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Building a Survival Kit (Part 4)

The time it takes to build a survival kit will be worth it. Although you hope to never find yourself in a survival situation, you need to be ready for the possibility. Keeping a good survival kit with the proper supplies on hand will help you get through whatever survival situation that you may deal with. While we have already discussed several items that should be in your survival kit, here are a few more that you should probably consider adding. 


While purifying water is important, having a container to carry that water is just as important. There are many different containers that would be appropriate to carry water in. Consider a container made from some sort of metal for your survival kit. Metal containers are best because they work well at carrying water and can also be used to help cook your meals. There are several containers on the market that are designed specifically for both carrying water and cooking over a fire.   


Having some kind of first aid kit is one of the most important things when you’re in a survival situation. If you have a way to treat any injuries while you are in the wilderness you will have a better chance of surviving. When you are putting together a first aid kit for your survival kit, you need to add more than band aids and antibiotic ointment. You should pack first aid items that can help with problems bigger than a scrapped knee or a splinter. Prepare your first aid kit with items like triangular bandages, gauze pads, adhesive cloth tape, and some kind of antiseptic. 


In the wilderness, you will have to find a way to get yourself food. One thing you may want to think about putting in your survival kit is some kind of hunting or trapping equipment. There are many different types of equipment that are appropriate. Also, there are compact and easy-to-carry versions of almost every kind of trapping, hunting, and fishing equipment. Whatever equipment you decide to carry with you needs to be light and compact. You also need to practice with the equipment so that you know that you can use it when the time comes. If you have a compact bow or a slingshot, you need to take the time to become accurate with it so that you will be able to hit your target when you need to. The same goes for fishing gear. Take your survival fishing gear out for a day and try to catch something with it. These items won’t do you much good if you are unskilled or don’t know how to use them. 

What hunting, trapping, or fishing equipment would you prefer? What first aid items do you think would be best in a survival kit? Is there anything else that you would put in your survival kit?

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