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Survival Kits

Survival kits was formerly considered a travel essential, but these days, they have also become a must-have for homes, schools, and offices. There's no telling when disaster will strike, and your only defense is to be prepared when it does. Read on to learn more about survival kits.

What is it?

A survival kit is composed of basic supplies and tools you will need in emergency situations, usually while waiting for help to arrive. A basic survival kit contains the following:
  1. For shelter and warmth- blanket, poncho, jacket, reflective aluminum space blanket, tent 
  2. For first aid and health maintenance- first aid kit, soap, insect repellant, toilet paper, lip balm
  3. For navigation and signaling- flashlight, candles, torch, whistle, maps, compass
  4. Multipurpose tools- plastic bags, Swiss army knife, rope

Making your own kit

You can put together your own survival kit or get one from companies like Disaster Stuff (www.disasterstuff.com). If you decide to make your own, make sure there are enough supplies to last you at least 72 hours. Stick to the basics; don't pack unnecessary items such as stuffed toys or large books. You want something you can "grab and go," since every second counts in an emergency. Even a slight delay can spell the difference between life and death.

Food rations and drinks

Food and drink are one of the most important parts of a survival kit. Don't pack perishable foods, go for ready-to-eat meals (MREs) and high-energy calorie bars. Your food should be light but able to fill you up fast. Store clean drinking water in light, well-sealed containers. Keep everything in small packages to save space.

First aid kits

Another thing you need to include is the first aid kit. If you already have a separate first aid kit, put together a smaller one for your survival kit. You may not have the time to grab the two kits when the time comes. Make sure it contains bandages, gauze, splints, scissors, and disinfectants. Also include any medicines you might need, such as aspirin and painkillers.

Other survival kits

There are also survival kits designed for specific situations:
  1. Military survival kits - The military has their own version of their survival kit that may include snow goggles, hand warmers, frying pans, camp stove, camp fuel, matches, etc.
  2. Lifeboat survival kits- These kits contain items like life vests, other floatation devices, sunscreen, rope, boat hook, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, fishing kit, red flare, ladder, a set of knives, compass, binoculars, 3 liters of water per person, etc.