Like the essay, building a survival kit is an assignment given on the first night of class. The survival kit will be due the last night of the classroom portion of the class which is the fifth night of class, the last Monday night of class, and written test night. And like the essay, the survival kit has very few requirements in how you choose to design it. As part of the class, we will be learning about and discussing some survival skills you should know if you were to ever find yourself in an emergency situation in the outdoors. Your survival kit will be a tool kit you can rely on to help you get through that situation.
The size and contents of your survival kit is up to you. You can use any type of container you wish and include any number of items that you feel are necessary to your survival in the outdoors. It is not necessary to make mom and dad run out and purchase all of the latest and greatest gadgets from the local sporting goods store. Most of the items you will want to include can be found around the house, so be creative. The only requirements I make is that you build the survival kit from scratch and it should be no larger than a coffee can. However, bigger is not necessarily better. I would challenge you to try to keep your kit as small and light weight as possible. The easier it is to carry, the more likely you will include it on all of your outdoor adventures. The usefulness of the items you include will also help determine whether or not you will actually feel the need to carry it with you. You may not need your survival kit on every trip into the outdoors, but it is an item you should always have with you. The time you leave it behind may be the time you need it most. So put some thought into the container and the items you will include.
Remember that you should always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. If you live by this rule, your survival kit only needs to be something that will get you through a critical situation until help arrives. For this reason, you should not need a “lifetime” supply of anything. Instead, only include an amount of supplies that will get you through a few days if necessary. If you told someone where you are going they will come looking for you.
An air tight, waterproof container is a good place to start. Several of the contents and the container itself can serve more than one purpose. At the very least, include items that will help you build shelter, signal for help, and build a fire. From there you may want to include water or items for gathering and purifying water, a compass and a map, first aid supplies, high energy food or items that will help you find, catch, or hunt for food. Your imagination and the length and location of your trip will help you determine what else to include. A few additional things to remember: anything that requires batteries will need back up batteries, sometimes you may want to have two or three options (for example two or three ways to start a fire), and make a list of your survival kit’s contents and include it in your kit for future reference, notes, and refilling supplies.
You will be showing and telling about your survival kit on the night it is due after we take the written exam. The effort you put into it will pay off that night and if you build it with care you can have it ready to use on your hunting and outdoors adventures!
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