Make Sure you Have The Basics
Table of Contents
- 1 Make Sure you Have The Basics
- 2 Conclusions
- 3 Basic Survival Kits
- 4 Whats a Survival Kit Without Knowing Any Skills?
The first thing you need are supplies and to try and remain calm. Make sure that possible rescuers can find you and your family by alerting people from the outside to know where you are.
What you essentially need for survival are water, food for at least 3 days, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight , a first aid kit, a whistle to signal for help and to alert rescuers and wipes for personal sanitation needs. If you have all of these you are pretty well prepared and as ready as you can be for most situations.
You need a kit that you can store and also take with you quickly to another location if needed, this is why it is best that it is in a well packed backpacker bag which can be grabbed and taken at a moments notice.
When looking at the different types of kits, you need to check and ensure that the items included are the ones which are difficult or impossible to improvise in an emergency situation, effectively or easily, from available materials. It needs to be in a small and usable size, and only stick to fundamentals, the bare survival necessities that you might need. We have looked at 4 different kits and ensured that they fit the basic needs in a good quality and contain the essential products that you will need.
Kit 1 : Mayday Industries 4 Kit Deluxe Home Honey Bucket
Product number 1 is build up from a bucket base which is useful handy as it can be used for sanitation if needed. The basic items mentioned above are included and it’s prepared for 4 people for 3 days depending on the needs. The kit is a good home or office kit, but should a disaster occur it’s not the easiest for travel, and the supplies are not as comprehensive as the other kits available. The price is reasonable but is also lacking a little on quality and travel convenience (ie it being a bucket rather than a back pack for ease of carrying). The kit is also lacking a universal charger for Phone’s etc. The product can be supplemented to fit a greater need but then will incur further costs.
Kit 2 : Ready America 70385 Grab `N Go Deluxe 4 Person Backpack
Product number 2 and our favorite overall contains all the items necessary and a little extra. The items overall are good quality and are packaged wisely and with a little extra thought. The kit in the travel backpack is second to none with plenty of space for your personal belongings and has all the items recommended by the American Red Cross. The kit is easy to store and ready to grab should it become necessary. As an addition, the kit comes with great customer service that can give you further advice on preparation and to answer any questions you might have. The product is really living up to it’s name – ‘Ready America’.
Kit 3: Fox Tactical, MRE Star Emergency 72 hour Bugout Bag
This kit contains all the items necessary for a disaster situation with a flameless heater included and other products which are US coast guard approved. There is a more comprehensive review below of this kit.
Kit 4: FOX, GSI Outdoors Survival kits
Pricey and complete kit build and structured to assist you mostly in situations where you are stuck outside and in special needs in those surroundings. The kit is comprehensive and a tent is included. The kit is more than 3 times the price and considered a little over the top, and it still lacks a standard phone charger option.
Overall they all contain the basic products needed with the right ratio of food and water components, as well as a comprehensive first aid kit. The kits support the basic needs of communication as well as ensuring that the first incidents can be handled.
The 4 kits have an overall good preparation package and only with a few critical deficiencies and the equipment list looks good for the most part. We feel that providers have made a good attempt to keep weight down and ensuring to be usable in any emergency
Ready America (kit 2) is an inexpensive kit, which will help you in most situations as it is equipped with the basics. It’s great value for money and you do get more than what you pay for. The generally better quality of the packaging and fundamental survival equipment, is reflected in the higher price compared to kit 1. It is a reasonable compromise of size, weight and capability for most people.
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Basic Survival Kits
A basic survival first aid kit should always match your planned trip. You can have a pre-assembled kit or build your own.
We have already discussed the key elements to a survival kit or bug out bag on the intro page. That section discussed the following
- Preparing for Disaster is More Important than Ever
- Best Bug Out Bag Review
- Types of disasters that need survival kits
- A typical survival kit or Emergency Go Bag
- Considerations when designing/buying a survival kit or bug out bag
- Necessary Survival Essentials When a Disaster Hits
- Conclusion to Your Survival
But If you intend to have a long stay in a remote location, or engage in an extreme outdoor activity, you will need a more extensive kit and first aid knowledge. Lets start with the first aid kit:
Considerations for Your First Aid Kit
The following are some of the other factors you should consider when assembling your survival first aid kit:
- The number of people who will be participating in the outdoor excursion
- Where you intend to go for your wilderness trip
- How long you intend to be on your trip
- How far away will you be from any sort of medical assistance
- What will you need to do in case of an emergency?
- First Aid Kit Contents
First Aid Kit Contents
Every first aid kit should include:
-Gloves: You should have more than one pair of medical gloves. Use only one, for each time you treat a wound and throw them away. They are not meant to be re-used. You should also check your gloves for any signs of degradation if they haven’t been used for a long period.
- CPR Mask: You can get quality mask for a fair price. Keychain masks are good, but they have short life span whenever they are used.
- Plasters: They should be in a variety of different shapes and sizes
- Dressings: Small, large and medium sterile gauze dressings
- No fewer than toe sterile eye dressings
- Bandages: Triangular bandages, crêpe rolled bandages
- Safety pins
- Sticky tape
- Thermometer: Should probably be digital
- Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
- Skin rash cream: It could be calendula or hydro-cortisone
- Sprays or creams to relive insect stings and bites
- Antiseptic cream
- Painkillers: These could be paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen.
- Antihistamine tablets
- Cough medicine
- Distilled water
- Eye bath and wash
Check on your basic survival kit
It’s important that you check your first aid kit regularly, or at least every three months. Make sure that your flashlight works and replace any expired supplies. In addition, you should always know what is in your kit. You can even have a check list to ensure that all the necessary items are there.
A well-stocked first aid will help you to respond effectively to common emergencies and injuries. You should have at least one in your home, your car and travel bag. Place the kits in easy-to-retrieve areas that children can’t easily get to. However, the older children should know where they are stored and how to use them
Other factors to remember about first aid kits
In addition to medical assistance, first aid kits can also be used for a variety of other important things. For instance, adhesive bandages and band aids can tie and repair things if need be. Alcohol, alcohol pads and petroleum jelly can also be used to start fires. The importance of a first aid kit cannot be underestimated. Medical experts agree that treating a wound or injury immediately can help save a life.
Having the right first aid kit stored away for any type of emergency will greatly assist you in a survival situation. Treating an injury within the first few minutes can literally mean the difference between life and death. So make sure you carry a first aid kit before you leave on any outdoor excursion.
Whats a Survival Kit Without Knowing Any Skills?
No one ever plans to get lost or injured, it just happens. As a result, you should take the time to acquaint yourself with a few basic survival tips, some of which include:
If you happen to get lost, the worst thing you can do is panic. Most people don’t realize that panicking causes you to lose your wits. You can take a few breaths to calm yourself down. Focus on how you can make things better. When you do something positive, it increases your confidence levels. Staying calm is very important for survival.
Fatigue is one of the most dangerous elements in a survival situation. When it sets in, your judgment becomes impaired and you start to make reckless mistakes. It can even destroy your desire to survive. The main cause of fatigue is overexertion. Doing too much burns up your calories and leads to high perspiration levels. In order for you to reduce the chances of fatigue, you have to make slow and deliberate movements. You should only perform the most necessary tasks.
Fire is a vital requirement for survival. It is a source of warmth, keeps your clothes dry and may act as signal if need be. Before you go on any type of outdoor excursion, make sure you carry some matches or a lighter in your waterproof container. In addition, a fire may also be started using flints and steel.
First aid kits and other supplies
The following are some of the items that should be in your travelling bag before you embark on any outdoor activity:
- Full water canteen
- Antibiotic ointment
- Adhesive bandages
- Hand or mirror reflector
- High-energy snacks
- Lightweight blanket
- Nylon cord
- Pocket knife
- Water purification tablets
A wide variety of temporary shelters can be built using different materials found in the wild. You can even incorporate the natural formations into your shelter, for instance, fallen trees.
For you to conserve energy, you must build your shelter:
- In an area that has easy access to water
- Close to a fuel source
- Near the building materials needed, e.g. logs and rocks
In addition, don’t hang rocks that may spill a gravel and make sure you a keep a safe distance from rivers or lakes because of potential floods.
No matter how bad your situation is, you should try to signal all potential rescuers. Some of the items you can use for signaling include flash lights, fire, mirrors, bright colored markers, whistles, flags or any other type of reflector. If you decide to use fire, make sure you don’t ignite the immediate area.
Ground signals may be made from logs or branches. They should also be 10m long and 3m wide. There are various kinds of common ground signals that you should familiarize yourself with before going on any excursion. They can be easily recognized by all search and rescue workers, regardless of the country or region.
Surviving is all about using your head. With the right tools, equipment and skills, you can survive almost any type of situation. You only need to be physically and mentally strong.