Best Survival Kits 2018

Best Survival Kits 2018

A survival kit is a package of basic tools and supplies prepared in advance as an aid to survival in an emergency. Civil and military aircraft, lifeboats, and spacecraft are equipped with survival kits.

Survival kits, in a variety of sizes, contain supplies and tools to provide a survivor with basic shelter against the elements, help him or her to keep warm, meet basic health and first aid needs, provide food and water, signal to rescuers, and assist in finding the way back to help. Supplies in a survival kit normally contain a knife (often a Swiss army knife or a multi-tool), matches, tinder, first aid kit, bandana, fish hooks, sewing kit, and a flashlight.

The American Red Cross recommends an emergency preparedness kit that is easy to carry and use in the event of an emergency or disaster.

The general contents of an emergency survival kit depend on the location. Basic components in a survival kit address the needs of first aid, food, water, shelter, navigation, and signalling.

EMERGENCY SHELTER
A variety of materials are recommended for emergency shelters, and vary between geographic regions. Options often included in survival kits may consist of:

▪️Reflective “aluminized” (Mylar coated) space blanket or survival blanket to retain body heat (and signal)
▪️Lightweight poncho for protection against wind and rain
“Tube tent” or bivvy bag
▪️Tarp with grommets or tie-tapes (best if nylon or polyester)
▪️Large plastic trash bag as poncho or expedient shelter roof
▪️Ferrocerium rod (AKA “Metal match”, “Hot Spark”, “Firesteel”, “Magnesium fire starter”) and fire striker for fire-starting, Fire piston or Solar Spark Lighter
▪️Waterproof matches or lighter
▪️Cotton balls or pads smeared with petroleum jelly for fire starting (can be carried in 35 mm film container, zip lock baggie or heat-sealed inside large diameter plastic straw)
▪️Catalytic heater and bottled gas fuel
▪️Emergency sleeping bag great for shelter and warmth

HEALTH AND FIRST AID
First aid kits will often include a combination of the following:

▪️Bandages
▪️Sterile combine dressing, and gauze pads
▪️Adhesive tape, and gauze tape
▪️Disinfectant pads
▪️A 30-day supply of personal prescription medication
▪️Antibiotic cream
▪️Rubbing alcohol
▪️Burn cream
▪️Aspirin
▪️Sunscreen (where appropriate, above 30 SPF)
▪️100% UV protective sunglasses (“UV 400”) (protects eyes from harmful UV radiation. ▪️Polarized glasses are not necessarily UV protective, but aid with glare only)

HOW TO SURVIVE A NATURAL DISASTER
The US government’s Homeland Security website provides a list of in-home emergency kit items. The list focuses on the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and materials to maintain body warmth. These basic survival items comprised into a kit are known as a Bug-out bag. The recommended basic emergency kit items include:

▪️Water, at least one gallon of water per person for each day for drinking & sanitation (should be rotated every 3 months)
▪️Food, non-perishable food for at least three days which is not required to be cooked or refrigerated
▪️Emergency food bars, preferably products with 2,400 or 3,600 calories and contain no coconut or tropical oils to which many people may have an allergic reaction, in addition to non-perishable food which does not require cooking or refrigeration
▪️Battery- or hand-powered radio with the Weather band
▪️LED type flashlight (battery- or hand-powered)
▪️Extra batteries for anything needing them, lithium type is preferred for shelf life
▪️First aid kit
▪️Copies of any medical prescriptions
▪️Whistle to signal
▪️Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
▪️Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
▪️Wrench or pliers to turn off water valves
▪️Can opener for canned food
▪️Local maps
▪️Spare keys for household & motor vehicles
▪️Sturdy, comfortable shoes & lightweight rain gear
▪️Contact & meeting place information for the household
▪️Bandanna or scarf

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