This 2-pound do-it-yourself wilderness survival kit could save your life for at least three days in the wild.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
We suggest storing these items in a single zip-close bag.
STAY SHARP: You should have a pocketknife during most outings, anyway, but never go into the wild without a dependable, easy-to-use blade.
TAKE COVER: Even in wilderness survival situations, you need a good shelter. A tube tent is a great lightweight option that’s easy to pack and very affordable.
SLEEP WARM: It’s not a long-term option, but an emergency sleeping bag will keep you warm and takes up only a few square inches of space.
FIRE SOURCE AND TINDER: Store fresh strike anywhere matches in a waterproof case to get a blaze going fast. Throw in a handful of dryer lint or petroleum-jelly-covered cotton balls as tinder.
INSECT CONTROL: A pack of insect-repellent towelettes takes up far less space than a spray bottle.
SHINE BRIGHTLY: A small LED flashlight will provide plenty of visibility in unknown environments. Don’t forget fresh batteries, too.
WRAP IT UP: We suggest wrapping a length of duct tape (a few feet) around your flashlight handle.
A survival kit does not replace the 10 Scout Outdoor Essentials. Learn more at go.scoutlife.org/packinglist