When thinking about which foods to take in an emergency, dont be extravagant; this is an emergency situation, and you probably won't have time to pack a four course meal in your emergency kit. Probably the best food to take is one that doesnt spoil, is light and small, and provides the necessary nutrients the human body requires.Becuase of this, I recommend that you pack food rations. In this case, you should chose food rations which:
- have a high nutrient to mass ratio
- have a shelf life of at least three years
- don't take up much space
Did you know the human body can only survive for 5 days without water at most. In an emergency situation where you might be without external supplies for multiple weeks, it would be very smart to bring at least a ten litres of water per person. This would accomodate a healthy human for at least 5 days. I also recomment that you consider buying water purification tablets, incase you are forced to drink water which you are unsure about.
As important as the above two requirements, a First Aid Kit is a necessity in anyones survival kit. In the off-chance that you get injured or have an open wound, a first aid kit will come in very handy. The following are a list of items one should make sure they have in their kit:
- Cotton buds
- Eye pad
- Burn sheets
- Safety pins
- Alcohol swabs
- Shock balnket
In an emergency situation, these items could mean the difference between life and death.
In the Wild
The above categories refer mostly to items one might need in the an emergency situation in a semi-urban environment. Survival items become very different as you enter the wild. In this case you must think about the exact same things such as water and food, but in a very different way.
Things to consider might be:
- a hunting knife to hunt wild animals
- purification tablets to purify river water
- fire starter kit
- toilet paper
- nylon rope
- sun screen
- portable stove
An important factor to remember when packing a survival kit for the wild, is to make sure your kit is doesnt weigh much. The last thing you need is your survival kit weighing you down to the point where you find it difficult to walk.