Make a survival kit that maximizes your potential to survive.
Having a survival kit is essential to living off the grid.
Therefore, understanding that a kit bought off the shelf is ineffective is the first step in maximizing your survival kit.
Also, keep in mind that your general survival kit is only intended to keep you alive for a maximum of 4 days. In order for you to effectively be able to sustain yourself, here are 7 ways to dramatically improve your survival kit.
1) Don’t Pack Just water
You may have heard it said that you can just pack 3 liters of water and then boil whatever you find in the wilderness.
This is not true.
You need to have a water purification or a water filter method in your kit.
Typically, there are two kinds of filters straws and then the pumps. I would recommend that you find a filtration straw or pump that can handle at least 300 gallons.
Pack several as water will be consumed regularly.
Add water purification tablets to your pack as well. They are simple, light weight and easily kill bacteria in water.
2) Have a Firecraft Device In Your Survival Kit
Matches do not constitute a valid source of heat.
They are very temporary and very temperamental.
For example: if you have to bug out in a rainstorm and your pack gets drenched, the matches are now just sticks.
Regardless of the brand or whether or not you have the matches in an air tight metal tin, they are not to be your first course of action in creating heat.
Firecraft supplies will include flint, steel, a string, and a bearing block.
This will provide you with two means of fire.
The first method is the striking of flint and steel.
For beginners, this will be (usually) the easiest way to start a fire.
Remember to keep tension on the arm for best results.
The second two elements are to make a bowdrill. Keep in mind that you will still need to find the material for the bow and the actual drill.
3) Pack Dehydrated Meats
The reason why you need dehydrated food is because it lasts longer than traditional food and also because it is not as prone to wild animals eating it.
Ensure that you do not get a dehydrated product with a ton of corn syrup or preservatives as this goes against the whole sustainable food concept.
If you are packing dehydrated fruit, pack banana chips or fruit which is high in vitamin content and not too sweet.
4) Pack a local map and a map of the state
In a disaster, the terrain which you may have planned and prepped to navigate may become unknown to you due to natural debris or from manmade blockades and structural collapses.
Where you want to be ready for a disaster without any maps and dependencies, it is always best to have something to fall back on just in case you lose your bearings.
5) Have a tactical first aid kit not a bargain store box
When you are building your kit, get the emergency kit that will handle every emergency by spending the extra money on a tactical first aid kit.
These kits, generally, have everything from bandages to IV bags to detailed instructions on how to build a brace for a broken leg.
As a survivalist, you will have to deal with a great many disasters as they arise.
Your training will only get you so far, and (let’s be honest) if a bone is sticking through your leg you may find it hard to concentrate on the best method to treat it.
6) Pack Socks and Anti-fungus foot powder
If your feet go down, so do you.
Your mobility and your survival depends upon you keeping your feet healthy.
Anyone in the military will let you know that one of the key elements which were drilled in their head (especially those who went to the marshes of Vietnam) was to keep their feet dry and healthy.
You should pack as many socks as you feel comfortable with. Personally, I would pack no less than 7 pair rolled up.
The anti-fungal powder or cream is for those occasions when just keeping the feet dry does not work.
7) Get a full metal knife
Your knife is going to be your primary survival tool.
Make sure that you have at least one full metal knife in your kit (pack more than one knife please).
Novelty survival kits will give you one knife of poor quality.
You can always spot the poor quality because the knives will have plastic or rubber handles, poor grips, and look shinny.
A note from experience here: Survivalist knives are usually black and there is no real attention to adding chrome or any shinny covering.
They know that you are going to use it outdoors.
The reason that you want a full metal knife is so that you do not have to worry about handle breakage or wear. Simple research will show you several top brands for your survival kit.
If you really want to maximize your survival kit, have 2 knives, a hand axe (which you should have even if you only have one knife), and a multi-tool (whether it’s pillars or a Swiss army knife)
The Common Sense Factor
If you really want to dramatically increase your survival kit, use a bit of common sense.
For example: if you have a battery power flashlight you should ask yourself “What do I do when the batteries on this thing die?”
Common sense would say either pack a solar powered flashlight/battery charger or find a new source of light. Do not abandon the exercise of questioning and working things out, many survival packs fail to meet the needs of the survivalist simply because the person assumed that their pack was filled with the top of the line equipment, failed to check the contents, or failed to use common sense.