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A survival kit saves lives by providing tools and items necessary for rural and urban emergencies and the wilderness. The most critical items are flashlights, compasses, signal mirrors, wires, fire starters, knives, water purification tablets, saws, parachute cords, and fishing lines and hooks. There are different kinds of survival kits depending on the condition, terrain, and environment. A good example is a survival kit for a jungle safari must include mosquito netting, a gun, insect repellant and a snakebite kit.

A survivalist must understand the importance of the proper gear, how to build a fire, water filtering, and know how to use tools in the survival kit. There are some reliable survival kits available online including the Ultralight Survival Kit. This kit contains a roll-up bag, five pieces of closure strips for wounds, three safety pins, a map compass, a blanket, a ten-inch cord, a firestarter, a snare wire, a roll of duct tape, an emergency whistle, a fishing line and four fish hooks. This kit has excellent reviews and is a best seller.

Some of the other excellent survival kits include the Ready America 70385 for emergencies, the Waterproof Survival Kit, the 72-hour survival kit for two people called the Ready America 70285, and the Gerber Bear Grylls Kit for basic survival. Emergency tools are just as important as survival kits. The 9-IN-1 Emergency tool kit includes the essential tools for survival including a multi-tool shovel with a knife, ax, hatchet, hammer, can opener and bottle opener. The SE MT908 11 provides nine of the most critical tools for daily use including a detachable blade, toothpick, tweezers and can opener. The SOL Origin survival essential tools has tools for basic survival.

It is important the survival pack is kept organized, and the weight should not be too heavy. When a disaster strikes, this pack becomes crucial for survival. No place should be visited unless the flora, fauna, weather, and geography have been researched, so the right tools and gear can be packed. When a survivalist becomes lost, common sense is necessary to decide whether to go to a different place or remain in the current surroundings. Someone should be alerted to when an individual is leaving, returning and their destination. This way the authorities can be notified if the individual does not return.