I have not been a fan of ready-made survival kits as they often contain items that do not pertain to real life. How often have you found the need to carry a small wire saw to cut down a tree? How often have you thought that the little wire saw will break as you are taking it out of its package.
I am making an exception to my general rule of making your own survival kits with the Bear Grylls Scout Essentials Kit. Now I will admit that some of the items that Gerber has made for the Bear Grylls line are cheesy and a waste of money. This scout kit is an exception. It comes in a watertight plastic case which is an initial plus for the product. It is not overladen with useless items, but rather includes quality basic items that people will need in an emergency.
There are a few non-negotiable items that every outdoor adventurer must have. This is one of them. The Scout Essentials Kit has been designed by Bear Grylls and Gerber for absolute safety and survival in the wild. Every detail has been carefully considered; even the polypropylene case doubles as a water capturing device. Complete with a first aid kit, waterproof matches, L.E.D. Micro Torch™ light, Compact Scout™ knife, button compass and Bear’s “Priorities of Survival” Guide, this is the cornerstone of packing for any trip through the backcountry.
Gerber has the retail price set for $47, but I was able to find it listed for $25.43 at Amazon. It really is worth the money.