The Essential Knowledge Source for the Hardest Kit on the Planet


That may seem like a high number, but it’s really not, and by within reach we don’t necessarily mean on your person but near enough and accessible enough that you could find it and use it within minutes.

This is an all encompassing list, which will help cover you for almost any eventuality. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that this will help save you from every pitfall in life, but it’s definitely going to help you more than if you didn’t know or have any of this stuff to hand. This list is in no particular order so make sure you read it all!

1. Water – Bottled or a bottle in which you can put water

2. Food – Daily food, plus extra for extended trips away

3. Keys – House, Car, Garage, lock-up, family, work.

4. Cash – Cold hard cash is always handy!

5. ATM card/bank card/credit card

6. ID – Passport, driving licence, Student ID, Train Pass etc.

7. First aid kit – One that at least covers basic emergency situations.

8. Flashlight – a small one or a large one, or even both?

9. Watch – Good for telling the time

Suunto X-Lander Military

Suunto X-Lander Military

10. A UK Friendly pocket knife – Very useful EDC tool

11. Multi-Tool – Like having a tool box in your pocket or on your keys.

12. A mobile phone and charger (a portable charger is pretty useful too)

13. USB drive with all of your files backed up

14. Prescription medications. You should definitely have them anyway if you need them!

15. Paracord

Atwood Rope Company Zombie Edition Paracord

Atwood Rope Company Zombie Edition Paracord

16. Small AM/FM radio

17. Safety pins

18. Rubber bands or hair bobble – good for tying thing and holding things together.

19. Zip ties

20. Emergency “space” blanket- Help keep you warm when the heating fails.

21. Whistle – helps attract attention, or useful if you are a sports coach

Ultimate Survival Jet Scream Whistle

Ultimate Survival Jet Scream Whistle

22. Wet wipes – Because no one likes dirty hands.

23. Packet of tissues

24. Condom – For what you initially think about and for carrying water

25. Matches or a lighter

26. Metal cup (for your daily coffee fix and can double up for cooking in an emergency)

27. Duct tape

28. Zip lock bags

Gooper Smartphone Dry Bag 16

Gooper Smartphone Dry Bag 16

29.Needle and thread

30.Tampon – For daily use and for emergencies (see our unlikely items for First Aid blog post)

31. Compass for navigation.

32. Sweets because they are tasty, and everyone likes a little sugar rush

33. Sunglasses for helping you see and saving your eyesight.

34. Sterile gloves (can come as part of First Aid kit)

35. Mirror – For vanity and emergency use

Victorinox Signal Mirror

Victorinox Signal Mirror

36. Good walking shoes/boots

37. Complete change of clothes (socks are very essential especially in wet conditions)

38. Light sticks

39. Work gloves

40. Poncho – Light Showers

41. Waterproof Coat – Heavy downpours

Pentagon Atlantic Breathable Rain Jacket

Pentagon Atlantic Breathable Rain Jacket

42. Local map – Always good if the Sat Nav Fails

43. Hand sanitizer

44. Baby/Pet essentials

45. Dental Essentials – tooth brush, toothpaste and dental floss

46. Batteries – A range of, and ones that are fully charged

47. Talcum Powder – For rashes and chaffing

48. Water Purification tabs or Steripen

49. Water proof Note pad

Rite in the Rain Tactical Notebook - 3 x 5"

Rite in the Rain Tactical Notebook – 3 x 5″

50. Pen or Pencil – Hard-use tactical pen or a pencil rather than a Bic

51. EDC Bag – For use every day (as the name implies)

52. Bug-Out Bag/Rucksack – for bigger trips or for getting out in a hurry

53. Shemagh/Headtube – Loads of cool uses

ZAN Headgear Motley Tube Combo Black/Orange Flames

ZAN Headgear Motley Tube Combo Black/Orange Flames

54. Cling Film – Protects food and can apply to burns

55. Cigarettes

56. A fixed blade knife for bushcraft/camping

Luckily for you, we sell an awful lot of this stuff (not all though). Either way these items are always really handly to have around be in in your house, car, office or bug-out bag. They can help you out in all sorts of situations (not just emergencies). Either way we hope you find this list of awesome things useful.




  1. John doe - 5:05 pm 16/09/15

    Why would you recommend carrying cigarettes?

  2. Corbs - 9:09 pm 16/09/15

    It’s a well thought out post, but before you post about tampons for major bleeding again, please read:

    I’d also alter the med kit stuff. Painkillers and plasters are nice to have, but the training and kit to deal with trauma and BLS are what make the difference between life and death.

  3. Heinnie Haynes Team - 10:34 am 17/09/15

    Sorry if you think we were advocating smoking which isn’t the case. There are many other uses for a cigarrete. For example you can use it as tinder for starting a fire in a survival situation. You coudl also remove the filter and use it throught a straw to filter out dirt. These are the things we mean’t, apologies that it wasn’t clear

  4. Heinnie Haynes Team - 10:41 am 17/09/15

    Thanks for the feedback! We’ve read loads of different articles looking at tampons for bleeding, and you are right in say the majority say you shouldn’t stick them in a puncture wound, which is also what we recommend. However, after speaking to others they say in a life a death situation if you do stick it in a puncture wound it could save a life, even with the problems it may cause. Ideally though, you really shouldn’t put one in a puncture wound!

    Can’t agree more with the training, this is the most important part.. But if you have no kit even with training there is only so much you can do. Also if you have the kit, you can help someone who is qualified. In an ideal world everyone would be aware and trained. All we can do is help people prepare and give knowledge. Unfortunately we aren’t medical experts though so can’t advise on techniques and actions to take in an emergency/trauma situation.


  5. Anthony - 10:43 am 17/09/15

    While there are many things on that list I would disagree with (it’s obviously tailored to the writers needs) I would agree with the use of tampons (and yes I did read the linked articel,) while it is nice to have the correct gear to hand (Emergency Bandage or quick clot, etc) that’s not always an option, the primary function of a tampon on a wound is not to just soak up blood, but to help create a plug with the blood soaked tampon, (and therefore retard the bleeding) the blood will clot on its own, it just needs a hand to cover the gap,

    There are more females than males in this world, so chances are good someone may be carrying tampons (or other like items) that and a make shift tourniquet (belt, boot/shoe/trainer lace,) should help reduce blood lose, (I would not use a diaper unless it was a old fashioned non disposable type (basically a towel), which I have seen used in the past)

    Last time I got “injured” I was cut to the bone, a trip to the hospital was not a practical option at that time, so I had to make do with what I could find around, a napkin, a roll of electrical tape, and house hold bleach (neat on the wound) healed up good as new (sans stupid scar)

    Don’t limit your options,

  6. John doe - 12:48 pm 17/09/15

    I was wondering genuinely what use you could have from cigarette that would be useful. And your answer hasn’t really counvinced me. A piece of Cotton Ball would have the same use as what you mentionned white being cheaper, easier to pack and having many more uses.

    I’m an ex smoker and was sincerely wondering what uses I had missed white smoking for two decades.

  7. Stu - 10:41 pm 25/12/15

    Comment I don’t smoke but I’ve always had cigarettes to hand and ,on more than one occasion, very glad of them I’ve been too. I don’t imagine they’d be any use in the Lake District BUT,much further afield I’ve found them very useful when faced with twitchy locals with weapons wondering who we were and what we were doing. An extended open packet of fags and a big smile translates into ” hello mate,good to see you,have a ciggy. ” in any language without the use of words.

  8. Rob - 7:11 am 27/12/15

    Just a quick thought on the cigarettes (again… Sorry). As a pretty militant non smoker, I was surprised to start with too. But then I guess I have watched enough episodes of Porridge to realise that if the “s” hits the fan bad enough, a supply of cigarettes in your bug out bag could be valuable currency for trading at a later date. Ok, they are bulky, but very light. And the advantage of being a non smoker is that I wouldn’t run the risk of consuming my currency!

  9. Richard G - 8:26 am 27/12/15

    Actually John Doe you are better off using a cigarette filter than cotton wool as cotton wool will add lots of little cotton strands to the filtered liquid. Fine for drinking but no good for intravenous use. As a drugs worker I have always advised people to use a cigarette filter for cleaning injectable liquids. Even better is the small white pad from a sterile alcohol wipe once the alcohol has evaporated. This can also function as fire lighting material and as a wound cleaner so has multiple uses.

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