DIY Survival Kit: How to Make Your Own 72 Hour Kit

DIY Survival Kit: How to Make Your Own 72 Hour Kit

None of us wants to think that a day may come when we might found ourselves in need for an emergency kit. I’ve personally known someone who considered that all of these precautions and measures were acting like a bad omen that would basically summon the disaster to rain down on us. That mentality couldn’t be more wrong. Life is unpredictable and its hardships are even more so. You never know when you’ll find yourself stranded on an island, lost in the woods, or trapped between debris after being struck by a natural disaster. For those instances, we have some tips on how to build your own DIY survival kit.

The first thing you’ll need to keep in mind is the fact that there are three basics you must religiously follow: water, food, and personal supplies. Before anything else, you’ll need to make sure that you’ll have access to food or water, even if that doesn’t necessarily mean actually carrying bottles and cans on you.

Food

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Since you want your DIY survival kit to be as portable and compact as possible, you might as well cross the possibility of packing up a bunch of cans off your list. You don’t know for how long you’ll be stuck in your dire situation and the weight of the excess food will prove to be more frustrating than useful. In the worst case scenario, just settle on carrying some biscuits or crisps, both of which are pretty light and can sate hunger for a while.

Alternatively, if you happen to be lost in the wilderness, your best shot with food is to catch it. For first-time hunters, you’ll need to prepare yourself for a scenario like this by learning how to master a snare trap that can catch small animals. Another good thing to have on you, which is also small and portable, is a handful of fishing hooks – for obvious reasons.

Water

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All is good with the food, but what about the literal essence of life? Water and, respectively, tools to help you find potable water are essential to every DIY survival kit. If you’re surrounded by rivers and lakes, it should be no problem, but the scenario can’t always be this idealistic. If you’re stuck in an area with no drinkable water, a solar still will be your savior. You can learn how to build this water-filtering wonder here.

Supplies

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The other general supplies you’ll need drastically vary depending on the purpose of your DIY survival kit. Are you building it for indoor purposes, like the eventuality of an (unwanted) earthquake? Or are you trying to prepare in case you wander off too deep into the woods and can no longer find your way back? In the case of an indoor emergency, you can always count on having a supply room nearby. You’re less likely to have a survival kit on you, though.

In the case of the outdoors DIY survival kits, you can shove them in a backpack as a preventive measure. What you should always have with you:

  • Compass – it’s absolutely vital for orientation, though, obviously, you need to know how to use one, so make sure you polish your compass-reading knowledge first.
  • Mirror – a strange choice, sure, but it’s useful both for personal hygiene, signaling, and monitoring areas around you in case of danger.
  • Knife – it’s pretty self-explanatory, but a knife can come in handy for self-defense, hunting, crafting, and other various sticky situations.
  • Survival Blanket – if you’re forced to sleep outside, chances are that temperatures at night drop drastically, especially in a forest area, so make sure to have on you this tiny and portable blanket, specifically designed for survival situations.

Fire

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Here’s another important aspect we can’t forget about – starting a fire. You’ll need it to cook your food, to signal, or to get warm. But actually making one is way more complicated than simply smashing two stones against each other. To make sure you have the foundation of a quick fire, carry on you carry baggies of dryer lint or cotton balls dipped in petroleum jelly, both of which are highly flammable and will make things a lot easier for you.

Alternatively, if you were inspired enough to not forget a flashlight and batteries (which are basic inclusions for any DIY survival kit), then the only thing you probably need fire for is cooking. In this case, forget about starting a fire altogether and resort to making use of your genius penny can stove. With essentially zero money, you can build yourself a quick, light, and practical stove that will aid you with all of your heating needs. Learn how to make one here.

Final Tips

  • Fit the needs of all your family members by personalizing it and adapting to every individual need.
  • Place the kit somewhere close to the exit of your house, in a spot where you can easily grab it on your way out.
  • Any items that can be damaged by water or fire should be protected in plastic. Paper documents, clothes, or matches would suffer a lot during a rain pour, so avoid any possible complications.
  • Don’t forget to check on your kit as regularly as possible. Food might expire or batteries might not be working anymore. Readjust depending on the season ahead of you. For instance, add more supplies to keep you warm during winter or more supplies to keep you cool during summer.
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