You should take into consideration on what type of events you might be trying to survive from. You should tailor your kit to match your specific goals and needs. If you have an emergency kit or basic survival kit in position you will already be better prepared than most people when catastrophe takes place.
A bag is needed to carry your survival stuff. Having your essentials in a bag will is the best choice when you are ready to relocate asap.
You will have advantages like ease of moving if you find yourself traveling around by foot but waiting around to put your kit together until you acquire the best backpack is not a smart idea. Getting all of your items together in some type of bag that can be grabbed and carried around quickly is more important.
Having clean water will keep you alive. It is known that you should be carrying 1 gallon per person a day. If you will be carrying a portable survival kit, you should consider to pack three 1 liter bottles of water. You should then take into consideration on how to purify your water. Purification can be as straightforward as boiling the water on the fire you made and using iodine tablets, or can get more in-depth using filters. You should boil water for 5 minutes minimum but 20 minutes is a better time to aim for. There are ways to boil water without a pot or kettle but I suggest you buy a small camping pot with a lid to put in your survival kit. This will become useful for more than just boiling water. When storing the pot or kettle in your kit, take advantage of the space inside the pot to keep spices or other small things.
There are a lot of backpack meals and high calorie energy bars you can keep in your survival kit. If you pack food you should pack only foods which have long shelf life. Backpack meals are usually freeze-dried and only require boiling water to enjoy. MRE’s or “Meals Ready To Eat” are an all in one meal contained in individual packages. This will come down to personal preference. Don’t forget some utensils. You can splurge on a camping spork for 7 dollars, or your local dollar store should have utensils that will do the trick. You might consider covering each utensil in something to prevent them from clanging together. This will help ensure you don’t rouse Sasquatch if you find yourself walking past his den.
You should pack enough clothes to get you through a few accidents like falling in to a river or sliding down a muddy embankment. You may not be a klutz but stuff happens. You might find yourself walking a whole lot more than you want to, so your survival kit should have a comfortable but durable pair of boots. A few pairs of wool socks and long underwear will go a long way in keeping you warm. You should also pack a pair of comfortable pants. You should pack a two or three long sleeve shirts. You should also bring a light rain resistant jacket which can help keep the wetness out if needed. Always have a hat. No survival kit is complete without a hat. Any hat will do.
You should have some sort of shelter materials in your emergency kit. The 5 person tent with the extra room probably isn’t sensible. You can go with a small 1 person tent, or a tarp and some sturdy cord or parachute cord. If your survival bag still has a good deal of room you can add a bedroll or “space blanket”. If you choose a tarp, make sure the tarp is nylon or polyester and has reinforced grommet holes to make it less complicated to build a shelter with.
First Aid Kit
You can buy many different kinds of first aid kits. You probably don’t need the deluxe home surgeon first aid kit. A basic first aid kit should do the trick. Having all the tools without knowing how to use them would be bad. Remember, a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Look for something small like an army first aid field manual.
This next section isn’t a comprehensive be-all and end-all list. It is solely listed as a starting point. You should tailor your survival kit to fit circumstances that you will most likely find yourself in, based on your geography. You cannot forget your survival knife. You will need waterproof matches, a few lighters and a flint rod. You should have a few flashlights. These can be battery-powered or hand crank models but if they are battery-powered don’t forget to have extra batteries. A small sewing kit with a heavy-duty sewing needle can be quite helpful. A few flares to use for signaling. A few candles for warmth or light should be included. You should definitely pack a small survival fishing kit. A compass can be handy but make sure you know how to use one before you actually have the need to. A few plastic garbage bags can serve many purposes. Some sort of multi-tool should be readily available as well and of course a survival manual of some sort. You should also think about having a small sum of money in your survival bag.