I am happy to announce that today’s post comes to us from Harris Norman from ProSurvivalist.com and goes over the essentials you should pack in your survival kit, either for that epic camping trip you’ve been planning, or just to have around the house so you can be sure you’re prepared for any eventuality. ProSurvivalist.com features all kinds of survival tips for camping and outdoor living, so it’s a great resource if you’re interested in the subject, and contains a lot of fascinating reads. Check it out! Without further adieu, I’ll let Harris take it from here…
So you want to become a prepper and a survivalist. So the first question you can ask yourself right now, how really prepped are you? You can even take a test that will show you how long would you survive after a global cataclysm.
But don’t be worried, most preppers today are not whacky doomsday nuts, who spend most of their days in their basements, waiting for the end of days. And if you’re a complete newbie to prepping, you probably don’t even know where to start.
There’s nothing wrong with it… It’s actually expected… With so many information available on the Internet today, it’s easy to get lost in just a matter of few clicks. But the first thing you should do is start making a basic survivalist kit.
When deciding what to include in it, you need to think about where you are going to put it. Maybe it will be in your car, or maybe in your backpack. Nevertheless, there a couple of essential things you should place in it, and then build up your kit from there. So without further ado, here are…
Four Essential Items for Your Survival Kit
If you’re going for a lighter, than it’s best to stick with the classics and buy yourself a Zippo, they are wind-proof and with the right lighter fluid, they can be used a small light source. But if you want something more “elaborate” then a waterproof, magnesium fire starter should do the trick.
While this is essentially just a pack of matches, these fire starters can be used on any surface. If you use a plain regular pack of matches, you’ll be in a lot of trouble if you lose the box. Just place your pack of fire starters in water-tight case – just in case – and maybe carry some tinder for building a fire.
2. Fixed Blade/Swiss Army Knife
For some people a pocket knife is more than enough. But again, if you’re a serious prepper, you know that a multi-purpose tool like a Swiss Army Knife can be far more useful in dangerous situations. These reliable knives have a number of useful tools like small saws, magnifying glasses, can openers, etc.
However, there certainly situations where a fixed blade knife could come useful, especially if you get stuck in the woods where wild animals present a possible danger. There are many models to choose from, but if you want something made in the US, you can take look at Indy Hammered Knives.
3. Food, Snacks and Water
This is an important item, but the thing is – the type of food, the quantity of it and even the packaging depends on the purpose of your kit. You see, a day-kit is rather different than a night-kit. The same goes for transportation, because if plan on going on foot, you won’t be able to carry too much supplies.
Nevertheless, there are some things you can put in basically any kit, no matter the size – a 40 OZ bottle of water, a couple of power-bars and a standard emergency food kit that covers the basics. Nevertheless, you have a bunch of practical choices when it comes to food, so it’s all up to you…
4. A Full First Aid Kit
You can always go to the shop and buy a standard Red Cross first-aid kit. Hell, most people have at least one of these in their cars – but since you’re preparing for a more dangerous situation, it would be smarter to assemble a custom kit yourself.
In addition to the standard contents like bandages, surgical scissors and such, you should add something extra like some instant ice pack and a couple of prescription muscle relaxants, in case you get injured. Finally, you have to remember to check your kit from time to time and refill it if needed…
Again, it’s important to note that these are just the bare essentials. All of these items will help you in every situation you might find yourself in – from a simple camping trip to a full-blown natural disaster.
A number of factors will alter your selection, so stop and think about what you’ll need the kit for. If you have something specific in mind, you’ll need to do some more research and fill it up accordingly.
And think about the resources you may already have available in the area where you plan to be – this is especially important when it comes to food. But one thing is certain, this list is a great starting point no matter what your plans are.
So what do you think about our list? Do you agree or disagree with it? Are there some other essential things in your survivalist kit that we forgot to mention? Whatever the case may be, we want your feedback, so make sure to leave a comment bellow and share your thoughts with us. By Norman Harris
Healthy living and well being have always been Harris’s main occupation. He’s a certified fitness instructor and in the last ten years, he’s taken up hiking and trekking as a way of staying in shape and keeping his inner peace. He shares his experiences and advice on http://www.prosurvivalist.com/ as one of its revered writers.