Fishing “kits” and gun cleaning kits are no strangers in the outdoor sports community, either. But quite often, our list of useful kits starts to peter out after those few. So why not consider building some more kits? How about a disaster preparedness kit for your family. This could be an assortment of non-perishable no-cook food, jugs of water, and some other basic supplies stored in a watertight bin, so you could just grab it and go in a disaster. Or what about building a fire starting kit, like I’m building for my class. It doesn’t have to be some historical looking set up that was torn from the set of the latest Mountain Men show. It should be a modern kit with lighters, matches, tinder material and some extended fuel source (like petroleum jelly). And if those suggestions fall on deaf ears, how about a backcountry survival kit? Build a kit from a waterproof pouch or box, filled with items for shelter, water, fire, food, signaling, navigation and first aid. Who knows, this little bit of planning may just save a life someday, and maybe the life it saves is your own.
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