Here in part 3 of my 72 Hour Kits and Survival Bags post I discuss tips and information which may help you to choose and build or purchase a kit/bag of your choosing. My personal belief is that there is no wrong kit or bag nor one all encompassing mega survival ensemble. Sure, some individuals may pack so much gear that there bag is too heavy for them to pack around; however it doesn’t mean it is wrong. I will say if your bag is on the heavy side it would be advisable to hike/walk with it regularly to become acclimated and fit with it. A survival kit or bag should be balanced with the suggested minimal amount of gear and tools to accomplish any survival task you may find a need to accomplish.
Again a belief of mine in regards to tools and equipment/gear is that the key items such as the following should be comprised of quality brand/researched items.
- Knife(s) (survival/bushcraft, hunting etc.)
- Radio (transmitter and or receiver)
- Fire Steel or Magnesium Bar
Other items may be comprised of lessor quality or more inexpensive items again my personal belief. The reason behind this is that the key items are items which you may really need to depend on and use repeatedly. You do not want any of those items to fail.
What kind of survival bag should I build or buy? This really depends on what you intend for the kit/bag. Do you want a bag that has the tools and equipment you need on a daily basis? Then you may want to consider an EDC bag which would have the tools and equipment you may need daily such as a multi-tool, flashlight, pens and pencils, cell phone, camera and so on. Is preparedness for disasters, disturbances, emergencies or road side mishaps your focus? For these types of situations you may want to consider a 72 hour survival kit/bag for longer lasting more survival oriented scenarios. Or do you desire a bag that will get you home (get home bag) from work on foot if necessary provided you live within walking/hiking distance of your work place. Maximum walking distance per individual is variable dependent on fitness level, shoes and other factors such as whether you are carrying a pack but may be 6-20 miles in a day. See the following article for more information and please conduct your own research on this topic.
My current survival bag is a morph between a 72 hour bag and get home bag however it also has items minus the cell phone and camera that could be used daily if needed. Some individuals may consider a bag like mine heavy at 25-30 pounds which to be honest probably is. I personally would rather have the items I need when I need them as opposed to needing the items I should of had. One way to reduce the weight of your pack/bag is to pack it with items that have multiple uses such as a pencil sharpener which may sharpen a stick for a spear and provide shavings for fire tinder. A good survival knife can skin an animal, baton down a tree and split kindling for a fire eliminating the need for an axe, and hunting knife.
If all of this information seems overwhelming to you I suggest you start small literally. Begin with putting together your own Altoids survival tin which is an affordable way to have basic items you would need for survival that can be kept in your pocket or purse. You can fit 15-30 or more items in the tin and many of them you can find around your home. In my next post I will share my Altoids survival tin and suggest items to fill yours with. Thank you for reading my posts.