How To Make Your Own Survival Kit: A Complete Checklist

Updated on March 3, 2022
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Survival kits are mandatory for anyone who wants to stay prepared for the worst-case scenario. It should include supplies to help you in various forms of emergencies. When assembling your kit, consider the different environments you might be in and what you would need to survive.

Although you can buy your survival kit pre-made, it is often cheaper and more convenient to make your own. Moreover, making your survival kit is an ideal way to ensure you have everything you need as necessary. This guide will take you through the making of a comprehensive yet affordable survival kit.

How a Survival Kit Works

A survival kit is a collection of tools that help you survive in several situations. You will need to assemble supplies specific to the environment and situation you might be facing.

It is also possible to buy a ready-made package to serve you when the need arises. A survival box subscription will ensure you always have the supplies you need on hand. You will not have to wait for emergencies before buying one.

The Components of a Survival Kit


In a survival kit, you will have a variety of supplies to make life easier, including all the essentials and a few extras in your kit. Waterproof matches or flint and steel can start fires to keep you warm, cook food, and for a variety of other tasks. You might also want to include protein sources that you consume without the need to cook them, such as dried meats.

One also has to include a cutting tool in your kits, such as a fixed-blade knife or an all-purpose tool. A multi-tool will give you many options, such as a screwdriver or can opener. If you become stranded in the wild, a compass and a map can be handy. You might also want to include some form of shelter in your kits, such as a tarp or tent.

If you are in an urban environment and need to travel, include reliable transportation in your kit.

The Essentials for Every Survival Kit

Some items should always be in your survival kit, regardless of the environment or situation you might be facing. One of these items is a reliable means of communication. It can be in the form of a satellite phone or walkie-talkies. Another essential is a means of navigation with either a map or compass. It will help you find your direction when stuck out in the wilderness.

Building Your Survival Kit

You can make a survival kit and always carry it in your car’s trunk. You can also keep it safe at home in the garage so you can have easy access when emergencies arise. To make your emergency kit at home, you need to identify your needs.

Start by writing down all the items you might need in an emergency, then cross out those that do not apply to your specific situation. The items you have left will be the contents of your emergency kit. You can put them all in a backpack or storage container.

Ensure to have the following items in the kit:

1. Imperishable foods like dry fruits and nuts, canned food, and energy bars.

2. First aid kit with bandages, tweezers, scissors, and ointments.

3. Pain killers and other prescribed medications.

4. Multi-purpose tools for cutting, sharpening, opening cans, and defense.

5. Strings, ropes, and a whistle for emergencies.

6. A lighter, matches, and candles to provide light in the dark when there is no electricity.

7. Clean drinking water – about three liters.

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There are a lot more items you must include in the kit. To make the best out of your emergency kit, ensure it is durable, light, and easy to carry around. One can improvise as per their needs and the climatic conditions of the preferred region. First, you must pick a container for the item. Moreover, use a backpack for a light kit or a storage container for a comprehensive kit. However, make sure the container is watertight and rodent-proof.

The next step is to stock up on food. Consider packing foods that do not require cooking and have a long shelf life. Ensure you include canned food, dry fruits, energy bars, and water.

Keeping Your Survival Kit Safe

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Whether you make your kit at home or purchase one, you must protect it at all times to ensure it is always ready for an emergency. Store it in a place where it will be easy to access during an emergency. Ensure all the members of your family know where to find it. Also, teach them how to open and use the items.


Emergency kits can save lives and enhance your survival skills. Make sure to pack food items with a long shelf life and store the kit in an easily accessible place. Always keep your emergency kit away from rodents and harsh weather elements for it to last longer.

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