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Survival Kit List

Updated on October 24, 2011

A survival kit is a great thing to have at home or in your car, just for your own peace of mind. This article includes a survival kit list of the items you need to get by in an emergency.

I just read a hub by a fellow hubber of ours having to do with a "bugout bag", or an emergency survival kit. I was thinking of making a hub on the same topic: when I was the Finance Manager of a Non-Profit institution, we had to , in response to a Home Security directive during the Bush administration, make emergency survival plans, and develop emergency survival supplies. I remember most of what I learned from the experts in preparing for an emergency for my institution; also, I came across the prep materials the other day, and got to thinking....It really would be good, and give a person a much-needed feeling of security for oneself and one's family, to be essentially prepared for ANYTHING, in today's world.

I strongly recommend people to do this: get a survival kit ready, just in case. Then you may go on about your business with fewer worries about what's going to happen next.

Here's what the experts said to have stashed, for survival in an emergency:

  1. Water. At least 2 gallons per person.
  2. Rope
  3. Duct Tape
  4. A groundsheet or tarp
  5. An axe
  6. A battery-operated radio
  7. Bleach pills to sanitize water
  8. Sleeping bags, one per person
  9. Food in cans or dehydrated food: enough for three days for each person
  10. A toolkit: your basic hammer (with a claw on one end), screwdrivers, both Phillips and slot;a chisel and a spade.
  11. Generic seeds, not hybrid seeds, which cannot produce plants with viable seeds
  12. Fire materials: a lighter, matches...
  13. Candles
  14. Flashlight (or torch if you're English!)
  15. Writing materials: pen, paper...
  16. Maps and an atlas
  17. A Compass
  18. 3 changes of clothes for each person; include seasonal garments, like a winter coat; make sure they are sturdy garments like denim. Also footgear suitable for hiking; hiking BOOTS are the best, in case you have to run and it's snowing.
  19. Flares
  20. Fishing line and lures
  21. Coleman stove, Coleman lantern
  22. A couple of books. One of them should be a survival manual, including information on what plants in nature are edible.
  23. Pup tent
  24. Gloves
  25. First aid kit
  26. Masks (like painters wear when painting an apartment or a car)
  27. Salt

And that was basically it. Basically, it seemed like camping stuff. All of these things are easily available (now), and not very expensive.

You could survive indefinitely with just these materials from this survival kit list to help you. What you couldn't bring with you, you would find a substitute in nature. And you have the basic tools to do just about anything you need to do: build a shelter, set traps for edible ground animals, fish, plant seeds, sanitize drinking water...

Sort of like "Robinson Crusoe" goes suburban, if you can get into that.

Once you pulled this survival kit list together, you could forget about it and hope you never needed it, and rest easy, knowing, no matter what happens, you are prepared.

Here are some other things that are good to know:

  1. A person can survive for about 30 days without food, on the average.
  2. A person can survive 4 to 7 days without water, on the average.
  3. A person can survive 4 to 7 minutes without air.

And some other survival nuggets that are interesting:

  • The optimum group for survival is a mixed group of men, women and children. A group composed solely of adult men, or solely of adult women, has a smaller chance of survival than a group which has both men and women, and at least one child.
  • The optimum number of people in the survival group is from 7 to 13 people; and it helps to have odd numbers of people, rather than even numbers of people.
  • The more diverse the group is in terms of skills, the better. It's nice to have a doctor; it's nice to have an engineer; it's also nice to have a taxi driver whose sense of direction is impeccable; or a housewife whose ability to make things edible on a narrow budget is impeccable; or a even a homeless person who knows where the hidey-holes are.
  • The least optimum number of survival group is 1. Don't go it alone! Bring a buddy, or three, or preferably 7 to 13 buddies along with you, and hopefully at least one of them has a child to add to the mix.

Good luck and God Bless! Get the survival kit list of stuff together, and then don't worry about it.

Love from Paradise.

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    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Karkadin. I think just because the child's survival is a common cause, and adults tend to be a bit more polite to each other around children.

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      Karkadin 

      7 years ago from Middle of Nowhere, USA

      Great hub! Thank you for the information. Voted up and shared. Did the survival experts ever mention why having a child in the group increases the chances of survival?

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, breakfastpop. (My blushes!)

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      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      You have something that is in short supply these days..common sense!

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, breakfastpop. You know, I was going to suggest that--if you aren't scared enough (yet!) to pull a survival kit together, maybe just print out the list and keep it until you deem it necessary. For me, it's more about peace of mind. If you have these things pulled together, you can basically get through any emergency more or less intact, and knowing that makes a person feel more secure inside our heads. Then we can all go about our business, do whatever we do, and put fears of what the future may hold to one side.

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      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      I think I had better print this article and study it. Thank you. Up and useful

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Jeannie. Most of the stuff you might already have--the thing to do is to keep it handy and collected. Just in case.

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      Jeannie InABottle 

      7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This hub has a lot of good information. I would have never thought about some of the items listed, so now I know to get some camping gear for my survival kit. I am bookmarking this hub. Thanks for the information!

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I found that hub, and left a comment on it, Pete. Awesome! That poor guy--he could have walked out, a mile and a half, if he went the other way. So sad for Alexander Supertramp.

      No problem for inviting you, Pete, in my mind you're an asset!

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      PETER LUMETTA 

      7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      I'm with you, just tell me where and when. I spoke about that movie in one of my Alaska HUBs but I don't remember which one. Sadly the man died because he was not prepared and not knowledgable about where he was. Thanks for inviteing me, Peter

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      You could join the Druid Dude group along with me; you and he have skills prepared in advance and have experience!

      That's amazing, that you lived alone in the Alaskan bush. I'll have to zip back over to your profile and see if you've written any hubs about it. One of my favorite movies is, "Into the Wild".

    • PETER LUMETTA profile image

      PETER LUMETTA 

      7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Paradise I really like your HUBs, so practical and interesting. This one is no exception, in this crazy world we all need to be prepared for the worst. I've lived in the Alaskan bush alone and with others and the alone part is not fun, it is much better to have companions, Thanks for the reminders and good luck,

      Peter

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great minds, marellen, great minds, like ours, run along the same channels! My mom is 90, and she'd be game. It'd work, I'm sure.

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      marellen 

      7 years ago

      What a wonderful thing to say....Thank you....I was thinking the same thing about bringing the rest of the stuff to them. I think it could work.....:)

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Marellen: That does change things...maybe the rest of the stuff, without the camping gear, would still be good to have, to bring to the guys with the RV. Say hello to your mom for me. She raised a WONDERFUL daughter!

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Phil. I've got to get to work on my OWN survival kit, and SOON!! I scared myself with my last hub!

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      marellen 

      7 years ago

      Its a great thought but I live with my 87 year old Mom. That kind of changes things just a tad. There is no way she could possiblity live in a tent so I have relatives that have an RV....I'm with them. Thank you for sharing this info....

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      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I've already worked on the water storage, have the radio and flashlights and candles and matches. I don't really have a bug-out bag, however, and am at least for the moment, preparing more for an extended stay at home when supply chains have failed.

      Great hub, something we all should make use of - earning you a vote-up and a useful.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Druid Dude. I want to be in your "group" if it all goes pear-shaped!

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      Druid Dude 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Good idea...good list. Excellent hub. Woodcraft skills are helpful. Years ago, I developed a "tackle box" for fishing that fits nicely into a field jacket pocket. I've learned how to track and trap and have a virtual cornucopia list of wild plants for eating and medicinal purposes. Knowledge is power. Voting your hub up!

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you so much for your comments, Matt, G. and ahorseback.

      Be prepared, then the REALLY bad stuff will never happen...that's what my mom says!

      Ahorseback, I'd go camping with YOU, anytime!

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      ahorseback 

      7 years ago

      Paradidse , all excellent advice , lets go camping. LOL.....:-}

    • GNelson profile image

      GNelson 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Very good information. One of those things you hope you never need but are smart to have.

    • mattdigiulio profile image

      mattdigiulio 

      7 years ago

      Excellent info! Voting up, my friend.

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