Monday, December 13, 2010

Basic Survival Kit

I received a few e-mails asking about what an "essentials" kit might look like. Basically a list of things you can't live without. To respond to these requests, here is a smaller "portable" kit recommended as a good place to start for those wanting a light weight option. After all the most important thing about carrying a survival kit is MAKING SURE YOU CARRY IT! Considering you dress in layers and are properly prepared for the anticipated weather, if used correctly, the kit contains enough items to pull you through all but the most desperate of conditions.

1. Spare Compass
2. Whistle
3. Lighter
4. Waterproof Matches
5. Space Blanket
6. Small Knife
7. Toilet Paper
6. Twenty Feet of Rope
7. Water Purifying Tablets
8. Four Packets of Hot Hands / Hot Toes
9. Small Right Hand of GI Joe - that my son wanted me to put in survival kit. Said it was an extra helping hand. Basically be sure to include some kind of mental stimulus that will get you home!
10. Water Proof Poncho


  1. Great kit! Water proof matches are a must! Mental stimulus is a great suggestion. Thank you for this post.

  2. You know I very much agree in having a survival kit and not just for hunting either. You never know what is going to happen at any time and anywhere.

    Whitetail Woods Blog / Deer Hunting and Blackpowder Shooting at it’s best.

  3. Looks like a good list Rick. I really like the fact that you thought it was important to have that little GI Joe hand in your stuff. Somehow, I think you'd find your way back to him, no matter what!

  4. CC, RK and KT . . . thanks for the comments! I know of some people who include small picture of their kids/loved ones in their survival kits. Basically anything that will mentally drive you to survive!

  5. Never mind the kit,but where could i get one of similar belt pouhes?

    Since the previous topic you did ive been watching that pouch and tried to find one from fleabay or anywhere to buy it with Paypal.

    Wanna sell yours :) ?.

  6. Oh by the way, its a well thought kit youve put up and covers all areas in my opinion,the only thing i would add is a small piece,even some 6" by 6" piece of thick aluminium foil that could be folded as a crude cup to collect and boil a sip of water and maybe for frying some nutrition.

  7. Perkunas, I actually have three of these super special one of a kind heirloom belt pouches, originally created and now sadly discontinued by that ultimate Maine outdoor company LL Bean. I can not possibly estimate the monetary value of such an exquisite piece of fine craftsmanship.

    HOWEVER . . . I may be convinced to offer one in trade and am open to entertain any and all suggestions??

  8. Very nice! Found your blog on OBN today. I will follow along.

    The Average Joe Fisherman

  9. Ryan, Thanks for the follow . . . I returned the favor this morning! Nice Blog BTW!

  10. So,

    what would you want in trade for the belt pouch then,id be interested to hear,indeed.

    I cant offer anything since i dont know a thing about original/collectors/sentimental value of your pack :) BUT i am tempted.

  11. Perkunas, Let me think . . . viking helmet, bottle of Finland vodka, axe sheath . . . oh I know . . . how about my very own kupilka cup?!?!

  12. ok,youll get kupilka 21,the kuksa-like cup,if its ok?

    Vodka..that i cant swear,as it would be seen as illegal smuggling here :)

  13. What a great resource!

  14. Perkunas, drop me your shipping addy to and we can seal this deal. Happy holidays!

  15. this post is very usefull thx!


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