DIY: Preparing For Emergencies With A Survival Backpack

DIYSB Blog Post - DIY Preparing For Emergencies With A Survival Backpack


Preparing for disasters and emergencies is not fun. You don’t feel compelled to build a bunker for a zombie apocalypse, but you know that you need to do something.

One simple thing you can do to prepare you and your family is to build a survival backpack. Having a survival backpack will help ease your mind knowing that you have something to help you through an emergency.

Caveat: I’m not an expert, just a man who is concerned for his family and friends and wants to share the information and resources I’ve compiled so that you don’t have to.


Here are three main topics I’ll cover:

1) Need for Disaster Preparedness

2) One Way to Prepare: A Survival Backpack

3) How I Can Help You Achieve Peace of Mind


Need for Disaster Preparedness (It’s Not As Hard As You Think)

I won’t belabor the need for disaster preparedness. You hear the news – storms, floods, earthquakes – in any location in the US you are undoubtedly vulnerable to some sort of disaster. Most families are not prepared for impending disasters. This is just the reality of the world we live in. Check out these infographics for more information.

My goal is to elevate awareness, and to ultimately help you take action. The plan I have outlined here will hopefully enable you to create a survival backpack that is ideal for your family. This is not the end all, be all, but what I outline can go a long way for people who value preparation and self-reliance.

Ready to get going?

Great! Let’s see how you can prepare now.


One Way to Prepare: A Survival Backpack

Preparing a survival backpack is the single most important thing you can do to help you in an emergency.
What is a survival backpack? A backpack, also referred to as an emergency kit, that is easy to identify and grab in an emergency situation that provides you items that will help you be self-sufficient for a period of time, typically 72 hours (3 days).

A well-prepared backpack includes items that will help with the basic human needs for survival: food, water, fire, and shelter.

I recommend customizing your survival backpack based on your location and needs. However, I understand that this can be quite daunting. At the very least, you should buy a ready-made emergency kit. They are quick and cheap to buy – here are my recommendations for ready-made kits.

Ready-Made Emergency Kit vs. Building Your Own

A few years ago, I researched and bought a ready-made emergency kit. Once I received it, I was tempted to throw it in a closet near my front door, but thought better of it and decided to examine the contents. What I found: mass produced, cheap items that certainly were better than not having anything in an emergency situation, but did not provide me the level of comfort I wanted.

From there, I recognized I wanted to take more control and that my family would be better served with items that I could buy – more quality items catered specifically for my own family’s needs and the disasters to which we are more susceptible. That year, I made survival backpacks for my extended family and friends as a Christmas gift.

As I help guide you through this process, you’ll find that you can scale up or down to your own needs.


How I Can Help

I want to make preparing for disasters and building your own survival backpack simple. I stand by my recommendations because these are the very items I have used to build survival backpacks.  

Here’s the process in a nutshell: 1) choose if you want to focus on essential or premium items, 2) choose your items based on your own needs, and 3) buy the products, wait for them to arrive and pack them into your backpack. Note: this site contains affiliate links, however, the pennies I make in no way allows me to quit my day job, but does allow me to keep my bag updated with fresh supplies every 2 to 3 years.

If you’re ready to build, head to our shop. If you want to understand the rationale behind why I included certain items, read the quick guide on what you need for a survival backpack.