Top 10 Items to Have In a Survival Kit
By Wyzyrd, Editor-At-Large
Water is kind of assumed – otherwise, that’s #1
1) A ‘general purpose’ fixed blade knife. Not a dedicated chopper, not a dedicated fighting knife. Something just as useful for making a tent peg as slicing veggies for dinner or pulling out a splinter. Cold Steel’s “Canadian Belt Knife” weighs almost nothing, and is the closest to my antique carbon steel “Herter’s” model, which I have carried outdoors for 30+ years.
2) Flashlights (note plural) and batteries. Headlamps are handy too.
3) Waterproof matches, lighters and a firesteel – 2 is 1, 1 is none, so carry at least 3 ways to make fire.
4) Your favorite multi tool. This is as much of a ‘religious’ argument as firearms choice. Pick the one you like, and pack it. A small, cheap backup multi tool is not a bad idea, either, in the kit, or on your keychain–The $4.95 “Fisherman’s Tool” on the fishing aisle at Wal-Mart ain’t half bad – pack 5 or 10 of ’em, spread around)
5) Cheap-o aluminized Mylar ‘emergency blankets‘ – more than 1.
6) Cordage. 550 cord or bankline do not take up much room (I think I’ll have to do a post on ‘survival bracelet braids and double chain sinnets) and can save your bacon.
7) Coffee (or tea). Pick your favorite instant packs or bags. Handy, even if you aren’t an addict, like me.
8) Gorilla Tape. Needs no explanation (“Why is The Force like Duck Tape? It has a Light Side and a Dark Side, and it holds the Universe together” :) and yes, it’s duck tape, not duct tape – invented to repair WWII amphibious vehicles called “ducks” – galvanized HVAC ductwork is one of the few things in the world it WON’T stick to- the plastic they use on automotive interiors resists duck tape, as well)
9) More zip-top plastic bags and at least 1 large ‘contractor grade’ plastic trash bag.
10) A metal container (that you can also use as a pot) to stick #1-9 in. I like stainless steel “Flan Molds” (available online or at a local Latino market). Circular, about 2 in deep, 6-7 in diameter, 3 or 4 spring load clamps to hold it reasonably watertight. No handle, so if you cook in it, you need the multi-tool pliers to take it off the fire.