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5 Best DIY Survival Kits

by Jeremy Holcombe

There are many helpful DIY survival or convenient kits that will help you in just about every unexpected situation. Camping kit, winter kit, car kit, bathroom kit – these kits are inexpensive, basic, and could make your life a whole lot easier. Here is a look at the most useful DIY survival kits that are a must-have if you are in any of these situations:

  1. College kit that will help keep those nasty germs away.

College is fun, but it can also be a germ-fest! You never know what is lurking in the corners. Having this kit can save you many problems. It includes:

  • Gas-X and Pepto
  • Cold medicine
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Q-tips
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Gloves
  • Ice pack

Whether you are a freshman in college or a senior, this kit will come in handy. You will need Pepto from time to time, to soothe your stomach after a hearty dining hall meal. The cold meds too will be no less than a blessing when you have to battle a nasty flu. While this kit definitely cannot replace the warmth of your home and your mother’s home remedies, it will help you get through a long term in school or college.

  1. Car safety kit for those unexpected emergencies.

You never know when you might run into car troubles. With this car safety kit, you can make sure that you have everything you need in case of an emergency, including:

  • Bungee cords
  • Flashlight
  • First aid essentials
  • Snacks
  • Car games

To be prepared for a car emergency in winter, you will definitely need a heavy-duty kit which includes:

  • Non-clumping kitty litter (for when tires meet ice)
  • Heated emergency blanket
  • Hand warmers
  • Fix-a-Flat kit

A baby first aid kit:

A flat tire when you are in the middle of nowhere can be bothersome and if you are traveling with an infant, it can turn into a harrowing experience. It is quintessential that you are not just bringing a regular first aid kid when you set on a road trip, but also a baby first aid kit! You will need:

  • Baby Aspirin
  • Thermometer
  • Lots of wipes
  • Gentle antiseptic cleanser
  • Nasal aspirator


  1. Beach first-aid kit to ensure a stress-free time.

When you go to the beach, you want to relax and have a terrific time. Carrying a little kit in your beach bag can save you loads of problems. Get a super DIY beach survival kit with items like:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Dramamine for boat or car sickness
  • Baby powder, to get sand off your skin
  • Extra water bottle

After a dip in the water is when most of us realize that we can’t get the sand off our skin. This can be a real dampener for the rest of your beach picnic. The gel will soothe your skin and the powder will get all that sand off your skin if you do not want to wait for the sun and air to do it naturally. This is a kit you must carry on every trip to the beach.

  1. Camping kit to make sure you have a fantastic time.

Camping is fun and to make sure that it stays so, you should carry a survival kit that contains everything you need to have a prolific time. Make sure that your camping kit includes:

  • Duct tape
  • Wet Wipes
  • SPF Chapstick
  • Fly swatter
  • Dish soap

This kit is easy to put together. You will be surprised at how handy these items can be in a time of need!

  1. A day hike kit that is simple yet effective

When you go on a hiking trip, the last thing you want is a heavy survival kit that wears and slows you down. For hiking day trips, simple is always best. Make sure you are prepared and include these items in your kit:

  • Sunscreen
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Moleskin patches for blisters
  • Flashlight
  • Gauze and bandages

Do not let a cut or bruise enable you to fall behind the group while hiking. Be prepared for that occasional scratch by readying a kit with all the essentials that you think you may need. However, remember the key to a day hike kit is to keep it light.

You never know when an emergency might pop up. When it does, you will be grateful that you have a smart little DIY survival kit to help you get out of a sticky situation. There is nothing like always being prepared for the worst-case scenario, so make sure that you organize your DIY survival kits and take them wherever you go. You will be thanking yourself that you did!

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