This Level II survival kit is based on what has been most useful to have in a second line of gear outside of “pocket gear”. With experience, no one knows what’s best for your kit than you. This outline is a good general place to start though if you’re looking for suggestions.
We’ve found most useful, that a small pack with a canteen pouch and first aid pouch attached to the outside, fills the role of a level II kit very nicely. It can be carried all day and hardly realize you have a pack on your
Level II Components:
Level II container: Small ILBE detachable pack, with military canteen pouch and first aid kit pouch.
Canteen Cup: This is my drinking cup, my frying pan and my cereal bowl. It’s light weight and can hold a lot of items when not in use. There are more light weight options out there, but these old USGI models give you the best bang for your buck.
Canteen Cup Stove: This stove fits right over the bottom of my canteen cup, and both tuck neatly in my level II canteen pouch. It was purchased from the www.canteenshop.com .
Insect Repellent / Insect head net: A little bottle fits right on the side pouch of the canteen cup pouch. (best
to keep 100% deet away from the inside container that you drink and cook from).
Tube of Peanut Butter: Unless you’re allergic, peanut butter offers a great source of protein, fat and salt. In a pinch, it’s easy to get yourself some calories for energy. Most importantly it never seems to go bad, and it’s
Professional Game Snares: Professional game snares are worth their weight in gold. The locking kind sure beat using paracord to make your game traps with.
IFAK: (Individual First Aid Kit.) Band-Aids, Pain Relief, Burn Gel, Anti-Bacterial Ointment, Electrolyte Tabs, Alcohol wipes, etc in a smaller kit. Great Lake Survival makes a handy little packet to throw in your level II kit. Again, it’s easy enough to make yourself if you want a more simple kit. Probably the most important items are the Israeli Battle Dressing and Tourniquet for major bleeding. The “IBD” and TK4 tourniquet put compression on the wound and can be applied by the person wounded if necessary.
*** Also, we recommend some sun screen. Being sun burnt anytime is bad, but being sun burnt when you're far from home just plain stinks.
Water Filter: We like the Sawyer .10 Absolute Micron water filter. Where most water filters only do .20 absolute microns, the Sawyer line of handheld filters double the filtration effort. Not only that, they come with a 1,000,000 gallon guarantee. If you have something you like though . . . use it! You know what you like, and if you’re experienced, you know what works. The best thing is to have a filter that fits in this kit. You can go a long time without food, but not so long without clean water.
and dry socks are a life saver. A good pair of gloves does wonders for keeping the hands from getting cuts and infections. Anything is better than nothing in this category. There are better wicking socks out there, it’s all in what you want.
Distress Strobe: If you plan on, or could be ever assisting in the rescue of a person, or be rescued yourself, you might have one of these little guys with you. It too can fit inside your level II pouch if it’s compact enough.
Coffee or Tea Bags: You have a stove, you have canteen cup . . . a couple of coffee or tea bags are next to nothing as far as weight and size. Imagine being part of a search for a missing child in the wilderness, driving rain and sleet for the last 12 hours . . . The ability to make a warm cup of coffee and continue on the search might not be a bad thing.
Paracord: 20 – 50 ft of paracord. There’s not much bush craft that doesn’t have a use for paracord.
Hygiene Kit: Kept in a Nalgene collapsible bladder there is Camp suds, mineral salt deodorant, dental floss,
tooth brush, a shaving razor, tooth paste and whatever other small items you need to keep clean, of high morale and free from infection.
The purpose of the level I kit obviously is to have an everyday carry. Yes you might not have all the “pocket items” or a BIG KNIFE while you’re at work. But we can all carry a credit card sized survival kit.
Any place from short hiking trips in the local wilderness to more remote areas. You might be able to get away with leaving your large ruck in the vehicle if only a mile away, while taking your smaller pack. With the items
above, a person can survive in the wild for quite a while.
The important thing is that each level kit has its place and its practicality.
Thanks for reading,
- The GLSC Team