Introduction: How to Make a Survival Hip-Pack

A survival hip-pack is great for hikers who want an easy to carry survival pack that they can have easy access to in the middle of the woods. This is meant for survival for a few days, but not a long period of time. This kit is meant to be cost friendly and I tried to use things that you would normally already find in a household. Visit my website at  for more survival kits.

Step 1: Materials

What you'll need:
Pocket knife
Matches/lighter/other fire starter
Emergency blanket
550 cord/clothes line
First aid kit
Sewing kit
Salt/sugar packet(s)

Step 2: Hip-Pack

First of all, you'll need the hip-pack, also refered to as the fanny pack. I would reccomend a brightly colored pack so if someone is searching for you, they can easily see it easily. It shouldn't be small, but not so big that it's too heavy to carry around. 

Step 3: Pocket Knife

A good pocket knife is a necessity in any survival kit. Any type of knife you're comfortable using will work. You can get a really cheap one at Walmart for $1. The knife can be used for cutting, skinning, trapping, wood-cutting, and other important things. You can also use it in conjunction with a magnesium block fire starter.

Step 4: Fire Starters

Always include 2 or more ways to start a fire. The two easiest and most household ones are matches (which I keep in a film canister) and lighters. These are easy to use but won't work if they're wet. Your best bet is a magnesium fire starter or flint and steel. Also, remember to bring along waterproof tinder.

Step 5: Shelter

Shelters keep you warm and dry and prevent hypothermia or heatstroke by keeping you out of the elements. The best form of shelter for its size to have is an emergency blanket. These are small (when folded up), lightweight, and reflect back 90% of body heat. Another form of shelter for staying dry is a rain poncho. This can be used when raining or to make another form of shelter.

Step 6: Whistle

A whitle can be used as a form of signaling or defence. If you see someone in the distance and they can't hear you shout, a whistle might catch their attention. Also, if a bear or other predator is around, your could blow your whistle loudly to so you don't surprise anything. The worst thing to do is stand infront of a surprised bear. Probably the best choice whistle would be a 4 in 1 whistle which you can find at Walmart, sporting goods store, or on the internet. This whistle is also a thermometer, compass, and magnifying glass.

Step 7: Cord

An item that can be improvised into a buch of things is cord. 550 cord being the best, you shoul carry with you at least 25 feet of this stuff. You can use the actual cord for tieing things, making a bow, snares, and splints, but you can also use the finer, inner strands for fishing and fire starting. A cheaper (and less recomended) alternatvive is clothes line, which is ok for lighter objects and fire starting, too.

Step 8: First Aid

A first aid kit is exremely important in any survival situation. A simple bandage can cover and protect a small cut that could prove fatal if left alone and became infected. A basic first aid kit will do, but the more, the better. Mine consists of bandages in a variety of sizes, antiseptic wipes, itch cream, splinter outs, cotton swabs, safety pins, allergy medicine (if you get allergies), and burn cream. Also, unless you want to be wiping your rear end with poison oak or wiping your snot on a bear, I'd recomend bringing along a small pack of tissue.

Step 9: Glow Sticks

If you do happen to be cought out after dark, you'd need some light to see and keep you company 'till morning. Glow sticks are the simplest form of artifical light you could bring along with you. You won't need to rely on batteries or tinder to have light. You can get a pack of two stick (each lasting a whole night) at almost any retail store.

Step 10: Sewing Kit

A simple sewing kit can be used in a variety of things, not just sewing. You can use the thread to tie things together, as fishing line, as floss, and as snares. The needle can be used as a point for ammo for a weapon (blow gun dart, arrow). Although this is HIGHLY NOT RECOMENDED, it can also be used to stich an open wound.

Step 11: Salt/Sugar

Salt and sugar are optional to bring along in your kit, but are essentials for human life. You lose salt in sweat and urine. If you do not have enough salt in your system, you may experience  muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Sugar can be used to give you energy, increase blood sugar, and tread wounds and injuries.

Step 12: Finished

You have now completed your survival hip-pack and equiped yourself with basic tools for survival in the wilderness. The rest of the item you add to this kit is up to you and based on your unique needs. Here's a list of extra items I would bring along with me.

granola bar
water purification
duct tape
cell phone
cotton balls w/ petroleum jelly
signal mirror
collapsible cup
magnesium block fire starter


Graydant made it!(author)2015-05-17

why do people always include buttons in their survival kits, that is the last thing I would worry about sowing a button back on. Leave those out and take some blowgun darts or something else useful, if worse comes to worse you can button your pants or shirt with a piece of wire or those safety pins.

onemoroni1 made it!(author)2013-01-20

Amazing what you can fit into a small space. I have daypacks set up in our vehicals including survival food bricks and water pouches.

knexfreak32 made it!(author)2012-04-23

A good knife is a CRKT M16 12Z . It will serve you well.

punkhead58 made it!(author)2011-06-18

Very good, all I would add is some sort of container for water storage; the cheap aluminum water bottles at Walmart tend to work best.

jonsg made it!(author)2012-04-15

There's a vital component missing from this survival kit: two or three unlubricated condoms.

No, I'm serious. They can be used as tourniquets, as barrier protection for burnt or scalded hands, waterproof bags (two knots!) to store fire-making kit and other stay-dry items such as passports when fording streams, and - coming to the point of this reply - once put inside a sock to protect it and avoid over-stretching, a condom makes an excellent water carrier.

TheHobbit81 made it!(author)2012-03-15

... or if space is needed to be conserved zip-lock bags and collapsible cup.

punkhead58 made it!(author)2012-03-20

Only if you have means of chemically purifying your water (iodine, chlorine dioxide, etc). However, the aluminum bottle can be used to boil water.

TheHobbit81 made it!(author)2012-03-20

Ahhh, good idea. Would it negatively affect the painted/ coloured outside of the bottle? Could always take a "billy" filled with supplies :p

punkhead58 made it!(author)2012-03-21

Yeah, if it's painted, it will burn and flake off, and if it's anodized, it will most likely discolor.

chosenangelx made it!(author)2012-03-05

thats a pretty nice knife for 1 dollar

KittyF made it!(author)2011-10-06

The best survival kit for any situation is the one you actually have on you when you need it, and a fanny pack survival kit is the best one I've ever seen. thanks so much for all the good ideas.

crism597 made it!(author)2011-10-06

Thanks for the comment!

junkhacker made it!(author)2011-10-06

packing tinder is an essential element of being prepared to make fire. especially in an emergency survival situation when you may be injured, or you need fire NOW. drier lint will catch fire with a spark. mixed with a bit of Vaseline or chap-stick it will burn well enough to start a fire very well.
my favorite is to use cotton balls dipped in melted candle wax, though you don't want the wax to be too hard. they're waterproof and burn for 15 minutes with a wind resistant fire. to use, just fluff up some of the cotton with the tip of a knife to make a surface that will light up with sparks, and light.

unclelar made it!(author)2011-06-12

Where's your duct tape?

crism597 made it!(author)2011-07-30

haha i didnt make a page for it, its in the last page. you can vote wether or not you have duct tape in your survival kits on my website.

jtobako made it!(author)2011-06-13

A stainless steel knife won't strike a spark with flint.

Set up right, the emergency blanket can be a signaling device.

crism597 made it!(author)2011-07-27

Ya, i wasn't being specific. flamesami was right, i meant a ferrocerium rod, like the ones on a magnesium block fire starter.

flamesami made it!(author)2011-06-18

maybe crism295 meant a ferrocerium rod... i know they just need something hard and sharp to make a spark... but you would have to take that with you.....

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