by Todd Owen

Ok I have been coming to this site for some time now, and I amazed at how the BIG thing is making these tiny little survival kits. If you need to add things in your kit then make them as big as YOU feel you need.

On average most kits need to support YOU for a minimum of 3 days. So you don't need a ton of gear, but I feel all the talk about making the kits the size of a pack of smokes or even smaller is plain ignorance.

My personal kit that fits MY needs is inside a NALGENE bottle..... To each is own, but don't get too caught up in the trend where LESS is more.

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Sometimes less IS more
by: Brett

The best survival kit is the one you have with you. Anything can happen at any time and are you really going to carry a 72 hour survival bag around with you everywhere you go?
I have a huge survival kit at home, a smaller 72+ hour backpack in my car and a tiny kit which I carry on my belt at all times.
As other have said before me - if it's too big for everyday carry, the temptation is to leave it behind, and then it's of no use at all.

Location, Location, Location....
by: Anonymous

Having a 72 hour bag packed wont matter any more than an altoids tin kit when neither are on you... I actually have a few necessary items that are true EDC (Every Day Carry) unless I'm in the shower there is an ESEE IZULA around my neck. on the sheath under some ranger bands are a small ferro rod/mag bar, a large gague needle with 10' of waxed dental floss strung through it, a folded up oven cooking bag (water container), 4 cloro-floc tabs (water treatment), a birthday candle, a straw cut in half and both halfs stuffed with petrolium jully soaked cotton ball in them. Look up Youtube name Colhane and check out his video labeld "Neck Knife Kit) I based mine on his idea but modified it a bit for me...

Ideal size of a survival kit
by: Dustin

It doesn't matter if your survival kit takes up an entire 72hour bag or in an altoids tin - what matters is having it on your person.

Military pilots are trained in SERE Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape. Their entire survival kit is on their person 100% of the time while flying - components may be separated (a tin here, pouch there, etc.) but they all are worn as duty uniform while performing operations - part of their flight vest.

If the only thing you EDC is a case folder, that may end up being your survival kit. Period.

I'm not advocating a full SHTF load-out to go to the mall (they are referred to as "mall ninjas"), but you never know when an event will happen - if your gear is not on your person or within reach, you may never get to use it.

Does size matter?
by: George Sudarkoff

My survival kit depends on the survival situation. That could mean being stranded in the woods, getting your car broken down or stuck in the middle of a desert, or sitting in my attic, in the middle of a natural disaster. These situations present different challenges and require different approaches. The size of your kit should be appropriate for each situation.

When I'm in the outdoors, I usually only have a knife and a firesteel on me. If I have my backpack with me, I usually add a thermal blanket, some water treatment tablets, a bladder and a few other "essentials". When traveling by car, I have a bigger kit that includes a CB radio, emergency food and water rations, tools and supplies to make simple repairs to my car, etc. And at home, I have a bigger stock of emergency food and water, wool blankets, some clothes, large tools and so on.

The problem with the inappropriately sized kit is that you might be tempted to leave it, for example, when you crawl out of your tent in the middle of a snowy night to take a piss. Are you seriously going to carry your Nalgene kit with you?

And of course, ideally, you should be able to survive without any kit whatsoever.

Size of kit
by: Jacv2

I agree that the survival kit must be as big as it needs be in order to accomodate each person's needs. Having said that, one must also remember not to pack too many things that are not really needed, because it being a "survival" kit, one must remember that it will probably be carried around or to & from a place. A survival kit is not a first aid kit, is not an entertainment center, is not your moving day needs, etc...It is what one needs to SURVIVE for at least 4 or 5 days. (We all now know that 3 days is not nearly enough.)
However, anything is better than nothing.

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