Do you know what would be the important items in your survival kit? If you don’t, not to worry, most people ask themselves the same question.

Survival Kit Essentials You Just Can’t Live Without

There are factors to consider before you come up with bits and pieces in your survival kit. You would want to know the risks you will be facing. Basically, you will have to determine where you’re going to use them. Each person can have their own personalize survival kit to fit their needs and to what purpose it will serve them most. However, there are just things you must have. These are just some of the items that are important to include in your list.


1. Water

Water is something we really need in order to survive. You will surely end up dead without water for three days. You must have 2 gallons of water per person per day for at least 3 days.

2. Water Purification Kits or Filters

Water Purification Kits or Filters | 15 Important Survival Kit Items You Need To Prepare
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Since you can only bring a limited amount of water, there’s still a probability you’ll run out of supply. If the disaster lasts longer than your stored supply then purification kits or filters will definitely be a lifesaver. There are tons of these on the market today.

3. Food

This may seem to be a no-brainer but the difference comes on the purpose of the kit. If it’s for a short-term kit only then power bars are most convenient. Other food choices could be MRE’s, freeze dried foods and meat jerkies.

4. Knife

Knife | 15 Important Survival Kit Items You Need To Prepare
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This tool can do a lot of wonders for you from making weapons, creating fire starters, to cutting branches for building emergency shelters. This certainly is the most reliable tool ever made. Fixed blade knives are the best because they are durable and require less energy when performing tasks.

5. Waterproof Matches or Lighters and Fire-starter Kits

Waterproof Matches or Lighters and Fire-starter Kits | 15 Important Survival Kit Items You Need To Prepare
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Strike anywhere matches stored in water tight plastic bags or case with a striker board and waterproof lighters are great because are easy to use. Fire-starter kits usually include fire steel rods, tea light candle, Vaseline-coated balls, and fire-starter sticks.

6. First Aid Supplies

First Aid Supplies | 15 Important Survival Kit Items You Need To Prepare

It is not a surprise you could get wounded or cut during and after a disaster. If you are unable to treat it accordingly you could die from infection or sickness. There are prepackaged first aid kits in stores or you can customize one that would meet your needs at a more personal level.  You can include personal prescription medicines if you have someone in your family who takes them.

7. Handgun

Although ammo may be limited, it would be the direct way to get rid of a threat either animal or human. It would also be the easiest way to kill game.

8. Cordage / Paracord

A 550 paracord is preferred because it’s lighter, stronger and requires very little space. There’s an almost unlimited use for this item from holding your tent down, as a fishing line to climbing. You can wear them by coming up with various designs like a paracord bracelet, a belt, a pet collar and so much more. And when you need it, you can just pull it apart. How cool is that!

9. Map and Compass

Map and Compass | 15 Important Survival Kit Items You Need To Prepare

Learn how to read and navigate using maps and a compass. Otherwise, it would still be utterly useless. A GPS is alright with extra batteries, of course. But it’s important you know how to go back to the basics in case everything else fails.

10. Personal Documents and Cash

In any survival scenario, one’s identity is very important such as passports, government ID’s, and birth certificates. Include personal medical history for each person so it will be easier for the medical personnel to know how to treat an injured family member. The cash is for emergency purchases or renting out a vehicle if needed.

11. Signaling Equipment

If cell phone service is down you will need the suggested tools to signal and communicate with people or even search and rescue units. Below are a few examples:

  • Mirrors – This can be used reflect sunlight to flash signals to aircraft.
  • Whistle – This can be used to catch the attention of people driving cars or other campers in a wooded area or under a collapsed building.
  • Flashlight – Other than breaking the darkness, this can be used to do Morse code.
  • Lighter and matches – You can create signal fires by lighting up green leaves to let out a lot of smoke.
  • Flare Gun – The most direct and easiest way to get spotted.
  • Pocket-sized rescue balloon – This little gizmo self-inflate, can stay afloat for days and even has a strobe light.

12. Duct Tape

Duct tape is arguably the most multifunctional item you might have in your survival kit. It’s waterproof and durable. You can make shoes, hats, shelter, water canteens, hammocks to anything you want. Your imagination is the limit.

13. Emergency Thermal Blanket

It’s small, light and keeps you warm during the night or in extreme cold weather conditions. It can be used as an extra layer in your sleeping bag, reflective signal device, as a lure for fish, when you combine multiple blankets together can create a tent or temporary shelter. It has more or less 50 other uses that will fascinate you.

14. Extra Change of Clothes and a Pair of Shoes

If you get yourself wet it’s important to stay dry by changing your clothes. In cold temperatures, this will help you from getting hypothermia. When taken for granted can absolutely kill you.

15. Multitool

Multitool | 15 Important Survival Kit Items You Need To Prepare
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I cannot tell you enough just how much a multitool really comes in handy in a survival situation. The more tools it can offer the better it will be for you. The flexibility of this item to address almost every need in an emergency is almost limitless.


Watch this video by BudgetBugout on 10 items you should have at a minimum! 

I would like to emphasize that these emergency kit items are not placed in any particular order but are equally important for your survival, not for your comfort. This is so you could live past whatever disaster or emergency you might find yourself in. Remember to orient yourself and learn how to use all of the items you put in your emergency survival kit. Having the tools but not the skills can still come as a disaster for you and the people around you.

Do you think I might have missed something you think is really important? Please feel free to add them in the comments below. You can also learn which OTC meds for is great for your kit!

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