Where and how to start your short term survival pack?

By Staff of Trucks & Guns

Most people who find themselves in a survival situation are people who were just planning to go on a short day hike. They do not bring much more than a bottle of water and maybe a snack. Then they get lost and/or get hurt. With no supplies, this can quickly become a life or death situation.
Every time we go exploring, hunting, fishing, or just away from our truck we take a small survival bag with basic supplies to get us out of a bad scenario. We often get asked: “Can we just buy premade survival bags?” and “What should we have in a short-term survival bag?” We are going to start to answer those questions in this article. In the future issues of Trucks & Guns Magazine, we will go more in-depth about bug out bags and some of the items inside those bags. In this article we just want to help get you started on the right track.
PREMADE SURVIVAL KITS
There are hundreds of “ultimate survival” kits on the market, which come in all shapes and sizes. Guess what? We buy and love them all – if for no other reason to just see what is inside. Is there really an end-all perfect survival kit? No. Your kit depends on your personal skills, location in the country, and if you have any medication. These kits will often have something in a different size that fits in your pack better, or a cool little gadget that is just fun to try out, but often we would not bet our lives on it. The point is, your kit is always evolving with you and your skills. This is why we want to show you the Beginner Humvee Adventure Survival Pack because it is not stuffed full of every single gadget and doohickey, or stuffed full of random filler items. It is a great starting place for your survival pack, and has just a few of the basic items inside a great pack that will allow you to add all the additional items you may want or need for your area.
WHAT COMES IN THE HUMVEE PACK
The Beginner Humvee Adventure Survival Pack includes the basic items that should be in every survival pack regardless of where you are or your needs. It starts with the most important piece: the backpack. The Humvee Transport backpack is a tactical system backpack with Molle straps, which has additional storage on the outside of the pack. It has long straps which allow you to wear it over large coats if you are exploring in winter. On the inside, there are pouches to allow you to organize all of your gear for quick access. The back is made of a padded mesh material for comfort and cooling. There is also a pocket for a hydration pack. The backpack is a great size for a day pack, as it is just big enough to hold the necessary survival gear and still add in your snacks, light jacket, and other items you would normally carry on a day hike, while still being small so you do not feel weighed down by a big bulky bag all day.
The second most important item is the knife. Now if you are like us, we also have our favorite knives in our pockets no matter where we go. Even though we always have a knife on us, we still have another knife in our bag – one is none, two is one. The Humvee Tactical Recon Knife that is included in this kit has its own list of features that makes it a great knife to keep in your bag. Our favorite of which is the line cutter on the back that comes in handy when cutting 550 cord. The blade is a black stainless steel with a serrated edge. On the back end of the knife, there is also a glass-breaker.
The fire striker that comes in this kit is ideal, because it comes in its own protected case with an attached striker and a whistle on the back. Whistles are often overlooked by new survivalists, but when you are in a survival situation you have very little energy and blowing a whistle can help you be found without expending valuable energy yelling.
The 10×25 Compact Binoculars can help you find familiar landmarks, roads, or people nearby.
They have included a Wire Saw, and it does work, however, it would take a lot of energy to cut through branches with it. This was the only item in this kit that we would rate as just fair.
We really appreciated their portable shovel. It is one of the most compact shovels we have ever come across. One of the main reasons we did not carry a shovel in the past was because most are still large and heavy. The Humvee Shovel is lightweight and compact.
One item we have never carried with us in the past, but now do – and they are included in the kit, are emergency glow sticks. We found it great to set one of these up in your camp, so if you get up in the middle of the night you do not get disoriented. If you have a dog with you, these can be handy to keep track of them at night, even if you are not in an emergency situation. Also, these are handy to have to help you be found at night if someone is looking for you. Put them around your location to help rescue workers locate you.
Lastly, our favorite items are the compact LED flashlight. This is a very bright light for its size. It is brighter than our full-sized flashlight. We have taken it on several camping trips and it is still on the same battery.
EXPANDING YOUR PACK
Again what other items you choose to keep in your pack will depend on your skills and location. For us, the first thing we put in the pack is a full first aid kit. After that was a wrap of 550 cord. We also like to keep some fire tinder in our pack, and cotton balls coated in Vaseline (check out www.trucksandguns.com for a write up about those). Some type of water filtration or purification system is also very important. The last things we keep in all of our bags are thick emergency blankets. This will give you the ability to have fire, water, and shelter. Then, of course, we always have a variety of snacks with us.
You should always have some basic items with you at all times, and this Beginner Humvee Adventure Survival Pack is a great place to start your own pack.
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Easy-to-grab handle at the top of the bag. Grab and go.

Easy-to-grab handle at the top of the bag. Grab and go.

On the outside there is a pull strap to hold gear tight. You can also use it to store a rolled up jacket.

On the outside there is a pull strap to hold gear tight. You can also use it to store a rolled up jacket.

The back and straps are padded and are covered in a mesh material to help keep you cool.

The back and straps are padded and are covered in a mesh material to help keep you cool.

Here is a view of the dividers in the front pocket.

Here is a view of the dividers in the front pocket.

The full kit Beginner Adventure Survival kit from Humvee includes the Humvee Transport Bag, Recon Knife, 10X25 Compact Binoculars, 6 Emergency Glow Sticks, Wire Saw, Emergency Whistle, Fire Striker, LED Flashlight, and Portable Shovel.

The full kit Beginner Adventure Survival kit from Humvee includes the Humvee Transport Bag, Recon Knife, 10X25 Compact Binoculars, 6 Emergency Glow Sticks, Wire Saw, Emergency Whistle, Fire Striker, LED Flashlight, and Portable Shovel.

10x25 Compact Binoculars

10×25 Compact Binoculars

LED Flashlight

LED Flashlight

Recon Knife

Recon Knife

Wire Saw

Wire Saw

Emergency Whistle, Fire Striker, and compass

Emergency Whistle, Fire Striker, and compass

Portable Shovel

Portable Shovel

6 Emergency Glow Sticks

6 Emergency Glow Sticks

Inside view of the main compartment.

Inside view of the main compartment.

Inside view of the secondary compartment.

Inside view of the secondary compartment.

The Humvee Transport Bag has lots of adjustability. The hip straps could be a bit longer, but are also not critical on this sized bag. We do not use them 99% of the time as you do not put a lot of weight in this sized bag. This sized bag is perfect for a day bag with all your survival supplies in case your day trip gets extended.
The Humvee Transport Bag has lots of adjustability. The hip straps could be a bit longer, but are also not critical on this sized bag. We do not use them 99% of the time as you do not put a lot of weight in this sized bag. This sized bag is perfect for a day bag with all your survival supplies in case your day trip gets extended.
The Humvee Transport Bag has lots of adjustability. The hip straps could be a bit longer, but are also not critical on this sized bag. We do not use them 99% of the time as you do not put a lot of weight in this sized bag. This sized bag is perfect for a day bag with all your survival supplies in case your day trip gets extended.

The Humvee Transport Bag has lots of adjustability. The hip straps could be a bit longer, but are also not critical on this sized bag. We do not use them 99% of the time as you do not put a lot of weight in this sized bag. This sized bag is perfect for a day bag with all your survival supplies in case your day trip gets extended.

The portable shovel works like most folding shovels. Loosen the nut to allow the shovel or pick to pivot. Put them in the position to be used then retighten the nut. This one also has a two-piece handle to make it even more compact. This is a great size to have in your bag without taking up too much room. It also comes with a cloth case with a loop so you can attach it to the outside of your backpack.

The portable shovel works like most folding shovels. Loosen the nut to allow the shovel or pick to pivot. Put them in the position to be used then retighten the nut. This one also has a two-piece handle to make it even more compact. This is a great size to have in your bag without taking up too much room. It also comes with a cloth case with a loop so you can attach it to the outside of your backpack.

These little wire saws are only good for small branches, if you need a nice green branch for a snare trap, this is great to have around. We would not be cutting up dry wood that could just as easily be broken in half.

These little wire saws are only good for small branches, if you need a nice green branch for a snare trap, this is great to have around. We would not be cutting up dry wood that could just as easily be broken in half.

These little compact Binoculars are very clear and crisp. They are lightweight and do not take up much room in your bag. Well worth having in your bag to help find landmarks or look at wildlife.

These little compact Binoculars are very clear and crisp. They are lightweight and do not take up much room in your bag. Well worth having in your bag to help find landmarks or look at wildlife.

The shovel is great for digging a fire pit, or your hole when nature calls.

The shovel is great for digging a fire pit, or your hole when nature calls.

The uses of a knife are obviously endless. You should keep one knife in your pack and one on your hip. The Humvee Recon Knife in this kit is a great multifunctional knife. It includes a glass breaker and line cutter on the back.

The uses of a knife are obviously endless. You should keep one knife in your pack and one on your hip. The Humvee Recon Knife in this kit is a great multifunctional knife. It includes a glass breaker and line cutter on the back.

Emergency Whistle/Fire Striker/Fire steel/compass does exactly what it needs to do. The whistle makes noise, the fire striker allows you to strike the fire steel without needing to use your knife, and the compass, well, it’s better than nothing.

Emergency Whistle/Fire Striker/Fire steel/compass does exactly what it needs to do. The whistle makes noise, the fire striker allows you to strike the fire steel without needing to use your knife, and the compass, well, it’s better than nothing.

Glow sticks in a survival pack are one thing we did not think much about before, but after have them, they do have many uses. If you are on your way to a hunting location in the early morning you can put them on your back, or your dog, so you do not lose your party. They can add some light around camp, you can mark trails with them, and so on.

Glow sticks in a survival pack are one thing we did not think much about before, but after have them, they do have many uses. If you are on your way to a hunting location in the early morning you can put them on your back, or your dog, so you do not lose your party. They can add some light around camp, you can mark trails with them, and so on.