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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.
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Step 1: Materials

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

onemoroni12 years ago
Amazing what you can fit into a small space. I have daypacks set up in our vehicals including survival food bricks and water pouches.
knexfreak322 years ago
A good knife is a CRKT M16 12Z . It will serve you well.
punkhead583 years ago
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.
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.
... or if space is needed to be conserved zip-lock bags and collapsible cup.
Only if you have means of chemically purifying your water (iodine, chlorine dioxide, etc). However, the aluminum bottle can be used to boil water.
Ahhh, good idea. Would it negatively affect the painted/ coloured outside of the bottle? Could always take a "billy" filled with supplies :p
Yeah, if it's painted, it will burn and flake off, and if it's anodized, it will most likely discolor.
thats a pretty nice knife for 1 dollar
KittyF3 years ago
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 (author)  KittyF3 years ago
Thanks for the comment!
junkhacker3 years ago
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.
unclelar3 years ago
Where's your duct tape?
crism597 (author)  unclelar3 years ago
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.
jtobako3 years ago
A stainless steel knife won't strike a spark with flint.

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

crism597 (author)  jtobako3 years ago
Ya, i wasn't being specific. flamesami was right, i meant a ferrocerium rod, like the ones on a magnesium block fire starter.
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.....