Nothing screams rough and tough survivalist guy like carrying a good old fashion manly sewing kit!
Alright, so that may be pushing it a little far.
In reality most people would probably laugh at the thought of a grown man carrying a sewing kit for survival. But who cares! Just because most people wouldn’t think of packing one, doesn’t mean you should overlook its importance.
In my opinion, having a sewing kit is an essential part of being prepared and has many uses out in the wilderness.
What should be in a good Survival Sewing Kit?
To start with your kit should be able to:
- repair clothing.
- fix a ripped tent or tarp.
- mend backpacks, sleeping bags, and gear.
- and in an extreme emergency, be able to stitch up a wound.
A survival sewing kit is usually pretty small and often contains items that might not be in an ordinary run of the mill kit. For instance, instead of regular sewing thread, I like to pack dental floss or braided fishing line in my kit. The reason I do this, is because of its ability to be used for more than just sewing.
Braided fishing line is a lot stronger than thread, and is a far better option when putting together a survival sewing kit.
Here are a couple of things that you may want to add to your survival sewing kit:
- Various Size Needles
- Thimble to push needles through heavy tarps or animal hides.
- Self-cutting grommets for tarps and tents
- Duct Tape – To add strength to torn fabric before sewing.
- Thick rubber, plastic, and canvas patches
- Small scissors
- Braided fishing line, Nylon Thread or dental floss – Much stronger than regular thread.
- Shoe Goo – This stuff is great for repairing shoes, waders, rubber boots, and torn backpacks or tents.
Best Commercial Emergency Sewing Kits:
While I always prefer putting together my own kits, there are a couple of good emergency kits on the market for those who don’t have the time.
McNett Tactical Field Fix Kit
The McNett Tactical Field Fix Kit is one of the best prepackaged emergency sewing kits I’ve seen. While it doesn’t include everything, the bag gives you more than enough room to add specific sewing gear to fit your needs.
The Kit comes stock with:
- 1’’ x ¾’’ Quick Attach Sternum Strap with Tri-Glide
- 1 ½’’ Quick Attach Side Release Buckle and Latch
- 1 ½’’ Ladder Lock
- Ten Feet 550 Paracord in Coyote Color
- 2″ x 50″ Roll of Tan Duct Tape
- Two Clear Tenacious Tape Patches (3″ x 5″)
- ¼ oz. Tube Seam Grip
- #16 Sewing Needle
- #18 Sewing Needle
- Five Yards Heavy-Duty Thread
- Two #30 Buttons in Coyote Color
- Two Safety Pins
- Two, 8″ Cable Ties
- Two, 4″ Cable Ties
- No-See-Um Patch (4’’ x 6’’)
- Three Alcohol Prep Pads
Best Glide Adventurer Series Survival Sewing and Repair Kit
The Best Glide Adventurer Series kit is another top quality kit that will provide you with the basics, plus some gear that you won’t find in your average travel sewing kit. Going beyond just the basics, the kit includes Kevlar Thread, Brass Wire, Type 1A Utility Cord, and some Duct Tape.