Why Would I Ever Need A Survival Kit?
I hope that you never find yourself in a situation where you need a Survival Kit to survive a disaster or emergency. But it’s still a good idea to prepare a Survival kit just in case. Preparing for a disaster is necessary in this day and age and will give you piece of mind that your ready and prepared should an event happen.
Don’t forget it doesn’t always have to be a doomsday event that you are planning for. Things happen all of the time even in-built up urban areas, one recent example of this is the Grenfell Tower Fire. Where a 24 storey block of flats in North Kensington London caught fire resulting in total evacuation of its residents and sadly loss of life.
Another example would be having to temporarily leave your home for a few days due to something as simple as a gas leak. You may need to rely on a survival kit to use at home during a power outage. There are many unexpected situations that can occur in everyday life so its best to be prepared.
Different Types of Survival Kit
Whilst not an exhaustive list here are some of the well-known types of Survival Kit.
- Bug Out Bag
- 72 Hour Bag
- Get Home Bag
- Car Kit
- Everyday Carry (EDC)
- Grab Bag
Must Have Survival Kit List
When planning the contents of your Survival Kit there are certain items that every Survival Kit should contain. Nowadays Survival Kits are readily available to buy or you can create your own. I prefer the latter because not only is it more cost-effective, you will also learn much more if you research and build your own kit contents.
Whether your planning on building one of the above kits or planning for a specific survival disaster scenario, Below I will list the must have items that every survival kit should contain
You will carry Some of these items on your person everyday in the form of your Every Day Carry (EDC). Others will form part of you emergency preparedness kit which is a Survival Kit that should be ready to grab and go at a moments notice. Often referred to as a 72hr kit designed to help you survive for a minimum of 3 days.
- Multi-tool (For example , Gerber or Leatherman or Victorinox)
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Waterproof Matches
- Magnesium starter
- First Aid Kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Can opener
- Documentation (identification, medical history and medication lists, emergency contacts)
- Smartphone (with Survival App’s)
- Phone charger & Backup battery
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Emergency reference material such as a first aid book
- Paper and pencil
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic
- Sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towels, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Water Filter
- Sleeping Bag
- Zip ties
- Emergency Blanket
- Water in a re-usable bottle
- Extra clothing
- Weather protection (Sunscreen, hats, rain jackets, etc.)
Survival Kit Research
The key to preparing the right Survival Kit is planning and research, you can never be over prepared. Start by browsing online Prepper / Prepping forums and websites that specialise in emergency preparedness and disaster planning. A lot of these will give you access to free prepping and survival related resources and downloads.
You may be interested in reading our recent post about Emergency Survival Supplies Planning which talks more about the importance of proper planning.
While your here why not check out our own Prepper Resources section which we will be constantly updating and adding to.
Once you’ve decided on the scenarios you are preparing and what your survival kit will consist of. If you haven’t already your going to need a suitable bag to carry it in. Have a look at the following articles by TopSurvivalPreps.com to learn more about Bug Out Bags.
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