Common Sense Survival for Outdoor Enthusiasts

by Bob Newman

This is a mini guide to surviving for 5 days; it is a “friendly” text that you can give your spouse or child to read without scaring them. It does not cover foraging, snaring, etc. so would be totally inadequate for medium or long-term survival.

Five-Day Survival Kit

First Aid

  • 6 2″x2″ gauze pads
  • 6 4″x4″ gauze pads
  • Roll of standard medical gauze tape
  • Assortment of povidone iodine wipes
  • Eye patch
  • Antibiotic/antiseptic cream
  • Package of steri-strips
  • Moleskin
  • Bandage scissors & tweezers
  • 1 3″ elastic bandage
  • 1 3″ gauze roller bandage
  • Sawyer brand Extractor Kit (snake & insect bites)
  • 2 cravats


  • Sturdy plastic whistle
  • Pencil flare launcher with 6 flares
  • Shatterproof signal mirror
  • Sturdy flashlight with extra batteries
  • Extra bullets/shells if you have a firearm
  • Several strips (3″x12″) international orange cloth


  • 1 35mm film canister with cotton balls coated with petroleum jelly
  • Magnesium block with striker
  • Commercial tinder sticks
  • Magnifying glass
  • Butane lighter
  • Waterproof container of wooden “strike anywhere” kitchen matches

Food and Water

  • 100 yards 15 lb. test fishing line
  • Hooks, mostly small
  • 1 packaged prepared catfish/scavanger bait
  • 1 bottle PotableAqua brand, halazone, or iodine tabs for H20
  • 10′ surgical tubing
  • 2 plastic collapsible containers
  • 1 clear plastic bag, large
  • 1 dry compressed sponge (unused)


  • 1 solar blanket
  • 50′ parachute cord
  • Several chemical heat packs
  • Wire saw
  • 1 8’x8′ tarp, reflective on one side
  • 3 survival candles


  • Fixed or lock-blade knife
  • Silva compass
  • Topographic map
  • Spare eyeglasses/sunglasses
  • Spare wool hat
  • Aspirin or Tylenol
  • Prescription medicine
  • * Other items unique to your needs

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One Response

  1. Le Loup

    With respect there is one more item I recommend for the medical kit, an eye wash glass. Getting even a small matter in ones eye is really crippling, and if both eyes you are in a lot of trouble.


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