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Food security is becoming more important every day! Watch as this family shares their clever way of being more self-sufficient…

Trauma kit. Carry what you’re comfortable or trained with. (Same thing really)

I’m not a medic or EMT/paramedic but I do have a bit of training. Gloves, gauze/sponges and a triangle bandage can do a lot. That IMHO is your baseline kit. Get a few, get training, practice on people. Israeli trauma bandages are the high-speed version of this though not as flexible. Why the ACS… Trained on it and crazy people do crazy shit. Be prepared.

Skill will always one up the kit.

Requirements for the Wilderness Survival merit badge:

Do the following:

Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while participating in wilderness survival activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, or lessen these hazards.

Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses likely to occur in backcountry settings, including hypothermia, heat reactions, frostbite, dehydration, blisters, insect stings, tick bites, and snakebites.

From memory, list the seven priorities for survival in a backcountry or wilderness location. Explain the importance of each one with your counselor.

Describe ways to avoid panic and maintain a high level of morale when lost, and explain why this is important.

Describe the steps you would take to survive in the following conditions:

Cold and snowy
Wet (forest)
Hot and dry (desert)
Windy (mountains or plains)
Water (ocean, lake, or river)

Put together a personal survival kit and be able to explain how each item in it could be useful.

Using three different methods (other than matches), build and light three fires.

Do the following:

Show five different ways to attract attention when lost.
Demonstrate how to use a signal mirror.
Describe from memory five ground-to-air signals and tell what they mean.

Improvise a natural shelter. For the purpose of this demonstration, use techniques that have little negative impact on the environment. Spend a night in your shelter.

Explain how to protect yourself from insects, reptiles, and bears.

Demonstrate three ways to treat water found in the outdoors to prepare it for drinking.

Show that you know the proper clothing to wear in your area on an overnight in extremely hot weather and in extremely cold weather.

Explain why it usually is not wise to eat edible wild plants or wildlife in a wilderness survival situation.

Personal Survival Kit
Sample Contents

Wilderness survival kits contain different items than an Emergency survival kit for the home. Items you choose to include in your kit may also need to reflect the area and time of year of your adventure.

A personal survival kit is intended to be kept on your person at all times while in the wild and opened only in emergency. In addition to the kit, you should also always have your essential tools listed below.

None of this does any good unless you have a plan and knowledge on how to use it. For example, if you don’t know how to fish, the tiny fishing kit is just extra weight.

Personal Survival Kit
Weight = 10 oz
1 Two Piece Aluminum Container, 3 7/16’ x 6’ x 1 1/16’
1 Signal Mirror
1 Spark-Lite Firestarter Flint
10 Spark-Lite ‘Fire Tab’ Tinders
10 Windproof/Waterproof Matches and Striker
1 Wire Blade Survival Saw
1 Fishing Kit: 10 hooks, 2 swivels, 4 split shot, 25 ft. of 20 lb. line, 10 ft. of 8 lb. leader
25 ft nylon dental floss
1 Mini-compass
3 oz.SPF30 sunblock

Medical Supplies
(in zip-log baggie, replace expired items as needed)
4 Bandaids, 1 x 3 in.
2 Bandaids, 2 in.
2 Antibiotic Salve
6 Wound Closure Strips, 1/4’ x 2’ (butterfly bandage)
2 Povidone Iodine Solution, .6 ml ampule/swabs
6 Pain killer pills
50 Water purification tablets (Potable-Aqua)
21 qt. plastic zip-loc bag
20 ft Nylon Cord
9 ft Electrical Tape (wrapped around kit to seal it)
2 Large Sewing Needles
10 ft Sewing Thread
1 Plastic magnifying Glass (plastic)
8 Safety Pins
8 sq. ft Aluminum Foil
1 Small Pencil
4 waterproof paper (Rite In The Rain)
1 First Aid cards (Lee Nading)

Mini Survival Kit
Weight = 6oz.
1 Tin container (Altoids)
1 Polished aluminum tape applied to interior of lid, protected by peel-away sheet.
1 Spark-Lite Fire Starter (See It)
4 Windproof/Waterproof Matches and Striker
1 Fishing Kit: 6 hooks, 2 swivels, 4 split shot, 25 ft. of 20 lb. line, 10 ft. of 8lb. leader
20 ft nylon dental floss
1 Wire Survival Saw
1 Mini-compass
2 Bandaids, 1 x 3 in.
2 Bandaids, 2 in.
6 Pain killer pills
6 Antibiotic cream
25 Water purification tablets (Potable-Aqua)
9 ft Nylon Cord (wrapped around kit)
3 ft Electrical Tape (wrapped around kit to seal it)
16 in Duct Tape
10 ft Sewing Thread
2 Sewing Needles
6 Safety Pins
5 sq. ft Aluminum Foil
1 Small Pencil
2 waterproof paper (Rite In The Rain)

Essential Personal Equipment
Knife Sharpener
Signal Mirror

Be Prepared Not Scared