I’ve come to understand and believe that regular and consistent updates to both your survival kit list and survival kit contents is critical to long term success. I budget a small amount of time and money each month to research and update my survival kit list with new survival kit ideas and to purchase new items to increase my survival kit contents. When I started, I went “big guns” with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement for the big ticket survival gear. That started to fall by the wayside as soon as I had budget constraints and I needed a better way. Now, I take a much more methodical approach and budget time and money each month to improve my survival kit list with new survival kit ideas and then add survival gear to my survival kit contents.
New Items from the Survival Kit List – Health
As you probably know, I’ve divided my survival kit list into 5 categories and Health is one of those categories. I’ve also divided the list into general priorities of Short Term, Medium Term and Long Term. This month, my $25 budget allowed me to grab a couple of general purpose health items and add them to my survival kit contents. They aren’t notable or ground-breaking – just common everyday survival kit ideas that will make life much more comfortable if and when an event occurs. I actually just looked in my medicine cabinet during my survival kit list research and identified a couple of items that I use regularly that weren’t on my survival kit list.
Building a survival kit and maintaining your survival kit list doesn’t need to be hard – just steady and persistent. In my plan for building a survival kit from a survival kit list, I update my survival kit list each quarter based on research and take a concerted action each month to add something from my survival kit list. Frequently, I find myself short of money and not able to afford a big or expensive addition to my survival kit gear. In those times, I like to take a look around see what I can “permanently borrow” from our regular household items that can be easily replaced in the next trip to the store. In the urgency of building a survival kit, it is easy to overlook the simple, everyday items on your survival kit list that can make a big difference in comfort and convenience in the event that something happens and you need to use your survival kit.
Common Kitchen Spices for your Survival Kit List
Survival kit food is not going to be the tastiest food you’ve ever eaten. After all, it’s primary purpose is to be long lasting, easy to prepare and very nutritious. The quality of your meals in your survival kit gear may not be that important for very short duration episodes, but if an incident lasts longer than a week or so, a little seasoning in your survival kit meals or emergency food can make a big difference. I found the common kitchen spices in the cabinet as extras and simply purloined them for my survival kit and marked them off of my survival kit list. Oh, I also made a note to my wife that they were gone so that she could replace them in her next couple of trips to the store.
Christmas Leftovers for Your Survival Kit Gear
My Christmas stocking is usually full of neat little surprises. The items there tend to be small, inexpensive items that are on the grab rack at most stores that my family will pick up for me to fill my stocking. This Christmas, I received a number of small survival kit list items that I didn’t have an immediate use for so I handily put them into my survival kit where they now have a very distinct purpose.
Strategic Thinking and Your Survival Kit List
Water is a critical item for preserving life. My survival kit list has plenty of provisions for cleaning and storing water but it might be easy to overlook making that water easy to carry and drink. I found a set of inexpenvie plastic water bottles that will make it very easy to use the water that I clean and store with items from my survival kit list. This is another example of spending some time researching and thinking in detail about what items really should belong on your survival kit list. It’s also a great example of continuing to build your survival kit without investing a lot of money.
Summary of Ordinary Survival Gear from Your Survival Kit List
Building a good survival kit and keeping your survial kit list up to date isn’t heard – it just requires some regular, dedicated time and creative thinking. There are a whole host of common, everyday items around the house that can make a big difference in your survival kit – spices for example. There are also numerous sources of additional items that can come in very very handy if an episode occurs – like the little items you might have received for Christmas. Lastly, take some time to think through actually using your survival kit. For example, how are you going to carry and drink the water that you’ve cleaned and stored. Likewise, how are you going to serve and eat the food that you’ve stored and prepared? This kind of concentrated, strategic scenario thinking will help you identify additional small items for your survival kit list.
I’m not overly concerned about needing deadly force protection in my survival kit but do acknowledge that it certainly has a place in my survival kit list. All you have to do is watch the recent Black Friday mob behavior over cheap hand towels and video games to get a sense of how people might behave if and when they find themselves without something they really need. If things go bad, I suspect that they are going to go really bad and I do want to be prepared. Likewise, I also have a section of my survival kit list dedicated to shelter. It may not be possible to stay in my house and I am not a fan of government supported shelters and aid so I do need something in my survival kit and survival kit list that allows me to build a shelter from the weather.
Survival Kit Ammunition
My survival kit contains several weapons – all of which I am reasonably well trained with and which I practice with at least quarterly, if not monthly. My handgun of choice is a high capacity 9mm. A 10mm or .45 caliber has more knock down power but I believe that quantity has a quality all of it’s own. The smaller caliber is also more usable by my wife and daughters if the need arises. I occasionally frequent local gun shows and used a recent one as an opportunity to purchase 250 rounds of ammunition and a steel ammunition container to store it. My survival kit list specifies 1000 rounds and I’ll build this up over time so as not to bust the survival kit list budget too hard in any one month.
Survival Kit List Shelter
It is possible that my house may not provide the shelter we need in certain situations. I do plan on using my house as my primary shelter but do have a backup plan to build my own shelter if needed. Large plastic tarps go on sale frequently at outdoor supply stores, as do bungee cords and rope. A couple of tarps to protect from water below and water above, along with a couple long sticks and some rope should be able to provide us with a shelter. These tarps can also serve to bolster any potential leaks that might occur in my house. I purchased 6 tarps from my survival kit list on sale for less than $25.
Survival Kit Shelter Detail
I selected the 10′ x 16′ tarps as the best size for the price. One of the considerations that I always keep in mind while updating my survival kit list and building my survival kit is that my wife and daughters need to be able to handle and use each item. I may not be there and it would be a huge waste and distinct weakness to have something in my survival kit that was unusable to my wife and daughters.
Summary of Ammunition and Shelter from my Survival Kit List
Deadly force protection is a key part of my survival kit list and the survival kit I’m building. Having an abundance of ammunition is a starting point but weapons and frequent practice are more important. Shelter items provide a backup in the event that my primary shelter is unusable. A key aspect of both of these elements is that each item on my survival kit list and in my survival kit must be usable by someone smaller and weaker than me.