Survival Kit Guide

The survival kit is a bundle of items and supplies made in preparation for survival situations; either purposed by civilians or military. There is no one single kit to follow as situations and tastes differ. But, we can still take queues from what is most being commonly done.

This is a model survival kit guide you can follow or not to help create the kit you’ll want to imagine you’ll need.

Survival Kit Guide

The things placed in your survival kit will rely on the kind of environment you’re going to be in. How much you carry will depend on how you’ll carry your kit. Kits meant for you to carry on foot will have to be lighter than those meant for you to carry by vehicle.

Furthermore, you will want to layer your kit. Namely by body, load bearing vest or equipment and platform such as rucksack or vehicle. You should keep on your body the most basic things such as the knife or lighter. For things not so important, you’ll want to place them in your load bearing vest or equipment. And lastly for the bulkier items, do place them in your platform.

For item selection, go and get items which are multipurpose, compact, lightweight, durable and especially functional. They should as much as possible also complement each other. Additionally, it is important to know that your kit doesn’t need to be elaborate.  So once we know all that, we’ll just have to then consider the categories these items are going to fall into.

You’ll have to divide your kit into categories of water, fire, shelter, food, medical, signal, and miscellaneous. Every one of these categories has to have items that will allow you to sustain your most basic needs.

Item Categories and Examples:

  • Water – includes canteens and water bags.
  • Fire – includes lighter, matches, magnesium bar, candle, and magnifying lens.
  • Shelter- includes a large knife, machete or hatchet, poncho, and hammock.
  • Food – includes knife, snare wire, fish hooks, fish and snare line, and aluminum foil.
  • Medical – includes safety pins and ibuprofen; may take up about half of your kit.
  • Signal – includes signaling mirror, strobe, pen flares, and whistles.
  • Miscellaneous – includes wrist compass, needle and thread, money, and a weapon only if needed.

Try and see if you can take inspiration from the “US Army Survival Kit“.

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