What Is in a Basic Survival Kit?

What Is in a Basic Survival Kit?
When preparing a survival kit, keep in mind the environment it is intended for. Conserve space and weight when creating the first aid kit and use one item for multiple purposes. Be sure you know how to use the items in your kit.

First Aid

Minor injuries and illnesses can produce serious health consequences in survival situations. Example items include bandages, suture needle and thread, antiseptic, antibiotics, and tweezers.


Water is an essential ingredient for life. Pack a container to collect water and a method to make the water safe to drink. Examples include nonlubricated condoms and iodine tablets.


Most of us have been told to "Come out of the rain" or "Come in from the cold." So take an emergency blanket, parachute cord and knife.


Fire creates options, including food cooking, warmth, signaling, water purification and provides a psychological boost. So take waterproof matches or a small lighter in a 35mm film canister.


The survival situation ends when you leave the wilderness. Helping people find you can shorten your stay. So take a signal mirror, whistle, signal flag and bright dyes.


Trapping animals and fishing can yield important nutrients without a high expenditure of energy. Take snare wire, fishing line and fish hooks.

Article Written By David Chandler

David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.

Don't Miss a Thing!

All our latest outdoor content delivered to your inbox once a week.



We promise to keep your email address safe and secure.