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Episode 4: "Have Kit. Will Travel"

*The four ponyriders of hardship ride up to a lone figure standing in the middle of a dusty road in the middle of a one horse western town*

Starvation: "Sheriff Rodshark, I thought we told you to git yer yella hide outta here by sun up!"
Heat: This place is too hot for the likes of you!"
Cold: "Yeah, what are ya frozen with fear? ahahaha"
Wind: "Best be gettin along before we hafta blow your sorry hide away."

Rodshark: "Sorry boys, but I'm not going anywhere. And your days of terrorizing travelers are numbered."

Ponymen of hardship: "Oh, is that so?"

Rodshark: "Yeah it is... because I have THIS!" *pulls out a square survival kit*

Ponymen of Hardship: "Ahhh Run for it... we'll be back Rodshark, count on it!" *they turn their ponies around and ride out of town*


Capable of defeating even the nastiest harbringer of hardship, the travel sized survival kit is small enough to be brought almost anywhere and has enough tools and materials to help a person survive in almost any location.

Here is my travel sized survival kit that I always take with me on trips, backpacking, hiking through the forest, and similar activities.

http://rodshark.livejournal.com/234937.html

It is a fairly good example of a "do it yourself" piecework survival kit. It isn't complete yet, but already it has a great many things that will make survival much easier in a wide variety of locations. Piecework survival kits are nice in that they allow the user to pick and choose what they want in their kit, and can use cheaper alternatives, or higher quality equipment depending on what they want to do with the kit.

But, if someone doesn't feel like going through all the trouble of making their own kit, there are many pre-made survival kits that are available for someone to buy and stash somewhere. But look for kits that include all the basics you will need for survival in a waterproof, compact, and durable case. And that they have good quality equipment in it, but not be over $30. Here are a couple of good examples of "ready to go" survival kits that you can buy.

http://www.amazon.com/Whistle-Creek-Survival-Kit-Sardine/dp/B000O26134/ref=pd_bbs_sr_4?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1234928336&sr=8-4
Not only does it have a cute and interesting design, but the metal casing is durable and you can use it to boil water or cook food. It is small, compact, and inexpensive, but also has the basics you will need and somewhat decent quality.

http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Emergency-Preparedness-Earthquake-Hurricane/dp/B0018N59MW/ref=sr_1_40?ie=UTF8&s=miscellaneous&qid=1234929416&sr=8-40
This is another nice premade survival kit and has many items that someone can use to survive. I don't care for the packaged bags of water though, although handy, I think they take up too much space and add too much weight. A good compact metal canteen would have been a better option. But it is still a nice, compact, lightweight kit.

But no matter which kind of kit you choose to use, a piecework kit, or a pre-packaged kit, or even combining the two to make a piecework kit using a pre-packaged one as a base to start from (which is usually a good idea imo), you should try to follow the basic guidelines mentioned in the previous survival kit episode.

All travel survival kits should have one or more items that do the following.
-Start and maintain a fire (matches, lighters, magnesium firestarters, magnifying glass, ect.)
-Tools to make a shelter (multi-tools, large knife, cord, tape, blankets)
-Basic first aid (band-aids, alcohol, gauze, pain and anti-diarreha medicine)
-Food (candy bar, gum, beef jerky, MRE's, etc.)
-Water collection and purification (metal cans, trashbags, water purification tablets, etc.)
-Navigation and signal items (signal mirror, whistle, compass, notepad, radio, flare, etc.)


What of each type and how much to put in a kit is an individual choice, but as long as there are one or more tools to perform the above tasks, you should be somewhat prepared and equipped in an emergency.

Some other things to remember are...
-Orange and brightly colored containers, blankets, or packs are preferred since they are easier to see and can be used to attract attention.
-Weather radios that have a crank power to them are a nice thing to have, but make sure not to put too much weight in the kit.
-The kit should weigh under 5lbs and be small and compact enough to fit inside a backpack, dufflebag, or large purse/carryall.
-Before going out and buying some fancy schmancy piece of gear from an outdoor/survival shop, look around your house for items that you can use for your travel survival kit. Trashbags, ziplock bags, electrical tape, duct tape, and other items are great survival tools that you can find around the house.

Until next time on Good Survival.
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