Not only will a ‘survival kit’ suit different purposes from one person to the next, but the things we collect for our kits will differ from one another. Sometimes quite drastically.

The survival kit that I put together will be different from yours. Here’s why:

We all have different needs and requirements and we all have our own various intended purposes. In fact, many of us have multiple kits which we put together for specific functionality and situations.

While there is a wide variety of pre-made survival kits available for sale on the internet and elsewhere, and while buying one of them is certainly better than having nothing (some of them are pretty good), when we put together our own kit from our own list, we are tailoring to our own needs and requirements.

For example, a very common terminology for a survival kit is the ’72-hour survival kit’. You might ask, “Why 72 hours?”, where I would reply, “Exactly, why limit yourself one way or another…”.

What is a survival kit anyway?

It’s whatever you make of it.

I consider my every-day-carry (the things I keep in my pockets) to be a very minimized survival kit. My pockets aren’t filled with food, but I do carry other items which not only are convenient throughout a given day but they will also help me in more dire circumstances to an extent. I also consider the backpack kit in my truck to be a survival kit (it does contain 72 hours of food for me and Mrs.J and lots more stuff than what I carry on my person). If I were to go out on a hike, I would carry yet a different survival kit – depending on my plan for the day. When I used to work at an office (whereas now I work from home) I kept a unique survival kit in one of my desk drawers. I also consider all the preps that I keep in my house to be a survival kit. You see what I mean? They’re all different.

We also have our own unique needs or requirements (to an extent) based on our own abilities, skills, know-how, food tastes or allergies?, geographical environment, the season, etc..

When it comes to figuring out what you’ll keep in your kit, and while looking at lists from others (no two of which are the same) may may shed some light or give you ideas, you should think of it logically – by first defining it’s intended purpose.

Then consider other basic requirements (if they suit your purpose) like water, food, shelter, security, first aid, navigation, tools, etc..

Think of the fundamentals which support the intended purpose of the specific kit you’re putting together (not all of them will apply in all cases).

Part of the fun is building your own kit, for YOU. There’s no particular right or wrong (although I suppose you could make basic mistakes – but that’s not the focus here…).

Your supplies are unique to YOU and your own needs for a given intended purpose or scenario.

What are some of the intended purposes for your kits?
Do you have more than one which are uniquely tailored for different requirements?