Richard Bucker

I got it wrong on survival kits from the factory

Posted at — Jan 9, 2017

A few months ago I was wandering around my imagination in advance of a hike I was going to take in Lake Tahoe.View of Lake Tahoe from the “Flume Trail”.As I was preparing for the hike I discovered that there were item I could not take on a plane even inside my checked baggage. This included canister fuel for my stove, lighter, and fero rods. So I emailed Yukon Outfitters and suggested that they put together a drop-ship pack that might contain the essentials that someone needs for a hike, representing the best of tools, and that might not otherwise be shipped via AIR.This morning was not the first time I noticed the Bear Grylls Coast Survival Kit but I just realized I was utterly wrong. I’m not saying I’m wrong because BG’s pack is cool and a must have. I’m saying that the idea of a drop-ship survival pack is cool but useless.First of all no vendor is going to give you a complete pack of all the essentials that you or I are comfortable with or have already worked with. Second, for my trouble, the BG pack sells for $925 retail. That is ridiculous. You wouldn’t spend that much if you bought the best gear separately and I seriously doubt that BG tested each of these items personally.Lastly, depending on the time of year and location you might need different gear. In the summer in Florida you need bug spray, mosquito netting and possibly a SOL emergency blanket or bivy; and you’re good to go in 3 seasons. This would not apply in Alaska in the same summer. Winter has a different set of challenges especially getting water and possibly freezing water filters.So forget about it. There simply is not one-stop drop-ship survival pack.