Introduction: A Survival Kit for Both Urban and Wilderness

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Okay, So, you've got a survival kit, whether it's one of those Altoid sizes, or one that takes up your entire House. But what style is your kit? How do you know to plan for something that has yet to happen? Where do you go when something short of a nuclear explosion happens just 2 towns over? Whether it's terroist invasion, natural disaster, or somethin similar, plannin ahead is what makes the difference between survival and death. Follow my survival kit and you'll be prepared to survive in the wilderness AND the urban jungle.

Step 1: Okay, So Now This Is What I Have in Mine.

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1. 150 yards of 50 lb fish line and 200 yards of 12 lb test -You can use the Fishing line with the fishing hooks to (obviously) fish. Plus, you can use the 50lb test as a substitute  to snare wire as well as setting traps and has other applications. 

2. 1 emergency Poncho- Everyone needs one. Keeps you dry during rain.

3. Emergency Blanket- Can keep you warm because it reflects your body heat back at you. Plus it makes a great signal if your lost and need to be found.

4. some shoe string- This has many applications, as i will demonstrate in my video's i'll be making when  the weather gets better.

5. slingshot repair kit- Obviously, to repair my slingshot when it get's broken.

6. 300 lb test travel hammock- this is for relaxing and sleeping. But if you don't have a tarp or tent, you can also use this to collect rain water or just drape it over yourself in the rain if you don't need the water at that point in time.

7. Multitool knife with pliers- use this for just about everything from setting traps to repairs and anything else you can think of.

8. Solar/crank powered radio with weather stations, AM/FM radio, and Built in flashlight.- this is good for if your lost or trapped somewhere or when the electricity goes out. It runs strictly on Solar power and Crank powered. Mine has a built in flashlight, AM/FM radio with weather stations, and can also charge cell phones that have small USB cords.

9. Butt Plug- The name sounds funny, but it actually has a good use. When hunting, you use this with large kills (deers, elks, bears, etc.) this goes in the rectum and after twisting it around a couple of times to grab ahold of it from the inside, you pull out the rectum, tie it off, and cut it off. This makes cleaning the dear more sanitary and easier.

10. Matches and Fishing hooks- Matches are used to start fires and other small things. I have mine in a matchstick case that has a built in flint bar on the bottom. The fishing hooks are random and range from small hooks to larger ones for bigger fish like bass and similar. You can hold them in an empty pill bottle.

11. Filet Knife-Used for cleaning and filleting fish. Mine has a built in line Cutter for when my fishing line gets stuck, as well as a built in hook and knife sharpener on the side.

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12. Binoculars- These things come in handy for just about everything. use them to see animals, landmarks, people, places, etc.

13. Magnesium and flint- this is good to have if you don't have matches. Just scrape of some magnesium  (about a dime amount will do) strike the flint with a knife to create a spark, then add some kindling and you got fire.

14. Compass and Hobo tool- Compass is used for navigation. Mine has built in whistle, lens, and thermometer.  The Hobo Tool is your eating utinsels in swiss army knife form. It comes complete with knife, fork, spoon, cork screw, and divet. It also comes apart into two pieces so you can use the knife and fork at the same time.

15. Cleaning Knife- this is used for cleaning animals. mine has a built in slicer that skins it just deep enough without wasting meat.

16. Slingshot ammo Pouch with ammo- a convinient pouch that holds ammo for BB guns, slingshot's, and other small things. I also have 250 shots for my slingshot.

17. Hip Pouch- Hip pouches are good for carrying small items for when you don't need to be burdened with everything all at once. This is good to hold your fishing kit, matches, compass, and any other small items you might need in a hip pouch.

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18. Tarp-This has many uses for just about everything. You can use this to collect water, keep dry when  you don't have a poncho, or pile leaves on top of it, and use it as a makeshift blanket.

19. State Map and marker- It's always good to have a state map of your state. It helps you know where you are if your in an unfamiliar place, and it's good to know where to go. (Note: while not necassary, it's good to get a laminated one because you can use a washable marker on it to mark it and wash it off.)

20. Map Compass- Map compasses are good for when your trekking cross country, not necessary from one city to another. This is perfect for wilderness maps, city maps, and similar.

21. Slingshot- while the primary use of this is as a weapon, it can also be used in hunting, or distractions if there is anyone/thing unfriendly around you. However, you can also use this for signaling others in your party if your in a group.

22. Duct tape- Where do you start on how to use duct tape in a survival kit? Ductape has so many uses, it should be standard for all kits. Repairs, markers, anything can be used with duct tape.

23 Camping Saw- use this to cut your logs in to smaller logs for fires, or to mark trees, or to cut off limbs, or anything else. (Note: While i don't think it would be necessary, it can also make a weapon against unfriendly animals and people. I don't suggest using this as a weapon unless it is absolutely necessary to survive.)

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24. How to Stay Alive In the Woods book- This book is essential in surviving out in the wilderness. It has many entries that will help you find food, make fire, make shelter, stay found, and medicines you can find in nature. A MUST HAVE!!!

25. Crowbar/ Wonder Bar and Mallet- The wonderbar has many uses, some of which include opening doors in abandon buildings (IN SURVIVAL SITUATIONS ONLY!) as a weapon, and even as a make shift grappling hook. The mallet is obviously used for hammering things, but can also be used as a weapon or as part of a trap.

26. Belt- this is good for not only holding your pants up, but you can use this to help you climb trees or similar if you dont have rope/ grappling hook. It can also be used to hold onto your knives and other things that clip onto your belt for easy access.

27. Fire Starter (kindle)- This is good for starting a fire or keeping fire going when fuel is scarce.

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28. Folding Shovel- Use this to dig holes for fire, latrines, gardens, or even shelter.

29. 50'- 100' feet of rope (300 lb test)- rope, like duct tape, is universal. use it to climb things, hold things to tree's, fix up your tarp, or drag things behind you.

30. Sharpening Stone- This is used for keeping your knives sharp all the time. (Recommendation: Get one that has a coarse side and a soft side.)

Now, this is what i have in my kit. I only consider some things in this kit to be standard in all kits. Each kit should be designed for each individual's particular needs. Some kits have more water based things for those who live near water while others are based on water use for dry areas. But as i've said before, this kit is for those who don't know if they want to stay in the city or go to the forest.

Please note not everything i have in my kit is shown due to size.

For example, my first aid kit is really big, so i cant carry it in my kit. That doesn't mean that a small one wont help just as much. It is up to you.

Remember, in survival, the important things you'll need is to keep a cool head, stay safe, and be prepared.

If you enjoy my kit, subscribe to my account and keep an eye out for my videos where i show you how to survive in various conditions. (note: due to my video camera's lack of water protection, I will not be demonstrating in rain or snow.)


The Guardian 2 (author)2014-12-27

very nice! will use for reference. I recommend a form of water filtration, such as a life straw

mount top guru (author)2012-06-11

I commend you for your thoughtfulness and trying to be prepared. So do not take my comments as putting you down. First, I would suggest having two separate kits. 1st for urban and 2nd for rural. Many of the tools you have there are completely useless in an urban setting. They are just extra weight. When you leave home, grab the appropriate bag. Second, What you have there is closer to a bug out bag than a survival kit. I think what you had as a goal is a "get me home bag" (GMHB). Third, If you are mobile in a powered vehicle, weight is not a problem. But, If you are on a bike or even on foot. weight is crucial, get rid of the duplicates and absolutely non-essentials. Forth, either situation, pack a good pair of hiking/walking shoes, socks and sock liners, mole skin. Your feet will be your primary tool to get back home or safety. Fifth, You need to pack something to actually put water in and be able to carry it. A hydration bag, water bottle, etc. You need water filters, purifiers. Both urban and rural, depending on emergency require water. Sixth, memorize the book and leave it at home. Get the skills in your brain now before an emergency, not during one. Know more primitive ways to make fire. Seventh, modify the "look" of your equipment. What looks normal in the woods, stands out in the city. Marks you as an outsider. You want to blend with the locals. Eighth, I think you covered core body temp. adequately with the poncho and survival blanket. I would add a wide brim hat for both rain and sun. God bless, and keep prepping.

Bushie (author)2012-03-19

A "survival kit" is the ("ten") essentials* that I can carry on my person...

What you have put together there is definitely more of a "Bug out bag"..

Once anyone needs to add a bumbag or daypack simply to contain these basics, it has gone beyond simply being considered a "survival kit".

[ * NOTE: My own "ten essentials" for EDC+survival could include:

* water (+ purifying tablets for longer hikes..)
* sunscreen and insect repellant; hat and sunnies
* map and compass
* pocket/clip-knife (or multitool)
* firestarter: a disposable cigarette lighter
* first aid kit (also pack in repair items (like duct tape, needle and thread, twine), and spare batteries, bulb, etc.);
* some snack food
* a flashlight or small headlamp
* extra/spare clothing ~ "to suit the occasion.."
* plus: pen and paper, whistle, mirror..

~ except for extra food and clothes for winter, or longer hikes/trips, these basics can mostly be carried in your pockets and on a lanyard, with only your water bottle left for you to cope with somehow..].

duct-tape-madman (author)2010-12-16

You certainly know your stuff. A few suggestions, though: rather than a slingshot, I'd use a compact crossbow. After all, if you plan to use it as a weapon, lethality should be a prime consideration, and the ammo is still reusable. Also, 550 paracord serves the purposes of fishing line, rope, and shoelaces, so a spool of it could save a lot of space and weight.

A 'compact' crossbow is limited compared to my slingshot. Bolts once shot are often lost. I can shoot 'slingshot ammo' (steel balls from BBs to ball barring) OR rocks, gravel, hard candy, nuts (metal & hard shell) and so much more. PS: I can adapt it to shoot arrows and crossbow bolts.
You can carry XX.  I find my ammo in 'endless' supply.

I can always make more bolts from sticks, dowels, etc. More to the point, this is supposed to be a weapon. The chance of losing a highly lethal crossbow bolt is more than worth the risk when the alternative is getting your target angry by throwing skittles at it. It seems as though where I shoot to kill, you propose shooting to die.

DV8Ways (author)duct-tape-madman2011-01-31

In reference to the slingshot or crossbow, consider a Slingbow (aka Sling Bow). These are compact and easy to make with a few products from the local Walmart. It's essentially a Marksman Slingshot modified to shoot Arrows as and ball bearings... There's youtube videos of people taking dow hogs and deer with them.

If you really dig on the net you can find additional mods to include a wisker biscuit to improve shooting accuracy and a fishing real for slingbow fishing.

Check out youtube first to see them in action and details on how to make one.

I'm in the process of making one for my survival pack.

duct-tape-madman (author)DV8Ways2011-01-31

Sounds awesome. I'll look into that, thanks!

Clear fishing line can be used as a tripwire in primitive animal traps, however, as it is harder to see.

The thing with paracord, though, is that if you slice it open, the core is made of a whole bunch of little strands, tougher than fishing line and nearly as invisible. Give it a try, and see for yourself.

I didn't think of it like that, good idea.

Survivor Jack (author)2011-11-08

The ONE factor that is vital is weight. It is wonderful for us healthy, full bodied 'guys' to sit here and add everything, but your mother, grandparents or the disabled would not fair as well with too many items. I'm an ex-Marine but at 65 with bad arthritis; every ounces is precious.  Pounds become Pain.

I wear my 72 hour bag when I go out for walks. Here's what I carry:

IF WE - you and I - can find that "minimum" preparedness level, WE can encourage our friends, family and communities to carry them.  (No one should walk around without a whistle, for example - buried under rubble, lost or being attacked by animals.)
SINCE we are prepared, and about 80+% aren't, how are you going to deal with the "looters" who will be after your supplies? (a horrible thought but ....)  Let US encourage preparedness - at least.

ibuild22 (author)2011-10-17

i have a new name for that 'butt plug" thing.......... THE RECTUM WRECKER XD

bill805 (author)2011-10-11

One of the problems with any of these bags is finding the cross-over between a bug-out-bag and a survival kit and drawing a line there.

To my way of thinking, a survival kit contains exactly enough to just barely get by until help arrives. It includes such things as a minor first aid kit, fire starters (lighter - flint - magnifying lens ... at least 2-3 different ways), whistle, emergency blanket, a sturdy, well-honed, knife, a hank of 550 cord, a few energy bars and a bottle or two of potable water and a metal drinking cup with a handle to allow you to boil "iffy" water. There are mirrors specifically designed for signalling ... they are lightweight, easy to learn how to use, and relatively inexpensive and are probably a good addition. Depending on the surroundings, a black plastic trash bag and/or a clear sheet of plastic could help you obtain additional water -- IF you know how to use them.

It would never make it past a TSA checkpoint ("Your papers, please."), but the contents are legal pretty much everywhere else.

A survival kits total weight is probably under 5 pounds and, depending on its contents and your skills, it will extend your survival one to three weeks; but not indefinitely. In a large-scale disaster FEMA says it should be able to help you by then and after three weeks in the woods, desert, mountains or plains, search parties will be about ready to throw in the towel anyways ... either get out of the situation on your own or prepare to meet your God.

Such a kit might accompany you on a scouting excursion around a remote campsite or live in the trunk of your car from one year to the next. Its contents should vary somewhat with the weather and locale and the food and water should be rotated at intervals, but it's essentially "set and forget" because its contents have application in a broad range of situations.

The other stuff; fishing gear, snares, artillery, snow shoes, Ghillie suits, Big Berkey water filters and so on, belong to another situation altogether ... the one where rescue is either not imminent or not desired. That's a BOB and it's meant for those situations where you -intend- to leave (and perhaps -stay- gone) should certain trigger situations arise that get your spidey senses tingling.

Detroit, for instance, is a well-armed city. It's real unemployment rate hovers above the 50% mark. Since the police department has been gutted, at the first sign of civil unrest the National Guard will be called in, martial law imposed and the full weight of the Patriot Act brought to bear. That looks too much like Syria for me to ignore ... I left last month.

A survival bag contains next to nothing. It's lightweight and it's time-limited. It will help keep you alive, even if just barely, until help arrives. A BOB can serve as a mobile home for an extended period and, done thoughtfully, can extend that time nearly indefinitely.

That, at least, is -my- 'take' on things.

louisecross (author)2011-09-19

Condoms for water storage and water carrying, they hold quite a lot, purchase extra large :-)
Cotton wool balls dipped in Vaseline (petroleum jelly) and stored in small plastic film canister or similar for firelighters.
Spare pair of underpants and socks
Feminine hygiene products if you're a girl.
1 package of 30 moist wipes, sanitizer type

jjh01 (author)2011-09-15

Like your survival kit idea. I have one very similar to yours, however I also have a 12 Ga. pump shot gun with mine. Expands my ability to get small game. Obviously it will also double to protect my family. Agree with phogat idea about the K-Bar

Odin--- (author)2011-07-14

Great post, but what about some type of water container? making drinkable water is very time consuming and the need to be able to store already purified or boiled water for transportation is very important. just a suggestion.

BuiltFordTough (author)2010-11-03

have you ever thought of using 550 paracord instead of rope? its stronger and the inner strands can be taken out for fishing line, dental floss, and many other things. just a thought, nice kit

anibioman (author)BuiltFordTough2011-06-13

i was thinking the same thing. i would suggest making a belt of paracord as it could be easily stored and unraveled when needed.

I'd second that. Plus, using the many guides here, you can actually braid it into a belt, allowing you to carry almost 80 feet of it around your waist. You could also make braids and attach them to your pack, allowing you to carry 200-300 feet of paracord. Invaluable stuff.

corncobbob (author)2011-02-11

For food, life caps. I would recommend looking into them.

scoper27 (author)2010-02-07

I would invest in a better fixed blade knife for your pack. The winchester is a great knife for skinning and gutting. But ive never liked as a good survival knife.

Spirit Wolf (author)scoper272010-02-15

i'm looking into getting a kebar.

Phoghat (author)Spirit Wolf2010-03-12

When I was in country I was stationed in Saigon (USMC). I carried my Ka-Bar 24/7, even though I didn't see much action (base pharmacist). If you were a jar head, you carried a Ka-Bar period. Dig a hole, self defense, this knife could do it all.
You can get an authentic one here

Dr.Webb (author)Phoghat2010-12-13

Thanks Phoghat

CHIEFGR8TWOLF (author)2010-10-01

I set up a small bag like this for my hunting outings. But for survival you are lacking. For sustainability you should have water and food already on hand instead of looking for a source too purify.MREs and enough bags of water for each person in the group. 3 meals and 1 gallon a day for each. You should have fresh socks, work gloves, latex gloves, sun glasses (safety), head cover, plastic bags for refuse & waste, and a projectile weapon. You should also set a plan to meet family members at a preagreed upon place if you are seperated. As far as an urban incident goes you should have an exit plan in place and rehersed just like a fire escape plan. Your phones will most likely not have a signal. last but not least you should keep a map and have a colapsable walking staff. Good start at a universal though. Thanks.

Darkknight0667 (author)2010-02-04

I'd recommend swapping out your shoe string for at least 50' of 550 Parachute Cord.  It doesn't take up much more space, but is way more versatile.  The whole cord has a breaking strength of 550lbs, making it much stronger than shoelace.  Plus, the individual lines inside (each of which has a breaking strength of 50lbs.) can be used for everything from dental floss to sewing thread to snare line.

I'd also change out the matches for a mini Bic lighter.  You'll be able to light many more fires than with the few matches you can fit inside the waterproof case.  And, even after you run out of fluid, you can still use the sparker portion.

Phoghat (author)Darkknight06672010-03-12

The para-cord is a better idea
Instead of the Bic I'd use a  Zippo. You don't have to use lighter fluid, gasoline will do in a pinch.

Darkknight0667 (author)Phoghat2010-03-12

The only problem with a Zippo is that the fuel is more likely to evaporate over time (being a non-sealed system) in a stored survival kit, leaving you with no flame.  And, while you may be able to use gasoline in a pinch, doing so would require you to have a source of gasoline (not necessarily something you have in a wilderness situation).  IMHO, the Bic is a better option for a survival kit.

instead of a Zippo i have a peanut lighter i got it from ebay its about as big as your little finger runs on lighter fuel and is water tight so fuel duz knot evaporate plus it is nearly bomb proof lol

Phoghat (author)Darkknight06672010-03-12

The thing is that I always carry a Zippo, and fill it every 3-4 days like clockwork.
I agree that something like a Bic or even a small mini-torch would be good for storage, but If I had to get out of Dodge I know I'd have a full lighter in my pocket.

ManchesterUtd. (author)Phoghat2010-03-15

why not just a handy flint striker? it works just as well as a lighter and lasts even longer

Absolutely, that's why he has one included. But, you should always have at least two, if not three, different methods of making fire included in your kit. When I go camping, I usually have at least three on me at any one time (a lighter, a ferocenium rod and a magnesium bar with second ferocenium rod built into it).

Yes, my friend, flint and steel is an amazing tool to start fires with.

If you keep reading, he does have good rope in there too. The shoe string would be good for making traps and the like.

Yeah, I saw that, but replacing the rope and the shoe lace he lists with paracord is a big change for the better. Whole, it can be used for everything that the rope and shoe lace are used for (and probably more, given that the paracord is much stronger than either of them), but the fact that it can be taken apart makes it much more versatile than either the shoe lace or the rope. With the inner cords removed, the outer sheath still has a breaking strength of between 250 and 300 lbs. (about the same as his rope). Add to that the fact that the inner strands can then be used for other things (snares, sewing, lashing, etc.) and that each of those strands have a breaking strength of approx. 50 lbs (way more than a shoe lace), and you've got a much more versatile piece of kit for no more (and probably less) weight and space. And, if he replaces his regular shoe laces with paracord, too, he's got even more usable cordage than in just the kit alone.

Suarve (author)Darkknight06672010-02-05

If you're going to pack a Bic (which I agree is a good idea) make sure you either get one which has a cover to prevent accidantalgas  release or do something else to prevent it.

I had one in my kit and wedged everything in too tightly - when I opened the kit I just got a nasty gas smell and no flame from the bic...  Wedging a bit of Blue tack under the gas release button seems to work well on a standard Bic.

A big yes to paracord as it's way more useful - I tend to keep mine tied in a chain sinnet as it prevents tangles and means that I can very quickly run a length of cord in an emergency.

bobbyc0117 (author)Suarve2010-02-15

I have found that putting the bic into an old perscription bottle works well to prevent unwanted gas discharge.Just slide the lighter into the bottle put on the lid and stow it away.

djzadjza (author)2010-08-15

no freaking way... i have the exact same backpack. and its awesome. did u get at walmart for like $65. nice. instructable too... one of the best survival kit thinks i have seen... i would add some kind of water purifiers and maybe some ziploc bags, for water or animat parts etc.... great kit. great backpack. great job displaying the instructable too

Blacksmith Spader (author)2010-06-30

Ok, ok, ok... I love the gear; just one problem... there is too much! a k-bar fighting knife, a 18" survival knife will replace most of your tools here like the e-tool, crowbar, fillet knife, and the saw. I have done search and rescue work for a while now and I find that the less equipment, the better. There is no replacement for good training and reliable equipment, but you must take into consideration of the weight of your load; instead of misc items you could pack in more food or water purification. Have a great time and be safe out there.

murderousmidget (author)2010-05-14

 you seem to have everything covered but maybe too covered. you have an emergency blanket a poncho and a tarp when a poncho could be used fine as a tarp and a blanket. you have 2 knives a multitool and a saw. the multi tool has a knife and maybe carry one larger knife and a wire saw.2 whole spools of fish line shoe string and rope? maybe a hundred feet of each of the fish lines and just some parachute cord.  a mallet? are there no rocks? i mean this is a great car kit. i have one very similar to this in my car right now with the addition of a few car tools. for me survival is about minimalism. you have everything but to carry it the weight would hamper you more then alot of the items would benefit. in survival the idea isnt to have the perfect tool for every situation its all about having as little as possible and still being able to perform the necessary tasks to get by. 

bairdeagle (author)2010-04-22

this seems to me more like a Bug-out-bag than a survival kit but thats just me. also i would sujest if u had room to include a collapsable bucket and some food either dehydrated or MRE

Ralthom (author)2010-04-15

Very comprehensive. Great kit. You must be a lot stronger than I am, though, that looks like a heavy pack. And, on a side note, even when deer hunting, I don't take on of those butt-plugs with me. I have read that you should avoid anything that has only a single use, and I can't think of any other uses for that item.

jdege (author)2010-02-02

It's amazing how in how few of disaster scenarios, the disaster is only local, and civilization as a whole continues to operate.

In such cases, the smallest, lightest, and most effective tool you can carry is a credit card.

tecneeq (author)jdege2010-02-02

Right. But in those other cases you are in trouble. Serious trouble i mean. So why not be a little prepared? If you own a house, you prepare for fire by buying fire insurance. If you often go into the woods you prepare for getting lost by packing a map and a GPS/compass. You probably don't need it, but such is the nature of insurance.

jdege (author)tecneeq2010-02-02

I'm all for being prepared.  Just don't spend so much time preparing for the end of civilization that you aren't ready to handle having a train derailment force you to evacuate your home for a couple of days.

tecneeq (author)jdege2010-03-17


modelmanjohn (author)2010-02-04

I would replace that mallet with a hatchet. The blunt end for pounding, the sharp end for cutting. Tons of uses for it, from chopping up firewood, to constructing shelters to even cutting a hole in ice for ice fishing.

atombomb1945 (author)2010-02-03

Item 9:  Butt Plug.  My first thought was "Why is he bringing a lawyer with him when the world goes to pot?"

I am glad to see that you remembered the pry bar, most people don't think about that.  I carry two in my Jeep for the odd reason.  I did see a few things missing.  Water purification tab (Unless already in your First Aid Kit) are good to have along with a small vial (2oz) of bleach.  At least a good pair of heavy gloves either leather or heavy fabric.  And, as odd as it sounds, some squares of cloth in different sizes.  Think about the size of a handkerchief to three or four feet and anything from thin all the way to burlap.  These are handy for anything from storage to filtration and even first aid.   

Spirit Wolf (author)atombomb19452010-02-03

what the heck would i use 2 oz of bleach for?

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