Survival kit contents & essentials
There is a lot of information out there about survival kits, for sure… but let’s consider what a survival kit is, and what YOUR needs are.
Let’s also consider one important fact that needs to be touched upon, that is: It is impossible to plan in detail for an unknown scenario. This is also why we at ACW believe in survival kit CONTENTS that are super versatile and act as force multipliers (especially when combined with the proper mind set) ! Build your load-out around this philosophy and your way ahead of the game.
Enter the “ACW MAC-Gyver kit”– Combining specially selected common (and purpose made) items in a compact survival & utility resource.
Inside you will have over 150 individual items, all adding to your arsenal of adapting to any situation- especially effective for “Macgyver” types, Clever individuals and problem solvers…
Let’s compare what the Red Cross recommends in a kit, adding our own insight and recommendations, noted in italics
American Red Cross is a reputable, helpful and well established outfit by most accounts.
What Do You Need In A Survival Kit?
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
- Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) –Great idea, but let’s have compact “water purification tabs” or filtering options for even better mobility and potential
- Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).-good idea, this is great as an add-on to a basic core kit, but not ideal for “on the move” prepping
- Flashlight -check!
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) – Excellent add-on. Also remember in the event of an EMP or solor flare hit, you can save maps on your cell phone in the even no GPS or service is available.
- Extra batteries (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store) -Recommended !
- Deluxe family first aid kit -Not sure what this means exactly…but sounds good to me. What is definitely needed is a “bleed / Trauma kit” add-on: Tourniquets, combat gauze etc. Learn to use them. A deluxe family first aid kit will not be effective at saving lives in severe cases of trauma and bleeding….
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items -Yes, load up on your personal meds
- Multi-purpose tool-Definitely
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items -Sure thing
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies) -This is a great idea, maybe in a secondary kit for sensitive items storage. Think Fire & water proof here for storing….Also on a side note; leave a note or word as to your heading and time of departure if you are going to wander off
- Cell phone with chargers (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store) -Most people are so attached to their device that this will be a no brainer’. Savvy folks will also be able to rig charging devices with old cables and various batteries (depending on the device), so bring extra cables and such
- Family and emergency contact information -Good idea. Also have a family/friends bug-out plan that everyone knows about in advance of any emergency. This would include primary meeting points, secondary, and misc link-up spots & caches.
- Extra cash-Not a bad idea, at least in the preliminary stages of even a doomsday scenario, cash will have a value that’s embedded into most people. Later things with true value will rule: metals, water, fuel,batteries,etc. Extra cash is also good just to have as a convenience for small emergencies
- Emergency blanket -Recommend a foil “space” type bag. If you have a vehicle or home safe rea then a good wool blanket, or other bedding would be clutch
- Map(s) of the area – Another great idea. For those that are younger (teens to 30’s) you may not have any real concept of paper maps. Snuggle up with them and get familiar. Remember survival will be dominated by the Analog world in large part (depending)
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit:
- Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Games and activities for children -Don’t forget the adults too! there is no need to suffer more than one has to.
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl) -If possible
- Two-way radios – Yes! and batteries again
- Extra set of car keys and house keys -Zip tie an extra set under your car as a back-up
- Manual can opener-P-38 type
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
- Whistle -recommend ACR coast guard approved type.
- N95 or surgical masks-check
- Matches -Good, strike anywhere, dipped in wax for water resistance is even better. Then there is the most basic and useful fire source (often forgotten all together); The BIC lighter! (strikers and MAG bars are great too)
- Rain gear -Stay dry, if you can’t have full rain gear, at least have a decent large clear garbage bag
- Towels -Luxury, but well received if you have the space. Also a good multi-purpose item (we are all about options)
- Work gloves– Luxury again, but good to have
- Tools/supplies for securing your home – Good idea. having a separate tinkering/tool kit is a plus
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Plastic sheeting -Very ideal to have. As mentioned above, a drum liner or garbage bag or three, are wonderful additions to any kit. Solar stills can be fabricated for clean water procurement, and shelter roofs made to thwart the rains and help maintain optimal body temps
- Duct tape -Yeah, but also consider electrical and specialty mending tapes like “Tenacious tape”, foil tapes, etc. This is 2019, not 1985 any more!
- Scissors –Recommend having a multi tool with scissors to start with
- Household liquid bleach -Well it is a heavy burden…Water weights about 8.34 lbs per gallon. If you can store some then great, but for the mobile individual or unit, having bleach in a small secure dropper bottle is even better. It only takes a few drops to chlorinate a gallon of water for drinking.
- Entertainment items– Cards, and a creative mind work best. Also check out “The Compact reference and field manual” it’s a great small asset and highly rated. Full of interesting everyday life info and survival topics.
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- –Think outside the box. Adding wires, sewing kits/mending supplies, tubes, glues, and “junk drawer” items are some of the most versatile items to have.
Survival and Preparedness is not a one size fits all, save for the basic core essentials. You will find that to be optimally prepared for various situation, that different kits will be on stand-bye for different areas and needs. For example your Vehicle every day carry (VEDC) will be more expansive and particular in ways as compared to your personal EDC carry gear, or your Bug Out Bag (BOB), and your office, safe area, fall-out shelter or camp will like-wise be unique.
For individual items or pre-made kits, check out ACWtactical.com and build your own kits.
“Luck favors the well prepared”