A survival kit can be pocket-size or considerably larger, depending upon the needs of each individual or situation.

We recommend maintaining a survival kit in each of these places:

  • One survival kit for each outdoor sportsperson (camper, hiker, hunter, skiier, etc…)
  • One survival kit for each motor vehicle
  • One survival kit for each household

Here is a list of suggested items that should be included in a basic survival kit:

  • Matches (Waterproof matches or matches in a waterproof container)
  • High-energy snack
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle (LOUD)
  • Compass
  • Reflector or hand mirror (for signalling)
  • Insect repellent
  • Bandage strips
  • Tube of antibiotic ointment
  • Lightweight space blanket
  • Brightly colored (orange or yellow) plastic garbage bag

A motor vehicle survival kit should add these items:

  • Enough sleeping bags or blankets for everyone in the vehicle
  • Warm clothing
  • A basic first-aid kit
  • A reasonable supply of emergency water
  • A reasonable supply of emergency food
  • A flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Candles and matches
  • A shovel
  • A saw or an axe
  • A basic automotive tool kit
  • Jumper cables

A home survival kit should add these items:

  • A larger supply of food which can be eaten without the need for heat or electricity
  • A larger supply of drinkable water
  • A fully equipped first-aid kit
  • At least two flashlights and maintain a supply of fresh batteries
  • A supply of candles and matches
  • A fire extinguisher
  • A good supply of other necessities, such as prescription medicines
  • If possible, a secondary heat source, such as a wood stove or a kerosene heater — along with a good fuel supply
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