Do You Need A Survival Kit?

Survival Kits Are For Everyone!

Survival kits are for everyone. There is no place on this earth where some form of disaster, natural or man-made, cannot happen. For the sake of this post, I will be restricting myself to the United States. Having said that, you need to understand the most likely things that could happen where you are or where you might frequently go. If you live in California, think earth quakes. If you live in one of the Gulf States, then it’s likely you should think about hurricanes and flooding. In the mid-west there are tornadoes, in the northwest, there are volcanoes, in the northeast, there are blizzards, heavy rains, flooding and even an earthquake now and again.

So what can a person do? Well, the answer is as simple and as complex as being as prepared physically, mentally and emotionally for what is most likely to happen where you are. If you are prepared for the worst, then you are able to live life more fully and with much more ease of mind, knowing that you have prepared yourself and your family for all the possibilities.

The Very First Step Is To Prepare Survival Kits.

Yep … KITS. You’ll need a more fully comprehensive survival kit that is kept where you and your family spend the most time together. Then, a smaller survival kit that contains the appropriate items to keep in your car. Individual survival kits for family members should be considered and if you have pets, supplies are likely needed for them as well.

Your Primary Survival Kit

The survival Kit you keep in your Home.

We suggest you start out with a survival kit, such as the one pictured here. A survival kit that provides enough food, water and miscellaneous items to keep one person going for two survival kitweeks or two people for one week. This kit is a good start. If there are more members of your family, then additional items need to be added.

Your kit must contain all of the following non-food items:

  • 1 Emergency Duffle Bag on Wheels. This allows you to easily transport the contents in the event you need to leave your home.
  • Aqua Block Water 8.5 oz (9) Water is likely THE most essential element of any kit. You can go a couple of weeks with little or no food, but you’ve only got about three days without water.
  • Swiss Army Knife (1) Packing a knife into your kit is a smart move. This type of knife is even better, since it gives you some additional functionality, such as a can opener, cork screw, etc.
  • 5-in-1 Survival Whistle (1) Communication is essential. A whistle is one of the best low-tech signalling devices you can have. It can be heard for miles and if you keep sounding it, the sound can be triangulated and easily found by search teams.
  • Emergency Ponchos (2) Protection from the elements and staying dry are of great importance. A poncho can also be used as a personal shelter, when strung up like a tarp.
  • Deluxe Hygiene Kits (2) Hygiene becomes important in survival situations. Good hygiene will help keep you healthy and a healthier person is much more able to stand the rigors of an emergency or disaster situation.
  • Hand and Body Warmers (2) A human being can and will die of hypothermia at temperatures lower than 60 degrees. In the case of a chilled survivor, these chemical warmers help to restore a body’s core temperature to normal levels. They can also prevent the loss of heat when used with appropriate shelter and clothing.
  • NIOSH N95 Dust Masks (2) A good dust mask is important for those situations where you might have to protect yourself from dust from building collapse or other sources, which would lead to respiratory issues.
  • 2 Person Tube Tent (1) Shelter is a mandatory item if you need to leave your home or office.
  • Deluxe First Aid Kit (1) An essential item, a first aid kit will give you what you need to treat minor injuries, cuts, abrasions, etc.
  • 12 Hour Bright Stick (1) A light stick is a good, non-powered source of illumination. These can give you light to see by in the darkness of night when the power is out.
  • 30 Hour Emergency Candle (1) As with the light sticks, these candles provide a reliable source of light that doesn’t require power or batteries. These are nice because they can be extinguished and light again many times, extending their useful life many times over.
  • Packages of Pocket Tissue (6) Many times, the simple comfort of having something to blow your nose with is worth it. However, these are also useful as a first aid item to stop blood, clean wounds, etc.
  • 4-in-1 Dynamo Flashlight (1) Boy, here’s an item worth its weight in gold! This kind of light doesn’t require batteries, power or flame. Just crank it up and you have light. When it dims, crank it some more.
  • Deck of Playing Cards (1) you’ve got to have something to keep the boredom at bay while waiting for things to get back to normal.
  • Water Proof Matches (50) Lighting a fire can be critical to keeping warm, signaling for help or cooking. Waterproof matches will give you a good, reliable method to light that fire.
  • Waste Bags (2) Waste requires disposal, but until that is possible, it is good to seal it away where bacteria, smells and other unpleasantness can be controlled.
  • 50 ft. Nylon Rope (1) If I were only given one item for survival, I would choose rope. There are so many uses for it, that would be another lens, entirely.
  • Golf Pencil (1) Well, you need to keep score while you’re playing cars, right?
  • Mylar Sleeping Bags (2) Warmth while sleeping is extremely important. These have the added benefits of being able to fit into your pocket and they are water proof.
  • Leather Palm Work Gloves (1) Protecting your hands while dealing with rubble or other difficult tasks is an important consideration.
  • 36 Piece Bandage Kit (1) You never know what kinds of injuries you will have to deal with. It’s only smart to be prepared with as much and as varied supplies as possible.
  • Water Filtration Bottle (1) Sooner or later, that boxed or jugged water will run out. When that happens, you are going to need a way to purify the water that is available. These reusable bottles are just the answer. These, like most, will filter many gallons of water before they are no longer useful.
  • Water Purification Tablets (20) These will kill off the microbial critters in what ever water is available, making it more safe to drink. IT’s good to treat even filtered water this way.
  • Portable Stove (1) Heat, cooking, the simple warmth of a bit of fire glow in the night. All of these things make a small cook stove a good item for a survival kit.
  • Stove Fuel Tablets (16) Most fold-up camp stoves use a fuel tablet of one kind or another.
  • Metal Fork (1) Beats using your fingers!
  • Knife and Spoon (1) Your axe is NOT the tool to cut meat, nor is your shovel the item to use when it comes to soup.
  • Sierra Cup (1) Liquids are tough to consume without a good container suited to that purpose.

And the following Wise Emergency Food Supply items (44 Servings) including:

What can I say about food list? We all need it, in varying quantities. Having some form of preserved emergency rations for times when the grocery store isn’t around and the food in the freezer has spoiled, is a really good idea.

  • Savory Stroganoff
  • Chili Macaroni
  • Creamy a la King and Rice
  • Pasta Alfredo
  • Creamy Pasta and Veg Rotini
  • Teriyaki and Rice
  • Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
  • Hearty Tortilla Soup
  • Apple Cinnamon Cereal
  • Brown Sugar and Maple Cereal
  • Crunchy Granola

My Recommended Book

I recommend The Lost Ways written by Claude Davis. It is the best eBook I have read that explains how human beings can survive in case of a catastrophe, such as natural disasters, economic decline and war. You can develop better understanding about the guide after reading my review.