Essential Kits

Today’s topic is kits.  Different kits serve different purposes, so there are a few listed.

First is the Bug Out Bag or the 72 hour kit.  The idea is to keep this bag handy should you have to evacuate quickly in an emergency.  It’s designed to keep you going for up to 3 days as you get from point A to point B.

  • 1 4″ blade full tang fixed blade knife
  • Pocket sharpening stone
  • Lifeboat matches in waterproof container
  • Army model Firesteel
  • Firestraws or other waterproof tinder
  • 2 emergency candles
  • 100 ft Paracord
  • Flashlight, LED, 1AA cell.
  • 2 extra Lithium Batteries
  • First Aid Kit (band aids, gauze pads, gauze roll, tape, nosporin, medicines)
  • HD Space Blanket
  • Compass and maps
  • Micropur Tablets
  • Nalgene Bottle w/ duct tape wraparound
  • Platypus water bladder
  • Extra pair wool socks
  • Leather work gloves
  • Bandana
  • Barrel Liner
  • Poncho
  • Stainless Steel Drinking Cup
  • Dehydrated food/MRE

Next is the Personal Survival Kit (PSK).  This is a small kit, often kept in a plastic pouch or an Altoids tin, designed to fit in your pocket.  The idea is to always have it on your person when outdoors on a hike or trip.  The focus is on the bare essentials - firestarting gear and signaling gear.  A good starting point is the Adventure Medical Pocket Survival Pak with a few additions and deletions.

  • 2 razor blades or scalpel blades
  • 1 Spark-Lite Firestarter
  • 4 Spark-Lite tinders
  • 4 Strike Anywhere matches wrapped in foil
  • 1 Mini Bic Lighter
  • 50 feet of fishing line (10 lb mono or 30 lb Spiderwire)
  • 20 ft brass or stainless steel wire
  • 1 Button Compass
  • 10 ft braided nylon cord
  • 2ft duct tape roll
  • 1 Whistle
  • 1 Signal Mirror
  • 1 Fresnel Lens
  • 4 Safety Pins
  • 3 sq ft HD aluminum foil
  • 1 small pencil
  • Carry with a Swiss Army Knife at all times

Finally we come to the full fledged kit, which is really just a large backpack stocked with camping gear.  In addition to the contents of the above two kits, you’d have the following:

  • 2-3 person tent
  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping pad
  • large knife (9″ blade Bowie or Khukuri)
  • entrenching tool (folding shovel)
  • Leatherman
  • folding saw
  • extra clothes
  • Water purifier pump w/ 2 extra filters
  • camping pots and pans and utensils
  • liquid fuel stove - MSR XGK, Optimus Nova, etc.
  • dehydrated food
  • toiletries
  • insect repellant
  • sunscreen
  • sewing kit

It’s always a good idea to have a second BOB in your car, along with the following items:

  • Road flares
  • Small fire extinguisher
  • Tools (ratchet set, adjustable wrench, pliers)
  • Can of fix- a-flat
  • Spare hoses, belts, plugs, plug wires, fuses
  • Antifreeze, oil, winshield washer fluid
  • Jumper cables
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One Comment

  1. Jeff P
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    I bought the swedish firesteel army model and I think it’s a must have on a camping trip.

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