How to Make a Survival Kit

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Everyday we hear about natural disasters happening. We hear about people being lost and search and rescue teams sent to find  them. Most of us will never be in a situation like that but then again I bet all the people who ended up in desperate situations thought the same thing. We have a daily routine that is safe, comfortable, and predictable. We are all used to surviving in our own worlds.  We prepare for the job, prepare food, cloth ourselves in a fashionable way to protect ourselves from the stigma of being a social outcast and against the weather. We are a survivor even though we never consider that is what we are doing. Anyone from any walk of life or age class may at a point find themselves in a survival situation where their surroundings are drastically changed. Weather and the environment is never predictable. This spring 2012 Washington DC had weather that destroyed the power supply to millions of people. In West Virginia there were reports of motorists being stranded because of gasoline shortages. In the Midwest USA tornadoes destroy homes, livestock, and people’s lives. In Canada there is winter weather and ice storms that shut down power and isolate communities. Japan was hit by an ocean wave so large it destroyed a nuclear plant. Drought and flooding as well as forest fires are daily being reported by news agencies. It can happen even though you say “it will never happen to me”

Be prepared. Always have a contingency plan if something goes wrong. Plan to survive.

Personal Survival Kit– can fit into a container not larger than a cigarette package and can always be carried . Fits in pants back pocket, purse, or briefcase

  • Contents:
  • Waterproof matches and fire-starter (lint from a dryer mixed with candle wax)
  • Candle  used as a light source and to start fires
  • Flint and striker to create fire when matches run out-can be used when wet
  • Magnifying glass can start a fire with direct sunlight and useful to search for splinters and bee stings
  • Needles and thread-wrap thread around the needles to save space
  • Fish line and hooks wrap line around hooks and tape hooks to a small piece of cardboard to prevent them from puncturing items in kit or your fingers
  • Small button compass
  • Beta light, light emitting crystal that will last almost indefinitely used as fishing lure
  • Snare wire-can be used to snare food or many other uses
  • Flexible saw-cover in grease to prevent rusting, remove any handles that come with them to save space, handles created when needed from debris
  • Medical supplies-analgesic pain reliever, anti diarrhoea pills(Immodium) you do not want to become dehydrated, antibiotics, antihistamine for insect stings and allergies, water sterilizing tablets, anti malaria tablets because mosquitos are everywhere, potassium permanganate to mix with water to become an antiseptic, butterfly sutures,band aids,gauge pads.
  • Surgical blades/razor blades-tape them to other side of cardboard that fish hooks are on, handles  made when needed
  • Condom- can hold up to 1 litre/2 pints of water
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