Best Survival Kit

by John Wren

Always be prepared.  When you go venturing into the great outdoors, there’s no telling what might happen.  If you’re on a camping trip say, and have gone on a long hike in unfamiliar territory, you could find yourself lost or stranded.   And having the best possible survival kit can make all the difference in how that turns out for you.

We’re going to level with you – choosing a really good survival kit can be tricky and there’s a lot to think about and consider.  But we’re here to make this decision easier for you.  Coming up shortly we’ve got some reviews on our handpicked Top 5 survival kits, and after that there’s a handy buying guide where we’ve tried to include all the most important factors to consider.

Best Survival Kit – Reviews

Bestseller No. 1
Survival Kit, 250Pcs Survival Gear First Aid Kit with Molle System Compatible Bag and Emergency Tent, Emergency Kit for Earthquake, Outdoor Adventure, Hiking, Hunting, Gifts for Men Women
  • [250 in 1 Survival Kit]: Having an emergency kit is an important step to prepare and protect your and household for some unforeseen events. This emergency survival kit is specifically designed and...
  • [Basic First Aid Kit]: Designed to stow conspicuously, the included first aid supplies are packed in a extra bright red bag. It includes essential items such as tweezers, scissors and pins, would pad,...
  • [Portable Molle System Compatible Bag]: The 2022 upgraded emt bag was made of military grade water-resistant 1000D nylon with a size of 8” x 6.5” x 6''. You can attach it to other molle compatible...
  • [2022 Upgraded Version]: Nobody can count on friendly weather during an emergency. This kit can help you to deal with the worst. It is the most multifultional survival kit in the market, contains...
  • [Must Have Survival Gear]: All of the items have been tested to ensure they can withstand even the toughest emergencies and conditions, such as outdoor adventure, hunting, camping, hiking, travel,...
Bestseller No. 2
LUXMOM Survival Kit and First Aid Kit, 142Pcs Professional Survival Gear and Equipment with Molle Pouch, for Men Camping Outdoor Adventure/Gifts for Men Dad Christmas
  • 【A Must Have Survival Kit】LUXMOM survival kit is unique in that it was specifically designed by survival experts. The comprehensive survival kit not only includes 21pcs multipurpose survival...
  • 【Practical Survival Gears & First Aid Kit】LUXMOM emergency kit contains the most popular survival accessories: Hatchet, Folding Shovel and Pick, 3-mode tactical flashlight, Multifunctional Card,...
  • 【Compact Lightweight & Durable】All items are neatly arranged in a 600D nylon bag measuring 9 inches x 6 inches x 5 inches. Easy to carry, small and lightweight, can hold all the 142pcs emergency...
  • 【Wide application range】This survival kit is great for tactical doctors, military personnel, police, firefighters, first aid personnel, hikers, campers, outdoor sports enthusiasts, etc. It is idea...
  • 【Christmas gift ideas】 High-quality comprehensive emergency survival first aid equipment, best gifts for men, father, family, friends. You can enjoy a more relaxed and safe adventure with our...
Bestseller No. 3
238Pcs Emergency Survival Kit and First Aid Kit, Professional Survival Gear Tool with Tactical Molle Pouch and Emergency Tent for Earthquake, Outdoor Adventure, Camping, Hiking, Hunting
  • 238 in 1 Survival Kit]: Taimasi emergency survival kit is unique in that it was specifically designed and curated by survival experts. The comprehensive survival system not only includes 22pcs...
  • [Practical Survival Gears For Any Emergency]: Providing many popular survival tools and essentials to survive in the wilderness or disasters. An knife and steel wire saw for cutting wood or bone; 4 in...
  • [Basic First Aid Kit]: Comes with a first aid kit with bright red bag which includes essential items such as tweezers, scissors and pins, bandages, would pad, bandage triangulaire, cotton buds etc....
  • [Lightweight & Convenient]: To keep your kit small and lightweight enough so you can carry it at all times, all the items comes in a camo bag with a size of 8” x 6.5” x 6”. It is made of 600D...
  • [Must Have Survival Gear]: Having an emergency kit can get you well-prepared in advance to emergencies during outdoor adventure, hunting, camping, hiking, travel, natural disasters such as earthquake,...
Bestseller No. 4
Survival Kit, 290Pcs Survival Gear First Aid Kit Emergency Tent, Camping Essentials Emergency Kit Accessories for Earthquake, Outdoor Adventure, Hiking, Hunting, Gifts for Men Women
  • Professional Survival Toolkit: This emergency rescue survival kit has been developed by outdoor adventure coaches, camping enthusiasts, and extreme sports members. It integrates a total of 290...
  • High-quality First Aid Box: The 290 survival items in this kit have undergone rigorous real-world testing to select high-quality products that can remain effective in harsh and challenging...
  • Portable Molle-Compatible Pack: The latest cutting-edge design, made with high-density nylon coated with a waterproof layer, boasts strong tear resistance. With dimensions of just 8.6 inches x 6.2...
  • Camping Essentials: This survival tool kit is currently the most comprehensive, multifunctional, and abundant outdoor first aid kit on the market, covering a wide range of scenarios. It includes a...
  • Thoughtful Gift: We offer a meticulously designed gift packaging for free, so you don't need to choose additional gift wrapping. It is a great choice for Christmas gifts, Father's Day gifts, and...
Bestseller No. 5
Survival Kit, Gifts for Men Dad Husband, Emergency Survival Gear and Equipment 19 in 1, Fishing Hunting Birthday for Men, Camping Accessories, Cool Gadget, Camping Essentials
  • Gifts for Men: For those who love the outdoors, this is sure to be a unique gift for fathers, husbands, boyfriends, scouts, cool gadgets, and Christmas stocking stuffers for birthdays, Valentine's...
  • 19-in-1 Survival Kit: This all-in-one survival kit contains everything any survivalist or outdoor enthusiast needs. 19-in-1 includes a 5-in-1 parachute cord bracelet, built-in compass, whistle,...
  • Easy-Carry & Lightweight: The box measures 8.2 x 5.1 x 2.7 inches, weighs only 1.8 pounds, and has a foam interior that is both waterproof and shockproof. Easy to carry and fits in any car, hiking...
  • Safe & Practical: This camping accessory is the perfect companion to be prepared for any emergency. It also helps you stay safe and secure while hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, backpacking, or...
  • Friendly Service: This survival kit will better reflect your love for your father/husband/boyfriend. If it doesn't meet your expectations or you have any questions, please contact us, and we will...
Bestseller No. 6
Survival Kits,222 PCS Emergency Survival Gear First Aid Kits with Molle System Compatible Bag Outdoor Camping Gear Emergency Kits for Hunting,Hiking,Fishing, Gifts for Men Women
  • Comprehensive Survival Gear&First Aid Kit:This kits provides the most popular survival necessities,such as Multifunctional Hatchet, 4 in 1 Folding Shovel,3-Mode Tactical Flashlight, Multifunctional...
  • Multifunctional Tactical Tools&Molle System Compatible: Most of the survival kit has the multiple uses, which can meet your different needs. MOLLE system attachment straps on the back + adjustable...
  • Compact Bag Design&Portable :Easy to carry, small and lightweight, can hold all the essential emergency supplies and survival tools (222pcs can be refilled when needed). The survival kit has just the...
  • High Quality&Wide Uses:Made of durable and premium quality material.This Survival Kit is great for firefighters, first aid personnel, hikers, campers, outdoor sports enthusiasts, etc. It is ideal for...
  • Best Gifts for Men& Women:A must-have survival first aid kit on your way to go any outdoor activity.Practical Survival Kits will be a perfect gift choices for Birthday,Father’s Day,housewarming,etc.
Bestseller No. 7
Emergency Survival Kit, 151 Pcs Survival Gear First Aid Kit, Outdoor Trauma Bag with Tactical Flashlight Knife Pliers Pen Blanket Bracelets Compass for Camping Earthquake or Adventures (Black)
  • [151Pcs Must Have Survival Gear Kit]: Taiker first aid survival kit backpack made of 600D nylon, which provides large capacity, including 74 pcs of emergency survival gears, 66 pcs of medical...
  • [Premium Survival Tools]: Includes the most useful survival tools: tactical folding knife, fire starter, compass, folding pliers, flashlight, multi-function paracord bracelet and more practical...
  • [Approved First Aid Kit]: Comprehensive first aid includes essential items such as tweezers, scissors and pins, bandages, would pad, bandage triangulaire, cotton buds etc. Supplies for emergency...
  • [Portable for Any Emergency]: Easy to carry, measuring only 14 "x 9.5" x 4.2", only 3.96 pounds. It can hold all the essential emergency supplies and survival tools. Ideal for tactical medics,...
  • [Excellent After-sales Service]: We stand by our emergency survival kit with our outstanding customer service, if you ever have a problem, don't hesitate to contact us. Just get your survival kit...
Bestseller No. 8
LUXMOM Survival Kit and First Aid Kit, 142Pcs Professional Survival Gear and Equipment with Molle Pouch, for Men Camping Outdoor Adventure/Gifts for Men Dad Christmas
  • 【A Must Have Survival Kit】LUXMOM survival kit is unique in that it was specifically designed by survival experts. The comprehensive survival kit not only includes 21pcs multipurpose survival...
  • 【Practical Survival Gears & First Aid Kit】LUXMOM emergency kit contains the most popular survival accessories: Hatchet, Folding Shovel and Pick, 3-mode tactical flashlight, Multifunctional Card,...
  • 【Compact Lightweight & Durable】All items are neatly arranged in a 600D nylon bag measuring 9 inches x 6 inches x 5 inches. Easy to carry, small and lightweight, can hold all the 142pcs emergency...
  • 【Wide application range】This survival kit is great for tactical doctors, military personnel, police, firefighters, first aid personnel, hikers, campers, outdoor sports enthusiasts, etc. It is idea...
  • 【Christmas gift ideas】 High-quality comprehensive emergency survival first aid equipment, best gifts for men, father, family, friends. You can enjoy a more relaxed and safe adventure with our...
Bestseller No. 9
4 Pack Water Filter Straw - Water Purifying Device - Portable Personal Water Filtration Survival - for Emergency Kits Outdoor Activities and Hiking - Water Filter Camping Travel Survival Backpacking
  • Compact Design: LoGest’s Prepper Supplies Portable Water Filter Straw measures 8” x 1” in size and is equipped with a carrying strap, making it life easy to transport from one location to the...
  • Fresh Water: Reducing the risk of infection by removing E. coli, legionella and salmonella, this water filter survival is designed to deliver fresh, pure drinking water. It’s also designed to reduce...
  • Filter Purifier: Each water purifier survival Filter Straw is designed with a hollow fiber membrane to effectively remove 99% of harmful bacteria at 0.1-micron filtration. Do not use it to remove salt...
  • Multipurpose Use: Easy to carry and use, the LoGest Water purification Filter Straw survival gear and equipment can be used when traveling, playing sports, hiking water filter, camping water filter,...
  • Long Lifespan: Even though the Water Filter Backpacking Straw is small in size, it boasts a 600-liter filter capacity so you can enjoy using it for more than a year! Best of all, the package includes...

Best Survival Kit – Buyers Guide

Your starting point in deciding what kit to get should be based on what you can anticipate needing.  You will need to determine what sort of uses you might have for it and take your decision from there, as this will inform what items you’ll need in the kit, and ultimately then which kit best suits your needs.

When you’re lost or in danger there are some things that become more important than others.  You need food, water, shelter from the elements, ways of identifying where you are, and ways of alerting people to your whereabouts.  Or if you’re hurt you will be in need of some first aid.  If it’s dark, you’ll need a flashlight.

And on that note, let’s move onto our next section.

Items you may want to see included

One of the more central decisions to make is whether you want food and drink included in your survival kit.

When it comes to water, which is hands down an essential, a bottle of water, or several bottles, can at times be heavy to carry around, especially if you have a lot of other gear to carry.  To that end you may wish your kit to include a water filtration system or purification tablets.

You may want to get a campfire going, whether to cook food or simply keep warm.  Or you could perhaps have an emergency blanket to keep warm.

Or to protect yourself from the weather, you may make good use from an emergency tent, a fold-up emergency blanket, or ponchos.

In terms of first aid items, you might want to consider sterile gauze wound dressings, something to keep the dressings or bandages in place and antiseptic wipes to clean up any wounds.

With regards to alerting others to your presence and whereabouts for a rescue mission, your options include a good old fashioned whistle, or to be more visible, a flashlight would work well, or even a glow stick.

Many outdoor survival kits can also feature a compass, which can be super handy for hiking trips where there’s no GPS gadgets at hand.

Size and Weight

Ultimately the size of your survival depends on what types of emergencies you intend to prepare for.

If your survival kit is intended primarily for outdoor use, then you may also be concerned about the kit’s size and weight.  You might want to fit into a backpack and/or carry it long distances on foot.  Fortunately many survival kits are put together with this in mind, including several in our Top 5 picks.

If your emergency involves waiting out some sort of danger, while you shelter in an enclosed space, then again the size of your kit can also become a factor to consider, say if you were laying low in a camping tent not knowing if there are potentially dangerous animals in the surrounding area.

It goes without saying, the more people you have with you, the more items you may need in terms of food, water and shelter.  But on the other hand, you also have more carrying power for any items you want to take or include.  You could have one person carry the food and water and another carrying a first aid kit and an emergency tent.

Cost

Survival kits can vary quite considerably in their price point, but it’s important to note that cheaper doesn’t always mean better.  Instead what you should focus on is ensuring that you have every item that you may need.  In fact once you’ve found your ideal survival kit, you may also see fit to pay for one or two more things besides.  Which brings us onto our next section.

Additional Items you may need that aren’t typically found in a survival kit

Certain modern items can come in very handy when you find yourself stranded outdoors, and you definitely won’t get them all in a standard survival kit.

To alert others to your emergency, a cell phone with a good signal can be a godsend.  Similarly, to ascertain exactly where you are, a really good item would be one that features GPS tracking.  It doesn’t need to be anything bulky, you can get some great watches that feature GPS tracking, often with other handy features for hikers.  You may also be interested in a water filtration bottle.

When it comes to using modern gadgets outdoors, you may also want to think about whether they need a portable power supply, such as batteries.  Or solar powered gadgets could be another alternative.

For hikers, we would also recommend taking a fold-up map of the area if possible, particularly if there are no GPS gadgets at hand.

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