Survival Kits

Bucket Sized Survival Kits

Unless you’re pretty new to our site, then you know that we often discuss having emergency bags such as bug-out-bags, SHTF supplies, or survival kits for various situations. We often discuss having these in a bag or a backpack of some sort. But did you know you can actually assemble a survival emergency kit that will fit inside a bucket? This is another quick way to grab the essentials and have them all in one place.

Don’t have a waterproof bag? No worries. Don’t have a backpack large enough to fit your survival essentials? No worries. Just grab a bucket, because let’s be honest, I’m sure you have extras of those laying around, and if not just head to your local hardware store and grab one.

A perfectly completed emergency kit will include medical supplies, food, water, and other basics. The reason a bucket can be so handy is that with a lid, it can be waterproof. A lot of bags are not waterproof, this one is though, so you’ll have to be careful about getting it wet. That’s why your 5-gallon bucket might be the perfect option.

Creating your own kit is, in my opinion, better than purchasing a pre-assembled one. You do have to do a bit more legwork but you also get to personalize it and know exactly what is in there. You can include everything you need and know right where it is too. So if and when the time comes you don’t need to be digging through your bucket, you’ll hopefully remember where you stored each item.

Below is an example list of things that can and should be included in our emergency prepared bucket. Again, you will need to tailor this to fit you and your family’s needs, but this is a great jumping-off point.


We talk a lot about multi-tools at Sirius Survival. Not only are they super convenient but they also take up such a small amount of space.

Even more convenient is that there are so many options. There’s fishing multi-tools, outdoor shovel multi-tools, credit card sized survival multi-tools, and the list goes on and on. You may need to, or want to, include a few different options. But again, the storage of these items is minimal.

Fire Starter

You can never go wrong with having a firestarter on hand. We hope you never have to use one in an emergency situation but you’ll be glad you have one if the situation ever arises. You can also opt for waterproof matches as well. This is based on personal preference. If you have the space, why not include both?


You’ll obviously want a flashlight and a good one. Grabbing the 99 cent flashlights in the checkout line at the grocery store won’t do you any good. You definitely get what you pay for in this regard. Splurge a little bit and grab a flashlight that has various options. A lot of survival flashlights come with a strobe option that can be great in an emergency. Also, there are many, including this one, that can be solar-powered so you don’t have to worry about running out of battery life.

Hygiene Supplies

If you need to be grabbing this bucket then you’re probably experiencing a natural disaster or some other sort of survival situation. Hygiene might not be your top priority but it should still be included. Items such as hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, and body wash, tissues, wet wipes, toothbrushes, and toothpaste are just some of the items you will want to include. Each person may have a personalized kit so items will vary but again, these are just a jumping-off point.

Medical Supplies

You will one-hundred percent need a first aid kit in your bucket. You really have two options here though. You can purchase a pre-made first aid kit. You also have the option of assembling your own. Personally, I recommend purchasing one and then adding any extra necessities as needed. In addition, if you or a family member is on any medication you may want to consider adding some to the medical supply kit as well. There are also surgical kits available for purchase. That might seem a little intense, but you just never know.


If you are truly in a survival situation and are utilizing your bucket survival kit then you are probably leaving your home. If this is the case, then you’ll be glad you included personal documents in your bucket. Items such as a copy of an ID (passport, driver’s license, etc.) will be a good idea. You may also want documents such a birth certificates or marriage license etc. Be sure that when you include these you are making copies and sliding them into a protective sleeve or large Ziploc bag. This will ensure they are not ruined by moisture.

Some other documents you may want to include in your bucket are a list of addresses and phone numbers of significant people in your life such as family and relatives. This may be important if you need to flee the area but need to head somewhere else that is safe. A contact list of emergency numbers is never a bad idea. You may also want a list of any medications you or your loved ones are on. This would be utilized if someone happened to find you and your bucket and you were not able to communicate your medical needs.


The average person needs about 2,000 calories per day. It’s not ideal to be jamming loaves of bread and cans of vegetables into your bucket. This is where it can be a good idea to purchase some MREs or some high-calorie bars. Food with dense nutrition can be helpful and take up less space. You will also want water. You can either include bottles of water, which can get heavy and spacious, or you could purchase a water filter straw, and then you’re free to drink when necessary.


You may need to be able to keep in the loop of what is going on in your area. This is especially true if there is some sort of natural disaster. Having a solar-charged, or crank radio, will be helpful to have in your survival bucket. You may not have access to a TV or your cell phone but a crank radio will always be working.

Batteries or Charger

This one is pretty obvious. Having extra batteries, for your flashlight, and some extra chargers, for the radio or cell phone, is never a bad idea. You may not have access to an outlet so definitely be prepared with other items just in case.

Duct Tape

You can never really go wrong with having Duct tape in a survival kit. This extra-strength tape can be used for a wide variety of things and has come to be one of the most common survival items in kits nowadays. Don’t catch yourself without some Duct tape.


This is another item that is incredibly versatile. It has a wide array of uses. It also takes up little to no room. 500 feet of paracord can be condensed into just mere inches. Be sure you have this in your bucket.

I know I’ve said this several times already, but a survival kit is really a personal item and should include some basics but also will include some things that are specialized for you, your family, and your situation. Be sure to get creative and thoughtful with the items that you put into your bucket.

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