- Survival Blanket (2) – Remember these need to be replaced periodically as they get brittle with age.
- Tarp (10’x10′) – Great for putting up a quick shelter.
- 39 gallon trash bags (2) – Many uses including emergency rain gear
- 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.
- Waterproof notebook and pen
- Cotton Bandanna (3)- 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
- Duct Tape or Gorilla Tape
- Electrical Tape
- Folding Saw
- Surveyors tape (bright orange) Useful for signaling
- Signal mirror
Fire Starting Kit
- Match Safe
- Ferrocerium rod
- Disposable lighter
- Tinder – (dryer lint and Vaseline, char cloth, cotton balls etc.)
- Magnesium bar
- Foil Nuggets – Great Fire starter. I’m planning a video tutorial on how to make them.
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.
- Snare wire
- Small fishing kit – Click here for instructions on putting together a kit in an altoid’s tin.
- Stainless steel water bottle or canteen
- Water filtration ( Lifestraw, Kataydn, Sawyer etc.)
Compass and topographical maps of the area you are in. You should learn orienteering as I consider this a critical skill to master. This may not keep you from getting lost but it will certainly help. GPS is nice but if the battery dies or if it malfunctions you are out of luck.