There are soooo many excellent choices of pre-made kits out there guys. I will include some of my favorites at the end of this post. Just remember, no matter how awesome they are, you still need to customize/personalize your kit to fit you. Also, don’t confuse this survival kit with a bug out bag. Your survival kit should be one of the components of your bug out bag.
You may have heard of the “10 essentials”, these are the 10 things that every kit must have at a minimum (and they differ depending on who you talk to). They are as follows;
- Fire – Water-proof Matches, lighter, magnesium striker, etc..
- Signaling – Whistle, mirror and or tin foil, bright flagging or material, flares (not very common).
- Shelter – Emergency blanket/bivy, large trash bags.
- Water – Not actually water, but the means to purify it. There are a number of ways to clean your water, UV, Chemically, boil, filter, even silver can be effective. You choose you method and means.
- Cordage – At least 25 feet of 550 paracord. This should be good quality, with multiple inner strands. There are so many uses for paracord I will do a separate blog just on that.
- Light – “two is one, one is none” Always have multiple sources of light.
- Knife or multi-tool.
- Food – This is a super, high energy, high calorie snack. Not a meal.
- Navigation – Compass.
- First aid
- Most importantly, attitude
Things you may want to add to personalize;
Eye glasses, notepad and pencil, prescription medications, extra clothing, mosquito netting, fishing kit, map, solar charging panel, extra batteries, etc..
Keep it as small and light as possible and in a waterproof bag or container.
Here are some great starter kits;
- SOL – Hybrid 3 Kit (my favorite!) $60, found at Amazon, REI, Dick’s and on their website.
- SOL – Pocket survival pak plus. $80
- Ultimate Survival Technologies also makes some great starter kits.
If you have any questions or would like personal help please feel free to contact us.