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Survival Kit – A Three Tier Protection

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Different people have various views on how and what should be included in making a perfect survival kit. Although, a debate on this topic can never end. It also varies according to the place; its territory, environmental condition and most importantly to your in-depth knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area. I’ve tried here to assemble the elements according to my knowledge and experience, any difference of opinion and your valuable feedback on the same are highly appreciated. Kindly comment below to enlighten me on what all I need to add and delete.

I have divided my kit into three parts

First Tier:

It includes the items I carry with myself whenever I go out hiking or spend a night alone under the blanket of stars. You can also keep this kit at hand even during your standard routine life because you never know what happens next.

  • Folding Knife: My choice is the Doug Ritter RSK MK1 because of its quality and usability.
  • Fire Starter: I tend to prefer a Bic Lighter or Swedish fire steel.
  • Cordage: It has numerous uses from Bowstring to trap triggers. Make sure you possess at least ten ft. of 550 paracord.
  • Coin-Sized Compass: If you have the liquid filled one it’s better however even a normal compass will also do.
  • Pinch Light: The LED pinch lights come very handy at night in the open.
  • Lock picks: Since. I usually forget my car keys inside it has come in handy a lot lately.

Second tier:

It generally includes items that I keep in my car in case of an emergency situation. They include all the elements mentioned in the first tier along with the following:

  • Personal Protection Device: It can be anything a licensed pistol to a flashlight, whatever you are comfortable with.
  • Water Container: Something that is light and durable.
  • Water Purification Kit: a small kit with iodine crystals is enough.
  • Flashlight: The tactical flashlight is important and comes very handy.
  • First-Aid Kit: It is extremely necessary when you are on your own in the wild. It contains a few bandages, antiseptics, wipes, dressing gadgets aspirin and gauzes.
  • Simple Shelter: A light sleeping bag or a foldable tent.
  • Energy Bars: High-calorie nutrient bar.
  • Multi-Tool: Leatherman Wave toolkit is a recommendation that need not to be ignored at any cost.

Third Tier:

It is your BOB or a bug out bag that can sustain you for more than 72 hours in any kind of environment. It is a must have if you are planning for a trip with your friends or alone scarcely populated areas. Apart from items you add in your tier two kit add the following:

  • Food: I mean canned, frozen and dried goods that need to be packed and readily available.
  • Apart from above mentioned items add 100ft of paracord, line, and fish hooks. Portable charger, something to read and an area guide of the place you plan to travel.


While your choice of items in the above-mentioned list differs, according to me it is ideal for anyone who wish to go out and spend some alone time.

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Karthik Linga is working as a Digital Marketing Specialist for past 6+ years and contributes as a part-time blogger by learning newer tactics from the experts everywhere. During his free time, he likes to share some of the mind techniques that help sharpen mental processing and arithmetic calculations.

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