Saturday, July 25, 2015

How to Build Your Emergency Survival Kit

The essentials for a survival kit.

  • Backpack or Bucket

A bucket with a convenient toilet lid :-/ ideally with some sanitation bags. A backpack however is more portable. You might only need the sanitation bags - like an astronaut. 

  • Basic Tools - Knife

Keep the Emergency kit somewhere easily accessible in your home; mine doubles as a tool case since I have my favorite Pocket Knife, Flash Light, and Battery Charger on top - just have to remember to put it back.
Gerber Survival Series Multi-Tool - Amazon

  • Emergency Food

Dry foods - 'Astronaut food'
S.O.S Rations Emergency 3600 Calorie Food Bar -  Amazon
Vapur Element Bottle - Amazon

  • Water & Water Purifier

Have a good thermos or water pouch ready to go. A foldable thermos takes up less room; with a good seal you can seal your own water to last a long time.

Water Purifier can be sanitizer for your sanity - if you need to drink some really crappy water, the pills or powder can be mixed in to kill germs in water.

  • Flashlight  - Radio - Charger
An all-in-one radio with solar panel and a hand crank, wind-up charge.

  • Extra Battery Pack

A portable charger - battery pack - Might use the wind up charger or solar panel to fill up the battery pack, and from there charge other devices as needed. I've been thinking of getting a cheap pre-paid phone as well.

  • Paracord and Fire starter


A paracord is a very strong rope, often braided and can be unwound to use as fishing line, emergency climbing kit, or anything you would need a pretty strong rope for. They can usually stretch many yards and hold the weight of a person.
Paracord armband with fire starter - Amazon
A piece of flint and steel can be used to start a fire.

  • Bandages - Pain killers

A set of different sized bandages, sanitation/alcohol pads, and a small bottle of pain killers.

  • Survival Blanket

An Emergency Mylar Blanket might be what you need. Doesn't take up much room. In very cold conditions this blanket requires some learning to use.  It helps you retain body heat, combine it with something softer to lay on the bottom, like a sleeping bag, to prevent heat loss from the ground.

On a good backpack you can hang some bulkier items on the outside. 
Survivor Backpack ready to go with his sleeping bag and thermos.
The bucket is now a toilet ;)