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Survival Kit Contents

Survival Kits Contents

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Many factors determine your survival kit contents; age, gender, geographic location and your physical condition must be taken into consideration. An older person with arthritis may not be capable of carrying a 40 pound backpack and a small child cannot carry much either. Regardless, there are basic supplies that everyone can carry and have in their survival kit.

Food is necessary for survival. Dehydrated foods are lightweight but require hot water to prepare. MREs Meals Ready To Eat are heavy but they contain the required nutrients and calories to provide one adult with a well-balanced meal. Survival food tablets, available through Nitro Pak, provide 100% of the daily vitamin and mineral requirements, are lightweight and easily stored in your survival kit contents.

Water is another necessity. Water weighs about 8 pounds a gallon making it difficult to carry. Having a collapsible water container in your survival kit contents will allow you to use alternative water sources. You will need to purify the water before it can be consumed. Filtering water is one way to create drinking water. Water purification tablets are another. Both items are lightweight, easily transported and available from Nitro Pak.

Shelter and or protection from the elements may be needed. Tarps, space blankets and rain ponchos can provide shelter from rain, snow and the sun and should be part of your survival kit contents. These items can also be used for solar distillation of water. Each survival kit should contain at least two of these items. One space blanket can provide shelter, warmth during cold weather and a durable, re-usable material for solar distillation.

Clothing needs will vary according to your geographic area. Gloves, hats and extra socks are three items that everyone’s survival kit should contain. Having a pair of well fitting heavy gloves in your kit will allow you to remove debris, collect wood for a fire or complete other tasks that may cause cuts or scratches. It is wise to avoid any type of injury regardless of how small.

Hats will either keep your head cool or prevent the escape of body heat. A brimmed hat such as a ball cap will protect your eyes from straining when the sun is out.

Extra socks are necessary. Keeping a few pairs of socks in your kit will let you rinse out one pair while staying warm and dry in another. If you find yourself walking a long distance an extra pair of socks might prevent blisters from forming. Sturdy shoes should be kept with or in your survival kit. Tools are heavy however the advantages are great. A tri-fold shovel, like the one available through Nitro Pak, is a compact, lighter weight tool that will allow you to dig a fire pit or shovel snow. A good fixed blade knife and a multi-purpose pocket tool have many uses.

Once you have considered your survival kit contents you should try carrying it. It is better to know in advance if your kit is too heavy.

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