Is your memory care facility organizing a fun camping trip for staff? Are you preparing for a class trip into the woods? Exploring the great outdoors can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Think about it: you get to unplug from technology, clear your head, and immerse yourself in nature. 

However, before you venture out into the wilderness, it’s important to be prepared. One of the most important things you can do to ensure a successful camping trip is to put together a good survival kit. 

Here are five essential items that should be included in every survival kit.

First Aid Box

A first aid box is a small container that includes all of the basic first aid supplies you might need in an emergency. Thus, it can be a literal life-saver in the event of an injury. It’s always better to be prepared for the worst-case scenario, and having a first aid kit on hand will help you be ready for anything.

At a minimum, your first aid kit should include bandages, sterile gauze pads, medical tape, scissors, and antiseptic wipes or creams. You may also want to consider including pain medication, allergy medication, and a thermometer.

Lighter and/or Matches

A fire can be used for warmth, cooking, or a signal for help in the event of an emergency. But starting a fire can be tricky, so it’s important to have a few different methods of doing so.

At least one lighter and a waterproof container of matches should be included in every survival kit. You may also want to include a magnesium fire starter, which can be used to create a spark even if it’s wet.

Knife or Multi-Tool

A knife or multi-tool is a handheld tool that can be used for a variety of purposes from preparing food to cutting Band-Aids to building a shelter. It’s one of the most versatile and essential items you can pack.

When choosing a knife or multi-tool, make sure to pick one that includes a sharp blade, as well as other tools like pliers, a screwdriver, and a can opener.


Cordage is any type of rope or string. Cordage can do a lot, including setting up a shelter, building a fire, and creating a makeshift stretcher.

At least 50 feet of cordage should be included in every survival kit. Paracord is a good option because it’s strong and versatile.

Non-Perishable Food

Non-perishable food is any type of food that doesn’t require refrigeration – canned goods, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, dried nuts, etc.

Food is essential for survival, and non-perishable food will last much longer than perishable food. If you get stranded or lost, having a supply of non-perishable food can make all the difference.

A survival kit is a crucial part of any camping trip. By including the items listed above, you’ll be better prepared for unfortunate scenarios.  So before you head out into the wilderness, make sure you have everything you need to stay safe and have a successful trip.