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Survival Kit List

Posted by Self Reliance Outfitters on December 19, 2013  

Putting together a survival kit list can sometimes be a tough task to accomplish. It is good to have a list of essential items that you need to have in your survival kit and then another list of useful items for the rest of the kit. Even though you will have a list of optional gear for your survival kit, make sure that you are not bringing things that you won’t need or things that won’t be useful. Here is a good example of a survival kit list.


Survival kit necessities are things that you will not be able to do without. These are the things that are essential for your survival in every situation.

  • Survival Knife: This is the most useful tool you can possibly have with you and it should be the first thing you consider when putting together a survival kit.
  • Water Container: You will need to have a container that can carry water. The best containers for this are stainless steel containers. The steel allows you to boil your water in them.
  • First Aid Kit: You never know what is going to happen in a survival situation and you need to have a way to clean up and bandage a wound. Also keep a short supply of prescription drugs in your survival kit. If you rely on any type of medication it needs to be included.
  • Survival Kit Carrier: You will need a lightweight bag or pack to carry all of the items in your kit. However you decide to transport your kit, it needs to be waterproof.
  • Fire Starter: This can be a ferro rod, flint and steel, or any other type of fire starter. Fire provides warmth and can cook your food; it is essential to survival.


  • Prepackaged Food: When possible, include some form of quick and easy food such as quality protein bars in your kit. While this is not the most important thing to have in your kit, it could provide sustenance in an emergency.
  • Shelter: Having an emergency shelter is an extremely important part of surviving. While you can always build a shelter, something as simple as a small tarp can provide you the protection you will need.
  • Blankets: Having a good blanket is always nicewhen it is cold out, but it is not the most important thing. Blankets are cumbersome and can be heavy. If you need to pack a blanket make it a reflective emergency blanket. They don’t take up much space and can keep you warm in an emergency.

The bottom line is that you need to choose items that are easy to carry and extremely useful. Try to find items that have multiple uses and always remember that a quality survival knife is one of the most important items in your survival kit.

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