Survival kits are a major component of a preppers preparedness strategy. Since they’re crucial for us on a regular basis to be prepared for the next natural disaster or emergency, we want the best survival kits for the situation we’re in so we can take care of the emergency and put it behind us.
If we’re going to do that, we need to prepare thoroughly and effectively. For the context of this post, we’re referring to all the different kinds of survival kits that we can prepare and use.
Survival Kits 101
What is a survival kit?
A survival kit is a specific group of items and tools that are made for survival and tactical purposes. These items are usually multifunctional and serve many different uses and can solve multiple problems.
Types of Survival Kits
There are many different kinds of survival kits ranging from EDC survival kit that we’ll use every day built for practicality and simplicity to a backpacking survival kit that’s geared more towards medical and first aid purposes. We’re going to cover nearly every kind of survival kit list so you’re aware of the all the different kinds and what their purpose is.
There are a few essential kits that you should have prepped and ready to deploy if needed. And they include the following:
- Roadside Emergency Car Kit
- Backpack Survival Kit
- Home Survival Kit
The better prepared and stocked a survival kit is, the better prepared you’ll be to handle a crisis ad they come up.
In general, there are some supplies and items that are essential to have nearly any survival kit.
They are the following:
How To Choose Items
The key to choosing items for your kit is to pick items that will serve more than one purpose for survival.
For example, your knife. How many uses do you think your tactical survival knife has? A lot. Dozens. In fact, you can use your knife for over 50 ways.
Ultimate List of Survival Kit Lists
For a more detailed guide on the essentials, go to this guide.
After the essentials are packed and prepped, we can establish a basic survival kit for general disasters and emergencies.
Basic Survival Kit
If you’re looking for the bare bones minimum amount of items for a basic survival kit. These would be it.
The items for a basic survival kit include:
- Basic first aid kit
- Snare line for fishing
- fish hooks
- Water Filter
- Fold up tent
- Food procurement
- Solar blanket
What do you think of this basic kit? Is it too basic?
Basic First Aid Kit
Basic first aid kit list of supplies are:
- rubbing alcohol
Emergency Car Kit
Your roadside emergency kit should be packed with items that will help you for when you have a roadside emergency.
The most important item to have in your car is a glass breaker.
For your Survival kit for the cars include:
- Glass breaker
- Spare tire
- A jack
The airport is no place to show up unprepared. Every second count. I can’t count the number of times I nearly missed a flight because I didn’t take the time to properly prepare for all airport scenarios. Be a prepared traveler.
Dollar Store Survival Kit
See the guide on how to build a survival kit from nothing but the dollar store here.
Canine Survival Kit
For your dog Survival kit, the list includes:
- Dog tags
- Tic ointment
- Identification papers
- Vaccine documents
Related: Bug-Out Bag for your Hound.
Pandemic Survival Kit
For your pandemic survival kit, the items are for protecting you from airborne diseases.
See the full pandemic survival kit guide here.
Bear Survival Kit
For your bear survival kit, there is only one item that you absolutely must have with you if you’re going to be in bear territory.
- Bear Spray.
This is also assuming you have a firearm or a bow as you’re probably hunting if you’re in an environment where bears are also in.
For when the grid goes down, this is the kit that will shine some light
We all know there is no such thing as a perfect survival kit. But, could you think of something to take away to add a different item that would be more beneficial for surviving long term?
For your blackout Survival kit, the list includes:
See the full blackout kit guide here.
Home Survival Kit
For stocking a home survival kit, keep it basic.
Click here for the complete guide on stocking a home survival kit.
Hiking Survival Kit
You don’t need multiple kits for hiking
For your Hiking Survival kit, the list includes:
Survival Kits For Families
For your Family Survival kit, the list includes:
Survival Kit For Backpacking
For your backpacking survival kit, your key metrics to keep in mind is weight. Since you’re carrying a backpack and likely nothing else, keeping the bag as light as possible is the goal. Easier said than done.
So knowing what items will be the most efficient and effective during your adventure will return your investment on time reading and researching different survival gear will more than worth it.
Emergency Food Kits
Food that has a long shelf life stored in a proper location. Building a prepper’s pantry is ideal.
For your cooking kit, be sure to pack:
Survival Kit for Fishing
For your fishing kit, pack at least these items:
- Aluminum foil
IPA Survival Kit
This one is perfect to bring for your next fishing or hunting trip. There is only one item you need for this kit. See the IPA Survival Kit guide here.
Backpack Survival Kit
For your backpack Survival kit, the list includes:
- Communication Device
Cold Weather Survival Kit
For your cold-weather survival kit, go to this guide.
DIY Fire Starter Kit
Go to the full DIY Fire Starting Kit guide here.
Altoid Survival Kits
There are a bunch of different mini survival kits you can make with simple Altoid cans.
Altoids Urban survival kit
For your pandemic survival kit
Related: Survival uses of altoid cans
No matter what kind of kit you need to stock or prepare, this guide will be a good resource for you.
If there is a specific kit that we left out of this list that you want us to include, let us know below in the comments.
Do you know any survival kits that we should add to this guide? Let us know below.