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Building an Emergency Survival Kit

Polaris Ranger

By Todd Ratermann

Having an emergency survival kit before disaster strikes is one of the easiest and most basic steps in preparing for the possibility of a disaster. This kit won't help in case of alien invasion or a zombie apocalypse, but if you find yourself in the middle of an earth quake, hurricane or power grid failure that leaves you in limbo from your normal life, this kit can make life easier for you until things get back to normal.

No matter what survival situation you find yourself in, the basics of surviving always falls back to six basic factors: shelter, water, food, fire, self defense and first aid. Although each survival situation will dictate the priority of the list, the list itself remains unchanged.  

Below is a list of Bug-Out, or Bug-In items to help you and your family survive during a survival situation.


Bug-out Box Survival Kit Contents:

  1. Camp Stove (or other white gas or multi-fuel camp stove)
  2. Coleman Fuel, 3 gallons
  3. Coleman lantern
  4. Food & Water Kit (Below)
  5. Cook set
  6. Flashlights, 1 per family member
  7. Batteries
  8. Candles
  9. Lighter
  10. Automobile inverter
  11. Axe, hatchet
  12. Two-way radio(s)
  13. Cash in small bills
  14. Radio AM/FM, NOAA Weather radio (battery powered)
  15. First Aid Kit
  16. Toilet Paper
  17. Multi-tool
  18. Sharp Knife
  19. Tarp (at least 8' x 10')
  20. Hand Warmers
  21. Duct Tape
  22. Paracord (at least 50')
  23. Hand Sanitizer
  24. Wet Wipes
  25. Garbage bags
  26. Rain Ponchos
  27. Super Glue
  28. Whistle
  29. Aluminum foil



Food & Drink Survival Items:

  1. Food for 3 days
  2. Water (5 gallons)
  3. Potable Aqua - Water Purification Tablets with PA Plus
  6. Fire extinguisher
  7. Basic Tools






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