A survival kit is a great way to prepare for the unthinkable and be ready in an emergency. Any good survival kit should contain the following basic necessities.
You need a way to contain water; you need a way to treat the water. To treat the water you can boil, filter, or chemical treat it.
A way to be found
You need a way to signal others. A whistle, a mirror, along with your fire starter, and emergency blanket can help you signal others from afar.
You need a way to keep dry; You need a way to keep warm. A simple tarp, emergency blanket, some twine/mono-filament. For warmth an emergency blanket and a fire starter will work great.
You need a way to get the food; you need a way to cook the food. Mono-filament and hooks for fishing; mono-filament for trapping; knife for hunting, trapping, and skinning. A fire starter for cooking the food.
First Aid & Hygiene
You need a way to take care of your health; You need a way to treat injuries. Anti-septic for disinfecting wounds;
Optional: (anti-septic for rinsing mouth. Clean water for cleaning.)
(This is 1 survival kit divided into 4 parts)
This is a do-it-yourself survival kit, and can be altered for your needs. Example items for each kit is listed bellow. This kit is designed to provide the best survivability of any survival kit. It is meant to be carried in 4 parts, and combined as needed. This is the best way to insure you have a survival kit with you at all times, and have a large selection should the need arise.
- Stage 1: [always with you kit] Always with you; the bare necessities.
- Stage 2: [excursion kit] [24 hrs] On your belt or around your waist. The basics for 24 hr survival; getting found, staying warm, shelter, first aid, and getting water!
- Stage 3: [Main Kit] [72 hrs +] This is the main kit; designed for 72+ hrs. A backpack carried in your truck. Includes the basics for getting found, staying warm, temporary shelter, getting water, basic substance, finding food, protection, first aid, entertainment, and items to help with long term survival.
- Stage 4: [long term kit for comfort] [72 hrs – 6 months] Additional food, water, better shelter, better comfort, hunting and fishing supplies, better long term survival. This kit is stored in a bag or large backpack in your home or Stage 5 trailer.
- Stage 5 : [Optional - Long Term beyond 6 months] [Additional Comfort][Additional Survivability] Camper, pop-up trailer, survival trailer, survival vehicle, etc.
Note: (Kit Stage 1 does not count towards your overall items; kits 2, 3, and 4 do not need to contain duplicate items. You can divide up the items between kits 2, 3 &4 to suit your needs and space requirements; but anything that is necessary for survival should go into kit 3. Kit 4 is for comfort and long term survival. Long Term Survival Kit: For the purpose of this page only, I will consider long term anything over 72 hours.)
Survival Kit (Stage 1) [always with you kit]
This can consist of a small survival kit carried as a necklaces, carried in your wallet, or your pocket.This kit stays with you at all times. Example: Survival Kit Necklace
Survival Kit (Stage 2) [excursion kit] [24 hrs]
This is the kit carried with you on short excursions; often on your belt, or as a fannie pack.
Kit should contain at least the following- Small First Aid Kit, small survival kit including everything in kit one. Additional items may include an emergency blanket, food bar, cell phone, pistol, and pain killers. This kit needs to contain everything you may need to get found, and to survive short term.
Survival Kit (Stage 3) [Main Kit] [72 hrs +]
This is your main kit intended to be carried in your vehicle so that it is always reasonable accessible.
- Water resistant backpack (small to fit in larger hiking backpack)
- Food Bars
- Mulch-Vitamins with extra Vitamin C, Zinc & B12 complex
- Light Sticks
- Emergency Blankets
- Crank Flashlight/radio/siren
- Tube Tent
- Rain poncho
- Sewing kit
- Survival Tool (whistle, compass, mirror, flint, steel, gauze with Vaseline)
- Work Gloves
- Snare Wire
- Playing Cards
- Pencil/Paper Set
- Mosquito Head-net
- Insect Lotion
- Duct Tape
- Emergency Blankets
- Emergency Flares
- Emergency Manual
- Fishing Kit
- Flashlight with batteries
- cell phone
- Sharpening Stone
- Water Purification Pen & Batteries
Water Purification Bottle
- Gun (I prefer a Glock 22 [.40cal & a Mechtech conversion kit for hunting]) [a .22 cal pistol to rifle conversion is very good for hunting small game and the ability to carry large amounts of ammo] Conversion kits for larger secondary backpacks
- Socks 1 pair
- RADSticker™ (Radiation Detection)
- Waterproof container -
- Dust Mask
- Toothache Kit
- Anti-Diarrhea Tablets
- Elastic roll bandage
- Adhesive tape
- Adhesive bandages, assorted sizes
- Butterfly bandages
- Gauze pads
- Triangular bandage
- New Skin in small plastic bottle; cuts, abrasions
- Moleskin and mole-foam; blisters, irritation
- Alcohol swabs
- Antiseptic ointment
- Cotton swabs
- Dry-wash pads or wipes
- Mirror, small and unbreakable
- Safety pins
- Razor Blade
- Bulb irrigating syringe
- Suction Venom Extractor
- Suture Kit
- Antibiotic (Dicloxacillin, etc.); skin infections
- Antihistamine (Benadryl, etc.); allergic reactions, insomnia
- Anti-inflammatory (Ibuprofen); inflammation, pain
- Hydrocortisone cream (soothes allergic skin)
- Potable Aqua; iodine water treatment
- epinephrine pen
- THYROSAFE (KI) (Potassium Iodine Tablets)
[long term kit for comfort] [72 hrs – 6 months]
This kit is designed to be keep at home. Should the need arise and you are at home, or close to home you can place kit 3 inside of the backpack for a complete long term survival kit.
- Large Framed Hiking Backpack
- All Season Tent
- Sleeping Bag
- Water Bags (soft, foldaway, and durable water containment)
- Plastic Sheathing
- Extra Clothing
- Water Filtration System with hand pump
- Rifle, shotgun, or pistol conversion kit
- Flare Gun
Stage 5: [Optional ? - Long Term beyond 6 months - Additional Comfort]
The ideal items for a fifth stage survival kit could include:
Travel Trailer, Pop-up Camper, or a enclosed trailer loaded with MREs, water, weapons, camping gear, games, radio equipment, clothing, etc.
Survival Kit Necklace
There are many survival necklaces on the market, and many websites that show you how to build different survival kit necklaces.
Why a survival kit necklace?
Simple; the only survival kit that will ever help you in a real life survival situation, is the one you have with you!
A survival necklace should be small and lightweight so that you don't mind wearing it all the time. The larger survival necklaces are great for wearing on camping, hunting, fishing trips; but they are not suitable for everyday wear.
On this page I will be experimenting with different styles of survival necklaces, as well as other small mini survival kits that can be carried on a daily basis.
My first survival kit necklace.
This is a small survival necklace I made years ago; I was trying different types of paint on it, but eventually used liquid electrical tape to seal it water tight.
It contains the following:
- Mirror (for signaling)
- Condom (for water container)
- Water Purification Tablet
- X-acto knife blade
- Flint Rod (use with the back of knife blade for starting a fire)
- Gauze (coated in Vaseline for a water proof tinder to start a fire)
- Flashlight (led bulb & battery)
- Fish hook (pan fish)
- Fish hook (bass)
- Fishing swivel
- Mono-filament (10 lb fishing line)
- Mono-filament (50 lb for shelter, etc.)
- Medical tape (multi-use)
- Electrical tape (kit wrapping, multi-use)