Incorporating Your Survival Kit Into Your Normal Routine

Survival kits are one of a prepper’s most essential items. They contain everything we might feasibly need to survive in the immediate aftermath of an emergency situation. For this reason, most preppers keep their survival kits close at hand.

Whilst there is some debate over what to include in a basic survival kit, most preppers seem to be in agreement on the ten essentials – food, water, clothing, medical supplies and torches, etc. However one question seems to keep popping up, with no definitive answer in sight. To what extent should we incorporate our survival kits into our everyday lives?

Keep It Separate, Keep It Safe

Preppers who maintain that survival kits should be kept separate from the normal routine, often do so because of the fear that parts of it may go missing.

This fear is completely justifiable. After all, in an emergency, the last thing that you want to be doing is scrambling around for an essential item which has gone walkabout, perhaps because someone used it a week previously and didn’t put it back.

Another argument for leaving your survival kit intact is that certain items, such as torches, are (to some extent) perishable. The more you use them, the less useful they will be. And unless you want to be walking around with an extra bag of replacements for your items, it’s best not to use them until you really, really have to.

Practice Makes Perfect

There are instances in which incorporating elements of your survival kit into your normal routine can make it easy to adapt to using them in an emergency. This is particularly true for items such as clothing or footwear which needs breaking in.

In both cases, using these items can often make them perform better, and will also help us to get used to wearing them. After all, not all prepper clothing is bio-suits and breathing masks.

Choose Your Own Prepper Style

It seems, therefore, that the question as to how far we can incorporate our survival kits into our normal routines – and whether or not we should do so – is entirely dependent upon what kind of kit you have, and what kind of prepper you are.

What works for one person will not work for another. So if you want to use your kit outside of your prepping activities, you should feel free to do so. Just make sure it’s all there when you need it.


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3 thoughts on “Incorporating Your Survival Kit Into Your Normal Routine”

  1. If there’s a will, there’s a way! I admit, I carry more stuff in my pockets than anyone I know. I was always like this, way before entering the “Prepper” community. Thirty years in the Army afforded me the proper clothing to do this. Since retiring, I still wear BDU trousers every single day (winter & fall) or cargo shorts (spring & summer). Consequently, my EDC is higher than a guy who wears a suit and tie 5 days a week. You can squeeze a few essentials into this outfit! I do it Sunday mornings for church. Anyway, there is NO EXCUSE for not keeping some survival related items in your automobile. You can make a small kit for a compact car, or keep a rucksack or large Bug Out Bag in an SUV. Call me neurotic, but I have multiple survival kits stashed all over the place. Again, if there’s a will, there’s a way.

  2. My routine gear all resides in my Jeep Urban Battle Cruiser. I am never very far from it and as I suffer a bad back, if I should have to abandon the retreat that will be my exit vehicle until I shop up a small 4×4 ATV. I am at the edge of rural civilization and difficult terrain is nearby.

    My fully stuffed ALC pack, full med bag, sleeping bag, jeep rescue tote, MSA mask, spare boots and a black impact case marked IMI are constantly stashed in back. Also a 12 gal. marine fuel tank. All I need do is grab a long gun. plate carrier and the dog.

    I am regularly called two hours away from home and redundant gear, plate carrier and harness setups and go bag. Is it part of my routine? Yes, but I would hardly call my routine normal.

    Regards, D.


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