Do you have your basic survival kit lists checked off and the kits prepped and ready?

If not, this guide is for you.

Looking up survival gear guides online takes less than a minute. A google search and within milliseconds, you get thousands of articles and guides on how to build your own survival kit.

So, how do you choose?

The number of debates on how to create a great survival kit is undoubtedly large. After all, the items inside a survival kit vary based on your needs, the risks your environment poses, and the situations you imagine yourself in. And finally, there is the biggest factor of all – the skills you possess to use those items.

Knowing this, I made sure to help you create two completely different survival gear kits. It is up to you to decide whether you will use one, or both for your safety

Basic Survival Kit List

What’s included in a basic survival kit?

If you end up stranded in some deserted location. The one thing you have with you is this small kit with a few items in it.

What do you think should be in it?

Obviously, it has to be somewhat small so that you can carry it with you at all times. It shouldn’t take a lot of space or be ridiculously heavy so that you add it to the items you carry with you everywhere.

So here’s what you need:


When stranded somewhere, something handy to have to light a fire to keep yourself warm never hurts.

And the fuel from your regular Bic Lighter can easily run out rather quickly (even the most skilled survivalists can panic during an emergency and struggle with fire making).

So, instead of matches or a lighter, get an actual Firestarter. Like a Waterproof Tinder Lighter. It can be as simple as having a box of matches with you. You can even make them into waterproof matches if you’re feeling extra enthusiastic.

Tactical Folding Knife

Whichever your survival situation is, chances are you will need a knife for cutting, or even defense. To keep it simple, get a folding knife to start with if you don’t have one already.


As with most survival kits, you’ll need rope.

You may need it for your lashings, bowstrings, snares, fishing lines, trap triggers, or even tasks like tying down a shelter or a net. Sure, you can always make your own rope from natural materials, but who says you’ll find it in an emergency situation?

It’s always a good idea to carry some good ole fashion rope with you. The good news is, you don’t even have to carry it in an actual kit, you can have rope already with you in your paracord bracelet that’s right on your wrist.

Worst case scenario, you’d be able to make your own rope in the wild.

Mini Compass

Now when I say mini compass…

I mean ‘mini’.

Get the smallest, coin-sized version of a compass and add it to your survival kit.


Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but considering all scenarios, make sure that you can escape if you’re ever held captive.

To be prepared, a lockpick can get you unlocked from almost anywhere, even if it is when you are locked out of your own house.

Pinch Light

These are minor and can be placed almost everywhere. If you have your pinch light, you can get enough light for camp activities at night, travel, and many other emergency situations.


There are many small protection tools and weapons for you to have such as tactical flashlights, mace, or carry pistols. Get the proper license, or an item that doesn’t require one, but always carry a protection device with you.

Pack A Larger Bug-Out-Bag

Now if you’re able to pack something larger than the basic kit we just talked about, the next step would be to start packing a bug-out bag (BOB).

This is the bag that you want to be able to grab when SHTF and it’s time to bug out. So it should have more items in it that would be essential for your survival if it were the only thing you had.

What would you take with you in case of an emergency?

You’ve probably been asked this question before, and struggled a bit before you came up with an answer. Even then, your answer was not finalized or carefully thought of.

There are many emergencies you can find yourself in, and being prepared for them is a smart move. The second survival gear kit is the go-bag that will sustain you for a minimum of 72 hours.

Obviously, this one should be bigger than the previous one, but also not too heavy to carry. In addition, you must keep it in an easy-to-access location, so that you can get it at a moment’s notice.

Basic Must-Have Items For Your Bug-Out Bag

Here’s what I recommend you should include in the bug-out-bag at a minimum:

  • Personal safety items, such as first aid kit and protection.
  • Water, and plenty of it. It is also smart to use electrolytes for faster hydration.
  • Shelter items, such as sleeping bags or a tent for more people.
  • Food, such as canned goods and dried foods that last longer and do not need refrigeration.
  • Miscellaneous items of your choice, such as a paracord bracelet, headlamp, fire starter, batteries, etc.


That should do it for a good start at making your own basic survival kit and basic bug-out bag. There are dozens and dozens of different items you could consider for survival purposes.

But starting with these basics survival supplies will help you get closer to being fully prepared for anything.

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