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Survival Backpack & Survival Kits

Updated on August 17, 2013

Survival Backpack & Survival Kits

A survival backpack or survival kit should include all essentials needed for a camping or hiking trip. Whether you are going for a long time, or planning to go for a short journey.

Anything can happen during your adventure, and you need to make sure you are properly prepared. The weather could turn unexpectedly bad, you could get sick or injured, or you could end up getting lost, and off track for longer than you planned.

Another thing to consider, is the idea that every home and vehicle should have some sort of survival kit in a safe place. They are not only for hikers and outdoor recreational use. Disasters and emergency situations can occur anywhere, and you should always be ready!

Always make a list of essential items you should pack before you go, to make sure you have everything you need.

You could manually prepare a survival backpack from scratch, by following a list, or you can buy a survival backpack online that comes with everything you need, including things that you probably never even thought of.

This page will provide examples and information about both strategies:

Survival Backpacks

Buy Online

Survival Backpacks

Various survival packs already packed with survival essentials. You can buy one of these backpacks online, then keep a contents list to replace items as needed.

Ready America 70280 Emergency Kit, 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack
Ready America 70280 Emergency Kit, 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack

contents include:


6 x 8.45 oz Water Boxes with a 5 year shelf life.

Food Supply for 2 (5 Year Shelf Life - 2400 calories/person)

2 x12 Hour LightSticks

2 x Survival Blankets

2 x Emergency Ponchos

2 x Pairs Nitrile Gloves

2 x Dust Masks

1 x Pack Pocket Tissues

1 x Emergency Whistle

33 piece First Aid Kit

Ready America 70385 Deluxe Emergency Kit 4 Person Backpack
Ready America 70385 Deluxe Emergency Kit 4 Person Backpack

contents include:

4 x 2,400 Calorie Food Bars (5-year shelf life)

4 x Liter Sized Waters (5-year shelf life)

4 x Emergency Ponchos

4 x Survival Blankets

10 yards of Duct Tape

1 x Multi-Function Pocket Tool w/Pliers

1 x First Aid Kit (107-piece)

4 x 12-hour Emergency Lightsticks

4 x Pairs of Nitrile Gloves

4 x Pairs of Safety Goggles

4 x Niosh N95 Dust Masks

4 x Packs of Pocket Tissues

1 x Pair of Leather Work Gloves

1 x Emergency Whistle

12 x Pre-Moistened Towelettes

3 x Bio Hazard Bags

1 x Four Person Backpack1 Emergency Power Station: Unique to this kit. The power station is a hand crank styled emergency power unit. Cranking the unit for 30 seconds will give you enough power to talk on a cell phone, listen to am/fm radio and a few other things. Very nifty idea.


Waterproof Backpack

Another thing to keep in mind, are the unpredictable wet situations you may find yourself in. Backpacks can be found with waterproof materials. Spend the extra few bucks to make sure the contents of your backpack will stay safe and dry.

Aqua Quest Sport 30 Charcoal Gray Waterproof Backpack with Water Bottle Pockets, Roll-top for Hiking, Kayak, Ski
Aqua Quest Sport 30 Charcoal Gray Waterproof Backpack with Water Bottle Pockets, Roll-top for Hiking, Kayak, Ski

This is a "Dry Bag" or waterproof backpack example. Browse the many available on the market and find what is suitable for your needs. This version comes in other styles, and you can find various sizes as well.


Waterproof Backpacks further info...

You can also find more information about Waterproof Backpacks HERE!

Homemade Survival

Make Survival Kits

Make Your Own Survival Backpack or Kit

Here is some food for thought for preparing your own survival backpack or survival kit.

There are many things to think of, and therefore you could miss something that should have been on the list. You can never think of absolutely every possible scenario unless you pack your entire household including the kitchen sink.

However, here is a basic category breakdown to brainstorm and do the best you can. The concept here is based on a very simple principle:

If you survive at home comfortably, then in theory, you should be able to survive in any situation if you have supplies that at least mimic the essentials you have in your day to day life. You can break these essentials down into 5 main categories: Food, Shelter, Clothing, Transportation, and Utilities. These are the same essentials you would refer to when making a household budget!

Hopefully, this can serve as a good guide for packing a survival backpack, or any other type of survival or emergency kit.

Let's get started!

1. Food

The food category would include anything for nourishment and health, and anything that enters your mouth (including clean oxygen).

Survival Packing Suggestions:

- Water and other drinks

- Non perishable foods

- Face Masks

- Medicine

- Fishing and other hunting tools

Food and Water Suggestions

Water Filter Straw, Frontier Emergency Water Filter System for Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Survival Kits, Survival Packs, Survival Gear, Camping,
Water Filter Straw, Frontier Emergency Water Filter System for Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Survival Kits, Survival Packs, Survival Gear, Camping,

This filtration straw could very well end up being one of the most important emergency tools you have with you on a trip. You can automatically have fresh drinking water from almost any water source you can find. Drinking water is extremely important to survival. If you run out of clean bottled water, what are you going to do? This type of product is also being used in developing nations around the world with bad drinking water. A very important invention!

Emergency Survival Food Supply - 72 Hour Kit - 16 Servings
Emergency Survival Food Supply - 72 Hour Kit - 16 Servings

Here is one example of a food supply kit, but it's not the only one. Browse amazon for all the different types they have there.

N95 Respirator Facemasks (4 Folded Masks) (70411)
N95 Respirator Facemasks (4 Folded Masks) (70411)

Just in case you run into a situation where you are in need of clean oxygen for survival. Perhaps a rare need, but considering the small size and light weight, why not have it with you. You never know.

uxcell® Gold Tone Pen Shape 7 Sections Telescopic Pocket Fishing Rod
uxcell® Gold Tone Pen Shape 7 Sections Telescopic Pocket Fishing Rod

You may have packed some survival food supply in your survival backpack, but what happens when that runs out?! You may need to catch fish. This is a very portable and handy fishing rod.


2. Shelter

Shelter from the elements is the next survival thing to think about. Here are some suggestions:

Survival Packing Suggestions

- Emergency tent. Many types on the market that will fit in your survival backpack or survival kit.

- Blankets to stay warm at night

Survival Shelter Suggestions

3. Clothing

Probably the most obvious category. Dress appropriately for the weather and pack your survival kit or survival backpack with extra clothing that for the most extreme weather situations.

Survival Packing Suggestions

- Ponchos

- Warm Heavy Duty Hiking Coat

- Thermal underwear, socks, gloves, pants.

4. Transportaion

If you are packing for a survival kit or survival backpack, it is pretty tricky to cram a 4x4 truck, or an off road quad in with your gear. As far as I'm concerned, the "transportation" category would include your main mode of transportation on a hike, which is your feet. In fact, I would include the health of your entire body and well being. It is hard to travel by foot when you have sore feet, or a broken bone. It also includes navigation and not getting lost.

Survival Packing Suggestions

- Emergency First Aid kit

- High quality hiking boots

- Floatation Devices

- Compass and maps

Transportation Survival Packing Suggestions

5. Utilities

Obviously we are not talking about cable tv, or electricity like at home. This category would cover concepts that replicate the power, heat, and communication needed for survival.

Survival Packing Suggestions

- Emergency Power Supply

- Fire Starters

Survival card multi tools
Survival card multi tools

Survival Card Multi tool

A cool idea for a multi tool that fits nicely into your survival backpack. These are called "credit card" survival tools, because they are shaped like a credit card and fit into your wallet. Many different types available. They come with things like a compass, a knife, LED light, wrenches, and many other handy things.

Find more images, and information about Survival Cards HERE!

Survival Poll

Have you ever been in a situation where you need to survive for a while, afraid for your life?

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    • Lionrhod profile image


      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent lens. I've been a fan of How to Survive in the Woods since I was a little kid.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Expect the unexpected!

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      Hal Gall 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Everyone should have a way to survive for a week or two in case something hits the fan.

    • silla lm profile image

      silla lm 

      5 years ago

      I've never seen the credit card survival tool before, so cool!

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      Gloria Freeman 

      5 years ago from Alabama USA

      These are good to have.

    • Meganhere profile image


      5 years ago

      All these things would come in very handy in the event of a zombie apocalypse!

    • BigRedDomino profile image


      5 years ago

      Good resources here !

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      Socialpro54 LM 

      5 years ago

      nice lens

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      skhdesigns lm 

      5 years ago

      How many different types of packs do you personally have? Did you create them yourself or purchase pre packed?

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for liking my laptop lens. Your lens is great!

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for lens, Very good reminder

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      6 years ago

      Good you included the DIY options.

    • matthew-tebbit-3 profile image


      6 years ago

      Whenever I go trekking I always come prepared. Trekking in the Andes you never know what could go wrong - all my trekking companions look at me like I'm crazy but in a situation like that you don't want to take any risks.

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      Winston1 LM 

      6 years ago

      Great lens with lots of useful info and tips. You have made me think about being prepared for emergency situations.

    • weirdproduct profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Yes, everyone should do that.

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I should get a survival backpack to keep in the car just in case it breaks down during a blizzard. And I'd still have it on hand at home, just in case....


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