As girls, we’re multi-taskers, we’re organizers, and we’re planners. We’re also pretty damn good at being prepared.
It’s difficult to say what the situation could be that you’d find yourself in: Perhaps stranded in a snowstorm on the interstate, lose electricity goes out due to severe weather, or worse, lose electricity for who knows how long thanks to an EMP. Items you’d always taken for granted, such as food, water, and warmth – are no longer at your disposal. How will you and your family survive?
Depending on your expertise and individual needs, it’s up to you what to put in your kit – and a basic survival kit is a great place to start.
Here’s a list of some of the first items I got for what could be dubbed as my very basic “survival” kit, or basic bugout bag:
- Camelbak Hydration Pack (fits in backpack in its own sleeve)
- Down Sleeping Bag (for ladies)
- Leatherman pocket knife (SUPER convenient)
- Lots of protein bars
- 3-day calorie bar
- Red beans and rice
- Mess Kit
- First Aid Kit (assembled my own after discovering pre-made kits are lame)
- Matches & Firestarters
- Moon Cup/Diva Cup
- Lightweight Tent & Tarp
I keep these in a backpack in my car, along with boots, snowpants, jacket, knit hat, and gloves. Going camping a couple of times has helped me refine the list, including restructuring my first aid kit. (Be sure to read rant/review about the crummy first aid kit I bought at Wal-Mart for $14.)
By the way – if you’re unsure of what you’d actually need in a survival scenario, take a friend and go camping for a weekend. It’s the best way to realize how little you actually need – and it will also help you realize what skills you should refine.
What items do you have in your basic survival kit?
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