A survival kit is a package of basic tools and supplies prepared to help you survive an emergency. Civil and military aircraft, lifeboats and spaceships are equipped with survival kits. Not sure what to include in your survival gear list? Well, here are some useful tips to make it more manageable. To begin with, you'll want to consider several possible perspectives depending on the type of scenario you're planning.
You can choose to include equipment that is modern and relatively tall in nature. On the other hand, you may only include simpler and more primitive equipment. Often, the best approach is to include some of the two. First, you need to make sure that any type of equipment you include is something you're very familiar with.
You should make sure that you are completely safe to use all of the materials on your survival equipment list before including it in a package for use in the field. Wearing untested and unknown equipment will likely put your life or that of your family in very real danger. Simple tools such as flint and steel for making fire, a knife for carving or an axe for splitting wood are excellent. Remember, simple doesn't mean easy.
Practice using these tools in different conditions, even in difficult climates, in low light, and when it's cold and tired. While it's good to have small bandages and antibacterial ointment in your first aid kit, if you're on a long backpacking trip, it's vital to carry a triangular bandage and gauze for compression. These items are for serious injuries and can be used with a makeshift splint. After severe weather conditions, clean drinking water may not be available.
Keep two-week bottled water on hand, at least one gallon of water per person, per day. If a power outage leaves your region without power and without access to the grocery store, you'll appreciate having stored non-perishable food in advance. If you have a evacuation, the Red Cross estimates that you will need enough food for three days; if you stay at home, make sure you have food ready to eat for about two weeks. Jim Cobb, editor-in-chief of Prepper Survival Guide and Backwoods Survival Guide magazines, likes the 5.11 Tactical RUSH24 bag, saying it's “robust without being ridiculously huge.
If you want more variety and are thinking of supplementing your broth with freeze-dried foods, Survival Mom, Prepper Potpourri and David at Preppers Survive like Mountainhouse. Coyne only uses Energizer, and Ramey doesn't move from his Panasonic Eneloops “because they last a long time sitting on a shelf, and Survival Mom loves the ones in Survival Frog (unrelated).