Now you have bought the most critical tool you need for your basic survival, your knife, you need to add some items to it. Remember that every item you add to your kit should improve your chances of survival or at the very least improve your living standard.
The items we are looking at here are for improving your chances of survival and should be carried with you at all times. This is likely to be impractical as having knives on you is an offence in the UK. The best you may manage is in your car or in a backpack where you will argue that it is wrapped up and not easily at hand that it is for emergency use only although that may not help. Decide now if you are going to play safe and prepare for yourself or play safe and rely on your government.
OK then. You should keep your kit as small as possible only putting in items that are critical and preferably multi purpose. The more uses the better. Here is what I suggest for your personal survival kit.
- The knife or knives you selected in yesterdays article. Wrap largest knife in plastic bag and attach to outside of kit with smaller knives inside.
- Knife sharpener – Attach to outside of kit.
- Flint or magnesium fire starter – For starting fires. Attach to outside of kit.
- Waterproof anywhere strike matches (box) – For emergency use when you need them. Attach to outside of kit.
- Compass on lanyard – For keeping you heading in right direction. Attach to outside of kit.
- Whistle – Plastic. For attracting attention. Attach to compass lanyard.
- First aid kit attached to outside of kit – Containing;
- Disinfectant (Small bottle)
- Cotton wool (Can also be used as Tinder)
- Elastoplasts (12)
- Bandages 2inch rolls (2)
- Aspirin (6)
- Ibuprofen (6)
- Anti diarrhea sachets (10)
- Vaseline (Small tub)
- Parachute cord 20ft – For tying branches together to make a shelter.
- Small Cooker – For portable warm meals and instant use instead of building a fire. Uses fuel tablets or twigs.
- Fuel tablets for cooker (box) – Instant emergency use instead of twigs and things.
- Safety pins (box) – For holding things together. Clothes, paracord, branches.
- Energy bars (6) – For quick food.
- Condoms (12) – Waterproof storage. Wrap matches in these. Can also be used as water carrier.
- Water purification tablets (box) or straw – Pref both for sterilising water.
- Gardening type gloves – For protecting hands while travelling through woods or working.
- Thick socks – Replacement if feet get wet, double up in cold or as gloves.
- Poncho – To keep you dry in rain. Covering for sleeping, covering for ground.
- Space blanket – For keeping you warmer in your shelter.
- Brass wire – For snares or tying things together.
- Aluminium foil. Heavy duty 2sq feet – Waterproof wrapping, used to cook in.
- Duct tape (small roll) – Used for holding things together, secure trouser bottoms, waterproofing containers.
- Pocket survival book, or cards, with first aid section – Knowledge.
- Notepad and Pencil.
- Metal tin – To keep the kit together, use as a water container, pan for cooking, etc.
- Large bin bag with handles – Use to store kit in until required. Used to carry things.
All this should cost you less than what you spent on your knives.
Bear in mind this is intended to get you home or give you the time to set up a shelter where you are. Every person with you should have the same items in their kit. It is what we need for survival although our ancestors survived for thousands of year without such kit. You should use it to get on your feet and adapt. Experts, like Ray Mears who have already adapted, get by with just a big knife and knowledge. We need a litle help.