Survival kits come in several shapes and sizes. You can find different varieties online or you can make your own, which I would prefer personally. There is no survival kit that could get you through every conceivable tragedy, though the most important and common component to all survival kits include items to help you maintain your core body temperature. Statistically speaking, the most common killer is death by exposure.
Depending on your location, your survival kit would vary. Your surroundings can be your largest friend or foe. The wilderness of Alaska would most definitely require a different type of survival kit versus desert southwest. If regulating body temperature is the utmost concern, then only a few modifications would be required of your kit. Be sure to be diligent in researching your geographic area and the benefits and risk factors of your natural surroundings.
Portability and Lightweight
Usually a survival kit is something you would throw in a backpack with the bare essentials being included. If it’s not lightweight most likely it will be difficult to carry around. A survival kit shouldn’t weight half your body weight. Strive to keep the weight to around 4-5 pounds and comprised of the most basic methods available to preserving your life.
The last thing you want in a life-threatening situation is a soggy survival kit especially when it involves your matches. Never assume your geographic area will be dry. It still rains in the desert. In today’s abundance of plastic containers, there’s no reason for your essential items to end up wet.
While your survival kit should be lightweight, it should also be durable and dependable. This is not a space for cheaply made gear when it comes to saving your life. For instance if you travel roughly with your gear it’s easy to bust up a few items. For instance a plastic water bottle may filter your water nicely, but if you bust the bottle it’s not going to do you much good. Invest in a stainless steel water container instead. You can always boil the water and you don’t have to worry about breaking it.
In a survival situation, multi-use items are godsends. Try not to pack anything that has less than two different uses. Two multi-use components that have been used since civilization began can produce tremendous benefits when used in the hands of a competent user. A cutting edge and means to start a fire should be the basic foundations of your survival kit. They can perform several life-saving tasks and require a minimal foot print in your kit.