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How To Build The Ultimate Survival Kit For A Disaster

How To Build The Ultimate Survival Kit For A Disaster

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It’s Time To Prepare For A Future Disaster With An Emergency Survival Kit.

Survival Kits

A survival kit is a group of critical survival gear and supplies put into a container (bag, pack, tin, etc.). And while that may sound fairly straightforward, there’s a lot to be said for owning a quality one.

Even if you’re a survival expert and can make fishhooks out of pop-tops, fashion hunting bows from plywood, and turn a shoe into a water filtration system – you never want to have to rely on those last resort measures.

At least not in a dire emergency situation.

Having a well-stocked emergency supplies kit, and some bushcraft gear at your disposal is smart. And in the long run, it can be more important than any fancy survival trick.

I am not saying a survivalist is only as good as his equipment. Being creative and adaptive in survival is still essential.

But having a good survival kit always improve your survival odds.

Think of it this way – an expert guitar player can make a crappy guitar sound good but if you give that same musician a Les Paul with Marshall Stacks and a pedal board, they’re going sound amazing!

It’s the same with survival.

You don’t need the professional setup to survive, but having one is always preferred.

Convinced yet? Before we start building a survival kit, let’s take a look inside one first.

Knowing which materials are worthwhile will help guide you to the perfect kit for you.

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Items That Go A Quality Survival Kit

It’s important to know what goes into a quality survival kit for two reasons.

First, you’ll know if it’s truly comprehensive or missing an essential item. Basically, you’ll know how to identify a high-quality kit from a poor quality kit.

And second, this list will help you build one.

And even if you do end up buying one instead of building one, you’ll see extra items you’ll want to add to one you’ve bought.

There are no rules against customization – in fact, it’s highly encouraged.

But, here’s the problem – a lot of you survivalists already have their “Bug Out Bag” packed and ready. And when we cover in detail what’s inside a kit, you might notice some crossover between the two.

So my advice is this: redundancy is never a bad thing when it comes to survival.

Having extra fish hooks and dehydrated meals is never bad. And many of those items, weigh little and are easily packed away, without taking up a lot of space.

If the crossover bothers you, you may want to include just those items you don’t have yet. As opposed to building a second “Survival Kit” that’s almost identical to your “Bug Out Bag.”

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Emergency Food and Water

Before discussing any survival gear, you need to make food and water a priority first.

Without proper hydration and energy, a small emergency can quickly take a turn for the worst.

Even the Red Cross recommends a minimum of:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food storage (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

Water Filters/Tablets:

Clean drinking water is critical for survival situations and from your water taps in everyday life.

Water filters or purification tablets should be one of the first things you put into any survival kit or bug out bag.

Iodine tablets are very useful and take up almost no space inside of your kit. Water filters tend to be larger but work faster than iodine so get a couple portable ones; like a Sawyer Mini.

Here’s my video review of the incredible Sawyer Mini.


Sustenance is one of the pillars of survival. Without it, you starve, shrivel up and die a miserable death.

Calories are energy, no matter how you’re storing them, so keep some form of food storage in your emergency kits is essential!

It can be as simple as a few energy bars or some freeze-dried dehydrated meals. Some people prefer energy gels, packets of peanuts, trail mix.

Another great survival food for your kit is called Pemmican. This survival snack was originally invented by the Native Americans for their own survival needs. It’s a protein dense survival superfood that can last decades without refrigeration!

Avoid relying on candies and other food with high sugar content. They will give you a short burst of energy and then you’ll feel more tired once it’s quickly used up.

The bottom line is to keep some emergency food in your survival kits.

Gear For A Survival Kit

Key Emergency Tools and Gear

Survival Knife:

bushcraft survival knife

If know how to use one, pack survival knife. But even a small credit card knife can achieve a lot in an emergency.

Knives are one of man’s most important survival tools since the dawn of time. And that remains much the same today – don’t get caught unawares without one.

If you want an excellent compact survival knife that you can easily pack into an emergency kit –  check out The Survival Neck Knife.

Waterproof Matches, Striker, and Lighter:

Waterproof Matches

I carry a Ferro rod, a set of survival matches and a survival lighter in my survival kit.

Because fire is one of man’s oldest survival tools so if you don’t have a way of making one you’re under-prepared.

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Of course, there are a lot of ways to start fires without matches and lighters. But those methods are complicated, time-consuming, and less reliable.

Never make surviving an emergency any harder than it needs to be!

First Aid Kit:

Small First Aid Medical kitRarely should you include a complete emergency first aid kit in your kit.

If you do, it will consume most of your kits packing space. But you still need a basic set of first aid supplies. Medical supplies that are useful in survival situations.

Band-aids, antibiotic ointment, alcohol swabs, and some clean gauze are the bare minimum.

For an in-depth article on building a comprehensive survival medical kit, click here.

Small Compass:

military compassIt doesn’t have to be an expensive compass or even a high-tech one. It just needs to be a compass you can rely on to point you in the right direction.

Cheap compasses are for sale everywhere, but make sure that it’s reliable.

Once you’ve found a cheap, but reliable compass like this; put one in every bag you own.

Your bug out bag, your hiking backpack, your purse… wherever! Compasses are useful tools to always have on hand.

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Fish Hooks and Line:

In wilderness survival, fishing is one of the easiest and most reliable forms of calorie acquisition.

Fish make for excellent survival protein, and you can find them in most bodies of water. And you don’t need a fancy pole and reel setup to catch one.

Some bait, a strong line, and a hook is all one needs to catch a fish in a pinch. And patience… lots and lots of patience.

Survival Blankets:

tact bivvy emergency sleeping bag

Emergency sleeping bags or “space blanket,” as they are sometimes called, are essential for all Survival Kits.

They pack small and look like tin foil than an actual blanket, but these survival devices retain heat.

They were originally designed by NASA (hence their nickname “space blanket”) for astronauts. But they work just as well for cold survivors down here on Earth.

Of the ones, we’ve tested here at Skilled Survival the Tact Bivvy by Survival Frog is our favorite.

Duct Tape:

The traditional American “fix-all” tape.

Duct tape is highly useful for everyday tasks and emergencies. It allows you to build and repair just about anything you might have on hand in a survival situation.

It’s also a good way to temporarily waterproof something.

Emergency Poncho:

rain ponchoWhen it starts raining in an emergency you must stay dry.

Hyperthermia is a cold sad way to go.

And if you’re stuck outside, with no houses, buildings, caves, or other structures to seek refuge, having an emergency poncho at your disposal is crucial.

Having two is even better – then you won’t have to share yours if you have a companion.

Emergency Lightsticks:


These are not only useful; they are fun to use.

Everyone loves glow sticks.

And in an emergency, they are very practical assets to have in your kit. They can be used to keep an area lit at night. And they will also help rescuers pinpoint your location.

Dust Masks:

Let’s be honest – none of us know ahead of time the sort of emergency we’ll end up in.

And if it’s one that includes fire, smoke, ash, dust, particulate matter, or other discharge of similar nature, then you are going to want a dust mask.

These protect your respiratory system from pollutants and toxins. They are cheap, lightweight, and easily pack away.

Or you can upgrade from a dusk mask to a full-blown gas mask for more dangerous chemicals in the air.

Nitrile Gloves:

The applications for these are nearly endless.

Nitrile gloves are important when working with injuries. They’re useful for cleaning nasty things (like toilets), or toxic materials.

So stuff a couple of pairs of these into your survival kit. You never know what you’ll need them for, but you can be almost certain you’ll need them for something.

Emergency Whistle:


While you might have a loud shouting voice, survival whistles are always better at alerting people.

No matter how loud you think you can get, your voice will not carry as far as a whistle.

Survival Flashlight & An Extra Battery:

firehawk tactical flashlightWhile you never want to rely on lots of survival gadgets that require batteries, it still makes sense to carry one for your survival flashlight.

I recommend packing a survival flashlight that’s super bright and only needs a single AA battery.

Then just pack an extra battery of the same size (AA) and you’ll have light in an emergency or survival situation.

Bio-Hazard Bags:

I don’t know what kinds of injuries I’ll be dealing with in a future emergency – and neither do you!

Biohazard bags are the kinds of things you do not need until you need them.



A deck of survival playing cards, a cribbage board, a book or magazine can make a huge difference in a survival situation.

Entertainment can preserves one’s sanity in stressful situations.

An emergency kit without some form of distraction is incomplete.

Personal Items:

Do you wear contact lenses? If so, then you should stash a spare pair in your emergency preparedness kit. Being able to see in a crisis is essential, contacts can fall out or get debris in them.

Do you take insulin or special medications? Obviously, you need to add some spares of those critical items to your kit as well.

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Think about the items specific to you and your health and add them to your preparedness kit.

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Best Survival Kits Money Can Buy

Not every emergency kit is going to have all the critical survival supplies. They come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes there’s not enough room.

Some are big and bulky and will last four people for days. Others are small enough to fit inside of a bug out bag or backpacking pack.

I recommend assessing your needs and then finding the one that’s right for you and your budget.

Ready America Grab n’ Go Deluxe Emergency Backpack

Ready America Survival KitWe’re starting with the biggest (most comprehensive) survival kit on this list.

This full sized backpack emergency kit is equipped to sustain four people for three days in an emergency.

It has almost everything we talked about above, and even a few more items not listed.

The pack is ideal for families. However, it’s the most expensive kit we’ll discuss (check out today’s price).

And for a good reason: it’s the most comprehensive and the largest.

Kungix Outdoor Emergency Survival Gear Kit

Kugix Outdoor Emergency Survival Gear KitThis smaller, easy to carry survival pouch contains several different survival tools.

Multi-tools, a striker, a compass, a portable wire saw and emergency whistle, among other things.

High-quality materials more than justify at this fair price (check out today’s price).

This kit is great if you plan on storing your survival kit inside of another bag because it is so small.

Wise Company 5 Day Survival Backpack

Wise-Food-5-Day-Survival-BackPackThis one is just a lot of bang for your buck. You get:

  • A camouflage backpack
  • 5 water pouches (4.227 fl oz.)
  • Portable Stove
  • 4 fuel tablets
  • 1 stainless steel cup
  • 1 squeeze flashlight
  • 5-in-1 survival whistle
  • 37 piece bandage kit
  • N95 dust mask
  • Pocket, tissues
  • 3 wet naps
  • Waterproof matches
  • Mylar blanket
  • Emergency poncho
  • And playing cards

It’s got a lot of survival supplies at a reasonable price (check out today’s price).

Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Survival Kit

Gerber-Bear-Grylls-Ultimate-Survival-KitThis kit is another small option, containing all the essential items without the bells and whistles.

This is the bare bones of a survival kit, and it’s in the mid-price range (check out today’s price).

Honestly, if you want a survival kit of this size, it may be more cost-effective to note what’s inside it and then just buy the materials on your own.

Urban Survival Bug Out Bag


If your looking for a comprehensive urban survival kit that doubles as a bug out bag, look no further than the Urban Survival Bug Out Bag.

This kit includes all the basic equipment you need for a successful bug out, including gear and supplies.

Plus, these bag’s are colored to blend into the urban landscape environment since they are a simple black and gray combination.

For all you get, the price is surprising (check out today’s price).

Adding a Personal Touch To Your Kit

As I mentioned before, even if you bought a commercial survival kit, it is a good practice to customize it.

Never be afraid to add things to it – extra items such as:

  • Favorite multi-tools
  • Personal medications and prescriptions
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Your favorite survival book
  • A journal
  • Your favorite candy bar
  • Pictures of your loved ones
  • An iPod loaded with your favorite songs
  • Lucky tokens, etc.

Survival is all about thinking outside of the box. It’s a creative art that requires improvisation skills. Apply that towards perfecting your survival kit.

The more time and thought you put into this project the higher the payoff when the time comes to use it.

The Final Word

A survival kit is the kind of asset that makes the difference between a chaotic and difficult struggle, and a manageable challenge. With a single bag, you can prepare yourself for the worst emergency.

Now, as I mentioned, there is a lot of crossover between “Bug out Bags” and survival kits. THIS IS OKAY.

I recommend against supplementing one for the other. Why not have both? Even if they are roughly the same and loaded with a lot of the same supplies, it’s good to have two.

It means you’re doubly prepared in the event of an emergency. Redundancy in survival is often a good thing, do not be afraid to have more than one of the same survival tool.

There are so many survival kits on the market, all advertising a different list of contents. That is a lot of options for prospective buyers like you. And it can sometimes be overwhelming trying to pick the right one.

Use this guide to provide insight to get the perfect survival kit for you and your family.

Regardless of whether you choose to build your own kit or buy one, make sure you keep it at the ready. Ensure that your fate is in your own hands.

Prepare yourself with reliable gear, and an ultimate survival kit.

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-Will Brendza

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