Knowing where you plan to go and the weather it recieves will give you an idea of what to add to your survival kit.
The Mountains enviroment refers to mountains, forests, wetlands, and any other place you mostly see green and has mild temperatures. You mostly need to worry about is food. For these types of places, you should also include the following in your survival kit:
- Peanut butter
- Granola bars
- Dries fruits and/or vegetables
- Beef Jerky
These are just a few ideas for food needs.
The Desert enviroment refers to the desert, scrub land, plains, and anywhere else dry, and with high temperatures. Your priority here is water, and lots of it. Here is a list of some water related items you should bring with you:
- Water bottle
- Bota bag/Canteen
- Water purifying tablets
- Pot (boiling water)
These are a few things you can use to hold and purify water.
Snow refers to cold places with temperatures below freezing including the tundra and alpine regions. The most important thing you need is fire for warmth. Include 2 or more of the following:
- Waterproof matches
- Windproof matches
- Match box
- Flint and rod
- Magnesium fire starter
- Fire sticks
- Emergency tinder
Fire will keep you warm, cook food, and melt snow. Keep matches in a waterproof container (film canisters also work) to keep them dry. Also, dress in layers.
The Sea refers to anywhere where you are surrounded by water, fresh or salt. It includes oceans, seas, lakes, ect. You need shelter too keep yourself dry from the water and out of the sun. Take at least one way to keep you out of these.
- Poncho/Rain jacket
- Emergency blanket
A shelter should also keep you warm at night. If you're in a small boat in the middle of the ocean with a few family members or friends, huddle to share body heat.
As always, be sure to add more of what you think you'll need, depending on where you are hiking, camping, hunting, ect. to suit your needs.
Note: Images courtesy of Hunting Unlimited 2008.