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Survival Kit

Survival Kits are tools and items needed in the event you find yourself in an unexpected outdoor survival situation. Some of the most common and useful items found in most survival kits are

compasses, fire starters, signal mirrors, flashlights, wire saws, knives, parachute cord, fishing hooks & line, wire, and water purification tablets.

There are different types of survival kits; short & long term, store purchased & homemade, and military & civilian kits. Whether you decide to buy one or assemble one yourself, you need to make sure it contains the right tools and items needed for the type of terrain & environment that you will be operating in.

Remember the Boy Scout Motto: Be Prepared - A scout with any survival kit is better prepared than a scout without one!

A personal survival kit is intended to be kept on your person at all times while in the wild and opened only in emergency. In addition to the kit, you should also always have your essential tools listed below.

If you're up for the challenge of building your own kit. See the list of items below gathered courtesy of Doug Ritter from the Equipped to Survive Foundation and Boy Scout Trail.

Personal Survival Kit
Weight = 11oz.
1 Two Piece Aluminum Container, 3 7/16' x 6' x 1 1/16'
1 Signal Mirror
4 Razorknife Blades
1 Spark-Lite Firestarter Flint
10 Spark-Lite 'Fire Tab' Tinders
10 Windproof/Waterproof Matches and Striker
1 Wire Blade Survival Saw
1 Fishing Kit: 10 hooks, 2 swivels, 6 split shot, 25ft. of 20lb. line, 10 ft. of 8lb. leader
25 ft Roll of Snare Wire
1 Mini-compass
3 SPF30 sunblock
Medical Supplies (in zip-log baggie, replace expired items as needed)
4 Bandaids, 1 x 3 in.
2 Bandaids, 2 in.
2 Antibiotic Salve
6 Wound Closure Strips, 1/4' x 2' (butterfly bandage)
2 Povidone Iodine Solution, .6 ml ampule/swabs
6 Pain killer pills
50 Water purification tablets (Potable-Aqua)
2 1 qt. plastic zip-loc bag
20 ft Nylon Cord (wrapped around kit)
9 ft Electrical Tape (wrapped around kit to seal it)
2 Large Sewing Needles
10 ft Sewing Thread
1 Plastic magnifying Glass (plastic)
8 Safety Pins
8 sq. ft Aluminum Foil
1 Small Pencil
4 waterproof paper (Rite In The Rain)
1 First Aid cards (Lee Nading)



Mini Survival Kit
Weight = 6oz.
1 Tin container (Altoids)
1 Polished aluminum tape applied to interior of lid, protected by peel-away sheet.
2 Razorknife Blades
1 Spark-Lite Fire Starter (See It)
4 Windproof/Waterproof Matches and Striker
1 Fishing Kit: 6 hooks, 2 swivels, 4 split shot, 25ft. of 20lb. line, 10 ft. of 8lb. leader
20 ft Snare Wire
1 Wire Survival Saw
1 Mini-compass
2 Bandaids, 1 x 3 in.
2 Bandaids, 2 in.
6 Pain killer pills
6 Antibiotic cream
25 Water purification tablets (Potable-Aqua)
9 ft Nylon Cord (wrapped around kit)
3 ft Electrical Tape (wrapped around kit to seal it)
16 in Duct Tape
10 ft Sewing Thread
2 Sewing Needles
6 Safety Pins
5 sq. ft Aluminum Foil
1 Small Pencil
2 waterproof paper (Rite In The Rain)



Essential Personal Equipment
Multi-purpose Tool (Leatherman)
Knife Sharpener
Whistle
Flashlight
Compass
Signal Mirror