Survival Kits – Build Your Own
A survival kit is just what it sounds like: a kit or duffel bag or pack, a fanny pack, a purse, maybe just a Sucrets tin, but basically what a survival kit comes down to is a containe .38 special ammo holding items that will help you survive.
This can be anything from surviving a Saturday morning after partying ’till the wee hours, to living through a hurricane. Or, how about a pack with enough gear in it to survive for 3 days after a massive flood like Katrina?
I’d be willing to bet my AK-47 that there were a bunch of people stranded on rooftops by the rising water that could have used a couple gallons of safe drinking water.
Or for that matter, ever been caught in a blizzard and couldn’t drive out of it? I have, no fun, don’t want to do that again. The big difference is I am here writing this now, but without the survival kit in my truck I might not be.
I spent almost 2 days freezing my ass off, shoveling out when I could and waiting for the blizzard to end. Without the food in my kit and sleeping bag, not to mention the shovel and axe the two of us probably wouldn’t have lived, four other folks down the road didn’t.
Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes so emergency kits should be just as diverse. The basic Grab-N-Go kit for an earthquake evacuation in California is going to be way different than a Blizzard Auto-Kit like I had. But they all perform the same way in that they make it a lot easier to stay alive!
For just a basic Grab-N-Go survival kit that would be pretty much universal in scope, here’s a short list of necessaries. Of course this is configured from my perspective here in North Idaho and if you live in L.A. yours would contain things mine doesn’t and vice-versa.
Let’s say an evacuation order was being broadcast on TV and radio maybe even cops with bullhorns, but the deal is you have to go and go now! No time to pack, just grab what you can and run for it, what would you grab? Your laptop? Your aquarium? Your Christmas presents? Your golf clubs? None of the above, right?