Building a Survival Kit

Here’s how to build your own wilderness survival kit.

Start with a zippered fanny pack that attaches at the waist. The best emergency kit is the one you have with you in case of emergency so if it’s too big or heavy you’re unlikely to carry it with you. This list is the essentials I believe necessary. Many people carry extra items in the emergency kit. Your kit can be unique to you, just so long as it fits and you’re not losing something important.

  • Fanny Pack to hold all your stuff in.
  • Pocket Knife (locking blade)
  • Waterproof matches, or matches in a waterproof container.
  • Small first aid kit
  • Small sewing kit
  • Fishing line and hooks
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Flashlight
  • Alluminum Foil
  • Mirror for signaling
  • A good length of small strong string
  • Paper and pencil
  • Some high calorie food that doesn’t exprire quickly
  • Orange garbage bag
  • Ziplock bag

Putting one of these kits together can cost as little as $20 plus the fanny pack, lost in the woods I would be happy to find a kit like this around my waist.

Put some thought into what you would need, I keep a lighter in mine because in an emergency it would last longer than a finite supply of matches. Water purification tablets would save time from boiling, but aren’t necessarily required.

I hope this guide is helpful for you in constructing your own emergency kit, something a Cub, Scout, Venturer, Rover, or Leader should have with them and on them at all outdoor camps.