VSSL (“vessel”) has created a rather innovative and unique survival kit in a durable, water-tight tube.
Check out the VSSL Supplies survival kit HERE:
VSSL has 6 different models available. They sent us their VSSL “Supplies” model Survival kit which includes:
- Dual mode (static and SOS) LED ‘flood’ beam lantern light, illuminates a large area (batteries included)
- Compass (oil filled)
- 4 hour pure Canadian beeswax candle
- Razor blade
- 6 Aquatabs® water purification tablets
- Wire saw (high tensile, 60lb working strength with handle straps)
- Aluminum beadless emergency whistle
- Waterproof matches
- Tinder Quik® fire starters
- Fishing Gear
- Signalling Mirror
- Marine grade rope (250lb breaking strength)
- Reflective trail markers
- P38 military GI Type can opener
- First aid supplies
- VSSL priorities of survival and instructions
Here is the quick intro review:
We have a longer, more detailed review video here:
I… I will survive!
As a proud graduate of the USAF Aircrew Survival School I’ve got a bit more training in genuine survival than many people. I don’t consider myself an expert. Just moderately educated with a fair bit of practical experience. Based on my experience the most important factor in whether one survives a true survival situation is their mental state. Staying calm, clearly prioritizing survival tasks, then executing the plan. Having a well thought out and well stocked survival kit provides a host of functional tools to help you overcome any challenges. More importantly, it proves a sense of security that can be critical in maintaining the calm focus required in a true survival situation.
As you can see in the video, the VSSL Supplies survival kit has a lot of items that you might find in various other survival kit options. What really impressed me is that VSSL chose higher quality components that typically found in most kits. For example,
- Many survival kits have some sort of line, rope or string, but VSSL chose a very light and compact Kevlar braided rope that is far stronger than I’ve seen in other kits.
- The compass is another example of where VSSL chose a large, easy to read, oil filled compass instead of the tiny compasses of questionable quality found in most survival kits.
- The flashlight is very bright, but with a dimmed setting to conserve the batteries and an SOS flash function to help you get found in the dark. Most survival kits that I have seen either are missing the flashlight all together, or have a simple on/off type light with no ability to dim to or flash.
- The overall construction of the VSSL storage tube is very sturdy, dare I say, overbuilt. There is little risk of your critical survival items being destroyed or soaked before you are able to use them.
Seriously. Quality is important when it comes to survival items. Cheaper kits may have most of the same items, but if the cheaper options fail when you need them, then you could find yourself in an even worse position then if you had never had them to begin with. Survival kits are an area that skimping is a really bad idea.
While the $100 price tag appeared a bit high at first, after getting a thorough look at the quality of the contents of the VSSL Supplies survival kit, the well thought out design and very efficient and well laid out instructions, I am impressed and find the VSSL Supplies survival kit to be a reasonable value. The durable design makes it ideal for your vehicle, hunting gear, or bug out bag. VSSL has 6 different options that fill different needs, all less expensive than the VSSL Supplies model that we reviewed. Here are links to all of the models.