Not all outdoor survival kits are the same and they shouldn’t be, because a kit you should be specific to your particular needs. It depends on where your outdoor adventure is taking place. All items should be packed in lightweight waterproof bags or containers that fit easily into your backpack. They should also be easily accessible should the need arise. Ideally, a backpack that has handy pockets on the outside are excellent for storing items that you could need in an emergency.
Some items should be staples of all outdoor survival kits. These items include a pot for cooking, fuel for cooking, waterproof matches, emergency signaling kit, first aid kit and a small durable flashlight. The pot you take along for cooking should be a lightweight tin or aluminum pot. A cast iron pot or pan would not be a sensible choice. The advantage of a pot with a lid is that you can also store things inside it while traveling. If you have room in your kit consider a small pocket stove that uses fuel tablets. The tablets can also be used to help start a campfire. Carry your waterproof matches in an airtight waterproof container as a precaution, running out of matches is never fun.
When it comes to your flashlight, a small durable one is best. Use long lasting batteries and check them before your trip. An excellent tip is to turn the batteries around in the flashlight so that if it accidentally gets switched to the on position, you will not drain the batteries. All outdoor survival kits should contain a flashlight in case you are stranded in the dark. Fumbling around in the dark can cause injury. Wearing waterproof breathable clothing is a good idea as well.
For your signaling device, a small hand-held flare is your best bet. A flare must work both in the day and the night. The key for preparing outdoor survival kits is to plan for the unexpected, your life depends on it. Clothing is a very important aspect of any survival kit. It always best to dress in layers, therefore a layer can be removed if you are too warm or put back on if cold. Footwear is vital to any wilderness trip. Always wear hiking boots with good solid ankle support. A twisted ankle can be disastrous. Keeping your hands and feet warm is essential, thus warm gloves that allow you to still use your hands are a good investment.