Survival Kit

General contents

Survival kits contain supplies and tools to provide a person with basic shelter against the elements and keep warm, meet their health and first aid needs, provide food and water, signal to rescuers, and assist them in finding their way back to help. The specific supplies or tools that fit in each of these categories are listed below. Note that the list below is not the contents of an actual survival kit. Rather, each category lists some of the supplies or tools from which kit-makers choose when they are making a survival kit:

 Shelter or warmth
  • Reflective aluminum Space blanket to retain body heat
  • Lightweight emergency poncho for protection against rain
  • Emergency “tube tent”, “bivvy bag” or tarp with grommets for attaching a rope
  • Mosquito net, protection against mosquitoes, flies and other insects.
  • Magnifying glass, magnesium, or tinder for fire-starting
  • Magnesium Flint and Saw Striker
  • Waterproof matches or lighter
  • Esbit or heat tablets for starting a fire
  • Dark-colored shoe polish (black preferred) for fire fuel. (It also gives off a smell that can repel animals and can be used for marking and camouflage)
  • Cable saw for cutting wood (either for constructing a shelter or for a fire)

Health and First Aid

Food and water
  • Iodine tablets for emergency water purification
  • Edible salt for food and also can be used for brushing teeth.
  • Water in bottles or tetra blocs
  • Collapsible (empty) water bags or containers
  • Canned food, Ready-to-eat meals (MRE), or high-energy foods such as chocolate or emergency food bars.
  • Fishing line, fish hooks, lures, and split shot leads
  • Snare wire
  • Tea, gum, and hard candy (as a morale booster)

  • A supply of money in small denominations and coins or credit cards to help for situations such as telephone calls (if the lines still operate) or vendors selling various goods, both essential and non-essential.

Signaling, navigation and reference

Multipurpose tools or materials

3 Responses to “Survival Kit”

  1. Survival kits come in many shapes and sizes. I need help when putting it all together. Go to they are a great help and have nice kits. Thank you Darlene Lester

  2. Nice list! I actually bough a kit at, but having a list like this helps me to make sure that I got what I really needed. It might have been more expensive, but so much easier!

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