Putting together your own mini survival kit doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Follow the advice given in this article and you will be able to put together a high quality kit that is better than anything they sell in stores at a fraction of the price!
Why Bring a Mini Survival Kit?
If you ever go hiking and find yourself stranded in the wilderness you should be able to rely on your survival kit to keep you alive for a few days. This small kit should be packed full of only the most useful survival aids that will help you stay alive and well until your rescue arrives.
Even if you lose your backpack and all your main equipment your survival kit should provide you the resources to survive. The majority of survival situations are resolved within 72 hours but you should be ready to survival for weeks on the contents of your kit.
Your Primary Bushcraft Tools Are Most Important
Your mini survival kit is a very small collection of tools. It’s just backup gear in case all else is lost, or in the chance you need one of the items. Click if you want to learn about the 11 most important bushcraft tools and equipment you’ll want to have with you.
The most important pieces of bushcraft equipment you can bring with you in the woods are things like your machete, a large survival knife that can chop and take a beating, your tent, your backpack, your GPS etc.
Mini Survival Kit List For Camping, Bushcraft And Hunting:
Choose only the most crucial survival items to limit space and weight.
You will ideally want items from each category of wilderness survival: fire starters, food, water purification, shelter, signals, first aid, navigation and general tools.
That’s quite the list of outdoor survival items right?
Just one final reminder: your mini survival kit should be kept as small as possible. If you struggle to choose what items you need most from the list you might want to purchase a pre-made kit.
Survival Kits – Custom vs. Store-bought:
If put together properly a custom survival kit is much better than the commercial store-bought variety. Only you know what environment you are venturing into, with this knowledge you should be able to decide what items are useful and which are needlessly weighing you down. Generic survival kits usually include impractical items you don’t need, most of the time these kits are also made up of inferior quality products and have a high chance of failing you when you need them the most.
What Container Makes the Best Custom Kit:
When selecting your container make sure it is compact, easily visible, lightweight, waterproof and extremely strong. Your container will have to be comfortable because you will need to have it on you for long periods of time, make sure it can be stored snugly on your person with little space to move around.
Some survivalists turn a small mint tin into a mini survival kit, this container is not bad but it has a very limited amount of storage space. It can give you a false sense of security, especially if you’re an inexperienced outdoorsman.
Remember that this mini kit is useful but your essential survival gear is what’s most important!
Keep an eye out for the perfect container, I personally use a 6” x 3” x 2” snap lock, airtight case, which I bought off eBay and made some modifications to. It works great!