Survival Kit Gear. How To Choose What You Really Need!

This is a video that was originally done as a collaboration with Chris From PreparedMind101. You can subscribe to Chris at: This video describes How to choose items for a survival kit by considering the 5 basic needs for any survival situation. Using this concept will help you make sure you have the right survival gear in your survival kit, that way if you ever have an emergency you will be prepared to take care of whatever comes your way!


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  1. Jason Mcdonald
    Jason Mcdonald 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    Hey J J, what is the name of that "hockey puck" signalling device? I can see attaching a magnet to it so you can place it on the roof of your vehicle in an emergency. Thanks J J.

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  2. Bret Fraizer
    Bret Fraizer 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    great video. Good to hear your former SERE trainer. I took SERE in the Navy about 1990. Might have been before you were born LOL

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  3. Rolf Fehlmann
    Rolf Fehlmann 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    great vid, great channel!
    Thanks from Switzerland
    Cheers, Rolf

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  4. Miss Cartoon
    Miss Cartoon 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    "Along those lines" 

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  5. Henry Pu Yi
    Henry Pu Yi 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    When I went to SERE school at FASO NI, we were told if we were to come back as an instructor we would be required to go through the course again. I'm assuming you went through the course to be an instructor, so once as opposed to going through as air crew and a second time for your instructor tour.

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  6. Henry Pu Yi
    Henry Pu Yi 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    Nice vid.
    Did you go through SERE for your instructor tour or did you go through twice?
    I'm a summer graduate of North Islands SERE school. 

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  7. DWilhoite Ky Guns & Fun!
    DWilhoite Ky Guns & Fun! 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    Great vid!

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  8. Survival101
    Survival101 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    Hey man great vid thanks

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  9. wilson cheah
    wilson cheah 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    HI +Reality Survival , what type of fire starter would you recommend for Bug out bags? been looking for it to obtain a few to keep in BOB. 

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  10. Nick Petkoglou
    Nick Petkoglou 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    I never leave camp without my Leatherman multi tool. 

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  11. ArmaRes
    ArmaRes 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    Thanks for the information and thanks for serving. SERE instructors are badass…I was thinking about doing it…but I think PJ's is more my calling.

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  12. kevin lindström
    kevin lindström 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    I bought a american military camelbak but i dont thinking all this will fit in it when the water bag is filled :/ 

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  13. survivalfood
    survivalfood 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    I enjoyed your video. I also subscribed. Check out our channel and I would appreciate if you would subscribe to us. Thanks again!

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  14. Dan Schwemin Jr
    Dan Schwemin Jr 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    Hey JJ,
    1. What cutting tool setup do you always bring in the wilderness? Ie: what is your most preferred cutting tool or tools setup?

    2. What cutting tool configuration were your s.e.r.e. students outfitted with to learn survival with? 

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  15. HyperSaceDude #1
    HyperSaceDude #1 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    cool thanks

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  16. r fost
    r fost 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    I dont have a survival kit but watching this makes me want one

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  17. BullRonin
    BullRonin 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    Very interesting, and informative. Thanks for bringing be here +ZombieGoBoom.

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  18. Jim Walker
    Jim Walker 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    Good overview video as is your whole series.  Thank you very much for sharing your expertise.  My comment is probably more of an idea for another video.  I've watched most of the YouTube channels covering Survival/Preparedness and many suggest packing in a handgun and ammo (if you feel the need).  What NO one has discussed is packing in anything to keep these weapons clean and working.  Perhaps that is the old Infantry sergeant in me complaining.  But, reviewing a nice compact kit (with suitable protection against the required cleaning fluid and lubricant) might be useful to those who choose to carry.

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  19. Gunner193
    Gunner193 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    This is the video that got me to JJ's channel from Chris'. Definitely worth the time even for those that aren't outdoorsmen or bushcrafters.

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  20. Dark Jester
    Dark Jester 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    Good vid man. One note on the Cell Phone / GPS not working thing: What you said used to be mostly true, but these days it really depends on the model of phone. A lot of them these days just need a clear view of the sky and they can link up with 3-10+ GPS satellites at a time to get a really accurate location, even if you are miles away from cell service. They use the same satellites as the dedicated GPS devices.

    I also use an app called Backcountry Navigator Pro to download topo maps of the areas I am going to be in, and combined with the GPS it's a snap to find where you are. Really helps if you're into things like geocaching where all you have are a pair of coordinates. 🙂 Then you take it the next step and get a little backpack solar charger and you're ready to rock. 🙂

    That's not to say the above completely replaces a good paper map and compass, and the knowledge to use them though. I still carry those just in case. The minute your life depends on a piece of technology is when it will fail. ;)

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  21. Austin Adams
    Austin Adams 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    Backpacker GPS Trails Lite (app) is usable WITHOUT cell service. You can preload / store maps of where you are going. If you turn on 'airplane mode' (turns off the cell connection) and turn off wifi/BT, you can get excellent multi day use from most cell phones with only GPS on.
    VERY useful app.
    Check it out.

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  22. MrDavistone
    MrDavistone 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    Good way to select

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  23. Kevin Huff
    Kevin Huff 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    I had never heard of the Spot GPS.  Thanks for that.

    I'm not careful with time during my day hikes.  Therefore, I always have kit enough to stay out overnight.  Nice having the option instead of needing to hike in the dark.

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    RANDOUGH SURVIVOR 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    Great info as always JJ.

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  25. BudgetBugout
    BudgetBugout 26 June, 2016, 15:26

    Wow lots of info! Thanks for sharing!

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