The list author says: "I originally started by creating a bug-out bag. it was a massive 35+ lb backpacking bag that was completely impractical. I decided to create this bag. Smaller, lighter, more affordable, and much more practical. As I keep it in my car/bug-out vehicle, I feel prepared for everything from a dead car battery to a more severe bug-out/get-home situation. Other items to include: cash in small denominations, prescription medication, additional ammunition/magazine if you carry a gun, anything you feel that you would need or want in a pinch. Not everything in this kit is only for survival. I have placed items in my kit that are for convenience that I use/plan on using on a daily basis that I would also want in an emergency situation. Add/subtract items as YOU deem necessary."
"This is a tool that every kit needs. Spend $30+ on a knife if you like..I have many <$15 knives and not one has ever failed me. As the saying goes, "2 is 1 and 1 is none." I'd put 2 knives in the kit...especially at this price point."
"This is for one of the more extreme situations. If people are leaving their cars and you have this...take their gas and get home. Simple as that. For $8 it's also a valuable tool to have around the house."
"Optional item. Use to create shelter in a more extreme situation. Can be replaced with heavy-duty trash bags if you prefer. This is an item that you can keep in your car to save space in the bag if you want. Plenty of room to fit in the bag if you needed to grab-and-go."
"This item is to represent 2 1-Liter bottles of water. Purchase from your local convenience/gas station. Look for the longest expiration dates and place in the bottle holders on the side of the bag. Bottles can be used to hold/purify water after use. Approximately $3."
"If you live somewhere with rough winters you probably already have this in the garage. Fill an empty 20 oz bottle or something similar. Useful to melt snow/ice and create traction on slippery surfaces."
"Similar ideology as knives. You could purchase 40 of these flashlights AND batteries for the same price as one Surefire-type flashlight. Additionally, any survivalist would tell you that one light source isn't enough. Put the entire 6-pack in here. Adds very little weight."
"I personally wrapped approximately 5+ ft of duct tape around an old library card. This takes up much less space than a full roll. A small wooden dowel also works nicely. The all-time #1 fit-it-all is a necessity, zebra pattern is not."
"Any shoes that can be comfortably worn when walking distances. An old pair of sneakers is certainly better than nothing. If you normally/always wear something like this, then this item is not completely necessary. For men or women who often wear open toed shoes, heels, flip-flops, etc., comfortable walking shoes/boots is a necessity."
"Cover your mouth from dust/debris, keep your head and/or neck warm, keep your head and/or neck cold (if wet), signal to others (with brightly colored bandana). Purchase at least 1 bright color for signaling and at least 1 muted color for subtlety."
"Signal to on-coming traffic if your car breaks down or dies. Signal to rescuers in a survival situation. Magnetic back to stick to car. I bought one 3-pack and put one beacon in each family member's pack."