We at Survivalkitshack.com, are very serious about equipping you to survive an emergency. It doesn’t matter to us what the nature of that emergency might be. Honestly, there are an awful lot of emergencies from which to choose, and none of them are anything you want to experience voluntarily. We spend our time living, not in fear, but in anticipation. We try to anticipate every conceivable thing that could go wrong. We daydream about every different kind of societal collapse, emergency, widespread outage or revolt, riot, civil unrest, and every other scenario that can disrupt the luxurious life of ease we all take for granted.
We are all about survival kits and bug out bags. A lot of people tend to focus on these, especially bug out bags, as part of their survival plan. In part, this is a good thing. Building a bug out bag or short term survival kit forces you to think about the things you will need to survive a short-term emergency. It also forces you to consider what items are necessary to sustain you while you travel from a place of great danger to a place of greater safety.
Think of the people who were forced to walk out of Manhattan when the Twin Towers were brought down by terrorists using airplanes as weapons. Some of those dust-covered refugees had water bottles. Some had bandannas tied over their faces for masks. Most of them had very little. You should keep a survival kit on hand specifically so that if you have to walk out of an emergency like those poor souls, you’ll be better equipped and better able to help your family. There is a big pitfall when it comes to creating survival kits, however. This is the Everything and the Kitchen Sink syndrome. You’ll see this play out when people proudly show you the contents of their portable kits on YouTube and in online forums. Other viewers will marvel at just how much gear they have managed to stuff in there... and isn’t more gear a good thing?
Well, a lot of gear in your home stockpile is a good thing. A lot of gear in your stationary survival kits is also a good thing. (These are kits that never go anywhere, and are just there for when they are needed). In a portable survival kit or bug out bag, however, you’ve got to consider weight. In order to “bug out” effectively, your go bag has to be mobile. It can’t be very mobile if it is so heavy that it starts to fatigue you after you have walked a block. Another problem is that if your bag is very heavy, it could start to break on you. A lot of bags on the market that are supposed to be heavy duty simply aren’t that tough. Strain them and the seams start to come apart.
A good survival kit should have those items in that you need, yes. But it should have only what you need and not much extra. A little extra room for you to carry things that you collect and scavenge along the way isn’t a bad thing, either. Rather than stumble along like a latter-day Quasimodo with a hunchback, you want your go-bag to be light enough that you can walk comfortably and casually with it. And you definitely don’t want to appear to be laden down with gear even if you COULD carry it all, because if you look like you have things other people need, you could make yourself a target. Your go bag contents should be carefully examined, pared down, used (yes, USED), and replaced by you so that you are familiar with them... and so that you know what you need and what you don’t. Don’t carry more than you actually require. Equip yourself for mobility while also refining constantly the gear that you bother to pack. You’ll be better off no matter how you look at it.
If you want to prepare MULTIPLE survival kits, of course, we are all about THAT. We will do everything we can to help you do that. We want everything you do and everywhere you go to be backed up with a network of survival kits that we can help you prepare and stockpile.
Let’s talk about the stuff in the survival kits you’re going to need to put aside and keep on hand. This what we do. It is why we are in business. We have some pretty serious thoughts about the topic. When you are building your survival kit, you need to seriously consider the gear it contains. A lot of people throw some ramen noodles, knives, and ammunition in a bag and practically call themselves prepared for the zombie apocalypse. That’s obviously not good enough. Really, though, if you ask fifty people to list their survival kit contents for you, you’re going to get sixty-two answers. It’s just a fact: People who prepare love to talk about what they’re carrying, and often they’ll look at you as if you have three eyes and four arms if you dare to think maybe what you are carrying around in your survival kit should be different from theirs.
A portable survival kit is basically everything you’re going to have with you when the going gets rough, when the S hits the F, when society as we know it turns to chaos. The idea is that you’ve got something already prepared and ready to go so that in an emergency, you don’t have to think about it. You just grab it and go. For best results, you’ve got to maintain a survival kit, rotating out anything it has in it that might go bad over time, testing equipment and making sure that it works, and basically just using the bag so you know you can rely on what it contains. What you absolutely do NOT want to do is put together a survival kit full of brand new gear still in the package. You’ll see that online a lot of the time.
Guys will proudly unpack their survival kits and you can tell they’ve never actually used any of the stuff in there. You have GOT to be practicing with your survival kit and its contents so that you can identify those things that work well (and for which you should probably have redundant backups) and those things that don’t work and are just unnecessary weight (and so should be removed from the bag).
This process will help you identify what you should and shouldn’t be carrying from among a specific set of gear, but how do you get started? What do you need to put in that bag? Well, there is no “correct” answer, but some answers are more correct than others.
Remember always that a portable survival kit has to be small and light enough that you can carry it anywhere, even in a hurry, even when perhaps you are trying to evade and elude authorities, competing survivors, or other enemies. This may sound very dramatic, but even in the most “mundane” of emergency “without rule of law” type scenarios, things could quickly fall apart around you. If things are so bad that you’ve pulled out your go-bag to flee the area, then things could be bad enough that you need to avoid people and flee when they see you. Remember, too, that the fact that you have a survival kit on your shoulder could potentially be dangerous to you, if desperate fellow survivors see you and decide they want to take what you have.
Your survival kit should, first and foremost, have in it any special medications or other things that are useful to you as a person. What that means is that if you take high blood pressure medication, or you’re dependent on some kind of eye drops, or you need insulin because you’re a diabetic (or an inhaler because you have asthma). If you rely on things like these, or any other kind of life-saving medication, you really need to be stocking up on these. Sometimes this is harder than others, especially if the medication is strictly controlled, but you absolutely need to be keeping extra supplies around.
Depending on the drug and whether it is common (such as blood pressure medication), it may be possible simply to tell the pharmacist you lost the bottle and get a replacement for which you pay out of pocket. This is much harder to do for more strictly controlled drugs, and of course it may be breaking the law (we absolutely do NOT want you to break the law to accomplish this). You’ll have to use your best judgment and do what you can to lawfully stockpile the drugs or other special items that you have to have to survive. Remember that in an emergency, the stores may close, or they may run out of things even if they are open. That’s not the time to start wandering drugstores for asthma inhalers or other life saving medications.
After you have seen to these special considerations, your survival kit has to contain a number of different pieces of gear to be useful to you. We hand select the gear we carry in our store. We won’t sell you anything that we would not choose to carry in our own survival kits. Everybody’s opinion on survival kits is different, of course, and there is no single, one right way, but there are definitely some guidelines that make more sense than others. When you’re packing your survival kit, you’ve got to cover all the major bases. You need food, you need fire, you need light, you need water (or a means to purify water). You need to have tools like knives and multitools, and the multitool or Swiss Army Knife is especially important because you have no idea what you might encounter during an emergency. A do-everything multipurpose tool makes a lot of sense because you have no idea precisely what situation you may need to deal with (so you have to be prepared to deal with them all).
No matter who you are, no matter where you live, no matter how you conduct your affairs, violence and crime and social emergencies CAN find you, and when they do, there is no time to protest that you live in a “safe” place, or that you thought you had more time. The time to prepare for emergencies is NOW, and that is why we sell the gear that we do.
This is also why certain “experts” are wrong when they tell you that the way to avoid danger, the way to avoid crime, is to avoid bad people and bad places. You can go your whole life living as “clean” as possible... and yet a random act of violence can walk up to your doorway and suddenly the whole world changes. Whether that’s a mob, a raging forest fire, a tornado, or a financial collapse won’t matter when it happens to you.
No one springs forth from childhood into adulthood a fully-formed prepper. You may start out feeling like you don’t know nearly as much as the people around you, but what you’ll find is that those people (even some instructors and experts in the industry) don’t know everything. We all start somewhere. You may find that there are people who aren’t particularly nice, either... but on the whole, most of this community’s members are people who WANT to help you and WANT you to succeed.
Political divisions and the usual arguments that break out in specialty interest groups aside, the enemy is always OUT THERE. The enemy is the faceless, nameless legion of criminals who choose to prey on productive members of society. For you to face them, you need to prepare, and you need to start today.
Don’t wait. Get familiar with what’s out there, do the training you can get, and learn as much as you possibly can while you have the opportunity. Don’t overdo it and don’t become a zealot, but make taking responsibility for your safety a reasonable part of your life. The only person who can take that responsibility, after all, is YOU. No one else is going to do it for you... but we will gladly help you along the way.