Unique Survival Kit List Additions!

My slow and steady accumulation of items from my survival kit list continues.  Sometimes it’s a little boring but remembering the “why” of my project keeps me motivated to do the work – no matter how exciting or not. Once the big, major items from my survival kit list had been acquired and stored, the little, almost random, items are left and seem to accumulate in a strange order.

Survival Kit Storage and Labeling

White Survival Kit Labels on Blue Boxes
Survival Kit Labels
My survival equipment list is pretty long and requires almost a dozen containers to store. I didn’t want to waste space by organizing by container so my labeling system has to make up for that.  I prefer a simple approach that is durable so I used index cards and clear tape.  Some storage boxes have a *lot* of small items from my survival equipment list!

Survival Kit Snares

Silver Wires and brown nuts for Game Snares for Survival Kit Building
Game Snares for Survival Kit Building
Snares for trapping animals are a somewhat unique item for a survival gear list.  I like them for their simplicity but they do require some practice to use effectively.  Additionally, various wire or cable sizes are also needed as small animals won’t trip large wire snares and large animals will destroy small wire snares. I’ve added extra slips and anchors to my survival gear list snares just to make sure that I can repair them if they break.
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Survival Monocle

Black and Gold Monocle for Survival Kit Equipment
Monocle for Survival Kit Equipment
If you aren’t old enough yet to require “readers” then just wait, your time is coming.  Presbyopia typically sets in during a person’s 40s.  Once it has taken hold it is relentless – your near vision degrades slowly and requires more light to see distinctly up close.  Spare readers are a good survival kit item but a monocle on a lanyard?  Perfect!

Survival Knife Sharpener

Blaock and White Knife Sharpener for Survival Gear List
Knife Sharpener for Survival Gear List
A knife sharpener in my survival kit list is one of those little items that make a huge difference.  Use this as an example of a survival kit list item that becomes obvious to you as you study your survival kit list for future additions.

Paracord for Survival

100 Feet of Black Paracord for Survival Equipment List
100 Feet of Paracord for Survival Equipment List
There aren’t many problems, even in survival, that paracord can’t solve.  If you don’t have it, get some now.

Medical Scalpels for Survival Kit Gear

Silver Scalpel for Survival Kit Building
Scalpel for Survival Kit Building
In my survival scenarios, accidents and injuries happen and medical attention is hard to find. I’m certainly not planning on major surgery but I do want to able to handle almost any non-life threatening emergency.  Sharp scalpels and scissors on my survival gear list will make sure I can handle those situations.

More Survival Tweezers

Two Silver Tweezers for Survial Equipment List
Tweezers for Survial Equipment List
It is almost guaranteed that you’re going to need some tweezers when SHTF.  Make sure you have at least 2 on your survival equipment list.

Survial Equipment Forceps

Three Silver Straight Forceps for Survival Gear List
Straight Forceps for Survival Gear List
And forceps too!  They are harder to find but have literally no substitute when you need them.  Add them to your survival kit list.

Funky Survival Forceps

5 Silver Curved Forceps for Survival Gear List
Curved Forceps for Survival Gear List
My Dad is a retired doctor so I raided his stash with his help and supervision.  He insisted that I’d need these non-standard forceps as well.  Each seems to have a very unique use – mostly clamping blood vessels.

Summary Unique Survival Kit List Additions!

Label your stuff in your survival kit list storage containers.  Don’t worry about organizing, just label really well.  Think through how you will feed and protect yourself after the easy stuff is gone – plan on having to scrounge for food so think about trapping and shooting.  You’re getting older too. What do you use everyday that you’ve come to rely on that you may not realize?  Your readers?  Find the secondary items on your survival kit list.  A knife sharpener accompanies knives.  A metal file should accompany your tools.  What else might you be missin on your survival kit list?  Think through your medical supplies again.  Think beyond first aid and what you will need if you can’t get to medical help. Thinking is the most important part of building your survival kit list – accumulating and organizing it is secondary – now go think!


Survival Kit List Equipment Additions and New Storage Ideas

I’ve had a lot of progress on my survival kit list – equipment and storage as well!  The longer I am building my survival kit list and then stocking my survival kit with gear and equipment, the more fun I have.  Now, on to the updates!

Dust Masks from Survival Kit List

Yellow and Black Dust Mask from Survival Kit List
Dust Mask from Survival Kit List
The smog stories out of China reminded me that dust masks may be a valuable addition to my survival kit list. Health is a big concern of mine as medical care will be in very short supply post-incident.

Burn Ointment and Antiseptic Solution for Survival Gear List

White, Green, Orange Boxes of Burn Ointment from Survival Gear List
Burn Ointment from Survival Gear List
Seems like medical items percolated to the top of my list recently.  We don’t get sun burns or abrasions often but again, post-incident, medical care is going to be in very short supply and taking care of the little bumps may fend off larger issues with infections.
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Skin Staper

White Skin Stapler with Green lettering from Survival Equipment List
Skin Stapler from Survival Equipment List
It was actually pretty difficult to find a solution to sewing up lacerations.  I’m old school but a needle and thread ready for sewing on people just isn’t very readily available on the market.  My daughter recently had some stapes and they seemed to work just fine.  Again, emergency medical care capability is going to be a huge advantage in the event of an incident.

Big Generator from Survival Equipment List

Orange and Black Generac GP5500 Generator from Survival Equipment List
Generator from Survival Equipment List
I had to fart around with this one for a long time before I could pull the trigger and buy it.  It is a piece of major equipment and does require monthly starts to make sure it runs OK and that the gasoline hasn’t deteriorated.  5500 watts is sufficient to power most of my refrigeration and cooling in my house.  In the event we need to go somewhere else, the portability (barely!) of this generator will help a lot – as long as I have help loading it! If you purchase a generator for your survival equipment list, please note that you will need to start it each month to make sure it stays in good working order.

Survival Kit List Overload Storage

Old Version of Survival Kit Storage
Survival Kit Storage Old
My survival kit list equipment and gear is expanding faster than my storage capabilities.  In the past, a few tubs was sufficient but as the items grew from the survival kit list, the storage space requirements did not keep up.  Without easy access and organization, the survival kit list equipment and gear is much less useful – and thus less valuable.

Expanded Storage and Organization for Survival Kit List

New Version of Survival Kit Storage
Survival Kit Storage New
More tubs, better shelves and a place to short term store and organize really made a big difference.  I can see and find everything and organize and pack the items from my survival kit list much more easily.  Don’t forget storage and access for your survival kit list gear and equipment!

Summary of Survival Kit List Equipment Additions and New Storage


I’m enjoying the process of building a survival kit list and then collecting the equipment and gear.  It let’s me research and purchase cool things, find some hidden gems and feel good that I’m doing the right thing for my family.  I hope you’re enjoying your survival kit list process as well!


Survival Kit List Lessons

Summer time always brings some interesting activity and clarity to my survival kit building.  I’ve continued to make my monthly additions and updates to my survival gear list – some good and some damaged. Summer has also provided a great opportunity to test my survival kit seeds again – and I have some very interesting lessons I’ve learned.  These lessons have provided me the opportunity to re-think my strategy for my survival kit equipment list and how I treat my survival kit seeds.

Survival First Aid Kit

Red, Blue and Clear First Aid Survival Kit
First Aid Survival Kit
There are almost too many choices for which first aid kit to use in your survival kit list.  Since my list is a work in progress and employs a strategy to “be ready now”, I elected to chose a moderately large “all in one” type first aid kit to cover most of the basic necessities.  This first aid kit will suffice for now and allow me to move forward accumulating the other items on my survival gear list with some level of confidence that what I have will work if and when I need it.

Paracord for Survival Gear List

Black Para Cord from Survival Kit List
Para Cord from Survival Kit List
Para cord is a great item to include on your survival gear list.  But, when it is delivered, you’ll need to protect it from your damn dogs! Another lesson learned – if you have a thieving dog then a box on the front porch to hold survival gear items is a necessity.  I’ve included this in my survival gear list only becuase it is bought & paid for and the damage isn’t horrible.
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Survival Kit Seeds

Multicolored Survival Gear List Seed Package on Blue Table Cloth
Survival Gear List Seed Package
Survival Equipment Seeds are a great idea and mine are even “Texas Ready”.  But, do you want the seeds or do you want the vegetables and fruit?  Also, does the seed kit have what you need for your area?  Only a test can tell.  Finally, does it have all the seeds you need and only those or does it have a bunch of extra nonsense?  I think mine had nonsense more than good seeds.

Survival Kit Seed Test

Yellow and Grey Survival Kit Seed Cantelope
Survival Kit Seed Cantelope
I tested my survival kit seeds last summer and had mixed results.  The melons did fine.  They were smaller than what we see in the store but still large enough to eat and quite tasty.

Survival Gear Melons

Light and Dark Green Survival Kit Seed Watermelon
Survival Kit Seed Watermelon
Even my survival gear list water melons did fine.  Again, a little smaller than what I’d expect but tasty and nutritious – even when grown in a square foot garden and hanging from a trellis. Lesson learned, the survival kit list seeds for melons work fine out of the bag.  But, an important aspect of survival kit seeds is whether they are hybrid or heirloom and produce seeds that can then germinate and produce plants the next season.  Beware, there are more hybrid seeds out there than you’d expect.  Also, just because they are seeds in a package does not mean they will grow in your area with your weather and your soil.  Lesson learned?  Plant them and find out!

Survival Kit List Seeds Drying

Yellow Slimy Survival Kit Seeds for Cantelope Drying on White Napkin
Survival Kit Seeds for Cantelope
I dried cantelope, watermelon and green melon seeds after last year’s harvest.  I’m not an expert in drying seeds and I probably made a mistake but attempted it nonetheless.

Second Generation Survival Kit List Seeds

Green Survival Kit List Melons Growing in Grey Dirt
Survival Kit List Melons Growing
Each of the second year seeds for cantelope, watermelon and cucumber germinated and grew in the second year.  Good so far – let’s see if the pollinate and produce!

Pilot Project for Survival Kit Seeds

Survival Kit List Green and Brown Corn Test
Survival Kit List Corn Test
My experience growing first year corn from my survival kit list was pretty bad.  I probably didn’t grow enough plants to get a good sample.

Survival Corn!

Yellow and Brown Survival Gear List Corn Example Against Green Grass Background
Survival Gear List Corn Example
The ears produced by the first year survival gear list corn seeds were small and poorly developed.  Since these are heirloom seeds and not hybrids, I’m unsure as to exactly how they compare to what they should be.  Nevertheless, these corn plants did produce some fruit but not enough to eat or feed a family.  I need more experience finding the right mix of seed, soil and sun for each variety that I include in my survival kit list.

Survival Gear List Seeds

Yellow, Pink and Orange Survival Kit Corn Seeds in Clear Plastic Bags
Survival Kit Corn Seeds
After last year’s failure in the square foot garden with the survival kit list seeds, I elected to try growing them in dirt.  I had 7 seeds successfully germinate and 5 plants out of 72 seeds – not a very good ratio.  These were first year seeds and they didn’t perform well at all. I’m not sure if it is sun, soil or seeds.

Hand Germinating Survival Kit List Seeds

Orange and Pink Survival Gear List Corn Seeds Hand Germinating in Clear Glass Bowls
Survival Gear List Corn Seeds Hand Germinating
I hand germinated a set of the same first year survival kit seeds for corn and only had 2 seeds successfully germinate inside out of 48 total seeds.  Again, not a good result.  Lesson learned is to confirm that I have the right seeds, soil and sun for my area and needs and not rely on just buying a box of seeds to depend on.

Hand Germination Gone Wrong!

Failed Survival Kit List Orange Corn Seeds Germinating with White Mold
Failed Survival Kit List Corn Seeds Germinating
Most of the hand germinated seeds just molded or rotted.  I’m not an expert on hand germination of corn seeds but it seems like I should have had better results than this.  Again, if you are dependent on seeds in your survival kit list, then please test them to make sure they work for you in your area! 

Summary fo Survival Kit List Lessons

There are a ton of little lessons – free for the taking if you get in action and build your survival kit list and then TEST IT!  Theory and practice here.  A big bag of seeds is no good if they don’t grow a crop that can feed you this year and next.  I’m coming to understand that it is far better to be an expert in a couple of basics from my survival kit list than to have a fully complete collection of items from a survival gear list with no experience actually using them.  Test Test Test!

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