You never know when emergency or disaster may strike. A fun weekend project you can do to help keep the family safe is put together your own homemade survival kit. Using household materials and items you can easily procure at any supermarket and outdoor supply store, you can easily create your own homemade survival kit that will be ready when needed.
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Wilderness Survival Kit
A survival kit built for use in the wilderness will need to contain some slightly different materials than survival kits that you might use in your car or home. For use outdoors, your survival kit should include items such as a 20-foot-long para code, which can be used as a rope of sorts to make hammocks and secure belongings to tree branches, away from bears. It's also important to have waterproof paper and ink, a small lighter and a compact but loud whistle. A miniature LED flashlight is a good item to include because it is compact but bright, from the use of LED lights. Finally, a compass, mirror and fishing line can round out your wilderness survival kit. The compass and mirror can be used for navigation, while the fishing line can be used to fish or serve other improvised uses.
Automotive Survival Kit
Included in your automotive survival kit should be minor first-aid items such as bandages and disinfectant wipes, along with a utility knife, a set of screwdrivers, a set of Allen wrenches and critical automotive fluids. Carrying extra oil, antifreeze and brake fluid is important because these fluids are critical to the engine's operation. By equipping yourself with a small tool set, you're preparing yourself to be able to perform your own repairs should any issues arise. Oil and antifreeze can frequently be leaked, burnt or otherwise diminished by your car's engine, especially on long trips. Carrying extra fluids can help prevent problems from getting worse once your coolant or oil level light turns on. Road flares, or an orange emergency triangle, are also good items to include, as they can attract attention to your emergency situation.
Home Survival Kits
Making a survival kit for the home is much more involved than making one for your car or personal travels. The survival kit for your home should include blankets, firewood (for use in an indoor fireplace or outside if there is no power or electricity), canned foods, propane heat sources, bottled water, toilet paper and non-perishable goods. Junk foods are commonly found in home survival kits because of their high fat content and long shelf lives. These can help keep your hunger down as the emergency comes to an end and you can gain access to fresher and healthier food (which is typically perishable.)
Optional Items for All Kits
Band-Aids, in case of minor injury, along with a disinfectant wipe or solution, are a good item to consider including. While it may not be much help in case of major injury, using them when the injuries are minor can prevent them from getting worse and can buy you time until you reach an area that can provide proper treatment. Money is another optional item. Some people choose to place £13 or £32 into their survival kit in case they are stranded and need to buy some supplies that they don't have, such as gas, food or transportation. Ponchos and items known as "space blankets" are also good optional items to include as they can keep you warm and dry in case you are left exposed to the elements.
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