Hello all, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk about preparing for survival while traveling by air.


Most people don’t think of survivalism when they are flying the friendly skies, but the truth is there have been plenty of cases in which planes crashed, leaving the survivors to try to brave the elements and to find food, water, and shelter, often while they are injured. Between hijackers and the potential for a TEOTWAWKI situation taking place while we are in the air, there are plenty of reasons you should make sure you have a carry-on survival kit with you, but how do you get it past TSA?


There are a number of essentials that are approved for carry-on luggage, but the rules change often. While the following list is approved right now, be sure to check the latest rules and regulations before you head to the airport.


Airline-Safe Survival Gear

  • First aid kit – There are many flight-friendly items you can bring in your first aid kit, like bandages, OTC medications, and antibiotic ointments.
  • Disposable lighters – You can only take a small disposable lighter on the plane, but that’s all you’ll need to start a fire for warmth, cooking, or to use as a signal.
  • Water bottle – You can bring an empty water bottle through security and fill it up before boarding the plane.
  • Water purification tablets – There’s no reason to risk drinking contaminated water when you have these in your survival kit.
  • Compass – In a crash situation you most likely will not know where you are, but having a compass is a good start.
  • Mylar blanket – You’ll be glad you brought this if you end up needing warmth or shelter.
  • Extra socks – Don’t risk a long trek back to civilization without making sure you have a pair of clean, dry socks.


What do you bring in your in-flight survival kit? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments.


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