Building an survival/emergency kit

One day you might end up in a situation that requires a little extra from you and your equipment. Maybe the weather changes drastically or maybe you accidentally destroy your backpack! It could also be as simple as forgetting the lighter when you go out to grill some hotdogs. These are the reasons we recommend that you build an emergency kit!

An emergency kit must be personally designed according to the emergencies you may end up in. However, we would like to point out that this kit should not replace your first aid kit but act as a compliment. You can also have a combined first aid and emergency kit instead of two different kits.

In the video below you can see when Beatrice talks about her own emergency kit. The video is in Swedish with English subtitles and can be found alongside with lots of other videos on our YouTube channel. You can also skip this video and head straight to the text.

Beatrice´s emergency kit

Beatrice’s emergency kit is designed around a tablet tube and was made to handle the basic survival situations in the forest over a short period. Inside it, there are things like lighters and water purification tablets. But also things for repairing and building shelter.

Paracord
Lighter
Duct tape
Plastic bag
Ignition cube
Water purification tablet
Painkiller

Lighter

A lighter doesn’t need that much description. You can use it to make a fire. The lighter in Beatrice’s kit is wrapped with duct tape to add another small reserve of this amazing tape. You can also hide a sewing needle inside the tape, but don’t forget that you put it there!

Paracord

Paracord can be seen as the rope equivalent of duct tape. In other words, an super versatile product that can solve most problems. In this version of the emergency kit, you can add three meters of paracord. If you take the Paracord apart, you instead get approximately 20 meters of threads. In addition to replacing broken shoelaces and tent guy lines, you can use it for the following:

  • Friction fire
  • Splint broken body parts
  • Build camp
  • Repair equipment
  • Clothesline
  • Belt
  • Emergency leach

Duct tape

A wise man once said, “If you can not fix it with duct tape. Then you’re not using enough.”. And we agree. The application of duct tape is endless. We’ve even seen people use it to close wounds!

  • Repair tents, sleeping bags, clothes, sleeping pads, and backpacks.
  • Seal broken canoes
  • Produce rope
  • Repair leaking water bottles
  • Shut up the snoring tent buddy

Ignition cube

A signal fire can in many cases be crucial for survival, or just for your lunch. But in some situations, it can be extremely hard to lit a fire. Therefore, an ignition cube is great to have. It burns for 4-5 minutes, which should be enough to get a fire going.

Plastic bag

A plastic bag has many functions, but most of them can be found within survival needs. It takes up very little space but shines with its versatility. A must for your survival kit!

  •  Carry water to drink or extinguish the fire.
  •  Use to clean water.
  •  Storing edible plants in.
  •  Storing fuel for the fire.
  •  Cut to pieces and twist a string.
  •  Use in combination with duct tape to fix larger surfaces.

Water purification tablet

It is obvious what you can use a water purification tablet. The name is pretty self-explanatory. It can be useful in all kinds of situations. It happens that you come across other hikers along the trails who miscalculated the amount of water they should have brought. Then these tablets can be their salvation. Or your own for that matter.

Painkiller

Painkillers are always good to take with you. Headaches or joint pain can quickly ruin a good day. Therefore, these are a must in our emergency kits.

Summary

We now hope that you have the inspiration to create an emergency kit to keep in your bag.  Once it is there, it should never leave! Customize it to your expected challenges in the forest.  Maybe add a needle and thread, or some painkillers.

If you enjoyed this article, make sure to checkout this article where Beatrice teaches how to do laundry outdoor.

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