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Lately I’ve been on a “what’s in your Gym Bag Essentials” kick, but I’ve decided to turn it a little more into an adventure with this post.
My friends at Man Crates asked me what key components would make up my ideal ‘survival kit’. What do I think is important for survival? What would be in my very own kit? I wracked my brain for a while and came up with some ideas. Now as you know, I tend to not approach things conventionally, so my take on this is a little comical.
If I had to make a survival kit (which would have to come in a crate that’s pretty large… haha) with just 7 things in it I would choose the following:
1. Matches in a Bottle – We’d all like to think that if we needed to survive in the wilderness or anywhere really – that’d we’d be cool enough to start a fire by rubbing a bunch of sticks together…. but really – let’s face reality – matches in a bottle would at least help me out a bit, and leave me more time to find some available food, or re-jig my ‘survival’ plan as necessary based on whatever is really going on out there.
2. Toothbrush with many types of toothpaste – Variety is key. One time growing up I told my mom I liked bubble gum toothpaste and she bought a whole bunch of it on sale. (I believe it was the Miss Piggy and Kermit Bubble gum toothpaste for kids.) After a couple of months of that, you just want some fresh mint or something less ‘playful’ let’s say. If you’re trying to survive fresh breath is still important. If there are any other people with you, they will also like you better if you have this available.
3. Asics – I love my Asics. They are my favourite running shoe, and they would be in my survival kit because if I needed to run away from a bear or something (I’m not sure why I assume I’d be in a forest, but work with me here…) then I’d be set up for success. (I probably also should have included a jet-pack, for such emergencies as well…hind-sight is 20/20.)
4. Solar Powered Raccoon Light– Lights with batteries will eventually run out. Raccoon Eyes (see above) will not; plus he’s cute and could double as your very own “Wilson”. If Tom Hanks got a volleyball, I would get Raccoon Eyes, and we’d be friends. (I’d probably also rename him a few times over the course of our adventures together, as I would be the boss in charge.) As long as there is some solar light to charge this puppy up, you should be good to go for a long time.
5. Beef Jerky – I went on a road trip recently and we stopped in at this place that had 30+ flavours of beef jerky. This was a place called Heaven… or something like that… In survival mode, I’m sure flavour matters less, but I think it would be great to have some of this on-hand because it tastes good, and gives you protein. Win-win if you ask me.
6. Trendy Moose Sleeping bag Now this is my idea of camouflage! 😉 I really do love the sleeping bag, and I think that if you can have one trendy item in your survival kit, this would for sure make the cut. (Please keep in mind I am from Northern Ontario, so my views may be a bit skewed on this trendiness… heh)
7. 2 Person Guardian Elite Survival Kit [SKT2] – So I’m a cheater… in my survival kit would be a real standard survival kit (there were not rules given to me on making this kit.. .so….) I’m particularly happy they included a deck of cards for entertainment purposes, because sometimes in crisis, you need a distraction…like playing Go Fish with Raccoon Eyes. Despite his keen eyesight, I’d probably still win every time for the record.
This kit includes a Deluxe Hikers Backpack – containing:
Food and Water: 12 Boxes of Aqua Blox Water Boxes
12 – 400 Calorie Food Bars (4800 Calories)
20 Water Purification Tablets – each tablet purifies 1 liter
Am/Fm Radio with Headphones and Batteries
Rechargeable Squeeze Flashlight – 3 LED flashlight
36 Hour Emergency Candle
12 Hour Green Emergency Glow Stick
5-in-1 Survival Whistle
Box of Waterproof Matches
2 Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag
2- 16-20 Hour Body Warmer
2 Person Tube Tent with Rope
2 Emergency Poncho with Hood
16 Function Knife
Leather Palm Work Gloves
2- N95 Respirator Dust Mask – NIOSH approved
50 Feet of Nylon Rope
2-24 Piece Deluxe Hygiene Kit
6 Pocket Tissue Packs
Guardian 57 Piece Deluxe First Aid Kit
Deck of playing cards for entertainment
Infectious Waste Bag
All in all if you’re really trying to survive, I’m sure some of my items are useful, but perhaps not all. (I’d keep the real Survival kit stuff in mind.) You may want to re-jig my list. As comical as this may be, when trying to survive staying warm, hydrated, and fueled up in terms of food are all of the utmost importance. Stay safe out there guys!