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Survival Supplies List

Updated on April 11, 2014

Without beating about the bush, we will be dealing with items and information that could save your life one day. Emergency survival kits or home survival kits are the choice that most people choose when they find they need to do more than pay a monthly insurance payment to secure their lives and the lives of their loved ones during unpredictable and random events.

Survival List


Water is the reason for all life and the presence of water is why life continues on our planet. The human body is made up of around about 73% water and bearing in mind that humans can survive for longer without food than water answers the question as to why water needs to be your number one priority.

I must stress that clean water is a must. Contaminated water can lead to all sorts of problems that would normally be a pain, but treatable. In a random event this could end up being the mistake that costs you your life or your loved one's lives.

Each person that you are catering for will need roughly four and a half litres of clean water a day for drinking and cleaning. If you live in a warm area or are in a warm season you should cater for this. You should also take into account that people may be sick or ill and require more water than normal to flush out the illness. The basic rule of thumbs is to tally up the amount you would need on an average basis and then consider your space, options and environment.

If you can store a separate water supply that has at least four days worth for each person you are catering for. Failing that, this should be the main supply that you have ready. As soon as you can.

Store the water in THICK, TOUGH, SEE THROUGH containers. You do not want all your water leaking out or having to worry about if the water is contaminated but not being able to see if there is anything lurking out of view.

There are a combination of different methods you might want to use if you think your water might have things that would make you sick. You could boil the water which would kills germs or if you have water purification tablets, you could use these. The later is generally when you have to take water from an questionable source.

A Safe, Warm and Dry Place To Sleep

You and anyone else you are looking after will need to stay warm and you will need to be out of direct contact with the elements (wind, sun, rain, snow etc) in order to stay well and healthy. Some shelters would be built before an event to protect against ans to survive and event. These sort of shelters are normally built in an existing structure such as a basement with minimal additional building. These shelters would need to have ample food supplies that will last and enough bedding to keep you and your dependants warm at anytime of the year. Extras that you or your family would need should also be added such as medicines, entertainment and a means of communication, a CB Radio that has a power supply not reliant on the mains supply.

Building an outdoor shelter is a different matter and there are a few options that are all based upon your surroundings. Here you can view my Hub on Emergency Tent Shelters and see how you could go about building one of these yourself.


Canned food is best as it is made to last. It may not taste the best but it is prepared for long life and storage. This is more for a home shelter survival though as it can be easily stored and the weight and sizes can cause a lot of problems if you are on the move or have been moving. Generally canned food can last a few years.

Dehydrated Food is the best of both worlds as it can last many months and it takes up little space and is also very light! There are many places online which sell this and unlike some canned food it can taste alright as it is.

Foraging In Nature for you food is an option if you are not limited to staying indoors. You would have to learn which plants and nuts have which nutrients and what sort of make up (protein, carbohydrate and fat) otherwise you could get into problems if you have a one sided diet. Getting a book would be wise as some berries and plants can be very bad for you, a wild food book or guide would be ideal.

Other Items and Knowledge

I myself took a survival course and have read a few books. After reading the books and taking part in a communal course or two I thought I was ready and prepared. I decided to put myself to the test and I went out into for a walk with just a few basic supplies. I found that once I was on my own and everything that had to be done was my responsibility things really became apparent. Since that lesson I have taken A few more trips out on my own and I have become quite proficient at setting up a shelter and finding food and other natural resources.

Whether you are here because you are looking to be prepared on a camping trip or you are looking to be prepared if the worse course of events choose to unfold. All the information and items are interchangeable and that is what makes a basic knowledge of survival items, amounts and training so very important to everyone.


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    • LongTimeMother profile image

      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      I live off the grid and make every effort to be self-sufficient. As well as growing fruit and vegetables and herbs I also grow a few specific 'survival foods'. Someone told me years ago that it is very important to grow at least a few foods in your garden that nobody identifies as food. I doubt that anyone would ever come and steal all the food from my little farm, but if they did they'd steal the corn and the cabbages and the obvious foods but I'd still have a number of plants left that they didn't recognize.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting info. We were just last night discussing whether we might travel to AK this coming winter.