Essential Survival Kit

What type of supplies should you have in your survival kit?

Ideally, you should have 3 survival kits ready in the event of a disaster or emergency. The first one is the main kit, which contains the most number of supplies – this one should be kept at home in an elevated place.

The second one is a smaller version of the main kit, which can be used in the event the first one becomes inaccessible or is damaged in some way.

The third and smallest one is a contingency kit that should be stored away in the trunk of your car. In the event that you have to leave your home immediately with little or no preparation, this contingency kit will help tide the storm until you can safely return home.

What should you remember when assembling a survival kit?

  1. Three survival kits is actually the minimum.

Having multiple survival kits in different locations actually makes sense as long as you can visit them once in a while to check if the contents are still viable.  Vehicle, home, and one other location if possible.

Doomsday warriors often bury survival packs a few miles from home so they can pick up these packages as they evacuate, in case they have to leave home during a disaster or emergency.

  1. You need to waterproof every last item in the kit.

 The contents of a survival kit must be able to withstand water seepage; otherwise, a single flooding will render the contents of your kit spoiled or contaminated.

Commercially available zip lock bags can be used for waterproofing most items. You can also use duct tape and wrapping plastic to further protect the contents of each zip lock bag. Be creative in securing your survival kit!

  1. Create a replacement schedule.

Replacing the contents of survival kits is mandatory. A year old survival kit that has never been renewed may not be as useful because the contents may have already aged or expired.

You must replace batteries, medicines, food items and reserved drinking water every 6 months to keep your survival kits fresh and current.

Modifications to a survival kit can also coincide with the biannual replacement of emergency supplies.

Rethinking the contents of your survival kit is essential because as you learn more about surviving catastrophes, your viewpoint of what should be inside your survival kit will also change.

  1. Create an emergency supply of medications

In addition to over the counter drugs such as aspirin, it would be a good idea to have a stockpile of prescription medications for common conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

You can ask your physician as to how you can obtain extra prescription medications to put in your survival kit.

The reason for stockpiling medication is simple: if a widespread disaster should come, the last thing on anyone’s mind is to go to the pharmacist to pick up medication. Your medications should already be available, waiting in all your emergency stashes.

  1. Make everything convenient to carry.

Assembling a survival kit doesn’t necessarily mean you have to put everything in a single container. If you can’t lift and carry your survival supplies in the event of a disaster, it would have to be left behind.

If you have to rummage through it to get the most important supplies then you may be putting yourself and your family in danger by staying indoors during a time when you have to evacuate. If you don’t have to evacuate then a heavy kit would be technically alright. But what if you have to leave your house immediately?

The solution to this problem is simple: divide your supplies into two or more durable containers. This way, you can ask other members of the family to lift and carry other parts of the survival kit should you decide to leave your home during an emergency.

Components of a Good Survival Kit

What supplies should always be included in a survival kit?

Here are some of the basic supplies and materials that can be added to a survival kit. This list is by no means comprehensive – it’s just a sample list that can be reduced or expanded as you see fit.

My purpose here is to make everyone aware that during emergencies, every item and supply in your survival kit is a prepared response to particular needs. If there’s something in your survival kit that is not useful or will not fulfill any essential need, then it shouldn’t be there in the first place.

  1. Canned/dried/preserved food items that do not spoil easily. No-cook meals are also excellent for disaster/emergency situations.
  1. Thermal clothing and thermally protected sleeping gear.
  1. Battery-powered and solar powered radio for listening to weather bulletins and other important news. A large stockpile of batteries is a good idea as well. If you’re up to it, you can also purchase 12-volt batteries so that you can run boat/car appliances that only need 12 volts of power to function.There are many 12-volt batteries on the market that can be safely stored for years and can be grabbed and used at a moment’s notice. Just be sure to test and maintain your batteries every few months to check if they’re storing enough power.
  1. First aid supplies such as gauze, bandages, antibacterial soap, antibacterial ointments, etc. A small manual on basic first aid should also be available so non-trained individuals (such as your kids) will be able to use your first aid supplies if you are unable to do so.
  1. OTC medications for common conditions such as fever, flu, coughing, etc. As I’ve already mentioned earlier, you also need to prepare a small stockpile of prescription medications for yourself and for any other member of the family that is regularly medicating for any health condition. This small stockpile can be a literal lifesaver if you’re suddenly uprooted from the neighborhood because a disaster has rendered your area unsafe.
  1. Important documents including identification cards for the whole family. Be sure to place these in watertight containers so they won’t get wet.
  1. Signaling devices such as flares and chemical signaling sticks.
  1. Matches and lighters can be stored together in hard, waterproof containers. These will be used to cook food if needed.
  1. Bring plenty of aluminum foil as this can actually be used to cook food.
  1. Clean drinking water in sealed containers.
  1. Disposable glasses, plates, bowls and forks.
  1. Add a few knives into the survival kit as well as a general utility cutting tool in case you have to cut wood or rope.
  1. A long, sturdy rope and lots of Duct Tape.
  1. Rain protection gear and tools.
  1. Basic tools such as screwdrivers and pliers. Smaller versions of tools are easy to fit into any survival kit.
  1. Don’t forget your personal hygiene supplies such as soap, shampoo, extra toothbrushes and toothpaste. Have one or two bottles of oral wash available, too.
  2. A sturdy trowel or a mini garden shovel would also be a good addition to a survival kit as you may have to create latrines or depressions in the ground in the event that a toilet is not available.


Survival and Prepping can be invigorating and empowering for some and completely overwhelming for others.  For those that need to keep it basic and simple, stick with a simple list.

Here’s one for you.

This is a simple 30 essentials bug out kit (ok, the waterproof emergency bug out bag makes 31)!  Put together at least two of these kits, one for your house and one for your car.  You may need a few more must-haves for your emeergency bag but this 30 item list is pretty inclusive and will simply give you peace of mind, which is priceless. So, here it is…The “Get It And Forget It PMK” (aka Peace of Mind Kit).  For the Survival Frog suggestion, you can check them out here.  (I do make a small commission if you purchase through  this link. The price is the same if you buy through the link or not.  Thank you for supporting my site!)

  • thumb drive with all your essential records
  • knife (Hoffman Richter is great quality)
  • multi-tool (Hoffman Richter is great quality)
  • Compass/Whistle combo
  • lightweight solar NOAA radio (with usb recharge port)
  • solar flashlight with extra batteries
  • survival waterfilter (Sawyer by Survival Frog)
  • Campmaster 11 in 1 eating kit (or similar)
  • mini cooking stove (Pocket Stove with Fuel Tabs by Survival Frog)
  • baking soda
  • duct tape
  • aluminum foil
  • jar of peanut butter or survival food bars
  • 3 bottles of water (keep empty bottles after drinking)
  • butane lighter/extra fuel tabs (Survival Frog)
  • paracord
  • iodine
  • 3 elastic ace bandages
  • belt (many uses including using as a tourniquet)
  • mylar blanket (Tact Bivvy by Survival Frog)
  • garden gloves
  • small garden shovel
  • small pack of baby wipes
  • toothbrush
  • small basic first aid kit
  • small basic sewing kit
  • small fishing kit
  • The small, lightweight “Scouts Guide to Wild Edibles Book” (Mike Krebill)
  • The small, lightweight “Living Ready Pocket Manual First Aid Book” (James Hubbard MD)
  • The small, lightweight “Survivor Kid” (Denise Long)

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