This is a topic that has been discussed in great detail online. What makes a good survival kit? The yhave to contain the items you need to survive, however, they have to remain small and easy to carry. One big mistake people make is carrying a survival kit and never using it. At least once per year a person should try live for a night or two off of nothing but the survival kit.
So lets hear from your guys, what do you carry in your survival kit? If you don't carry one, what items do you think should be carried in a good survival kit? Do you agree that a person should learn to use their survival kit?
ill be the first to admit no i havnt one" and as a admin you think i would . but thats why im here to learn as well share my knowledge . i had one but its been gone for quite some time and today i started to look for the perfect water tight container to start with . i didnt find one and ill know its the one when i see it that will be my start . this is the exact reason im here to learn and get back into the great outdoors ! and already im enjoying what ive learned and being able to share my thoughts ! for the past few days ive been digging around trying to find what i have left . hurts i lost alot of it but this site sparked my love for the outdoors rediscovering all it has to offer and making new freinds ! and i will post what i have in my kit and try to be the first to share what i have in mine ... great site learned alot already !
I too will have to admit that I don;t carry one. However, I am starting to make one now. I really don't think that water tight is that a big of a deal, as long as your matches are in a water tight case your ok. I like to use a small mess tin to keep everything in, that way if you are in a survival situation you can use the mess tin to cook in and boil water to drink.
lol i have an issue mess kit KFS whole ordeal i use a very small container im gonna find one or very similer to what i had i also still have my infa red strobe ! lol issue pen flares . but when i go out my gear is slim trim light and water tight even light for the night ! lol
I think that over time we should all have our own survival kits and in the future we should all go on a two to three day trek and only have these kits to live off of. I guess this would be the main goal of this fourm, to eventually have everyone at that level. Is that not real survival/bushcraft?
As for what a person should put in a survival kit, that will differ from person to person. If person "A" is weak in the area of fire making then that person will have more tools for starting fires. If person "B" is weak in the area of making shelter, then they will have a few more items to allow them to make a good shelter. So really a good survival kit is like a good pair of hiking boots, if they are the wrong boot for you then your in for trouble as the miles go on. If the kit is made just for you then you odds of staying alive in any season just improved!
Knife: The most important outdoor survival tool is a sturdy knife. Non-folding knives with three inch blades are extremely versatile. Knives can be used to build friction fire-making kits, gather shelter materials, and harvest wild edibles.
Water Purification: Purifying water primitively can be very time consuming. A good water filtering bottle or pump filter can save lots of energy, providing one of the most important survival needs - clean drinking water.
Wool Blanket: Even the best natural shelters can be quite cold. A simple wool blanket can add enough extra warmth to make the difference between being too cold to sleep versus getting a good night's rest. It also insulates when wet.
The remainder of the top ten items for wilderness survival kits include:
Lighter: A lighter can allow you to start fire efficiently. A good fire allows you to purify water, cook food, and warm a shelter.
Matches: Matches provide a back-up to your lighter. Lighters can malfunction or run out of fuel. Its prudent to carry more than one fire-making tool.
Compass: Even with excellent aidless navigation skills, an overcast or foggy day can make orienting extremely difficult. A compass can point you in the right direction.
First Aid Supplies: Injuries are common in the backcountry, and without treatment small wounds can become very debilitating. Always carry first aid supplies.
Flashlight: In a survival situation, night often falls before you've completed a shelter and collected enough firewood. A flashlight helps you wrap up those last important details and can signal for help.
Small Mess Kit Bowl: A metal bowl can be used to collect and purify water, as well as cook wild edibles. It also makes for a handy container to hold the smaller items in your outdoor survival kit.
Parachute Cord: Parachute cord can be used as part of a bow-drill friction fire-making kit, and can also help in shelter construction and a variety of other needs.
These items provide an excellent foundation for practical outdoor survival kits. There are many additional items that can be included depending on your location, skill level, and time of year.
i read this this morning thought it had alot of basic knowledge and components in it and your right moraguy alot of times this topic is neglected and is one of the" most important keys to survival ... and with this site and all the good ppl that are here together we will combine our knowledge and build a great survival kit" and the knowledge to impliment it if needed !!!
Lots of great info there! Some items that I have came up with so far for my kit are as follows.
1. Two fire tabs (in an emergency they start fires in pouring rain) 2. Two fire sticks (from Canadian Tire) 3. One box of waterproof matches in a waterproof case 4. One small Bic Lighter 5. A small pac of water pur tabs 6. One roll of rabbit snaring wire 7. About 50 feet of Suffix 832 fishing line (great for fishing and for mending clothing) 8. Four small fishing hook for catching pan fish 9. As much 550 cord (para cord) as I can fit into the kit ( I also wrap the kit with more cord once finished) 10. A 7'x5' piece of thin light plastic (great for a roof on your shelter) 11. Whistle 12. Signal mirror
I agree Rikki that a water filter is a good idea, however I stopped using mine because they do not filter out some pretty serious things. They do make the water look very clean, but it can still be filled with bad stuff. I started using a some type of cloth to cover the opening of my water bottle when filling it, helps filter out the big stuff then I use good water Pur tabs which if used correctly they kill everything. Now I am not saying that water filter pumps are garbage, they are not! They work very well and tons of people use them everyday and never get sick. I guess it is a personal choice.
I have to admit I haven't carried my survival tin lately- but I see some good ideas here on updating it. As for water purification, I don't carry it with me regularly, but I bought a set of LifeStraws for our family home survival kits. They're pretty well foolproof to use- but not necessarily the best to fetch cooking water, I guess.
The survival kit is done, until we meet and everyone picks it apart...lol. I used a 1L Naglene bottle as a case due to it being 100% water tight and strong, not to mention it is the perfect size for using water PurTabs...
1 small Bic Lighter 1 Firesteel 1 Box waterproof matches 6 cotton balls soaked in Petro Jelly 1 Buck Multitool 1 roll snare wire 5 fire tabe 1 space blanket 20 feet string 20 feet thing nylon cord 10 feet of parp cord (550 cord) 2 fishing hooks 50 feet of Suffix 832 20lb test fishing line a small mix of fishing line weights 1Wistle