posted on May, 26 2010 @ 12:21 PM
There is no such thing as the ultimate survival kit.
Where you are, who you are with, your physical condition, and the type of disaster or emergency will all determine the best types of things to have in
Putting together a decent all around kit is not difficult though.
This is what I put in a medium size water resistant back pack (@45 liter) with room to spare.
Change of clothes.
1 Pair leather work gloves
Largish fixed blade knife
Small folding knife
2 lighters. 1 bic, 1 butane refillable
1 Magnesium block
Small medicine bottle with vaseline coated cotton balls
100' 550 para cord
About 200 dollars and some loose change
75 mile radius map of my area
Can / bottle opener & a couple p-38s
Katadyn water filter/purifier
1 Bottle of Polar Pure
About 20 micropur water purification tablets
Crank LED flashlight
Streamlight Stylus Pro flashlight (Extremely bright for small size)
Pocket radio, AM/FM
Handheld dual band Ham radio
20 pack AA batteries
20 pack AAA batteries
Hygiene kit: (where possible all items are small travel size)
-- Hand sanitizer
-- Dental floss
-- Hand Wipes (wet ones)
-- 1 roll TP
-- 1 Bottle listerine
Small travel sewing kit, really just a few needles and thread
2 Large garbage bags, black
2 ziplock bags, gallon size
A few zip ties
A few rubber bands
About 5 yards of duct tape wrapped around pen
Cheap Poncho -- need to upgrade
1 silver/OD 'survival' blanket
Spool of 12lb test fishing line
I have a few survival type books I can throw in there if I wanted.
Need to add small mess kit.
I don't currently have any food or water in the bag but have stuff in the house to toss in if necessary.
I have a separate medical bag. There's a basic first aid kit in the bag with some other items. The first aid kit could be grabbed and thrown in the
main bag if I needed to. They sit right next to each other.
Bandaids, various sizes
20 Steri strips 1/4 x 4
Iodine & alcohol swabs
Roll of Rollaids
2 pair nitrile gloves
Other Items in the medical bag
Blood pressure / heart rate monitor w/ cuff
3 Rolls gauze
1 Ace bandage
1 roll self adhesive bandage (similar to ace)
"The Pill Book"
16 oz bottle povidone iodine
A few syringes, different gauges & sizes
Pocket anatomy & systems
Pocket RN Notes
Minor Surgical kit:
Scalpel and 2 blades
3 individual suture packs
I also always keep in the truck:
3 man tent
Maglite w/ spare batteries
Change of clothes
A couple of bottles of water
Minor first aid stuff
Car stuff (jumper cables, jack, fire extinguisher, etc ... )
I'm working from memory so I'm sure I forgot some things. A few were purposely not listed.