloves.
Gloves really do make a difference and considering that many of us desk-jockeys (like me) aren’t used to toiling away at hard labor jobs all day–as you may well be doing in an emergency–your hands will appreciate the forethought.