The Best Survival Kit We Have Seen
By: Steven D. Ramseur 17 Feb, 1990
From: Daniel C. Friend, "The American Survival Guide" Vol. 12, No. 3, 3/90, p 30
Inventory for Basic Individual Survival Kit
Shelter and Warmth Water
"Emergency" space blanket Heavy plastic water bag Zip-loc, Heavy plastic trash bag, 2.5 mil 1 gal, 2.7 mil freezer bag 550 parachute cord, 25 ft. Iodine based water purification Large cotton bandana or bandage for Heat, Light, and Signaling filtering "9 hour" candle waterproof matches and case Knives and Tools 2 birthday candles for fire starting Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool Throw-away butane lighter Knife sharpener Magnesium fire starter Hemostats Card type magnifying glass Small "ignition point" file Police whistle on lanyard Sharpened 6" piece of hacksaw blade Stainless steel signal mirror 4" heavy duty sewing needle AA or AAA flashlight 6 heavy duty rubber bands Surveyor's marking tape, 50 ft 3x5 index cards and pen
Good quality liquid filled compass First Aid General Clean cotton bandana or triangular Mosquito head net bandage Safety pins, 2 large, 4 small Hemostats Telephone change Flexible fabric Band-aids Snare wire, brass or copper Handiwipes Survival Cards Insect repellant Aspirins or Tylenol Mole skin or mole foam Pepto Bismol
This kit will fit into a large sized shaving kit, which is an excellent item to carry it in.
Additional items to include along with your pack
Individual serving of canned food, sardines or spaghetti, etc A detailed map of the area you will be in Separate first aid kit, including any needed prescription drugs A small transistor radio Extra pair of eye glasses in unbreakable case
Inventory for Augmentation Kit
This is a supplementary kit of the same size (but different color) to carry in addition to the primary kit when possible.
First Aid Shelter and Warmth
4 3"x3" sterile gauze pads 4'x7' poly blanket or second space 1 roll 2" Kling bandage blanket for overhead shelter Trial size antihistamine tablets Second "9 hour" candle Blister Pack of throat lozenges Another 25' of 550 parachute cord Blister Pack of Pepto Bismol Another disposable butane lighter Neosporin antibiotic ointment Extra safety pins Signaling 6 flexible fabric band-aids Spare batteries for flashlight
Food and Water
2 tins of sardines Heavy duty nylon spoon Snare wire Another mosquito head net Iodine water purification tabs Another plastic water bag
The important thing to remember about this kit is that it can't help you if it's not with you. Take it in the car, take it on vacation, carry it on the plane with you, take it on the boat with you, in other words, don't go anywhere without it.
The supplemental kit will help make things more comfortable, so carry it when you can, but remember, this kit is designed to save your life, not make you very comfortable. Resist the temptation to overload it with comfort items (mainly food) as this will make it more bulky. You will then tend to leave it behind. Food is NOT an essential item for many days. The small amount of high calorie food included is primarily cut to cut your hunger enough so that you can think clearly.
As Daniel C. Friend says in the article, "Survival is 10% knowledge, 10% Equipment, and 80% attitude".