Mission Ready Personal Survival Kit — SEAL Approved

By Dave Dolbee published on in camping, Gear, General, Preparedness, Survival

Bug out bags came in all shapes and sizes. No matter how much you stuff inside, there will never be enough and you can justify most anything. However, that does not mean you need it all. There is much to be said for the minimalist approach and its motto of doing more with less. However, it is hard to say exactly what the minimum should be.

In looking for the ultimate minimalist survival kit, I was offered a virtual peek inside what the Navy SEALs carry through government procurement documents. Will your kit measure up?

The hard case of the kit shall measure 4 x 2 x 1/2 inches. There will also be a soft-sided case. Both should be constructed of a “subdued desert color.”

Here are the requirements from the government white papers.

Hard Case Requirements

  • Capable of limited cooking without effecting the container finish (i.e. paint bubbling)
  • Capable of being used as a limited digging implement without affecting its ability to house contents (simultaneous function of digging and housing not required).
  • Shall have a weather resistant gasket able to keep out water during minor water immersion (i.e. river crossings, swimming)
  • Shall have a fastening system that is reuseable and secure to prevent accidental openings
  • Top surface of kit must have permanently affixed a 2” x 3” piece of loop fastener (i.e. soft side of velcro)
  • Ruggedized to take heavy abuse while carried without damage to inner contents
  • Case shall securely hold all items below without rattling or other noises.

Looking for a low cost multi-tool to stash in a kit? Item: Winchester 22-41602

Hard Case Contents

Multi Tool

  1. Stainless Steel
  2. Pliers
  3. Wire cutter
  4. File
  5. Awl
  6. Packaged so as to not rattle in case

Button Compass

  1. Quality AA
  2. 14mm
  3. Liquid dampened
  4. Minimum 8 hour luminous

LED Squeeze Light

  1. Red
  2. Continuous or Momentary Switch

Fire Starting Kit

  1. Ferro cerium rod not to exceed 3”L x 8mm W
  2. Tinder tabs (4) packaged in reclosing bag.

Water Storage Device

  1. Two-liter capacity
  2. Able to hold all contents of the kit
  3. Must be sealable and reuseable
  4. Must be odor proof

Water Purification Tablets

  1. 40 tablets
  2. Packaged in amber, medical grade borosilicate

Electrolyte Tablets

  • Two tablets

Signal Mirror

  1. 2 x 3 inches
  2. Non-mirrored side covered with an IR reflective material
  3. Mirror side must be protected to prevent scratches. Protective cover must be able to be removed with one hand.
  4. Must have an aiming hole

Thermal Blanket

  1. 21” x 56” x .05 mil
  2. Polyester, aluminized
  3. One side silver, the other side orange
  4. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts

Kevlar Line

  1. Yellow or green in color
  2. 188 lb. test
  3. 15 feet in length
  4. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts

Safety Pins

  1. Two #2 (1.5” steel)
  2. Two #00 (.75” brass)
  3. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts

P-38 can opener

  • Packaged so as to not rattle while in case.

Stainless Steel Wire

  • 24 inches of 20 gauge
Duct Tape

One roll goes a long way. Get creative and wrap a couple feet around the pen for easier storage and find other uses for the rest. Item: 3M 910-CMO-C

Duct Tape

  1. Brown or Green in color
  2. 26 x 2 inches

Fresnel Magnifying Lens

  1. 4x power
  2. 3.25 x 2 inches

Waterproof Note Paper

  1. Four sheets
  2. Desert tan color
  3. 3.5 x 2 inches

Ink Pen

  1. Pressurized ink cartridge
  2. Black in color

Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Ointment

  • 1/32 oz foil pack

Cotton Pad

  1. 100% Cotton
  2. 2 x 2.5 inches
  3. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts

Looking for a cheap and easy way to waterproof your survival kit and keep things from rattling and making noise?

The contents of the soft storage case will include:

Hacksaw Blade

  1. Carbon Steel
  2. 24 tpi
  3. 2.75-inches Long
  4. Hole in one end for a lanyard
  5. Opposite hole end, sharpen down reverse tanto-style end

Ceramic Razor Blade

  1. One or two sides sharpened
  2. Packaged so as to not accidentally cut anything or dull

Moleskin Adhesive Patch

  1. Heavy duty
  2. 1.75 x 2.5 inches

Kevlar Thread

  1. Green or yellow
  2. 100-200 lb. test
  3. 24-inch length
  4. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts

Fishing Leader/Downrigger Cable

  1. Multi-strand
  2. Stainless steel
  3. 50 lb. test
  4. 24-inch length

Suspended Navigation Magnet

  1. Identifiable north painting feature
  2. Magnet suspended from thread/string
  3. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts

Ferro Cerium Rod

  • 1.75” L x .125” W

Cotton Ball

  1. Impregnated with wax
  2. Packaged in a reclosing bag

Bobby Pins

  1. Spring steel
  2. two small
  3. One large
  4. Black in color

Handcuff Shim (Pick)

Universal Handcuff Key

  • Non-metallic resin material

Unless you add a survival expert to the kit—or can fit him or her in your pocket—the kit will be of little use unless you know how and when to use it. Carrying a handcuff key is great. However when the SHTF, you had better already have a plan in place to secure the key and keep it from being discovered before you need it. A compass is of little use to someone who does not know how to navigate with a map or shoot a back azimuth.

How did your list stack up? Tell us in the comment section below.

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