First of all, I'd like to thank my friend  for showing me his dad's The US Armed Forces Survival Manual. While flipping through the pages, we came across a Survival Kit (Recommended List) on pages 286-287. Heres the list copied word-for-word from the book. 

  • Lightweight, roll-up rainsuit
  • In hot climates, a broad-brimmed, lightweight hat
  • In cold climates, a knitted-cap to cover head and ears, and extra gloves or mittens
  • A change of underwear and socks
  • Roll-up 4-foot seine (Poles can be fashioned from avaliable sticks or other wood found near a stream.)
  • Waterproof, strike-anywhere matches
  • Waterproof, batteryless flashlight
  • Candle stub (Besides light, candle wax is sometimes useful for plugging and patching.)
  • Fire starter
  • Toilet paper (Don't use poision ivy!)
  • Insect repellent (in a plastic squeeze bottle)
  • Sunscreen lotion or cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Signal mirror
  • Two smoke signals
  • Two flares
  • Compass
  • Appropriate topographic maps
  • Halazone tablets for purifying water
  • Two dozen assorted fishhooks
  • Fifty feet of 50-lb. test monofilament line
  • Brass swivels and 25 feet of light wire for rigging wires
  • Swiss Army-style pocket knife
  • Needle and thread
  • Twenty-five feet of parachute cord, or other heavy duty nylon line
  • Short file or whetstone
  • Axe or hatchet
  • A strong saw-easily stored yet sturdy enought to take down trees many inches in diameter
  • Plastic pack of bouillon cubes and chocolate packs to mix with water
  • One square yard of aluminum foil
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Small pad and pencil



Boswell, John. "Survival Kit (Recommended List)." The US Armed Forces Survival Manual. Corgi Childrens, 1985. 286-287. Print.

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