Today we are going to talk about a product that in an ideal world would not be needed, but that is becoming increasingly necessary in today’s times: the survival kit.
The name, let’s face it, can be frightening, but its idea is actually present in many houses and routines, which is simply to be ready for eventualities. And for this the survival kit is prepared, from the most serious catastrophes to the most everyday situations.
In this Guide, we will discuss or basic items, the differences between models, their advantages, disadvantages and even purchase criteria, to help in choosing the ideal kit for you, your routine and your environment.
First, the most important
The general rule is that the lighter and more complete the better the survival kit.
Although there are basic items and common to all models, they differ mainly by purpose, as generalists, for cars, jungle, etc.
Its price varies between R $ 40 and R $ 400, depending mainly on the number and which components, in addition to the material and type of the container that stores the kit.
Best survival kit models: We recommend
We now list or three best survival kit models on the market, taking into account the quantity and types of items, their packaging and their cost benefit.
The EchoLife model values practicality and portability, weighing less than 150 g and focusing on basic and small items, such as a razor blade instead of a knife and a compact fishing and sewing kit.
Another highlight is its box, 14 cm long, waterproof and resistant plastic, which, even small, can fit its 32 items (with duplicate, triplicate units, etc.).
The Cheetah kit is not the most complete, on the contrary: there are only five items. However, it has two flashlights, a compass, a knife and even a multiple pocket knife, which are the most valuable items in survival situations.
The idea of the product is to be a fast access model mainly for travelers, campers and fishermen. Its case reinforces the idea, waterproof and 21 cm long, with easy opening by zipper.
Survival kits are just as important as our life is unpredictable. From major disasters – rains with floods and landslides, overwhelming storms – to something more everyday with a broken car on a road at night, or even a camping that went wrong, anything can happen.
And this product gives you a support that no other can give you these hours. In this Buying Guide, we will show how – and with what – this support is made, showing its varieties, its pros and cons. So you can think of the type that best suits you and your concerns.
What is the survival kit?
The survival kit is a set of items that seeks to meet, for a given (and most of the time, short) time, the most basic needs of the human body, even under extreme conditions.
It is difficult to date or locate the beginning of the commercialization of ready-made kits, but it is undeniable their growth in the market due to climate change, instant global communication (increasing the news about extreme situations around the world) and even the greater consumption of cultural themed products. apocalyptic.
What hasn’t changed are the basic needs of our body, what keeps it alive, healthy, alive and active: heat, hydration and energy.
Thus, the kits operate by assembling items that can supply these needs or make it possible to obtain them. Then, they act on the beabá of survival strategies, providing / enabling shelter, protection, lighting and location.
Below, we set up a table with the most basic items that the kit should contain, obeying the logic of the mentioned needs and survival strategies.
Heat Thermal blanket, lighter, phosphorus, flame conductor (coal, cotton, etc.)
Hydration Flask, filter, purifier, water bottle
Energy Non-perishable food, kitchen utensils
Shelter Tent, canvas, rope, cord
Protection / Utilities Knife, pocket knife, machete, life jacket
Location Compass, GPS, whistle, flag
Lighting Flashlight, candle, chemical light
First aid Dressing, tape, gauze, alcohol
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the survival kit?
Having a survival kit at your fingertips has its advantages and disadvantages. Among the advantages, one of them is certainly the possibility, the chance of survival in extreme situations.
But it is not in major disasters that live or unforeseen. Getting stuck in the car during a storm, getting lost while fishing or camping, on a trail … and the kit is just as effective.
There is also a sense of security of having such a product ready for use. In fact, this is the most lasting interaction you have with the kit, since (we hope) emergencies in which it is necessary are not common or recurring.
Image shows a man on a high ground, with a backpack on his back. In the background, a great mountain, with mist and traces of its vegetation.
The feeling of security helps to remain calm in the most extreme situations, which is essential at these times. (Source: Louis Hansel / Unsplash)
This is also the root of one of its disadvantages, which is maintenance. Batteries for flashlights, expiration dates for food and chemicals, the status of first aid items, in short, there are a number of details to be inspected over time.
Another disadvantage is a certain paradox that the product carries, needing to be complete in items but compact in size and light for transportation – after all, we are talking about extreme situations.
The survival kit, then, will never be perfect. It is either complete and heavy, or light and incomplete. In this logic, it is difficult to escape individual kits, since supplies for more than one person make the product even less practical.
Survival in extreme situations
Survival in everyday situations
Precaution and sense of security
The compact is incomplete and complete is heavy
They are generally for individual use
General survival kit, for car, ship or jungle?
Although the kits meet the most basic needs of our body, different environments create different situations and need different solutions. That is why there are several sets, seeking to prepare for specific occasions.
A kit for the jungle , for example, should have more knives and items for shelter, in addition to focus on campfires. A naval , that is, to have on boats and marine vessels, must focus on life jackets, flags, easy foods and of course, waterproof materials.
Image shows a hand cutting a thick branch with a pocket knife with a saw knife.
Regardless of the environment, knives are useful both for protection and to enable many resources. (Source: Markus Spiske / Unsplash)
A model to have in the car should focus more on batteries, light sources and even communication, in short, as we said, thinking about different situations and their respective solutions.
There are also generalist kits , which seek to offer maximum subsidies, from shelter to heating, from first aid to signage, but which for a specific situation may be incomplete.
How much does a survival kit cost?
Survival kits have a high price range, between R $ 40 and R $ 400. It happens, mainly, for the items: their quantity, quality and functionality.
The size of the case, that is, the purse, tote, backpack, box, etc., can also influence its value, as well as its material.
Where to buy?
Physical camping and outdoor stores, such as Treme Terra and Mundo Terra, even sports such as Centauro, offer specific or generalist kits, but with quality.
For a greater variety of types, models and prices, online stores such as Amazon and Mercado Livre, and specialized stores such as OFF Esportes Outdoor, are the best indication, in addition to enabling the comfort of a home purchase.
Purchase Criteria: Factors for learning to choose the ideal survival kit
Below, we bring together some aspects of the product and its use that are so characteristic, serve as good criteria for choosing at the time of purchase.
Environment and location
Compact and complete
Resistant and waterproof materials
So, let’s talk about these criteria one by one, so that your option is the best informed and most appropriate possible.
Environment and location
Before proceeding with your purchase, think about the environment you are in or where you think the survival kit can be used, in addition to the place where it will be stored.
This precaution is especially true if you are searching stores and websites abroad. An example: what’s the use of models for snow – or earthquakes – here in Brazil? Try to be generalist or consistent with where you are.
Then, where the kit will be stored can make a difference.
Survival manuals say the first 72 hours of an emergency are the most essential. It is the period in which there is a greater chance of rescue and, objectively speaking, of survival.
Therefore, give preference to models that offer subsidies for at least 72 hours, including the number of candles, battery life, food, water, etc., available.
Compact and complete
One of the most efficient ways of comparing two or more models is through compact-complete duality. Always look for the most compact and complete kit possible.
Resistant and waterproof materials
Image shows a set of survival items in close-up: a wooden-handled knife, a metal-coated compass and a small leather case. They are on a tree stump.
The strength of the items is essential to the survival kit’s durability. Waterproof materials too
Last but not least, check or model materials. The ideal kit has as many waterproof and reinforced resistance items as possible.
Waterproof matchbox, drop-resistant flashlights, anti-cut tarpaulins, to name a few, make your model much more durable, either during use or when stored.