Do you want to buy a survival kit? A lot of companies are selling survival-based items to prepared people who know that it’s always best to be prepared. But can’t you just throw together a survival kit all by yourself instead of buying one?
What to Look for when Purchasing a Survival Kit
The definitive answer to that is an obvious and emphatic yes. As long as you know what goes into a proper survival kit, you can piece it out and put one together yourself. However, buying a pre-made survival kit with multiple items is a great time saver:
Purchasing a Survival Kit – A Few Things to Remember
• No kit is “complete.” You will always want to personalize any kit and add different items to it
• Expensive isn’t always better. You can find great deals on survival packs out there
• Don’t trust someone else’s first aid kit. You still want to include plenty of medical supplies
• Most kits are not properly weaponized, so you will still need to arm yourself and the kit
• Purchase a rugged, durable kit, with reinforced stitching, quality fabric, and weather-resistant material
• Having more tools is better than having too few tools
• Think about long-term survival when supplementing your purchased kit
When you’re looking to buy a survival kit, you also need to be aware of what you’re buying it for. “Survival” is a given. But how long do you plan on using it? If you’re only purchasing a 72-hour kit for floods, power outages, tornadoes, and other disasters, that’s all good and well, but use the basic premise of the kit and extend your supplies for at least two weeks.
Basic Items in an Off-the-shelf Survival Kit
• Water – usually pouches
• Freeze-dried food and meal bars
• Water purification tablets
• Flashlights, light sticks, candles
• Fire-starting supplies (lighter, matches, firestone, steel, etc)
• Hand-crank radio
• Sleeping bags and/or thermal blanket
• Hygiene supplies – soap, toothpaste/brush, hand sanitizer, wipes etc
• Knife/multi-tool (can opener, screwdriver, wrenches, etc)
• First aid kit
• Body warmer
• Waste bags
• Pry bar
• Mini shovel
• Small fuel stove w/tablets
The Survival Kit you Really Need
Most of these items can be found in Nitro-Pak’s excellent 2-person 72-hour kit, shown here. Pack this out with some extra food supplies and medical gear, and you can last a long time in an emergency situation
All of these items together inside of a quality duffel bag or backpack will weight around 35 pounds. For real survival, you can deal with around 60 pounds. This means you need to greatly increase your food and water, increase your fire-starting supplies, find quality, lasting tools, add more hygiene products and more purification means, and throw in other odds and ends that you may need.
Buying a pre-made survival kit is a great move; just make sure you have a thorough kit that’s ready to go.