Survival Kit

Whether you call it a survival kit, bug-out bag, emergency survival kit or a backpack, the intent of the survival kit is to contain enough supplies to sustain your existence for x amount of days. The problem arises when one must determine what constitutes what supplies to pack as obviously packing for a trip to the arctic is entirely different than preparing for the Amazon jungle.

But what do the professionals, the people who make and sell survival kits think should be included in a standard survival kit? I’ve listed sample survival kit items from a very reputable company to give you an idea of how the professionals pack a survival kit.

Professional Survival Kit Examples:

Five Day Emergency Survival Kit for One Person. Giving an individual everything they need in order to survive for five days.

  • 32 TOTAL SERVINGS (Including Apple Cinnamon Cereal, Brown Sugar Cereal, Creamy Pasta, Southwest Beans and Rice, Hearty Tortilla Soup, and Whey Milk)

  • 5 X 4.227 FL. OZ. WATER POUCHES

  • PORTABLE STOVE (Including Fuel Tablets)

  • STAINLESS STEEL CUP

  • SQUEEZE FLASHLIGHT

  • 5-IN-1 SURVIVAL WHISTLE

  • 42 PIECE FIRST AID AND HYGIENE KIT (Including 37 Piece Bandage Kit, N95 Dust Mask, Pocket Tissues

  • 3 Wet Naps and Waste Bag)

  • WATERPROOF MATCHES

  • MYLAR BLANKET

  • EMERGENCY PONCHO

  • PLAYING CARDS

Standard Issue Items: These products have a 5 year shelf life.
24- 4oz. Water Pouches
12400 Calorie Food Bars (4800 Calories)
20 Water Purification Tablets-each tablet purifies 1 liter of water

Light and Communications: In the event of a power outage caused by you’ll have independent access to your own means of lighting and communication with the outside world.
AM/FM Radio with Headphones and Batteries
Rechargeable Squeeze Flashlight-3 LED flashlight
30 Hour Emergency Candle
12 Hour Emergency Bright Stick
5-in-1 Survival Whistle
Box of Waterproof Matches

Shelter and Warmth: These supplies will provide protection from outside weather forces. They will protect you from wind, sun, rain, and many other conditions you may encounter.
2 Emergency Survival Sleeping Bags
2 16 Hour Body Warmers
2 Person Tube Tent with Rope
2 Emergency Ponchos with Hood

Tools: These items are designed to be useful in disaster situations. They will be a valuable resource when you find yourself faced with navigation, transport, personal protection, or shelter troubles.
16 Function Knife
Pair of Leather Palm Work Gloves
295 Respirator Dust MasksNIOSH approved
50 Feet of Nylon Rope
Safety Goggles
Sewing Kit
All of our kit items are packed securely in a resealable, waterproof storage bag

Hygiene and Sanitation: When in a disaster situation it is useful to have access to hygiene products. Staying clean can protect against infection, disease, and depression.
224 Piece Deluxe Hygiene Kits
Tooth Brush
Tooth Paste
8 Wet Naps
Soap
Shampoo/ Conditioner
Dental Floss Pick
Twin Blade Razor
5” Black Comb
4 Maxi Pads/ Bandages
Washcloths
Shave Cream
6 Pocket Tissue Packs

First Aid: These first aid items can assist with minor injuries and protect against serious health concerns in disaster circumstances.
Guardian 65 Piece Deluxe First Aid Kit

Other: These items are useful for stress relief and activity in strenuous or challenging circumstances.
Notepad
Golf Pencil
Deck of playing cards for entertainment
Infectious Waste Bag

Emergency Survival Kit Information:
This survival kit was designed using advice from experts in the emergency preparedness industry. It follows guidelines given by government agencies and non-profit preparedness organizations.

This survival kit was designed to meet the needs of a child 11 years and younger. This quality kit is packaged securely in our Multi-pocket Hikers Backpack.

The kit includes the following:

Food and Water: The food and water in this kit will comfortably provide you with adequate nutrition for 72-hours without access to additional supplies. These products have a 5 year shelf life.
12- 4oz. Water Pouches
6 – 400 Calorie Food Bars (2400 Calories)
10 Water Purification Tabletseach tablet purifies 1 liter of water

Light and Communication: In the event of a power outage caused by you’ll have independent access to your own means of lighting and communication with the outside world.
AM/FM Radio with Batteries and Headphones
Rechargeable Squeeze Flashlight3 LED flashlight
3 – 12 Hour Emergency Bright Stick
5-in-1 Survival Whistle

Shelter and Warmth: These supplies will provide protection from outside weather forces. They will protect you from wind, sun, rain, and many other conditions you may encounter.
Warm Fleece Blanket
16 Hour Body Warmer
Emergency Poncho for Children

Tools: These items are designed to be useful in disaster situations. They will be a valuable resource when you find yourself faced with navigation, transport, personal protection, or shelter troubles.
Warm Winter Gloves
N95 Respirator Dust MaskNIOSH approved
All of our kit items are packed securely in a resealable, waterproof storage bag

Hygiene and Sanitation: When in a disaster situation it is useful to have access to hygiene products. Staying clean can protect against infection, disease, and depression.
Hygiene Kit
Tooth Brush
Tooth Paste
8 Wet Naps
Soap
3 Pocket Tissue Packs

First Aid: These first aid items can assist with minor injuries and protect against serious health concerns in disaster circumstances.
37 Piece Portable First Aid Kit

Other: These items are useful for stress relief and activity in strenuous or challenging circumstances.
Activity Coloring Book with Crayons
Children Toys Emergency Survival Kit Information:
This survival kit was designed using advice from experts in the emergency preparedness industry. It follows guidelines given by government agencies and non-profit preparedness organizations.

Weight: 9lbs

Dimensions (length x width x height): 15×12×6

This kit contains the following:

Food and Water: The food and water in this kit will comfortably provide you with adequate nutrition for one day without access to additional supplies. These products have a 5 year shelf life.
6- 4oz. Water Pouches
1 – 400 Calorie Food Bar Cherry Flavor
10 Water Purification Tablet’s – each tablet purifies 1 liter of water
24 oz. Water Purification Bottle

Light and Communications: In the event of a power outage caused by disaster you’ll have independent access to your own means of lighting and communication with the outside world.
Four Function Dynamo Flashlight with Radio
5-in-1 Survival Whistle
Box of Waterproof Matches
36″” x 24″” Bright Orange Help Flag

Shelter and Warmth: These supplies will provide protection from outside weather forces. They will protect you from wind, sun, rain, and many other conditions you may encounter.
Fire Resistant Wool Blanket 62″” x 80″”
2- Emergency Poncho’s with Hood

Tools: These items are designed to be useful in disaster situations. They will be a valuable resource when you find yourself faced with navigation, transport, personal protection, or shelter troubles.
Tundra Fire Extinguisher
Compact Multi-function Shovel
16 Function Knife
Leather Palm Work Gloves
2 N95 Respirator Dust Mask’s
NIOSH approved
50 Feet of Nylon Rope
Safety Goggles
Hard hat
3 Function Hatchet (hatchet, pry bar, hammer)
Pack of nails
All of our kit items are securely packed in a resealable, waterproof storage bags

Hygiene and Sanitation: When in a disaster situation it is useful to have access to hygiene products. Staying clean can protect against infection, disease, and depression.


24 Piece Deluxe Hygiene Kit
Tooth Brush
Tooth Paste
9 Wet Nap’s
Soap
Shampoo/ Conditioner
Dental Floss Pick
Hand/ Body Lotion
Deodorant Gel
Twin Blade Razor
5” Black Comb
4 Maxi pads/ Bandage’s
Washcloth
Shave Cream

First Aid: These first aid items can assist with minor injuries and protect against serious health concerns in disaster circumstances.
107
Piece First Aid Kit
10 Burn Cream Packet’s

Other: These items are useful for stress relief and activity in strenuous or challenging circumstances.
Deck of Playing Cards for Entertainment
Infectious Waste Bag

All items are packed securely in one Elite Multi-pocket Hikers Backpack which contains extra space available for your personal items and one 5 Gallon Bucket with Toilet Seat Lid

This kit contains the following:

Food and Water: The food and water in this kit will comfortably provide you with adequate nutrition for 72-hours without access to additional supplies. These products have a 5 year shelf life.
60- 4 oz. Water Pouches
40 – 400 Calorie Food Bars (24,000 Calories)
50 Water Purification Tablets
each tablet purifies 1 liter of water

Light and Communications: In the event of a power outage caused by you have independent access to your own means of lighting and communication with the outside world.
Dynamo 4-in-1 Radio Flashlight
Rechargeable Squeeze Flashlight
3 LED flashlight
30 Hour Emergency Candle
5
12 Hour Emergency Bright Stick
5-in-1 Survival Whistle
Box of Waterproof Matches

Shelter and Warmth: These supplies will provide protection from outside weather forces. They will protect you from wind, sun, rain, and many other conditions you may encounter.
10 Emergency Survival Blankets
2 Person Tube Tent with Rope
10 Emergency Ponchos with Hood

Tools: These items are designed to be useful in disaster situations. They will be a valuable resource when you find yourself faced with navigation, transport, personal protection, or shelter troubles.
5′ x 7′ Blue Tarp
7-1/2 Flat Pry Bar
16 Function Knife
2 Pairs of Leather Palm Work Gloves
Roll of Duct Tape
10 – N95 Respirator Dust Masks
NIOSH approved
Safety Goggles
Sewing Kit
All of our kit items are packed securely in a resealable, waterproof storage bag

Hygiene and Sanitation: When in a disaster situation it is useful to have access to hygiene products. Staying clean can protect against infection, disease, and depression.
2 Toilet Bags with Chemicals
10 Hygiene Kits
Tooth Brush
Tooth Paste
8 Wet Naps
Soap
10 Pocket Tissue Packs
Air Freshener

First Aid: These first aid items can assist with minor injuries and protect against serious health concerns in disaster circumstances.
37 Piece Portable First Aid Kit
107 Piece Deluxe First Aid Kit

Other: These items are useful for stress relief and activity in strenuous or challenging circumstances.
2 Decks of playing cards for entertainment
Emergency Survival Kit Information:
This survival kit was designed using advice from experts in the emergency preparedness industry. It follows guidelines given by government agencies and non-profit preparedness organizations. This 10-person deluxe office emergency kit has a retail value of $308.

Weight: 46lbs

Bucket includes 50 servings of delicious breakfasts, entrees and drinks for 1 person. The six entrees contains real meat and the entrees and breakfasts in this kit can be cooked directly in the pouch. See the description below for details.

What’s included in this kit?

  • 2 pouches of Chili Mac with Beef (4 total servings)

  • 2 pouches of Pasta Alfredo with Chicken (4 total servings)

  • 2 pouches of Teriyaki Chicken *GLUTEN FREE (4 total servings)

  • 2 pouches of Noodles in Mushroom Sauce (4 Servings)

  • 2 pouches of Cheesy Lasagna (4 Servings)

  • 2 pouches of Creamy Pasta with Chicken (4 servings)

  • 2 pouches of Strawberry Granola Crunch (4 servings)

  • 2 pouches of Apple Cinnamon Cereal (4 servings)

  • 3 pouches of Dairy Delight (18 servings of Whey Milk) 

Additional Product Details:

  • Includes 1 bucket

  • Total calories: 11,200

  • Average calories per day: 1600

  • Food is safely sealed in Mylar pouches

  • 7 year shelf life

What’s included in this kit?

  • 12 pouches of Cheesy Lasagna (48 total servings)

  • 18 pouches of Creamy Pasta (72 total servings)

  • 12 pouches of Pasta Alfredo (48 total servings)

  • 12 pouches of Chili Mac (48 total servings)

  • 18 pouches of Chicken Noodle Soup (72 total servings)

  • 18 pouches of Savory Stroganoff (72 total servings)

  • 12 pouches of Hearty Tortilla Soup (48 total servings)

  • 12 pouches of Potato Pot Pie (48 total servings)

  • 6 pouch of Teriyaki and Rice (24 total servings)

  • 12 pouches of Baked Potato Casserole (48 total servings)

  • 18 pouches of Tomato Basil Soup (72 total servings)

  • 18 pouches of Southwest Beans and Rice (72 total servings)

  • 12 pouches of Cheesy Macaroni (48 total servings)

  • 30 pouches of Strawberry Granola Crunch (120 Servings)

  • 60 pouches of Brown Sugar and Maple Multi-Grain Cereal (240 Servings)

  • 30 pouches of Crunchy Granola (120 Servings)

  • 60 pouches of Apple Cinnamon Cereal (240 Servings)

Additional Product Details:

  • Includes 12 total buckets

  • Food is safely sealed in Mylar pouches

  • To avoid waste, each pouch conveniently contains 4 servings

  • Lock-in stacking buckets for compact and secure storage without the need of shelving

  • Grab-and-go handles for easy transport in an emergency

  • 25 year shelf life

These professional survival kit manufactures invest millions of dollars into research and development for information which informs them of the most valuable resources, such as certain high calorie food for your required additional energy. However, in my opinion they can be confusing and unless I’m ordering the food packets from a survival food supplier, I’m not going to be able to find, for instance, potato pot pie. Not in my part of the country anyway.

My advise is to review these lists, make notes of items which may effect your situation, then repeat another review to include items overlooked. Be generous, include stuff that may or may not be for you, as you can cull them when you prepare your final list.

Bottom line: A survival kit is just that. It’s not an overnight bag for a pajama party or a snack pack for tailgating. It’s a serious survival tool that must be treated as such, as your life may depend on what’s inside.

How to Build a Mini-Survival Kit

Technology is great … until it isn’t. Can it be used to show you how to build a mini-survival kit? My first instinct is to answer no, but I’m probably wrong. Maybe there is a deep seeded resentment or prejudice on my part towards technology because I’m old and not able to understand it. Do I feel a flush of ignorance when I watch my grandchildren do things with computers, smart phones or whatever, that I can’t even grasp the theory behind the function much alone the implementation… Yes.

But then I stop and consider … I’m a Baby Boomer, one of millions who are still around and kicking. No doubt many baby boomers not only understand, but excel at operating technologically advanced instruments. However, there are millions of us that worked in the coal mines, auto factories, and other blue collar jobs where we never had to learn computer code or any other technical jargon. We played poker & solitaire on our computers, surfed the web, still don’t know what the dark web is, and used our flip cell phones.

Without the aid of technology we are going to learn how to build a mini-survival kit the old fashioned way … through planning, analyzing, imagination and creativity.

If I had my choice I’d learn to drive an 18 wheeler and stock it with every survival tool and implement I could find and tootle off to my bug-out place. Instead I’m stuck with a regular back pack in which to stockpile everything that I will utilize in order to stay alive for an undetermined amount of time. I had best choose … wisely.

The first stage is to identify dire needs that need to be addressed and how to resolve the problem. A little tip here … I have found that using small tins, like an Altoids tin or a cookie or candy metal container is great for compartmentalizing survival gear and helping prevent moisture damage. They are light, easily stacked and can be used for various tasks like boiling water.

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Fire Starting: Without fire man would still be living in caves, therefore it’s pretty important we have a way of starting a fire and I’m not talking rubbing 2 sticks together, which will work, but not by me. Repetition is a good word in survival training. It means having a backup method if the first method fails.

  1. Take a pack of paper matches and dip the match heads into nail polish being careful not to saturate the heads or get polish on the match strike strip. Tape the matches to the underside of the lid.

  2. Buy a good quality flint striker, some are good for thousands of strikes.

  3. Pack 2 types of tinder, cotton based and wax fiber based in the event dry tinder is not available. It does tend to rain in the wilderness, or snow.

Illumination: Because we normally sleep throughout the night it’s easy to overlook the fact that half your time will be spent in darkness. Sure (hopefully) you’ll have a campfire raging for warmth, protection and light, but besides being very limited in scope, what about looking for something inside the shelter, or venturing out to relieve yourself, or searching the dark perimeter to locate what animal is making that weird sound.

  1. Pack a compact button operated LED flashlight. Solar powered or battery

  2. Pack a solar powered LED lantern. They are small and very powerful.

  3. Small candles are also an option

Water Purification: You can’t survive without water, just that simple. Unfortunately in today’s modern world locating natural potable water is nearly impossible. I’d venture to say 98% of any water you find in nature is contaminated with some sort of animal feces, pesticides or agricultural or industrial waste of some sort, or is just plain old stagnant nasty water. The problem is our systems are not tolerate of any such contaminants and will result in us becoming violently ill. We must purify our water.

  1. Use the tins to boil the water. Boiling kills enough parasites and bacteria to make the water safe enough to drink.

  2. Pack Iodine tablets. 2 tablets will purify 1 liter of water.

  3. My suggestion is to use a life straw. They are very effective, lightweight and are not expensive. If you boil the water, then use the life straw to drink it, it’s probably safer than your tap water and the life straw will last a long time because it’s not filtering out large contaminants.

Signaling Devise: It’s important you be able to attract the attention of a would be rescuer over a great distance, such as a helicopter searching overhead or a boat trolling the lake.

  1. A mirror is the best method for reflecting sun lightweight however … Mirrors break and take up space

  2. Polish the inside lid of one of the tin containers and use it to reflect the sun. you can use chocolate or toothpaste to polish the lid to a high sheen.

  3. Small whistle.

Medical Supplies: Remembering we are learning How to Build a Mini-Survival Kit and available space is at a premium, prescription medication takes priority over any other medical supplies. Next, concentrate on dual purpose items.

1. Alcohol pads can be used for cleaning a wound and disinfecting needles or knives for removing foreign objects.

  1. Buy a large bottle of pain relievers, empty it and place a tube of antibiotic cream in it, then refill with with pain killers.

  2. Surgical tape can be used in place of a band-aid and be used to secure a larger bandage.

  3. A bottle of Iodine can be used for an antiseptic and for sanitizing water.

Compass: Without a lengthy explanation … you need a simple compass. I suggest buying a small pocket sized Carabiner key chain with attached compass. You can hang the thing on your belt loop and use the carabiner in constructing your shelter if need be. By the way, it cost a huge $.89 plus tax.

Another option is a para-cord bracelet with a compass attached. The para-cord can double as cordage for building a shelter, traps & snares or re-enforcing the strength of an object.

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Needle, Thread & Safety Pins:

  1. Thread … make it nylon thread as it can be used for repair thread, fishing line, snares or cordage.

  2. Safety pins can used for clothing repairs and doubles as a fishing hook.

Duct Tape: I actually saw an episode of Naked & Afraid where a contestant choice a roll of duct tape as an aid. He made clothes, a shelter, a container. You’d be amazed at what you can fashion duct tape into.

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Cutting Tool: This will require thought. Again, we are concentrating on lack of space on how to build a mini-survival kit, which is why the difficult decision making. Ideally an ax, hatchet, machete, and a survival knife would be a part of our arsenal, but we must whittle that down.

1. I suggest a solid tang knife. A solid tang provides a durable and extremely strong knife blade. This knife is capable of withstanding the force of being hammered, which makes it capable of making firewood. In addition to this knife:

2. A multiplicity use knife, such as the famous Swiss Army Knife will enable a skilled person to complete a multitude of tasks.

Stuff the Christmas Stocking: Here are a few suggestions to stuff into those vacant nooks and crannies of the backpack.

  1. Waterproof Paper & pencil. You buy this at Army surplus stores. You may need to write down directions or leave a note for someone.
  2. Salt Packs, the type you get from the restaurant table, taken with water it can help combat dehydration.
  3. Sugar packs or a couple of Tootsie rolls for quick energy

This is a basic blueprint of How to Build a Mini-Survival Kit. Identify your basic needs, address those needs, then expand outside the box using your creative imagination.

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