Monthly “Free” Survival Kit Items

Along with purchasing specific items to build my survival kit, I noticed that we have a number of “free” items around the house.  Examples include things like soap and shampoo that we’ve received during our hotel stays, toothbrushes and dental floss that we get from every dentist visit, condiment packages that we receive with take out food.

I’ve included these items in my monthly survival kit building plan.


Building Your Own Survival Gear

I’m also constantly curious as to how I can easily and inexpensively learn how to make survival gear.  There are a wide range of choices available and the most important criteria I’ve found is that they be ultimately useful – not just a good idea, but really have a useful place in my plan to build a survival kit.


Budget Vs Time – Survival Kits for Paupers

Survival kits are not cheap

I found I had 2 constraints while I was building the plan to build my survival kit.

Time – I wanted to have something useful as quickly as possible and then build the survival kit up from there.

Money – I can’t break the bank doing this so I decided to budget $100/mo to build the kit and use poor mans survival supplies.

With those 2 constraints, I still needed to pare the list of items for my survival kit down further so that I could make monthly purchases and have a useful survival kit as quickly as possible.

So, I decided to use time frames – short, medium & long.

Short would be things we’d need in a hurry that should last up to 2 weeks.

Medium would be things that we’d need for an extended period of up to 2 months.

Long would be everything else.

Now, I’ve divided the list into 5 categories and 3 times frames and that resulted in short, manageable lists of items that I need to build a survival kit or poor mans survival supplies.

Once again, I checked what I had done against some commercially available survival kits – wilderness survival kits this time, as I’d seen a big interest in wilderness survival kits from Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.  I’m not sure why those areas are particularly interested in wilderness survival kits but it certainly made sense to do some extra research just to confirm that I’m on the right track.

You don’t want money to keep you from surviving.  Building survival kits with an eye on the budget is feasible and makes sense.


Survival kit plan categories for every day survival kit

Survival kit building is a lot easier when you do it over time.

I decided to break my huge plan down into several categories to make it easier to assemble and manage and every day survival kit.

Looking at the exhaustive list of items that I needed to build my survival kit, I decided that the following categories made sense.

Food – pretty self explanatory. Stuff we need to eat.

Arms – weapons and ammunition to protect ourselves.

Health – things we need to maintain our health and in case someone is hurt or injured.

Shelter – protecting ourselves from the elements.

Clothing – spares and replacements.

The list for an every day survival kit was still pretty daunting, even after breaking all the items into categories. I needed another way to simplify this process of building a survival kit.

It took quite a bit of time to develop the plan categories for my survival kit and I drew a lot of information from various places.

I started by considering a wide variety of different type of survival kits that are already available commercially.  One of the types I considered was the pocket size survival kit – it is small, useful and simple.