More and more people are realizing the importance of survival kits. You never know when an emergency may happen and your life could very well depend on the supplies you have on hand. The contents will depend on the purpose of the kit you are putting together. The contents in a bag used when hiking will not be the same as that in your car. Knowing this will help you pack the most important things. You should also consider the resources that may be available in the area that you plan to be in. Below are some items that will give you an idea of what you need in your emergency preparedness bag.
Magnesium fire starters are popular. Make sure you practice with it once you buy it. There are also matches that have a phosphorous tip that will allow you to strike them anywhere and they will light. Using matches that need to be stroked on the box is not the best option because they can get wet, and you will be in trouble because you won’t have a way to start the fire. You can also keep a lighter in addition to the matches.
A pocket knife is good enough. There are also a number of multipurpose tools that come with a knife. There are many knife models to choose from, depending on your budget preference, and the size of knife you want. If you are not sure about the type of knife you need, then you can check reviews online to find one that suits you.
Map and Compass
Have a hard copy map of the region you are in. A road map will help you when you get lost. If you are off-road, you will need a topo map. This means you have to know how to read and navigate maps. If you don’t know how to read maps, make an effort of learning it. A Compass will help you establish your bearings.
Flashlight With Extra Batteries
There are different types of flashlights out there, but the best is LED flashlight. It is a good idea to go with the head-mounted style so that you don’t have to hold it in your hand. Although the LED flashlight consumes very little power, it is important to keep an extra set of batteries.
The food type, quantity, and packaging will depend on the purpose of the kit. The type of food you pack for a week-long camp will be different from the one you will pack for a one-day. Go with energy dense food bars if your kit will only be used for a short period of time. These foods will give you enough energy to sustain your body until you get help.
First Aid Kit
The kit should have basic first aid items such as band-aids, sterile gauze, scissors, antibacterial cream, needle, thread and tape.
Survival kits can help to save lives and will be invaluable if disaster happens in your area. Keep a bag with supplies that you can grab at a moment’s notice and be sure that it contains the basic supplies that we have listed here.