Survival Guide: The Book All Survivalist and Preppers Need ( 3 in 1 ) (2016)
Your Emergency Survival Bag
Although disasters strike when least expected, you can go a long way to save your life when disaster strikes by having a survival kit prior to the occurrence of the event. A survival kit is a bag where you put basic items you will need for survival during an emergency until help comes your way (enough to sustain you for at least 3 days). That probably explains why most survival kits are light and easy to carry with you.
Water: Ensure to have at least 3 liters of water in your survival bag. This should be enough to sustain you for 3 days. Ensure to have water purification tablets, water storage bottle or bag, water filtration bottle for treating all kinds of water, and purification straw for treating free flowing water.
Clothes: get a strong pair of shoes, a cap, pants, towel, shirts, windcheater, and undergarments to survive with for at least 3 days. The clothes you keep will depend on the survival situation you are prepping for as well as the climate. Simply ensure to have the right clothes for the potential disaster.
Shelter: Ensure that you have a tent or a tarpaulin in your survival bag. Another thing you can have is a light sleeping bag or preferably bothy bag (for shelter) or a bedroll.
Food: Ensure to have enough food (mainly canned or dried). You can opt for survival rations, energy tablets and ration heaters (for heating frozen foods)
First aid items: Have enough supplies for dealing with all kinds of injuries. In a survival situation, all manner of injuries will be present. As such, don’t just have the simple first aid kit; go for something more advanced. For instance, your first aid kit should contain a suction pump to pump out poisonous venom, splint, cotton wool, needle and thread, Hydrogen peroxide or liquid spirit and some tablets. Others you can have include SAM splint (for immobilizing limbs), first aid kit (for treating minor injuries), burns dressings (for soothing and protecting burns), haemostatic powder (for preventing excessive bleeding, wound closing plasters, insect protector (insect repellents and coverings and sun protection (cream and lotion).
Utensils and containers: you need a cooking pot for preparing meals, for doubling as cups and plates and probably storing/purifying water. Also, try getting
Fire making equipment: Ensure to have gasoline lighters (0pt for the windproof option) waterproof matchbox etc. You should also ensure to have candles in your bag. You will also need to pack tinder (to help you start fire in any condition) and a flint for creating sparks under any condition.
Tools: In essence, you need to have such items like a survival knife, scissors, nylon rope, folding stick, hook, cutter, flashlight, batteries etc. You will also need compass for finding your way around. You will also need a saw for cutting wood and plastics, an axe for splitting wood, a small towel for digging mud and debris, and a crowbar for opening jammed windows and doors.
For lighting: Ensure to have a backup torch i.e. a pen torch, light sticks i.e. one time use glow sticks, hand torch for signaling through lighting and a head torch for keeping your hands free.
For heating and cooking: Ensure to have mess tins for cooking and heating on campfire, aluminum foil for minimal cooking, fuel depending on the stove, hexi stove, which is a stove that runs on solid fuel and solid fuel kettle if you have enough space.
For doing repairs: You can use a fishing line, sewing needle with thread, steel or brass wire, cable ties for repairing and binding, steel/brass wire for repairing and snaring, duct tape for fixing anything, nylon utility cord or paracord; you should have at least an item made with Paracord, either a bracelet or belt because a Paracord is very essential for your survival.
For battery: ensure to have alkaline batteries (AA or AAA), lithium batteries for the cold weather, solar charger that can charge batteries or charge devices, emergency charger for mobile and other devices etc.
Signaling and navigation: You can have the following items: Bright red jacket for warmth and signaling, mirror for camping and signaling, whistle without pea design that will not freeze, beacon i.e. a waterproof flashlight for signaling, compass for finding your way around and a satellite device whether it is a tracker or a satellite phone.
Communication devices: You can use a satellite phone, walkie talkie and radio
Note: Ensure that your survival bag is waterproof. Also, as you put stuff in your survival bag, it is important to remember that different survival situations will sometimes call for you to keep different things in your survival bag. For instance, the stuff you will keep when prepping for a flood or tsunami will definitely differ from what you will keep when prepping for a stay in a dessert. As such, you need to picture the scenario of what you will need in the particular situation that you are prepping for. You can add other items based on what you think you may need, but these are the basic items for survival you will need in case of emergency.
As you know very well, the stuff you will keep in your survival bag can only sustain you for so long. If you are to survive, you really need to ensure that you have all the information you need and probably practice how to live in the wild by scouting for water, food, making shelter and others. The rest of the book will focus on just that.