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Making Survival Kits

Learn to assemble and make your own survival kit for the pocket, the car, the home, the backpack.

The SPOT Gen3 locater beacon should be accompanied by navigation gear.

Start with these basics for your wilderness survival gear

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Let this be your mantra: “I will save me. My survival kit won’t save me. My equipment or gear can’t save me.”

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This demo bandage shows how to improvise a butterfly bandage with duct tape.

How to make a wound closure bandage with duct tape

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Have to improvise a wound closure device? Try duct tape.

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The Doom and Bloom Bleeding Control kit can help stop traumatic blood loss.

Survival first aid | Check out this new emergency bleeding control kit

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Emergencies involving blood loss could occur anytime and anywhere, and you must be ready to deal with them.

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Everybody has a prescription for something, or you can recycle plastic containers. Use these free containers to carry firestarter.

DIY: Free Containers for Firestarter Kits

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Some survival items, if the quality is not compromised, should be cheap. This allows you to have multiple pieces of good, effective equipment, stashed in strategic locations, so you’ll never have to run short. This firestarter is a good example!

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This standard money belt with zipper can carry several survival tools.

Make survival kits |Use a concealed money belt to carry survival gear

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A belt can do much more than hold up your pants. Work it right, and a standard money belt can be a component in your personal survival kit.

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How to: Make a skinny wallet a survival tool

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I already have too much stuff in my wallet – how do I carry survival gear without making it even thicker? Here’s how.

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These items are lightweight, easily-carried and could save your life if you're injured while running. From left: handwarmers, cell phone, flashlight, Swiss Army Classic knife, Boy Scout flint stick, whistle, and firestarter.

Check out this emergency equipment list for your vehicle

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Before you get stuck in the snow during winter driving, make sure you have the right gear along.

In this list, survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt gives a list of what you need to stay alive in your car in the winter.

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Video: How to make a rope from plastic bags

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Being able to improvise is a really important survival skill. So how would you improvise a rope if all you had to work with was trash plastic?

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Survival kit videos: Check out this paracord rifle sling as part of your backcountry emergency gear

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I really like the concept of a rifle sling made of paracord. Paracord and duct tape are survival necessities, IMO, and any way to include them in your emergency kit is a plus.

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Survive this: Should you include fishing gear in a pocket survival kit?

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Check out commercial personal survival kits and you’ll notice many of them include hooks, sinkers and fishing line. I don’t include sport fishing gear in pocket survival kits, and don’t see much value in fishing equipment as an emergency survival tool. Here’s why.

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