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In a world where unexpected challenges can arise at any moment, having a well-organized and reliable survival kit is paramount. A survival kit built on the principles of consistency, water resistance, and durability ensures that you are well-prepared to face the elements and emerge from challenging situations unscathed. In this guide, we'll explore the key categories to break your survival kit into and provide tips on how to pack items effectively to maximize their utility.

The Core Principles: Consistency, Water Resistance, and Durability

Consistency: A survival kit is only as effective as the items it contains. Opt for high-quality tools and supplies that are consistent in performance. This means choosing reliable brands and avoiding shortcuts that may compromise the functionality of your kit.

Water Resistance: Water is a constant threat to the integrity of your survival kit. Ensure that the components you choose are water-resistant or waterproof, protecting your essentials from moisture and potential damage. A water-resistant survival kit retains its value when conditions are damp or wet.

Durability: When faced with adversity, your survival kit should stand up to the challenge. Prioritize durable materials and construction to ensure that your items remain intact and functional even in harsh conditions. This is particularly important for tools and gear that may undergo heavy use.

Categories for a Comprehensive Survival Kit

1. Shelter and Warmth:

  • Waterproof tent or tarp

  • Mylar emergency blanket

  • High-quality, weather-resistant sleeping bag

  • Fire-starting tools (waterproof matches, fire starter, lighter)

2. Navigation and Communication:

  • Compass and map of the area

  • GPS navigation system

  • Signal mirror or whistle

  • Fully charged hand-crank or solar-powered radio

  • Cell phone with a waterproof case and portable charger

3. Water and Hydration:

  • Collapsible water container or canteen

  • Water purification tablets or filter or both.

  • Stainless steel water bottle

  • Metal cup for boiling water

4. First Aid and Trauma Medical Supplies:

  • Comprehensive first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, and medical tape

  • Trauma medicine IFAK: Tourniquets, Chest Seals, Hemostatic Gauze, Splint Kit.

  • Prescription medications and personal medications

  • Tweezers and scissors

5. Food and Nutrition:

  • High-energy, non-perishable snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruits)

  • Compact and lightweight camping stove with fuel

  • Compact cookware and utensils

6. Tools and Multi-Use Items:

  • Multi-tool with various functions (knife, multitoll.)

  • Axe or hatch

  • Duct tape and paracord

  • Folding saw or wire saw

  • Sewing kit

Packing Practices for Optimization

  1. Prioritize Water Resistance: Store critical items such as fire-starting tools, matches, and electronic devices in waterproof containers or resealable plastic bags. The element that worries me most in my survival kit is moisture. If you need extra protection, you can purchase small Zip-Lock closure bags to organize your tinder, dry socks, fishing kit and so on.

  2. Utilize Packing Cubes: Group similar items into packing cubes or waterproof bags to keep categories organized and ensure ease of access.

  3. Maximize Space: Choose compact and collapsible items whenever possible to optimize space within your kit.

  4. Pack Multi-Use Items Together: Items with multiple functions, such as a multi-tool or duct tape, can be packed together to save space and ensure efficient use.

  5. Label and Inventory: Keep an inventory of your kit's contents and label compartments for easy identification. This helps you quickly locate what you need when time is of the essence.

  6. When you practice use not the same items that you store in your survival bag. For example dont use your tourniquet that you will need in a real situation also in training. By doing so you will use it and it will lose from his characteristics. The Ferro rod for starting a fire also is coming from the manufactor with a protective coating on it.

Below I show you one of my survival bags with the items that I have in it.

The cat "Rambo" is not part of it....

1. Selther

- Carinthia sleeping bag Defence 6

- Savotta sleeping mat

- Helikon Tex Swagman Roll Poncho

- Military tarp

2. Fire

- Fire Kit commercial tinder

- 2 BIC lighters with Gorilla tape on it

- Ferro Rod Big and Medium bars.

- Magnifying glass

3. Water

- water filter Sawyer

- water purification tablets MICROPURE

- Water Container for boiling

4. Food

- NRG- 5 emergency food

- Food portions - Tactical Food pack

- Canteen

- spoon and fork

- Fishing kit

- Coumpond bow Defcon M6

- snarring kit

5. Navigation and Communication

- Maps of the important and interest areas plus Sunto Compas

- GPS Garmin Fortrex 601

- Garmin Instinct Solar watch

- Motorola T42 - set of 2 walkie talkies

- Solar charger, batteries cables

6. Tools

-Morakniv Carbon Stell - Bushcraft Knife

-Hatchet Beavercraft

-Savotta Chain saw

-Fiskars small hand saw

-Military tri-fold shovel

-Sharpening stone and oil

-Paracord 550 - 30 m

-Leatherman Multitool - Skeletool


-head flashlight

-big plastic bags

7. Medical

- IFAK Individual First Aid Kit for trauma ( tourniquet, chest seals, hemostatic gauze, splint kit)

- bandages

- Medications ( pain killers, antibiotics, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine and also hydrocortizone cream.

8. Other

-dry warm socks

-dry thermal underware


Crafting a survival kit based on the principles of consistency, water resistance, and durability empowers you to face unexpected challenges with confidence. By categorizing your kit's contents and employing efficient packing practices, you ensure that your essential tools and supplies are easily accessible and protected. Remember, the key to a successful survival kit is preparation, and with careful consideration and thoughtful organization, you can be ready to tackle whatever comes your way. Stay safe!


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