One of my friends is leaving for Michigan today and asked me to help him make up a small “just in case” pack to take with him on the trip. It just so happened, that one of my bug out bags was due for inspection and upkeep, so I had a few spare parts to build a kit for him. Check it out:
This is a small but effective kit that I built out of extra items that I had laying around, but can easily be copied for little out of pocket cost.
1: Insulated lunchbox, the insulation is normally used to keep your lunch cold, but for an emergency kit, can be used to the opposite effect. The insulation will actually keep your supplies from freezing solid.
2: 2400 calorie ration bars. These mayday ration bars taste a bit like apple pie and don’t induce thirst. They actually taste fantastic with a bit of milk… but be warned, they will sit like a lead pellet in your stomach.
2: Liters of water. These mayday water rations come in individual 4.25 oz Mylar pouches. I prefer the Mylar pouches over the juice box style containers as they take up much less space, weigh less, are much more durable and they are not damaged if the water does freeze. The ones that I have come with a Ziploc pouch with a pour spout. I don’t like the idea of pouring out every pouch into the container, but it would work well to put snow in and wait for it to melt.
( if you don’t have the food and water supplies lying around you can get a head start by clicking here)
1: Pocket first aid kit. Not much in it but it never hurts to have some band aids and alcohol swabs.
2: Space blankets. These emergency blankets work but they make a ton of noise and tear easily which is why I suggest packing a few normal blankets for comfort.
1: Bic Lighter. Sure you could try to start a fire with a couple of sticks… but If you can do it with the single flick of a bic, why the hell would you want to do it any other way.
1: Box of weatherproof matches. Redundancy is key when it comes to fire starting
1: Survival whistle. If your caught In a snowstorm you need to do everything possible to make sure you are seen or heard, the whistle might not be the most effective means of doing so but it can’t hurt. It also has a flint on the side to help with fire starting.
1: Snack Kit ( not pictured). This part of the kit is completely up to your choosing but I like to have a few sticks of beef jerky, some bouillon cubes and tea bags or instant coffee, basically anything that will help improve the mood of an increasingly aggravating situation.
1: Portable solid fuel camp stove with fuel tablets. If you’re out in the cold a nice warm cup of soup or tea can really improve your morale and who wants to drink a mug of cold chicken flavored soup?
1: stainless steel mug ( not pictured) Holds the soup and can be used over the stove without harm to the mug.
If you don’t feel like making your own Check this one out:
Can you think of anything that I missed or anything that you would want to add?
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