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Top 20 Winter Survival Kit Essentials

Top 20 Winter Survival Kit Essentials

Even the most intrepid adventurers often struggle in winter, when the temperature can drop dangerously low, and weather conditions worsen.

It pays to be prepared - even in mild conditions! So, this winter, make sure you’re ready for anything. At Snugpak, we recommend bringing a survival kit wherever you go. This gives you peace of mind for all your adventures, and means that whatever happens, you’ll be safe. 

Below are the main products we recommend including in your survival kit. You’ll notice some familiar names in this list - that’s because Snugpak kit is the best for emergencies. 

Let’s get cracking!

 

1. First Aid Kit

Probably the most important item on our list, and potentially life-saving, is a well-stocked first aid kit. Make sure to keep it full with bandages, tape, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, plasters, and any necessary medications.

 

2. Radio

If you’re stuck in an area where communication is limited, a radio is essential. It can keep you informed about severe weather warnings and any emergency guidelines, too.

 

3. Torch

Make sure that you, and any potential dangers, are visible in the dark. A good torch is paramount. If you have room, consider including multiple options; wind-up, rechargeable, head torches.

 

4. Waterproof Matches & Candles

Just as important as light is warmth. Keep waterproof matches and candles handy in your survival kit.

 

5. Extra Clothes, Gloves & Hat 

It is highly important to keep extra layers in your survival kit. Make sure to keep warm mid-layers, such as the Impact Fleece Shirt, a coat to keep you protected from extreme conditions, such as the SJ12, a good hat, like the Snugnut Hat, and winter gloves.

sj12snugnut

 

6. Toiletries

No, we don’t mean your 10-step make-up routine. We mean toilet paper, toothpaste, suncream, soap, disinfectant, and cotton swabs.

 

7. GPS/Map

You could be the most prolific adventurer in the world, and we’d still bet that you’d been lost at least once. Bring a GPS, as well as a good map. They’re essential, not just in emergencies. 

 

8. Bivvi Bag

Be sure to bring a Bivvi Bag (we recommend ours, naturally). They’re great for emergency survival, as they have many uses, and keep you warm, dry, and comfortable. Ours can be used on its own, or with a sleeping bag, and is exceptionally lightweight.

 

9. Multi-Tool

A multi-tool can get you out of many sticky situations. From firestarters to pocket knives, saws to wire cutters, they’re an essential part of your winter survival kit.

 

10. Sunglasses

Not for style, but for survival - sunglasses are perfect for UV and glare protection, as well as keeping your eyes safe from any impact. Yes, even in winter! 

 

11. Safety Whistle

Don’t leave without a loud emergency whistle. Most are very affordable - it’s essential not to overlook this piece of kit. Keep one on your person at all times.

 

12. Utility Pack

Make sure to keep all important documents, such as your passport, emergency contacts and wallet, safe and secure. Our Utility Pack is the best way to ensure that everything is close to hand and enclosed safely.

utility pak

 

13. Power Source

Portable power is a must-have. Keep spare batteries, and an emergency charger handy - solar is best. 

 

14. Grab A4

As well as your Utility Pack, make sure your documents and stationery are stored safely in our Grab A4. Water-resistant, with multiple compartments, its compact design allows easy access and safe storage.

 

15. Shovel

Don’t go on any winter adventures without bringing a portable shovel! Helping you out in any survival situation, you’ll be safe in the snow with a good tactical shovel.

 

16. Winter Boots

Appropriate footwear is essential. Winter boots are a must-have - make sure they’re warm, durable, sturdy, and with good grip.

 

17. Water & Food

They may be an obvious addition to this list, but be sure to bring more water than you need, as well as an emergency supply of dehydrated or freeze-dried food that will last at least 3 days. 

 

18. Water Purification Tablets

Water purification tablets can save your life. They work fast, making water safe to drink, removing the risk of any contaminants like bacteria, viruses and parasites. 

 

19. Blanket

Stay warm in extreme weather conditions by packing extra layers and blankets. The Snugpak Jungle Blanket is perfect for emergencies with its lightweight, insulated, windproof and water-repellent properties. 

 

20. Sleeping Bag


A good sleeping bag is our last winter survival kit essential. We’d recommend our Softie Antarctica - it’s our warmest performance sleeping bag, and can retain warmth even in the worst conditions (down to -30°C!). Whichever bag you bring, ensure it keeps you appropriately warm and dry.

Feeling prepared? We hope our list of essentials can help you get a well-stocked survival kit together, and we trust it will help you out in any emergencies. Stay safe with Snugpak.

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