The following is an in depth analysis for assembling the best survival kit for wilderness areas during the summer months. Please note though that this list is only a guideline and you should use your common sense when gathering the supplies for your kit. For example, you will be able to carry more equipment if you are driving a car versus you are on foot.
Also, this list is not a “How To” guide on survival techniques. Other areas on Living Dead Prepper will have in depth tutorials on various survival techniques. So, the following is list of the best practices for assembling a survival kit.
Introduction- Basic Considerations
Before even beginning to assemble your kit you should consider the following:
- Location-The proper assembling of a survival kit depends upon your environment. Thus, you will need different supplies for winter months versus being in the dessert.
- Transportation- How much gear you have for your kit will depend upon your mode of transportation. So, your kit will have less equipment if you are on foot vs. driving.
- Organization- you need to place your most used items near your body. As an example, your map and compass need to be placed in your coat pockets. And you can place your items that are less likely to be used in your backpack or whatever container you have for your kit.
- Dual Purpose-you will have limited space in your kit and you also need to reduce the amount of weight that you will carry. So, you need to select multipurpose items for your kit. Additionally, if you have a choice of two or more items that serve the same purpose you need to pick the item that has multiple used.
Just The Basics
A survival kit does not need to be fancy. All you need is a container that will hold your survival equipment. For example, a first aid kit, ammo pouch and survival backpack will serve as a container. Your container though does need to have the following benefits: a. Ease of Use: If you are walking the container should be very easy to carry as you should be able to attach it right next to you body. b. Sturdy. c. Water proof or at least is able to repel water.
Specific Survival Kits Components
These following items are mandatory for your emergency survival kit:
- Signaling Gear– you’ll need different signaling equipment for both day and night time. For the day flares, whistle and a mirror are needed and for the night you should stock up with pen flares, star clusters, and flashlights.
- First Aid Kit– A Red Cross certified first aid kit should suffice. But, you need to make sure that you kit has the following:
- Assorted Band Aids– different types and sizes of band aids are needed(gauze pads, adhesive tape, and muslin bandages.),
- Salves-you should have burn ointment and also antiseptic ointment.
- Miscellaneous Items– Scalpels, stitching kit, eye drops, sugar and salt, and eye drops.
- Shelter Gear-You should have a portable tent with you in your survival kit. But, if you don’t the following are helpful tools to help you build a shelter: wire, 550 paracord, cable ties and finger saws. And for the physical shelter you should have the following: tarps, rain ponchos, plastic trash bags, and a space blanket.
- Fire Starting-Obviously you will need waterproof matches. But, you will need other fire starting gear. All kits should have the following: a cigarette lighter, commercially made tinder, piston fire starters or flint steels, and cotton swabs with Vaseline.
- Food-How exactly are you going to get your food when you are stranded in the wilderness and you’re out of your MREs? You will need the following:a. Fishing Gear-You need to consider the average size of the fish the lake or river when you are selecting your tackle. This means different you need to select all different types and sizes of fishhooks; small and large weight jigs, assorted weights and sinkers, metal swivels and leaders, and of course, fishing line. B. Trapping Small Game: You can either buy your traps or your can build your traps through tie wire and/or airplane cables. C. Bait: Obviously, you can’t catch any fish if you don’t have any bait. Thus, you need to have bait on you. If you have MRE’s, peanut butter and cheese will work as bait in an emergency.
- Water Gathering-You should have a canteen as part of your survival kit. However, if you are able to transport it, a larger container is optimal. A clean plastic, metal or glass container is optimum. And, as a last resort, you can use a plastic bag to hold water.
- Water Treatment-You need to make sure that you are drinking safe, potable water. So, if in doubt you should apply some sort of water treatment to drinking water. The following will help you treat your water. First of all, you will need a metal container to boil the water. And the following chemicals will help you disinfect your drinking water: iodine products (iodine tablets and iodine solutions) and Betadine.
- Miscellaneous– Surgical tubing, compass, survival handbook, fingernail clippers, and a sewing kit.