A variant of the emergency kit from John Wiseman, items included in the kit and its packaging.

A few key items from the emergency kit can dramatically change your position in the struggle for survival. Collect the items listed below. All of them can be placed in a small container, such as, for example, a tin box for tobacco, which you will not feel in your pocket anorak. 

A variant of the emergency kit from John Wiseman, items included in the kit and its packaging.

Take the habit of always carrying emergency kit items with you. Do not take a large container, it may be uncomfortable to carry with you and one day you can leave it at home exactly when it is really needed. Many of those who roll cigarettes themselves carry these tins. But this box is much more useful. She can help you save your life. The smoker is nearing the end of his.

Experience shows that each item in the emergency kit justifies the presence in the kit, although some are more applicable in some situations than in others. Fishing hooks, for example, can be priceless in the jungle, but useless in the desert. Polish the inside of the lid so that a mirrored surface is obtained and seal the emergency kit box with duct tape, which is easy to remove and stick on again. But also do not forget about the box..

Regularly check the contents of the emergency kit, replacing those that become unusable, such as matches or medications. Make notes on all medicine packages indicating the method of application and dosage, as well as the expiration date when they must be replaced. Fill the empty space in the box with cotton wool, which will not allow the contents to rattle inside the box, and will also help with a fire. Fire is literally vital to the survival of the four items in the kit to help fuel it..


Water-resistant matches are convenient and reliable, but more bulky than ordinary unsafe matches, ignited by rubbing against any object that can be made rain-resistant by dipping their heads in melted candle wax or paraffin. To save space, break off half of each match. It is much easier to make fire with matches than with other methods, but do not waste them. Use only when other methods fail. Take them from the tin one at a time and close the lid immediately. Never leave the emergency kit box open or lying on the ground..


It is very necessary both for making a fire, and as a light source. Give the cutting tool a square cross-section for easy packaging. If it is made of candle fat, then for an emergency it is also food or a means for frying. Just make sure it’s still fat; paraffin, wax and other candles are inedible. Candle fat is poorly stored, especially in hot climates.


Flint will also work in a wet state, and it will remain a long time after the matches run out. Do not be stingy to buy processed flint with a device for spark cutting.


It can ignite a fire from direct sunlight and is useful in finding splinters and stings left under the skin after an insect bite..

Needles and Thread.

Several needles, including at least one with a very large eye, into which you can insert a strong and thick thread. Choose strong threads and wrap them around the needles.

Fishing hooks and fishing line.

Set of different hooks in a small box, jar or bag. Add a few lead (forked) sinkers. Remember that you can catch both small and large fish on a small hook, and only large on a large one. Put as much fishing line as possible, it will be useful when catching birds.


Compass with luminescent elements only know how to use it, as some small compasses may not be clear enough in operation. The best case with a liquid-filled body, however, check that it does not leak, there are no bubbles inside and the compass is fully operational. The arrow is subject to rust. Make sure it is on the tip and rotates freely on it.

, snares, etc., but it can come in handy in many other important cases..

Flexible (wire) saw.

These saws are often made with two large rings at the ends as handles. Rings take up too much space, remove, they can be replaced with chopsticks when you need to use the saw for its intended purpose. To protect against rust and breakage, coat the saw with grease. Flexible saws can be used to cut even thick trees.

First aid kit.

What to include there depends on your ability to use it. Put the medicine in sealed containers, lining with cotton so that they do not rattle. The following items will provide treatment for almost everything, but they are given as a guide.

Analgesics: these are painkillers for mild to moderate pain. Codeine is great for relieving toothache and headache, ear pain. Dosage: one tablet every six hours as needed, but as a side effect, it can cause constipation, so it will help in case of intestinal upset. Do not take for children, asthmatics and people with a sick liver.

Intestinal sedatives: for the treatment of acute and chronic diarrhea (diarrhea). Usually prefer imodium. Dosage: two capsules in the first dose, then one tablet after each loose stool.

Antibiotics: with common infections. Tetracycline can be taken even by people who are hypersensitive to penicillin. Dosage: one tablet of 250 mg. 4 times a day, for five to seven days. Carry a full course for 7 days. When taking them, avoid milk, calcium, and iron preparations or other medicines containing aluminum hydroxide (hydrate).

Antihistamines: with allergies, insect bites, can also be used in case of allergies to drugs. In the UK they recommend chlorphenamine, in the USA, diphenhydramine. A side effect of chlorphenamine is drowsiness, so it and diphenhydramine can be used as a weak sleeping pill. Do not exceed recommended dosages and do not take with alcohol.

Water sterilization tablets: for use in places where water does not inspire confidence, but you cannot boil it. Follow manufacturer’s instructions.

Malaria pills: important in areas where malaria occurs. There are varieties that take once a month.

Potassium permanganate: various applications. Dissolve in water until it turns bright pink to sterilize it, to dark pink to give it antiseptic properties and to red to treat fungal diseases, such as legs.

Surgical blades.

At least two scalpel blades of different sizes. The handle, if necessary, can be made of wood.

Sticky linings.

Used to hold together the edges of the wound.

Adhesive Bandage.

Different sizes, preferably waterproof. It is used for minor abrasions and scratches and to prevent dirt from getting into cuts. The patch can be cut and used as braces on wounds..


It turns out a good capacity for water holds up to a liter of liquid.

Based on the book Complete Survival Guide for Extreme Situations, in the Wild, on Land and at Sea.
John Wiseman.

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