THE UNEXPENDABLE FIFTEEN
A Weatherproof Bag:All of your items should be stored in a weather-resistant bag that is easy to carry. Keep your bag stored in a place that is out of the way, but can still be grabbed at any moment.
3 L of Water:More is always better, but as a minimum this will get you through a day or two.
Water Purification Tablets:Allow you to purify unknown water sources, giving you a secondary source.
Protein Bars:They’re long-lasting, high in nutrients and calories, and lightweight. Other good options are peanut butter, beef jerky, MREs.
A Survival Knife:It’s important to have a good knife in your kit. Some things to consider:
- The blade:
- 6-9” in length
- Made of stainless steel or carbon
- Single edge
- Sharp point (no hooked, rounded or flat points)
- The handle:
- 4-6” in length
- Full tang
- Solid pommel
- No-slip grip
First Aid Kit:Every survival kit should have one. Buy one, or learn to make your own.
Battery-powered Radio:Your only source of information on the road. Have some extra batteries.
LED Flashlight:It’s important to have a flashlight for when things get dark. LED’s shine brighter and last longer. Have some extra batteries.
A Fire Starting Kit:You need a way to get fires started. A kit should include:
- Strike anywhere matches
- A piece of emery board for striker
- A water-proof plastic case to store them
A Floss Kit:This one is interesting. Have some dental floss, sewing needles, and fishing hooks stored in a container. These items can be used or:
- Stitching wounds
- Making fishing lines
- Sewing torn fabrics
Plastic Sheeting, Paracord and Duct Tape:These items can be used to:
- Make rain shelters
- Seal broken windows
- Make rain collectors
Garbage Bags:Can be used to collect garbage, or turn into ponchos (the clean ones, obviously).
A Compass and Maps of the Area:essential for navigating yourself and others to safety.
A Warm Hat, Gloves, and Extra Socks:To keep you warm.
A Photocopy of Important Documents:It’s important to have identifying information on your person during an emergency. Some ideas:
- Your driver’s license
- Your passport
- Home and vehicle ownership and insurance
- Important contact phone numbers
For some further reading, make sure to check out How to Make a Wilderness Survival Kit.