How to Make a Survival Kit

Two Methods:Survival Kit ChecklistsMaking Your Own Survival Kit

Worried about getting lost in the wilderness? This article will show you what to pack for your survival kit.

Survival Kit Checklists

Sample Wilderness Survival Kit Checklist

Sample Natural Disaster Survival Kit Checklist

Sample Zombie Survival Kit Checklist

Making Your Own Survival Kit

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    Acquire either a lunch box, messenger bag, rucksack, or a 3 pocket backpack. You will use this to put your supplies in. A waterproof backpack is especially good.
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    Get the essentials:
    • Water bottle
    • Lightweight nylon cord-at least 25 feet (7.6 m)
    • Bandages
    • Lighter
    • Matches
    • Small pot
    • Whistle
    • Utility knife
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    Then, get these items:
    • Space blanket (foil blanket)
    • First aid kit
    • 3 feet (0.9 m) of aluminum foil (for cooking, signaling and collecting water)
    • Magnifying glass
    • Cotton balls
    • Safety pins
    • Insect repellent
    • Duct tape
    • LED flashlight or preferably a windup flashlight
    • Triangular bandage/s
    • Compass
    • Mirror
    • Gloves
    • Plastic rain poncho
    • Pen
    • Bevvy sack
    • Emergency fishing kit
    • Machete with saw
    • Small notebook
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    Put all of these items in your bag. Pack them as tight as possible.
    • Anything else you think you will need to survive and cook stuff with just in case like make be a fishing pole that can be broken down small or a small gun like a pistol ( if possible )
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  • If you are lost, STOP. Stop, think, observe, and plan. Use common sense.
  • Perhaps the most important item that is not obvious is the whistle. Blowing a whistle consumes far less energy than yelling, and can be done for long periods of time to greatly increase the chance of alerting rescuers.
  • Avoid wearing cotton. Cotton is notorious for soaking up water, making the clothing useless in preventing hypothermia. All clothing should be at least made of polyester or wool.
  • Spray insect repellent on your cotton balls to make them burn better.
  • Have a hatchet or machete (for multiple uses/purposes).
  • Remember: Essential is first!


  • Never get lost on purpose. There should be common sense.
  • Don't play with fire.
  • Keep small children (or even pre-teens) away from the survival kit.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 feet (0.9 m) of aluminum foil (for cooking)
  • Small tube of super glue
  • Magnesium Fire Starter
  • Burning lens
  • Water Purifier straw
  • Cotton balls
  • 7 safety pins
  • Insect repellent
  • Skeeter stick
  • Duct tape
  • LED flashlight
  • Knife sharpener
  • Bandannas
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Signaling mirror
  • Poncho
  • Pen
  • Small notebook
  • Water bottle
  • Self powered light and self powered radio
  • MREs - Military Meals

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