Emergency Kit supplies
Photo by Carolee Boyles

You can assemble muchof a personal survival kit from items just around the house.

Create a Personal Emergency Field Kit

by Carolee Anita Boyles

Ninety-nine times out of 100, when you go hunting you’ll come back with nothing worse than a few briar scratches. According to statistics gathered by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, hunting is one of the safest types of outdoor recreation. Hunting with firearms has an injury rate of only 0.05 percent, which is about one injury for every 2,000 participants. For comparison, golf has an injury rate of 0.16 percent, which is about one injury for every 622 participants.

While hunting is inherently safe, it still pays to be prepared when you head to the woods. Some items that should be in your pack are obvious: a flashlight, a bottled water or two and maybe an apple or granola bar. But when it comes to an emergency, what gotta-have items should you always have handy?

Several years ago, noted safety expert Patrick McHugh compiled a series of short lessons in emergency preparedness for outdoors men and women. Some of the items he recommended including in a personal emergency kit are:

According to McHugh, one of the advantages of building your own emergency kit is you know what’s in it and how to use it. Pack everything in sealable bags, and store them all in a large, sealable bag.

“Before you go afield, check to make sure your kit contains fresh and useable items,” he said. “Bandages tend to lose their adhesive power over time, especially when exposed to extreme temperatures outdoors. Medications have expiration dates. Inventory what you have, and determine what you may need. Become familiar with the items in your kit and where they are; you may have to get to them quickly when you’re in the woods.”