Here is an example of a great starter survival kit for teens attending high school. I designed this kit for Teenagers between the age of 13 to 17, but even college kids could also find great benefit in a package like this. Of course, any adults could also make use of a kit like this to keep at work, so even if your passed your college years, keep reading. You will notice that I did not include a knife because most, if not all schools in North America would prohibit students from entering the school with such a thing. If you’re in college or working, you can include a knife if you feel it necessary.
I wanted to make a survival kit that was small enough to fit in a backpack easily, or it’s side pockets. This kit is full of useful tools that you can have with you and forget about until the day comes when you need them.
You never know when you would need such a survival kit but the unfortunate fact is that things like a school lockdown are becoming more of a reality across the globe. The lockdowns could be the result of a fake bomb threat, natural disasters like a tornado or Earthquake and one of the worst case scenario would indeed be an active shooter situation.
1- MTM Survivor Dry Box
I chose the MTM Survivor Dry Box because of its rugged construction that the design for use in extreme conditions. Its sized for school backpacks and gear bags. It has a built in O-Ring seal to make it water resistant and closes firmly using three tight latches. You can either buy them in orange or forest green. I chose the orange due to its high visibility so you can easily find it when you need it. The hinges will allow the lid to fold back a full 180 degrees to make it easy for you to fill it up with your gear. Click here to see Amazon’s current pricing.
2- First Aid Supplies
You don’t need much regarding first aid supplies in a particular kit like this, but there are a couple of things that could be of use for you in an emergency situation.
I would suggest that you have a few bandaids with antibiotic medication directly on the pad. If you cut yourself, you’re reducing your chances of getting an infection with band-aids of this type. This way you won’t have to waste space by carrying a small bottle of Neosporin antibiotic in your survival box.
Small packs of a headache and pain medication are also recommended. Individually sealed packets of Tylenol or Advil would undoubtedly do the trick. Some alcohol cleaning and disinfecting wipes would also not be a bad idea to carry with you.
3- Koala Lifestyle / World’s Loudest Survival Whistle
People who purchased this whistle all agree that their ears were still ringing a day after using it. This whistle is extremely loud at over 125 decibels. In fact, it’s the most piercing whistle in the world. Although it is not ultrasonic, like a dog training whistle, it entirely works as an animal deterrent. No person or animal wants to be subjected to this noise!
It’s the perfect pal when you go on an adventure, or when you send your kids to school alone. A blow in this whistle will attract all the attention you need to increase your chances of being rescued. Click here to check current price on Amazon.
4- Sunsect Insect Repellent + Sunscreen
If you go on a field trip and forget your sunscreen or bug repellent, it could quickly become a day ruiner!
When you combine insect repellent and sunscreen together, they will deactivate each other by up to 50%. However, that is not the case for Sunsect. Sunsect is a patented insect repellent + sunscreen combination product that provides lasting protection against biting insects and damaging sun rays.
Personally, like these sunscreen and bug repellant packs because you get the two in one benefits in a compact and almost weightless package. Click Here to see the current price on Amazon.
5- Orange Tic Tacs
A little bit of sugar goes a long way if you’re stuck somewhere for a bit longer than you had anticipated. I also like the idea of tic tacs because you can distribute some to other people if you’re not alone in the chaos. You can put different types of candy in there if tic tacs aren’t for you. Another thing you can do with tics tacs is a trail for someone to find you if you’re in hiding or lost. Orange tic tacs would be perfect for making a path, but you could also use white tic tacs if you’re in the wilderness since they would be easy to spot on the forest surface.
6- Memo Pad + Crayon
A memo pad can come in handy if you need to write the description of a person committing a crime. It’s also an excellent tool to have if you or someone else is administering CPR. While administering CPR, it’s beneficial to record the time and a few other details about the victim’s condition; this will significantly help the paramedics treat the victim when they arrive at the scene. Having a crayon instead of a pen can also be beneficial since the pen could dry up while a pencil won’t. Also, if you’re trapped outside in the cold, a pen will not work, making it, and the memo pad useless.
7- Zanflare F2S LED Flashlight
A flashlight is a pretty self-explanatory item to have with you. You can use it when its dark to find your way, but you can also use it to signal someone if you’re trapped under some rubble caused by a natural disaster. I would recommend purchasing one that uses double or triple A batteries since they are far more accessible than other types in the unfortunate event that your cells are dead.
I recommend the Zanflare F2S Led Flashlight because of its impact and water resistant features. Make sure you purchase one that has emergency strobe capabilities.
8- Ultra Compact Anker Astro E1 Power Bank
These days almost every teen carries a cell phone and other types of electronic gadgets. If you’re stuck somewhere during a crisis, you might have to call 911 and stay on the phone with them until help arrives. A power bank could be a lifesaver if your phone is dead or at low battery.
This ultra-compact 6700mah Anker Astro E1 is perfect for this type of teen survival box due to its small size, and it has the ability to charge an iPhone twice fully.
9- Tiny Thumb Drive
You never know when you would need to copy documents at school and be in need of a thumb drive, in case you forget or lose the one you initially had. You can buy these thumb drives for next to nothing, and they are the size of a quarter. Click here to view Amazons current Prices.
10- Ear Protection
A pair of earbud ear protection could go a long way If you or someone in your group is having a panic attack and are in need of some quiet time to calm down. They are weightless and cost next to nothing so it might as well be in your teen survival box.
11- Photo of a Loved One
Looking at something as simple as a family photo or a photo of your lover can sometimes give you the will to survive if you’re in a chaotic situation. You should place a picture of a loved one in your teen survival kit so you have something to look at while you wait for emergency responders to arrive or just to give you hope that everything will be ok.
Ok, maybe keep the photo out of your box if it looks anything like this one!
12- Energy Bars
You should at least keep one energy bar in your survival box at all time. An Energy bar will not take much space and could prove useful if you’re stuck somewhere with no food for an extended period. Find a product that has a long shelf life, and that is high in calories. My personal favorite is the Cliff Bars “Sierra Trail Mix.” They’re an excellent source of protein and fiber; it also contains 8G of fat. Click on this Amazon Link to check current Amazon pricing.
Carrying cash in your school survival kit is another easy fix in case you misplace your wallet or if something more serious happens. Twenty dollars should be sufficient to buy what you need for the short term until help arrives or until you get home. A possible scenario that you would need cash is if there’s a massive power outage and only cash is accepted until power is restored. No electronics like interact and credit card machine will work in the event of a blackout.
So here you have it, a teen survival kit that you can be proud of, and that certainly won’t break the bank! I have to admit that it took me a long time to even build my first survival kit due to procrastination but then I finally decided to do it and im happy I did. Its to give you and your child peace of mind in case something happens.
A famous saying I like is “Better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it.” That is the ultimate saying in my opinion for any survival kit or prepping scenarios.
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