Create Your Own Survival Fanny Pack

Camping Gear

When you create your own survival fanny pack, you provide yourself with an affordable and convenient reinforcement against the possibility of experiencing immediate starvation in a disaster situation. In addition, this handy fanny pack will also have medical items necessary in preventing a wound from being infected. Survival fanny packs can be created for less than $20 and still contain all you need to help you through the initial hours of an emergency, whether it is a tornado, flood or biological terrorism event.

Suggested Items

Dollar stores, thrift stores and consignment shops are all excellent places to search for items needed to create your own survival fanny pack. Some ideas to get you started on this project are:

  • Large bandana--As a versatile part of your survival fanny pack, a bandana makes a good dust mask, sweat band, arm sling, hair tieback and wound covering.

  • Small LED pocket flashlight--This is an absolute necessity since most disasters result in loss of electricity.

  • Water-filter straw – small, portable and ensures that no matter the source of the water, you will be drinking pure, healthy water

  • Water purification tablets--Water is absolutely essential for survival and if your water source is compromised, these tablets will be life saving.

  • Solar/thermal blanket—Available in the camping department at Wal-Mart or from several online sources

  • Waterproof matches--A heat source for cooking and comfort is needed.

  • Waterproof plastic ponchos--Protection from the elements is necessary.

  • Baby wipes-- Baby wipes offer quick and simple clean up.

  • Band-Aids, tweezers, small tube of antibiotic ointment, gauze and safety pins--All can be placed neatly in a zippered sandwich bag.

  • Small tube container of ibuprofen or Tylenol--Simple headache relief can enhance the quality of life during a stress filled time.

  • Small bottle of hand sanitizer--This is important to inhibit spreading contagious disease.

  • Small radio--The AM/FM kind can be purchased new at a discount store for around three dollars.

  • Whistle--This is an excellent location device.

  • High-calorie protein meal bars--A quick nutritious energy source fuels stressed bodies.

  • Cranking Cell phone charger—Amazon sells miniature cranking cell phone chargers on a keychain ring

  • Medical alert and contact information--Write this down on a piece of paper, fold it up and tuck it securely into a zippered area of your fanny pack. Also, tuck in some money as well.

Personalize Your Fanny Pack

When you begin to create your own survival fanny pack you should first look around your house for those items which in an emergency you would not want to be without. Those are going to be a bit different for each person, and you should really consider making a survival fanny pack for every member of the family, including your dog.

Here are a few items that you might add to one person’s survival fanny pack, but not another’s:

  • Prescription medication
  • Nail clippers
  • Prescription glasses
  • Extra pair of content lenses & small containers of solution
  • Baby pacifier
  • Infant OTC medications
  • Infant formula powder & small baby bottle
  • Multi-tool
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Travel-size toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Travel-size soap & shampoo
  • Pet foods
  • Travel pet food bowls (foldable)
  • Vaccination information
  • Pocket Bible
  • Small pad of paper with pen/pencil
  • Feminine sanitary products
  • Comb or brush
  • Extra set of keys

When you create your own survival fanny pack you should also think about creating more than one. Perhaps you should make one to keep in your car, one to keep in your desk at work, or if you’re a student, one to keep in your locker.



To create your own survival fanny pack does not mean spending hundreds of dollars on numerous items intended to help survive for several weeks or even months. Instead, a survival fanny pack should contain the necessary items allowing you to drink clean water and maintain health in the 48 to 72 hours following a disaster.



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