Survival Kit Ideas and Essentials

Creating a survival kit to aid in the event of a disaster is a wise decision. No matter where one lives, there is always a risk of hurricane, flood, tornado, earthquake, or some other occurrence. A survival kit is a must when hiking, camping, or on some other outdoor adventure as the unexpected cannot be anticipated. No matter what the area or possible disaster, there are some basics that belong in each kit. Most camping supplies are suitable to be included in a kit.


Despite the location of where one lives, there is wisdom in having a survival kit prepared and accessible in the event of any natural disaster. Depending on where one lives, they will have certain needs for their kit that people in other areas of the world may not have. No matter what, there are items that should be in every kit.

For areas that are prone to flooding or severe storms, the kit should focus on materials that can help combat these types of severe weather. A flashlight, preferably the self cranking kind that does not need batteries, coupled with an all weather radio, an inflatable raft, non perishable food, water, a first aid kit, and a rope along with sandbag materials, basic camping equipment, and a survival guide or two may come in handy.


For those who live in earthquake prone areas, these same things can serve a different purpose, but one may want to keep a more extensive supply on hand as well as batteries to run various equipment, invest in either a portable propane cook stove or keep an extra cylinder of propane gas for a gas grill to cook with, and have a small shotgun to hunt small animals with and for basic protection. If one is near a body of water and fishing for food is an option, having basic fishing gear can also come in handy. A knife or multipurpose tool is not only convenient but can serve many purposes, maybe even saving a life.

For those who live in cold climates, or in areas where snow and severe cold are an issue at least part of the year, a shovel to remove snow is essential to keep from becoming stranded either in a home or in a vehicle. Warm clothing is needed, as are adequate food supplies to guard against starvation in case one becomes snowbound. A bag of salt, if one has room to store it, can help melt snow in moderately cold temperatures.


For anyone who may be outside camping, gear like a tent, a lantern, and a sleeping bag are the essentials. Having these items can help inmost any survival situation, and often they can be modified if needed. Having a good hunting knife or multipurpose tool such as a leatherman to help with making modifications to gear can make the process easier. A first aid kit with accompanying guide on how to administer first aid is a must. For those that think they might try to eat wild plants, a guide to plants and what is edible is essential to keep from poisoning oneself. One can sometimes acquire freeze-dried meals much like what the army serves if food is a concern. Most sporting goods stores are getting to the point where they sell basic survival kits targeted to the local area. To find basics to create a kit, this is a good place to start.