I know I've asked a similar question to this about 6 months ago but I figured I'd ask again and see if there are any new and different responses out there. What do you carry in a Survival Kit? What would you not be caught dead out in the wilderness without? Mine is currently designed for Camping by kayak so its not as compact as I eventually hope to get it but here is my current list.
Thick Survival Bracelet on my wrist any time I'm going out anywhere 25ft of 550-paracord and a stainless steel Shackle in place of the normal plastic buckle.
-First Aid Kit-
2 or 3 gallon ziplock bags
Water Purification tablets
Cotton balls rolled in Vaseline in a ziplock (great tinder but real quick burn time)
Small Bug spray
Assorted waterproof bandaids
-Survival Kit- All fits in a 5L Dry bag
P-51 can opener (not a so much for wilderness camping but it weighs bout 1g and can be very useful)
2xAA 3xAAA (not so much a ditch my craft emergency but always there in a water proof bag AA is my GPS AAA is my headlamp)
Water Filter (sawyer squeeze, a lil bulky but light (~3oz))
Compass w/ mirror
Small Emergency Fishing kit (couple different hooks, 100ft of normal line and of a heavy test 100lb+, small toothpick bobbers, couple crimp weights)
5x Emergen-C Packets
Magnesium Fire Striker
Storm Proof Matches
Micro Inferno(a small tin of sure fire tinder, will take almost any spark even if wet and burn for 5min+)
1"x30'Gorilla Brand Ducktape
Small Mesh Survival Hammock
Mosquito Netting (seems like a luxury but Ive been out in the glades and gotten eaten before, If i was stranded and couldn't get away from being bitten I would lose my mind I'm sure of it)
Some lengths of Bank Line (thin, but 300lb test)
Full Tang solid survival knife
ACR ResQlink+ PLB
Orion Signal Flares (small wilderness pack, 1 flare 1 smoke 1 fire starter)
I know I have some redundancy between the two packs they aren't packed together the First Aid kit is packed into my kayak normally and the Survival kit is strapped to the top top the kayak where I can pull it away if I need to ditched the yak for some unforeseeable reason. I feel like I have it over packed but I can come up with a great reason for every single item there, so I cant figure out if and what to cut out especially to shrink the pack to put in my day bag for a day hike emergency.
So Ill take any suggestions and also whats in your survival kits?
This is a great discussion. Sounds like a lot of you spend your fair share of time in the "Big and Scratchy". Living in Wyoming my med kit's a little different. Here's what I find now looking through it:
1 wine cork cut in half w/ a glovers needle and sewing needle inside the two halves and floss wrapped on outside
1 small diamond whetstone
1 small vial betadine wound wash
aspirin bottle with aspirin, ibuprofen,antacids,Immodium dh, and a REALLY old codeine tab(Tylenol III?)
Vietnam era field suture kit w/ OLD lidocaine local anisthetic
a piece of ivory soap
a piece of mirror, ducttaped around edges (for signaling)
a small space blanket
and last but not least......a REALLY old piece of watermelon flavored Jolly Rancher candy!
Man, I've to to update this bag o' $*#@
I agree you need to carry spare batteries, I still carry a small maglight that I dont use and that is the source of my 2 spare AA batteries. I always carry this spare flashlight and I can move the batteries to the GPS if needed.
I have an old WWII mosquito netting from the Pacific theatre that I used to use with a homemade elevated frame instead of a tent in the 70s-80s. I used a tarp on the roof otherwise you will be wet from the dew.. It worked good until the weather got colder. I would imagine it could be used without a frame by tying the 4 corners up.. The bottom I always tucked under my sleeping pad to keep out bugs.
I would imagine it could be used with a small cheap mesh hammock. I will have to try it sometime. Here they are on eBay but I paid much less for mine. (I paid $2.50 in the 70s) . http://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-USGI-Mosquito-Net-For-Cot-Sleeping-Bag...
I cant believe that some of my existing gear is WWII vintage lol including my feather sleeping bag but apparently I take care of my camping equipment. Back in the day, the only way to buy swamp survival/hunting stuff was from old military surplus. I remember guys used to hunt with old German Mausers. Am I getting old or what? Maybe its time to upgrade lol.
I used my mom's uncle's WW II Army sleeping bag through 1980 until one really cold night when I slept to close to the fire and burned a big hole in it. LOL. We didn't use tents either, only mosquito net, when needed, staked on some locally found branches cut on site. That was quite site around 3 am after the fire was out and the fog sets in. All campers nets looked like a cemetery with nothing but these grey fabric crypt looking rectangles 6'x2'x2' with bodies in them. That's when your glad you had your 8" Bowie knife on your belt.
I just ran across this website. They sell survival gear in some really ingenious modular waterproof containers. They are called Gear Pods.The kits look to be of exceedingly high quality (both contents and containers) and you can customize your own or buy pre-assembled ones. They also sell just the containers which look like they would be great for storage while paddling/exploring.
I don't plug gear too much but these kits were pretty unique and innovative.
Someone on this forum may be interested.
If inside the U.S. 24 hours to wait for rescue is a long time. First of all, always wear your life jacket when on the water. Second would be leaving your float plan with someone else that is not on your trip. Third would be reliable communications/signaling. Preferably VHF marine band/ELT/EPIRB. A distant fourth would be visual signals. If the appropriate people know that you are in trouble and where you are, it is easy to get you. That said I usually carry a similar kit with me. Don't forget to check the weather and adjust your plans accordingly. Good Luck. JRC