How to Make Your Outdoor Survival Kit

How to Make Your Outdoor Survival Kit
Any time you're out in the wilderness there is the possibility of something happening that will require you to be prepared to take care of yourself, When you're experiencing the great outdoors, it doesn't take much to turn a simple trip into a survival situation. Being prepared with some simple items can make all the difference in the world. Depending on what type of environment you are in, items can be added or subtracted from this basic homemade survival kit.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Signaling Device, visual and auditory Multi purpose knife Fire starter-magnesium and strike anywhere matches Fire goop 50 to 100 feet of good quality cord Iodine tablets Compass and local map Space Blanket Two 40- to 50-gallon garbage bags Powerbars Flashlight Small pocket saw Aspirin or aspirin product Small first aid kit Pouch to keep items in
  • Signaling Device, visual and auditory
  • Multi purpose knife
  • Fire starter-magnesium and strike anywhere matches
  • Fire goop
  • 50 to 100 feet of good quality cord
  • Iodine tablets
  • Compass and local map
  • Space Blanket
  • Two 40- to 50-gallon garbage bags
  • Powerbars
  • Flashlight
  • Small pocket saw
  • Aspirin or aspirin product
  • Small first aid kit
  • Pouch to keep items in
Step 1
Know the area and terrain in which you are going to be. This will allow you to customize your materials.
Step 2
Make a list of items you will need. Check local conditions, go over your equipment and verify that it is all in good condition.
Step 3
Assemble the gathered items and pack them in a bag that you can put in your daypack or knapsack. This kit will be ready for you to take with you on any trips in the future.
Step 4
Plan how you will handle situations before they arise. Run different scenarios and develop contingency plans. Being prepared mentally is important.
Step 5
Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.

Tips & Warnings

 
This is not a complete list of survival equipment. It is meant only as a guide to help you prepare creating your own kit.

Resources

Article Written By Andy McVeigh

Andy McVeigh lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys paddling, biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, scuba diving and photography. McVeigh is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and is currently working on his MBA.

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