Building Your Survival Kit

Jessie Krebs

Lesson time 17:50 min

Find out how to build a survival kit and adapt it for any situation.

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Topics include: Get Packing: Day Hike • Get Packing: Few Day Hike • Wear Your Kit • Get Packing: Car Kit • Think Small and Multi-Use • Hygiene Kit Tips • Work With Your Knowledge


[MUSIC PLAYING] - So we've heard a little bit about dreaded day hikes and how dangerous they can be, right. I take off. I'm just going to be gone for the day, I'll be back in a few hours, big deal. And those are really the most dangerous because we don't take much with us. So even having just a few ounces of things with us, just like a half a soda can worth, can make all the difference if something goes wrong, and you end up stuck out there for a longer period, like overnight, or even a couple of nights, right. So let's look at what those kind of things are. We'll have those kind of over here. Then you got middle of the road kind of things. So maybe I'm going out for a several-day hike. I'm going to be backpacking and such. I've got lots of things that I want to carry with me then, and I've already got quite a bit of gear. And maybe then I want something that's going to last me a little more long term. Or maybe I have it in like a HomeKit or something that I'm just going to grab and take with me if I leave. And then we might get to the section where we're out in the car, and we're actually driving somewhere. And it's nice to have something there. If I drive off the road, I end up stranded somewhere, something goes wrong when I'm in my vehicle, then we can have things that the car is transporting. So I don't worry about carrying it, the car is. So maybe I can have something a little bigger in that scenario. So we're going to kind of work our way up from what's the smallest stuff, the least amount we might want, going to the moderate, and then to the really, like, I've got something else hauling this for me, and I don't care, I'm going to stuff everything in there, right. So that's what we're working with today. [MUSIC PLAYING] So let's look first at what you might take on that day hike. We've got lots of things we've been talking about. But remember it all comes down to those five basic needs. So what I'm thinking, okay, I'm going to go up a hike. I'm going to take a trip up, oh, I'm going to go to a couple of thousand feet. Or maybe you're not into the elevation. You're going to go on a few-mile hike. And you're just going to-- I'm just going to go out and back, big deal. Okay, so I'm still going to take care of those five basic needs. So I'm looking at what's the weather like? What's the climate? What's the weather report? Lots of things I'm going to be checking in with. And based on that information that I've gleaned, I'm going to choose what I'm going to take for signaling. What do I have for that? So over here I have some examples. Maybe a small signal mirror, right. Just a little plastic one. It's really lightweight, fits in my pocket, no big deal. I might have my blanket, right. My emergency mylar blanket, which also doubles as my shelter. So now I can rig this up as a shelter. I've got some line in my survival bracelet to do that with. So, okay, cool. So I've already taken care of shel...

About the Instructor

As a former Air Force SERE (survival, evasion, resistance, and escape) specialist, wilderness survival expert Jessie Krebs spent 30 years preparing people for the unexpected. Now she’s teaching you the mindset and skills to safely explore the outdoors. Learn essential survival techniques—from signaling for help to reading a map, finding water, making shelter, and more—and embark on your next adventure with confidence.

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Jessie Krebs

Wilderness survival expert and former Air Force SERE specialist Jessie Krebs teaches you the skills to explore nature safely and confidently.

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