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How to Make a Survival Kit

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Creating a Safety & Survival kit can be easy. The most important supplies in a survival kit are water, food, and warmth. These essentials, combined with a safe environment, will allow you to survive many days in the wake of an emergency or natural disaster.

"If you stay safe, you will survive."

All our survival kits include these items in various forms depending on the kit. To see the differences in kits, check out our survival kit comparison chart. Plus we have items designed for specific natural disasters, wilderness survival, and pets

Kits for Families and Individuals:

  1. First decide how many people you want to provide for.
  2. Next, identify what type of emergency or natural disaster you could face and the symptoms associated with it. For example:
    1. Are you likely to lose power?
    2. Would water become scarce or contaminated?
    3. Does it get cold in your area?
  3. Finally, put a kit in each vehicle you have. The car is the most important place to keep a kit, ensuring you are prepared no matter where you are. A cache of supplies in your garage will not help you when you are away from home.

Kits for Businesses, Schools and Gov’t Agencies:

  1. Determine how many people need to be protected.
  2. Make sure the group has at least one first aid kit, hygiene kit, and communication device. More could be needed for groups larger than 10-12 people.
  3. Everyone in the group should have enough food, water, warmth and shelter to last several days
  4. Consider the likelihood of trauma or a lockdown situation where help might be inaccessible for long periods of time. If needed, include additional bandages, antiseptic wipes and sanitation solutions.
  5. Consider adding bulk supplies of water, food bars and emergency blankets for everyone.

Check out our group survival kits.

All our survival kits provide supplies for up to three days and can be further customized for any disaster with:

Water – The most essential item needed for survival is water. You can be prepared with:

A person can survive on 16 fluid ounces of water per day. This translates to 4 pouches or 1.5 cans. Of course, that's well short of 8 glasses, so be sure to pack extra water.

Heat and Warmth – Hypothermia and low body heat can kill. It can also make you unable to care for others. Provide warmth with:

Power and Communications – If there's a chance you could be without power, be ready with:


For more information about what to include in a survival kit, check out the Department of Homeland Security recommendations.