How to Make Emergency Survival Kits

Survival Kits

It is not a secret that a survival kit must be among the top items if you are enthusiastic about spending time outdoors. Because you are outside the home, you are exposed to danger and you never know when things can go wrong, so the kit is essentially a tool that will make the difference between life and death in many instances.

However, different kits cater to different situations, so it is important to customize your kit based on the dangers you might encounter – instead of purchasing a pre-assembled one. Because of that, you should know the basic items to include, which we will talk about in this article.

Choosing the right bag

This is the first step to take, and not every bag will help you carry your survival items comfortably. Regardless of the situation you are preparing for, you need something that is easy to carry, is easy to store at home, and is big enough to keep all the items comprising the kit.

The materials comprising the bag must be durable and withstand rough conditions, but needs to be subtle in its approach – so no zippers that look cool or bright colors. You will need smaller bags for carrying the smaller-size items, but make sure they are all waterproof – you do not want environmental conditions to be the reason all your supplies became soaked.

Choosing the supplies

Keep in mind that supplies will come in several main categories, which include water, communication, food and shelter. Broken down, they are:


Regardless of the exact situation, water is very important in making a survival kit for all of them. The items to carry here include water pouches, filtration kits, as well as purification tablets. While these may seem very many, they should be compact and light for easier carrying.


canned food
canned food

This is the second most important item after water. An average adult will require between 2000 to 2600 calories every day for the body to remain healthy. In an emergency, you might not be able to get food that meets this requirement, so consider buying the best food you can get.

The best option is going for food bars, as they can last for long periods and are easy to organize in your bag.

Fuel sources and fire starters

You cannot function much without fire. It helps you remain warm throughout the night, gives you a way to cook your food, and gives you light. Emergency lighters include candles and flashlights, to help you do tasks when3 it gets dark, and you can include some extra batteries for the flashlight. In addition, include matches, magnesium or flint fire starters, and a magnifying glass.

Sleeping bag

It is best to prepare for the worst, and a sleeping bag is the perfect way to do so because it ensures you remain warm throughout the night. Combination shelters are also great because of their compact nature – even more than a tent.

Final thoughts

Getting a survival kit organized and ready when you need it is the best way to ensure survival in case anything goes wrong. Ensure to choose the best tools to help you during the outdoor activities you are on.


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Nancy likes to experience the great outdoors, which is why she chose a research-based profession. Her desire to explore the world has seen her spend ten of the last fifteen years traversing at least five continents for an extreme experience in a variety of conditions, helping her nurture her survival skills. She likes to read while on the road, and has picked up more than one handy survival skill from the confines of a book. When she is not researching, reading or spending time with nature, Nancy likes to teach survival skills to young learners as she believes it is quickly becoming a lost art. By empowering the younger generation to co-exist with nature, Nancy hopes to raise conservation efforts.

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