What Should be in a Survival Kit?

Posted by admin on August 15, 2013 at 9:50 am. Filed under: Medical Emergency

A first aid kit is a vital investment for just about everyone, but sometimes you need a bit more than the basics. That’s when a survival kit comes in. Whether you’re a Bear Grylls wannabe, a lover of the great outdoors or simply want to make sure you’ve got a survival kit in your car should you be stranded somewhere in the wilderness, getting the right equipment should be at the top of the agenda. So just what should be in your survival kit? Here are a few items that you can’t do without:

• Torch. A torch should be a core part of any survival kit, and ideally you’ll want a headlamp as well for when you need to use your hands.
• Batteries. Partly for the torch, partly for any other electronic equipment you might have with you, batteries are essential. There’ll be nothing worse than trying to turn on a torch only to find it’s a dud, so always have plenty of backups should you need them.
• Pocket knife or multitool. A pocket knife can come in incredibly handy during emergency situations, or for something even more practical you might want to consider the likes of Gerber or Leatherman multitools. The updated version of a Swiss army knife, these handy tools include the likes of scissors, pliers, screwdrivers, files and serrated knives, being invaluable should you find yourself in an emergency.
• Bottled water and dried food. Bottled water should be kept in the car at all times, as should energy bars/dried fruit/some other form of non-perishable foodstuffs that can keep you going should you need them.
• Water purification tablets. If you run out of drinking water dehydration can quickly set in, so make sure you’ve got water purification tablets so you can still drink no matter where you are.
• Spare clothes and blankets. If you’re driving for long distances or in rural areas you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a blanket and/or some spare clothes, and hats and gloves won’t go amiss either.
• Phone charger. Having a mobile phone will be useless unless it’s charged enough to make an emergency phone call. That means you always need to have a car charger to hand or, if you’re camping, you can find various independent/key ring chargers for when the juice runs out.
• Car/emergency first aid kit. A car first aid kit should always be on board, or if you’re hiking or camping you’ll want to bring an additional version in your backpack. These kits should include all the usual first aid supplies such as dressings, bandages, plasters and creams, but you might like to be ultra-prepared with the likes of wound seal powders should a cut be more severe.

These are just a few things that should be in any survival kit. As long as you’re prepared for a long journey or camping trip it can make the whole experience far more enjoyable, so don’t risk being caught without the necessary supplies – have a fully-stocked kit and you can be sure you’re ready for anything.

 

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