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Creating a homemade survival kit is an affordable alternative to purchasing a pre-made kit. Making your own kit allows you to choose the items that you or your family may want or need. Creating your own kit allows for flexibility in the amount of items and type of items that you include.

Backpacks with many pockets are excellent to use as a disaster survival kit. In the event of a disaster, this design allows you to grab the kit as you head out the door. Since you wear this type of bag on your back, you will have the use of both hands. Small, wheeled luggage is also a good choice when making your own homemade survival kit.


Experts agree that any type of disaster kit should contain all the necessities for three days. You need to include food, water, clothing and a first aid kit. You definitely want to include a flashlight with at least one extra set of batteries, or a hand-cranked flashlight/radio combo; a radio is a helpful item that allows you to head weather alerts or news bulletins.


Space blankets provide emergency shelter and protection from the cold, heat or rain. There are many types of space blankets available from Nitro-Pak. These blankets are lightweight, durable and extremely versatile.

First Aid

You probably already have the basic items needed to make a first aid kit in your medicine cabinet. Bandaids, gauze pads, medical tape, antibacterial ointment and hand soap are the first items needed. You will also want a pair of sharp scissors, tweezers and a magnifying glass in your homemade survival kit.

First aid kits should include age-appropriate fever reducers, anti-inflammatory medicine, cough syrup, and diarrhea relief products. If you or a family member is on daily prescription medications, you should have a minimum of 5 days worth of that medication in your kit, along with the doctor’s prescription for refills if necessary.


Water purification tablets such as the Katadyn Micropur will allow you to provide safe water without having to store or carry it. A water filter bottle should also be carried in each grab-n-go bag.


Ready to eat foods are a necessity for every survival kit. MRE’s (meals ready to eat) provide complete nutrition. Dried fruits, nuts, peanut butter crackers and protein bars are also high calorie foods that pack well. Instant oatmeal, grits and soup that can be prepared with hot water pack and store well. Mountain House freeze-dried meals are lightweight, take up very little room in your kit and will last for years.

Personal Items

In addition to one complete change of clothing, you should pack additional socks. Sturdy shoes, a hat, and gloves must be included. Ideally, each member of the family should have their own survival kit. Including a few small toys, a book, or a comfort item in a child‘s kit can help reduce anxiety during an emergency.

Important Papers

During an emergency important papers and documents are often overlooked. Make copies of important documents such as deeds, birth certificates, driver’s licenses and immunization cards for everyone. Place these papers in a doubled Ziploc bag for protection from the elements and place in an inner pocket of your kit, along with a duplicate credit or debit card and some cash.

Having a homemade survival kit ready to go in an instant will provide safety and security for you and your family in the event of an emergency.

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