survival 101

22 Mar

by Kristy

If you’re an avid reader of alarmist journalism (Fox News, Huffington Post) you may feel that the world is coming to an end.  Birds are falling from the sky, fish are dying in droves, and nuclear winter is upon is.  While none of these are actually cause for alarm (try finding a reputable news source), we all probably think about making that Go Bag, or Safe Room, or preparing a kit in case we have to live in our basements for an extended period….  Here is a list to get your started.

1. Sandbags and plastic sheeting (for floods/gas), plus duct tape to tape plastic around windows; tarps
2. Water, water filter, iodine tablets, containers for water (ideally collapsable)
3. Food including energy dense bars/gels (and supplies for prepping/eating like knife, canopener, etc)
4. First-aid kit and medications and vitamins (& sunscreen, bug repellant)
5. Go-Bag/ Bug-out Bag (in a framed backpack, ideally)

  • Battery flashlight/radio
  • Personal medication
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Personal items (glasses, contact products etc)
  • Book/game
  • Family photos
  • Personal papers (photocopies of insurance papers, ID)
  • Walking shoes
  • Change of clothing
  • Water bottle
  • Snack (tea/coffee)
  • Non perishable food
  • Light weight emergency blankets
  • Whistle and map & compass
  • Toiletries (toothbrush etc)
  • Ziploc bags
  • CASH and COINS

6. Pet supplies
7. fire extinguisher
8. NOAA radio and/or crank/solar radio
9. bags/ boxes to evacuate w/ supplies
10. cots/blankets & mylar blankets
11. tools: hammer, wrench, screwdriver, screws and nails, multi-tool/pocket knife, folding shovel, camp axe, scissors
12. personal sanitation supplies (absorbant towels, toothbrush/paste, soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, etc)
13. propane heater and propane
14. appropriate clothing and PPEs (like glasses, dust masks); including foul-weather gear, rain ponchos
15. emergency cell phone (fully charged and w. spare battery)
16. light source and batteries (or preferably, battery-free) & emergency glow-sticks and flares
17. spare fuel for the car
18. rope/bungees
19. Fire-starting materials and signaling mirror
20. fishing/hunting/scavenging supplies and info (survival and food scavenging guides)
21. binoculars

Handbook for emergency preparedness (FEMA):
Building a saferoom (FEMA):
Wilderness survival:

Items for mini survival kit (from:

  • Altoids Tin – to store all items and use as Esbit tablet stove.
  • 2 Razor Blades – dress game.
  • 1 Box Matches in waterproof container or bag.
  • 4 Cotton Balls with Vaseline in them.
  • 6 Medium Size Fishing Hooks (purchased with short line on them)
  • 6 Lead Fishing Weights
  • Fishing Knot Sheet – to tell you how to tie knots.
  • 10-20 ft Black Thread/Fishing Line – do not use cheap thread, it will break easily.
  • Small, Thin LED Flashlight – the LED uses little power so the battery will last a long time.
  • 10-20 ft Snare Wire (Thin Steel Wire)
  • Button Compass – you cannot tell which way is north if you cannot see the sun at night or on cloudy days.
  • Plastic Wrap or plastic sheet (For Collecting Water)
  • Garbage bags, 1 – used to collect water from plants via transpiration, to keep yourself dry, for sleeping on.
  • 2 Tylenol/Advil (Vacuum Packed)
  • 10 ft Parachute Cord – used for tying up sticks to make a shelter, threads can be used for fishing line or to repair fabric.
  • 2 ft Duct Tape – can be used to create a shelter, patch a hole in a tent.
  • 4-7 Various Sized Safety Pins
  • 1 Forearm Length of Aluminum Foil (for signaling or cooking)
  • Water Purification Tablets (Required) – pure water that does not make you sick is the #1 thing you need in a survival situation. Your body needs lots of water to digest food.
  • Tea Bag (Optional/To make boiled water taste better)
  • (If you don’t have a tea bag, you can boil pine needles for a sweet-tasting, nutritious morning drink.)

Documents to take with you (from:

  • Home Inventory
  • Insurance Policies – house, life, car, property, boat, … Check that your policy covers you for disasters and that the limits are adequate since the last time you reviewed it.
  • Wills – make sure you review and update your will occasionally too
  • Property Deeds – to prove you own the house and land
  • Titles to vehicles
  • Tax Returns – first 2 pages of state and federal returns from the past 3 years
  • Contracts – business you are doing or having done
  • Stocks and Bonds
  • Bank Account Numbers
  • Credit Card Numbers and company phone numbers
  • Driver’s Licenses
  • Social Security card
  • Health Insurance Cards
  • Prescriptions – medicines and eyeglasses
  • Immunization records
  • Phone Numbers – relatives, employer, insurance agent, doctor, pastor, financial advisor, repair contractor
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Passports
  • Family Photos – most likely irreplacable so keep negatives remotely
  • Cash – keep $100 or so in your emergency kit
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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Kristy, Practical Lists


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