Minimal Hikers Survival Kit

Hiking Minimalist Survival Kit
Essentials to surviving an Emergency

An average of 3000 people are injured or lost while hiking in the
National Forest Alone. Search and Rescue Teams respond but can take hours if not days to get to those in need.

Vanquest FATPack Gen 2
Maxpedition Skinny Organizer
Maxpedition 12×5 Water Holder

Water Bottle
Cell Phone
Band aids
Antiseptic Wipes
Compressed Gauze
Flashlight/Head Lamp
Space Blanket
Water Purifier
Nitrile Gloves
Fire starter
Vaseline & Cotton Balls
Fixed Blade Knife

Thanks For Watching~ Sootch00

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  • CircaSriYak

    Sootch you’re like a drug that I just can’t quit.


    nice videos you guys are really helpful

  • Young Woodsman

    I just made one of these and in the bottom I stuff I bright orange bandana

    • Survival Club Canada

      Young Woodsman Good choice, I pack a thin blaze orange hunters vest!

    • AL Genaro

      i think adding something for visibility is a great idea. i recently learned that search and rescue folks are saying that that bright blue medic color is the easiest to see (especially during fall when everything is orangish). i think dave canterbury’s classes teach that too. i asked a couple friends who did/do search and rescue about it. the ones who have done it recently or currently said that was a good idea, but that either is helpful since often folks who are getting lost and/or hurt don’t have anything like that 😉

    • Young Woodsman

      I mostly have it because I like the color orange, but I will consider that and probably replace it

    • j h

      maybe some bright yellow caution tape. you might be able to pack more and then using the rule of 3, hang it out if needed

  • jjdogbutte

    This is a great idea for those who take responsibility for their own safety… Too many just sue after they screw-up in the outdoors.

  • Garret R

    now everyone’s “necessary survival items” is different but I’ve noticed that lots of people overlook communications. I’m an amateur radio operator so whenever I go out I carry at least 1 radio with me, but hardly anyone else with survival supplies does. I would highly recommend looking into different communication technologies, amateur radio is a great option. Just something else to look into and something I would highly suggest doing. Great video like always, keep up the great work.

    • RJ Anderson

      Vertex Breach I actually didn’t think about that, but you need special equipment to find the PLB’s and it’s not cheep. I do SAR and we have a locator and it is amazing at its job, especially when it’s the new PLB’s that have GPS.

    • Vertex Breach

      They are worth their weight in gold – more because what is a life worth? Mine was $250. Battery lasts 10 years before a change and the device lasts 20 years. So that’s $12.50 a year over two decades. It weighs 140 grams, is water proof, has a strobe, a whistle on the lanyard and a Heliograph in the pouch. There are no yearly fees or other costs. It is accurate to <3 meters.

      It is by far the most important single "survival" item I own. Whether I am going solo hiking/hunting in the wilderness for a week or a popular tourist walking track with my family for a few hours it comes with me.
      As it transmits on 121.5 MHz which is monitored constantly by routine flights and the COSPAS-SARSAT system on 406 MHz (satellite distress frequency) SAR agencies are automatically alerted to who I am and my exact GPS location to +/- 3 meters.

    • Garret R

      +Vertex Breach that sounds like an interesting device but it also relies on someone listening to one of those frequencies. If your out in the middle of no-where that may not be the case

    • RJ Anderson

      Garret R PLBs should always be monitored by satellites and just some general people. When a satellite picks it up it sends a signal to a computer at a government center and they dispatch local SAR teams.

    • Vertex Breach

      Planes/Helos always monitor the emergency civilian channel whilst the COSPAS-SARSAT system is monitored world wide 24/7 via dedicated satellites. In short there no “middle of nowhere” for a PLB or EPIRB on the planet (unless you are underground I suppose). Since the system was set up over 20 000 people have been rescued, by way of example over 1 500 in 2009 alone.
      If you want to learn how it all works check this out:
      and here:

  • John Lord

    Good kit. Some suggestions.

    Make a small diameter copper tubing (3 inch length). Have a 25 foot thin braid line. Insert line through tubing and tie off. Spin this around head (doppler effect) sounds like a hawk screaming down on a prey. Easier to swing around head, or vertically (Crocodile Dundee Aussie bush phone) for emergency help.

    British wick. Cotton navy dreadlock mop. Cut 1 dreadlock 8 inches. Fit into same diameter 5 inch copper tubing. Saturate with vaseline, gun/knife oil, WD40. Easy to pull out end, fluff into cottony end, and spark/light for flame, light, heat, firemaking. When done, pull back inside and snuff out. Many uses, many years of use. British wick is candle under space blanket for safe heat. Night light torch.

    1-2 medical rubber tubing 24 inches long. Able to tourniquet or tie-up any item, especially a flexible item. Many other uses. Can slide matchsticks into tubing and golf tees stuck into ends for dryness. Fingernal polish matchstick heads for truly waterproofed strike matches. Thinly cut into tiny rubber bands.

    24×24 or 36×36 tyvek piece. Super 0.1-0.4 micron water filter, tyvek shemaugh bug/sunshield, tourniquet, dry sitting pad. Able to stuff with duff for duff sitting pad/pillow, wound/gauze wrap, …

    Velcro strappings … up to 36 inches. Vast strapping uses, band aid and gauze wrap, butterfly band aids, ….

    Map!, map!, map! Compass even if you think you are God and Google maps in an unknown territory.

    Dollar store plastic shower rain cap. Can put under hat/cap/shemaugh for increased head warmth, or over hat/cap.shemaugh for rain protection.

    Somewhat bulky, minimal ounces, but worthy. Painters white zippered tyvek suit with hoodie and elastic wrist and ankle cuffs. Instant rain/sun/cold wind protection poncho suit, rolled around waist wet grass/brush gaiters, increased body warmth from tyvek moisture barrier.

    Starbucks Travellor HD mylar coffee bag (with screw cap). Super HD, carries 96 ounces in cardboard box (12-8 oz coffee cups, 3 quart) but is actually 6 quarts when removed from box (!) gallon and half maximum water volume. Flexible, heat/cold water retentive, versus heavier inflexible water cans/bottles/camelbaks.

    Mini-bottle Dr Bronner condensed soap, or pharmacy Providone (washable) iodine … use with tyvek for sanitary wipes. Essential oil, peppermint or clove oil. Antiseptic and pain relief wound cleanser. Peppermint oil can also be used as a water purification medium.

    Styptic pencil (shaving blood clot), super glue (not gel super glue) tube, cut tyvek strip (glue wound closed with mini superglue lines across wound and outer glue tyvek band aid sutures).

    (Seasonal) lighter fuel can and hand/foot warmers (not chemical ones). Firestarting options as well. Bic lighter.

    (Seasonal) FLEECE (not cotton) 4×4 shemaugh. Can use as face mask (anti-bug, sun shield) but also as dust mask. Can wet and use as wet wipe, or wet dust mask. Fill with duff for warm pillow or sitting pad. Can be used with tyvek for water filtration.
    Used with snow inside, near fire, for snow melt water.

  • ArtisanTony

    I like the Vanquest stuff.

  • Austin lol

    He shows the kits’ contents at 5:15

  • Richard Maunder

    Some good gear thank you for the video you could add a signal mirror to be seen from the air if you need help.

    • sootch00

      I was thinking about a signal mirror but went with the Space blanket as an option. Good choice. Thanks Brother

  • Mike Bryant

    nothing for snake bites?

    • flightparamedic505

      Mike Bryant … how about a carton of Virginia Slims. I hear they cure snakes bites and banana peel slip and fall injuries

    • Herr Pischinger

      Mike Bryant You should carry this in your first aid kit, I think you should carry both, a survival and a good first aid kit

  • Catlin Young

    Really nice video! Another good option for signaling would be a flare gun…

  • Outdoors And Lifesaving

    In search in rescue training we were told most of the people we would see were unprepared or badly injured and sadly the former outnumbers those who are injured by a large margin. Tell people your plans guys it saves lives and save s&r teams so much time. Be prepared and you won’t be sorry.

  • Sapper 101

    I think a life straw would serve a great purpose in a kit like that

  • Jeff Newton

    A couple other things to add to your kits is a ham radio (*if your licensed*) to use the amateur radio service, your ham radio will also be your landline out of the woods where there is no cellphone coverage as well. I always take my radios with me, because you never know when your going to need it and when your in a dead zone for cell service, this is probably the only and simplest to get help, when you need it.

    • SensiblePrepper

      Yes, a two way radio and even more so a Ham Radio would be good to have. Thanks Jeff.

    • Rusty Shacklefort

      You don’t need a license if you use it during an emergency. SO I say get one you can get a decent one fairly cheap.

    • Bennington Camper

      That would very much depend on one’s definition of emergency…

    • Jeff Newton

      If you use an Amateur Radio you do need a license to operate and use their designated frequencies. It’s safer to have an FCC license to operate a ham radio rather than not.

  • Pepsiaddicto

    I’ve decided for me, a multitool is a pretty horrible weight to function item to bring into the woods. I don’t need screwdrivers, scissors, or nail files in the woods, so those tools are just extra weight. A knife is all I bring for tools. I’ve been in a pinch and managed to get through enough wood with a 4″ Mora to start a fire.

  • Survival Mindset

    That ESEE works out well there! Excellent kit!

  • Paul Bland

    Great helpful ideas on first aid kits. Here in Australia and probably every where else, you might need a snake/spider bite kit. We have some of the worlds deadliest creatures and they are everywhere.

    • SensiblePrepper

      Thanks Paul, I threw in the pic of the Rattlesnake just for good measure but a kit would be something that could be critical. Be safe Brother!

  • Scott Hill

    This is a great subject and hopefully will get someone off their duff before they got out. I would add a sturdy zip-lock bag to the kits that don’t have a water container. You can fold one up and find room for it. That way you can carry water or protect your phone from rain. Just a thought. Thanks for another great video.

  • Bj Buckley

    Thanks for that info I skipped to 5min lol

  • Michael Danao

    I have 3 kits !, small , med. large !, ( just in case )

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