With so many options to choose from it’s difficult to come to a consensus as to what exactly makes the best survival kit. To be certain, the best survival kits are either homemade or have items added to preassembled kits. Commercially available survival kits offer what is commonly agreed to be the most necessary items you will need should you encounter a survival situation. This doesn’t mean that all factors have been taken into account such as present conditions of your destination or how many people will be depending on the survival kit. There are some general factors to consider to make the best survival kit.
The best survival kits are the kits that are lightweight, portable, and easy to maintain. Heavy or cumbersome survival gear is likely to be left at a campsite. The bulk of your survival gear should be on hand and accessible. If foodstuffs or supplies of medications are included in your survival kits be sure to replace them at their expiration dates. On the other hand if your food rations contain like the MRE you don’t have to worry about expirations. A lab tested MRE proved a shelf life of ten years before there was substantial taste degradation. Even then it tested to show a high level of nutrition.
Another universal facet of the best survival kits include plenty of multi-functioned or all-purpose materials. For instance, a bucket storing the contents of an earthquake survival kit can be used as a commode. All purpose wire in a wilderness survival kit can be used for snares or fishing line. If your survival kit is packed in a tin, the inside of the lid (if shiny) can be used for signaling. Another recommended item is at least ten feet of Paracord. This can be found online or in military surplus and tests up to 550 lbs. In addition it can be unwoven into several individual strands, which can be used for anything from fishing to sewing.
The best survival kits are the kits that you know how to use. Before testing them in a wilderness environment you should be practiced at using the individual components of your survival kit. Fire starting can be a quirky business if you’ve never used flint and steel. Also utilizing your knife can be difficult if you’ve never had the chance to filet a fish. Also recommended in the best survival kits is a pocket sized survival guide for easy reference.