Your Guide To Creating The Ultimate Wilderness Survival Kit

DIY Survival Kit Parts

Whether you are preparing yourself for an emergency situation or are simply packing for an extended trip to the wilds, a wilderness survival kit is bound to come in handy.

These kits include everything you will need to make your stay more comfortable. While there are tons of brands that offer pre-packaged survival kits, building one yourself can be an exciting experience. Additionally, you get the opportunity to customize your kit according to your needs and personal requirements. Here’s how you can make one yourself.

altoids tin survival kit packed

Here everything you need a make a wilderness survival kit on your own:

Allot A Container Or Box For Your Kit

First things first, you must allot a special container for the kit. The size of your container depends on where you intend to store it. It should not be too large or otherwise it will take too much space and weigh a ton.

Small lidded plastic containers and military surplus bags can also be used because of their portability. Whatever you choose, ensure it is comfortable enough to carry, waterproof and sturdy. You can pack small items in separate Ziploc bags for extra protection.

Water Filtration Pumps/ Tablets

Water is perhaps the most important resource and you will certainly need it when you are out in the wild. Water purification tablets are excellent portable solutions for purifying water. They work by chemically destroying harmful microorganisms present in water sources.

Consuming untreated water can cause sickness or worse, may even result in death. However, ensure you have familiarized yourself with the instructions in advance. In most cases, you will have to boil water.

A long term solution would be to carry a portable water filtration pump. These pumps take up more space than tablets but will not add an unpleasant taste to your water supply. Additionally, unlike purification tablets, filters will last you longer so you won’t run out of clean and safe drinking water.

Add Ropes/Cords To Your Kit

Cordage remains one of the most versatile pieces of equipment you will ever find. Most professional backpackers and survivors prefer parachute cord because of its durability and lightweight nature. Cords come in handy for a variety of applications, including hanging tarp for use as shelter, bundling firewood and harnessing yourself on a cliff or mountain among others.

Survival Knife

Survival knife are among the most versatile tools and can come in handy in a variety of survival situations. Invest in multi-tool, foldable knives that will fit easily inside your survival kit. Multi-tool devices are great and typically contain a knife, screwdrivers, and pliers.

Gerber LMF II Survival Knife on Bed

You can also consider adding a fixed blade knife to your kit as they are known to be more durable and will come in handy for hunting game.

Fire Starter

It doesn’t matter if you know how to create a fire using stones, having a couple of matchsticks and a lighter can make the task much easier during an emergency. You can choose from a variety of different fire starters in the market which you can use to create sparks that will help you start a fire. However, beware, as some fire strikers can be difficult to use and require some practice.

Starting a Fire with a Magnesium Fire Starter

It is thus essential you practice how to create a fire in advance. You may also consider adding lightweight tinder to your container. Drier lint and newspaper is also an option as both the items burn readily and can come in handy during a difficult situation.

Non-Perishable Food Items

Having a small supply of necessary food items is necessary as it will provide you the energy you need to survive in the wilderness. Dried foods and canned foods are a popular option. Typically, dried foods are commonly used because they are lightweight.

Bunch of Canned Food Used For Survival

Canned options, though delicious, are heavy to carry. Consider adding items, such as protein bars, dried fruit, trail mix and nuts. Several brands offer survival food options so you can consider adding those to your kit as well.

Small Tent Or Other Portable Shelter

While adding a small tent or portable shelter is not necessary, it is a good idea to bring along a shelter of some kind for added comfort, especially if it rains. While camping tents are durable and superior shelter options, they are bulky and weigh a lot. It is thus advisable you look for compact models which are especially designed for backpackers.

Ensure the tent you invest in is easy to use and does not take up too much space. Experienced folks can consider building a shelter for themselves using cords, sticks, tarp and other structural materials to build a tent or a place of shelter for yourself and your family.

Survival Clothes

Insect bites, harsh UV rays, extreme weather and poisonous plants are just a few reasons why you should pack warm survival clothes. Ensure the clothes are resistant to damage and will keep you warm and protect you against the rain.

Man in Professionally made Survival Clothing

Warm clothing can protect you against the cold and from conditions such as coughs, cold, hypothermia and frostbite. Invest in full-sleeved clothes that will protect you against harmful UV rays and insect bites. Don’t forget to pack a pair of socks, gloves and a nice hat to shield your eyes from the sun.

First Aid Kit

Safety always comes first. Do not forget to pack a well-supplied first aid kit that contains necessary items, such as bandages, pain-killers, antibiotics, towels, and wipes, among others. Also pack items that can help you stop bleeding and protect you against dangerous cuts and infections such as duct tape.

Small First Aid Kit 100 Piece


These are just a couple of things you should keep in mind while packing the ultimate wilderness survival kit. These items are sure to keep you well-prepared for difficult conditions. Good luck!

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