Here’s a list for a basic survival kit that you can build on your own. The biggest problem is what to carry it in, you want something small that can hold water. That brings up a key point, make sure your survival kit is not to big or you won’t carry it with you. The smaller and lighter it is the higher the probability that you will take it with you.
Big and heavy survival kits get left at home. Another key point is that as your survival skills grow your survival kit shrinks, the more you know the less you need or the more you can improvise.
Now, the key to a good survival kit is that you always have an “heir and a spare“. The saying comes from the old days when a king would always try and have two sons, so that if one died in battle or from disease, he would still have an heir to the throne. What that means to us is to always have a back-up for every item, for example, more than one way to light a fire (i.e. matches and a flint).
I’ve included the survival use with each item.
Well, here’s the basic survival kit list:
- Heat & Attitude = Flint and steel + fire-starter / Lighter + candle
- Rescue = Whistle / Signal mirror
- Food = Fish hooks and line / Snare wire
- Location = Map / Compass
- Light = Photon light / Light stick
- Cutting = Small Knife / Flexible saw
- Weather Protection = Survival bag or blanket / Poncho
- Shelter/1st Aid = Parachute cord / Duct tape (on pencil)
- Food = Hard candy / Power Bar
- Storage = Condom (for water) / Survival gear case
- Water = Water purification tablets / Filter Straw
- It beats pine needles = Toilet paper or paper towels in a zip-lock bag
The last one is pure convenience, but its lightweight and doesn’t take up much space, besides you can always use it for fire starter.
Also, a good choice for the food is something you don’t like (the nastiest food bar you can find), otherwise people have a tendency to snack on it when those outdoor munchies hit and then when you really need it its not there. One trick is to wrap the food bar in duct tape so it’s harder to get to and then you won’t eat it out of convenience, but in a survival situation you’ll cut that baby out.
Finally, another reminder to KEEP IT SMALL, if the kit is to big you won’t take it with you.