- Survival Blanket (2) – Remember these need to be replaced periodically as they get brittle with age.
- 39 gallon trash bags (2) – Many uses including emergency rain gear
- Rain poncho
- 550 Paracord (50′ to 100′) My personal favorite for lashing together a shelter. It has multiple strands so it can be broken down for different uses.
- Cotton Bandanna (1)- Can be used for straining water before boiling plus many other uses.
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Fixed blade knife – Choose a full tang with a carbon steel blade
- Multitool – I use a Leatherman Supertool that I have had for many years.
- Sharpening stone
- Map and compass and/ or GPS
- Paracord Bracelet – I wear one most of the time
- Cash – 90 dollars in bills and 10 dollars in quarters. In a grid down situation you won’t have much luck using a credit or debit card.
- Clean socks – Nothing better than a pair of fresh socks after a long day of walking.
- Hand Sanitizer
Fire Starting Kit
- Match Safe
- Ferrocerium rod
- Disposable lighter
- Tinder – (dryer lint and Vaseline, char cloth, cotton balls etc.)
- Magnesium bar
- Foil Nuggets
First Aid Kit
- Bandaids – Various sizes
- Gauze pads – Various Sizes
- First Aid Cream
- Ace Bandage
- Antihistamine tablets – for allergic reactions
- EMT Scissors
- Food packs (3 Days) Click here for DIY MRE’s.
- Stainless steel water bottle or canteen
- Water filtration ( Lifestraw, Katadyn, Sawyer etc.)
The primary purpose of this kit is to get me home where my plan is to shelter in place for most emergencies. In the 51 years I have lived in this area I have never had to evacuate for a storm. This is more gear than I probably need but I would rather have too much gear than not enough. In most situations walking at 2 miles per hour I could get home in 6 hours or less. The only reason I would walk is in the event of something like an EMP where my car was disabled other than that would either drive or get a ride.