Pack for Emergencies

Most hunters know it is important not to forget their calls, ammo, a knife, and a plethora of other hunting gear, but what they may be forgetting is the most important thing they can carry: a survival kit. Even if you are hunting with an outfitter, a guide, or think you know the layout of the land, having a survival kit could save your life, or someone else’s, if something unexpected happens.

Accoring to MPI Outdoors (, a survival resource company, your personal survival kit should include items such as:

  • 12-inch x 24-inch sheets of aluminum foil: fold for cooking, fire reflector or use to signal
  • Heavy plastic bag, preferably Ziploc-type: use for water, food storage, keeping things dry
  • Foil emergency blanket
  • A high, shrill whistle
  • A good0quality compass
  • Fire-starting materials such as tender and waterproof matches, lighter, fire steel or a dynamo-powered lighter, which uses no fuel
  • Bright-colored bandana or cloth for filtering dirty water, signaling, head band or a sling
  • Bouillon cubes or instant soup mix, salt/pepper
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries for light and signaling
  • Small multi-tool
  • Water purification tablets
  • Fishing kit: line, hooks, lures, snares
  • Signal mirror
  • Wire saw
  • Pieces of hard candy or a high-energy bar
  • Heavy-duty cord, thread/needle
  • Insect repellent and lip balm
  • Small first-aid kit containing bandages, antiseptic and pain pills
  • Pocket hand warmers
  • Survival notes of what to do and not to do
  • A picture of your loved ones to give you comfort

Other items to consider:

  • A battery-free light source such as a snap light or dynamo-powered light
  • Medicines such as an antihistamine, alcohol wipes and antibiotic ointment

This kit will get you out of most jams and tine you over until you reach camp. Store all items in a waterproof sack to keep items fresh. Put a piece of bright yellow tape around it, and store it in the front pocket of your backpack.

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