When you head off into the wilderness, whether for a few hours or a few days, always take a survival kit and a tac light. You never know what can happen while you’re out in the woods, but if you have a survival pack, chances are the outcome will be good. If you were to get hurt, or experience a catastrophe, you will fare much better if you have come prepared. Just about any container can become a survival kit but many experts recommend a tin can with lid as the best choice.
Knowing what to put in the survival kit will ensure you have just about everything you need in the case of an emergency. Generally speaking you’ll need a heat source, light source (tac light), food source, water and some implements. The tin you choose should be approximately twice the size of a 20 oz water bottle. Although it’s impossible to carry much water in a metal tin you should always have one bottle in your kit. Purification tablets are a must for using water where there is no way to boil it. Keep a check on the expiration date of the tablets and exchange them for new ones when necessary.
Take a large piece of foil and fold it small and flat. The foil can be formed into a makeshift pan or can be used to hold certain things together. Carry a large zipper lock bag, too, so that you can transport water or even store found food. The foil and plastic bag take up little room in the survival kit.
Pack a couple of books of matches as well as a tac light. You’ll need a small candle, a sewing kit and some safety pins. Your sewing kit should have a needle, thread and even a couple of buttons. It’s not usually considered an emergency to have to sew on a button, but if your pants keep falling down, you’ll be glad you have it. In addition, the sewing kit can be used to stitch up a wound – if necessary.
A small plastic bottle containing rubbing alcohol is a good addition to your survival pack. Use it to cleanse cuts or to sterilize your needle. You’ll find small plastic bottles, perfect for filling with alcohol, at most dollar theme stores. Purchase several of the bottles and you can store everything from peroxide to antibiotic ointment. They usually come in packs of several sizes and shapes.
Wrap a small mirror in a small piece of bubble wrap. The mirror can be used for signaling or even for starting a fire. Attach fish hooks to fishing twine and wrap them around a piece of cardboard. Wrap a piece of bubble wrap, foil or even paper around the cardboard. Drop a couple of fishing weights in the survival kit as well.
Pack a small container of aspirin or other pain reliever. When checking out at a grocery store or department store you’ll often notice small tube containers of pain reliever. These are the perfect size for your survival kit. Sample sizes of lotion, bug bite treatment, and similar products can also be handy.
Be sure to add a small amount of bandages and band-aids to the kit. Gauze and tape can also be helpful. Pack a length of twine, a small roll of electrical tape and a pocket knife – if you don’t usually carry one. A small pair of scissors can definitely be a plus but is not absolutely essential if you have a knife.
Being prepared for most any emergency is a must when you go hiking or backpacking. Having just the right things in your survival kit can save your life but packing too much means you’ll be carrying weight you don’t need to carry. Pack just the essentials but make sure you update the kit once a year. It’s important that the items in the kit will still be of use when needed.
Finally, pack cotton balls all around the items in the kit. The cotton balls can be used for many things like starting a fire. With the mirror and the sun you can easily start a fire with the cotton and it keeps everything nice and tight inside the kit. Don’t have cotton balls? Fold up pieces of bathroom tissue and place them, here and there, throughout the kit. Be sure and take the kit with you on every trip. The one time you don’t have it with you, well, you know…