This is a compact kit that can be carried in the car, on the boat, or in a pack for hunting, hiking, exploring, etc. Most of the contents will fit in a one-pound coffee can which doubles as a pot for melting snow and device with which to dig an emergency snow shelter. (However, if you can carry it, include a small shovel. It is far, far better than trying to use a coffee can.) You should be aware that if this kit is carried while on hiking or hunting trips, you still need to carry the other Ten Essentials
not included below.
Keep three points in mind when putting together a survival kit. First, make it small enough that you’ll actually carry it and not leave it home. Second, use the list as a guide and customize it to your needs. For instance, if you are allergic to insect bites, bring the appropriate medicine, or carry appropriate wrap if you have knee problems.
Thirdly, bring enough to enable you to spend at least one night out. It is usually the first 6 hours that determine whether you’ll be able to survive an emergency. If you can make it through the first night, then your chances are good that you can make it a few more nights if necessary.
Thanks to Allan Priddy
who helps teach the Wilderness Survival class for putting this list together.
- Braided nylon rope (25 feet)
- Matches (2 boxes)
- Fire Starter
- Poncho (bright orange to attract attention)
- Toilet paper
- Candle (wrapped in aluminum foil)
- Paper and pencil
- Fishing line, hooks, split shot leads
- Money (2 nickels, 2 dimes, 2 quarters, $20 bill: helpful for making phone call or paying for gas if broken down along highway)
- Garbage Bags (2 large size bags)
- Bright orange surveyor’s tape
- Sewing kit
- Dental floss (It’s strong and useful as thread for sewing, or a fishing line or for lashing branches for improvised shelters.)
- Safety pins
- Wire (bailing wire)
- Sterile pads (2 x 2 and 4 x 4)
- Sterile Gauze
- First Aid Tape
- Honey Packages (available in small foil packages available at convenience stores)
- Instant Soup or tea (a couple packages)
- Folding saw
- Compass (learn how to use)
- Hard Candy
- Coffee Can (1 lb size) or nylon stuff bag
All contents except the plastic bags and the optional items will fit in a 1 lb coffee can. (Or you can flat “Spam” cans or oval-shaped containers available at outdoor stores.) The plastic bags can be affixed to the outside of the can with a rubber band. To keep things from rattling in the can, wad up some wax paper and stuff it around the items. The wax paper stays dry and also doubles as a fire starter. To save weight the contents can be placed in a stuff bag and a metal cup can be used instead of the coffee can.
2/13/98. Compiled by Allan Priddy
(this is the unedited list direct from the web site. If I end up working from this list I’ll note my completed list on the site)
This is a suggested lightweight first aid. You’ll want to add to or adapt it to your needs. Carry only those items that you know how to use. From time to time, check your kit and restock worn products and replace old, expired drugs. Remember that you also need knowledge to go along with your first aid kit, and it’s important to take basic first aid and CPR classes. You may also want to consider taking a Wilderness First Responder course if you go on extended trips in the backcountry.
- 3-4 Sterile gauze pads (4″ x 4″)
- 2 Rolls of 4″ wide sterile gauze
- 8 Band-Aids (Include a couple large-sized Band-Aids)
- 6 Butterfly bandages
- 2 Triangular Bandages (Useful for slings and lashing to improvised splints)
- 1 Roll of athletic tape
- 1 Wrapped sanitary napkin (for nose bleeds, or to clean up blood from wounds)
- 1 Microshield (lightweight mouth shield for giving CPR)
- 1 Small bottle of tincture of benzoin (for cleansing wounds)
- 1 Tube of Neosporin or Providone-iodine ointment (to dress wounds)
- 1 Piece of moleskin (4″ x 4″. Use for blisters)
- 1 Elastic wrap (4-6″ wide)
- 2 Safety pins
- 10 Pain killers (aspirin or Tylenol)
- 8 Benadryl (antihistamine tablets)
- 5 Pepto-Bismol tablets
- Any special medicine you need to carry.
- 1 Pair of scissors and tweezers (Scissors and tweezers are also available on Swiss Army knives)
- 1 60 cc Syringe (For suction of vomitus or irrigation of wounds)
- 2 Pair of rubber gloves
Other Items You May Want to Consider:
- Snake bite extractor (also useful for bee stings)
- Sam splint
- 1 oz Ipecac Syrup (To cause vomiting in the case of poisoning . Know when & when not to use.)
- Charcoal Suspension (To absorb poisons remaining in stomach)
- Silvadyne (a water-based burn ointment)
- Cavit, 6 gram tube (temporary filling material for lost fillings)
2/17/98. Adapted from material provided by Dana Elle, Lance Tysom and Jeff Brandt.
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