A military survival kit always contains a stainless steel multitool, which includes a wire cutter, an awl, pliers and a file. The kit also contains a 14 millimeter button compass, which is AA quality, liquid dampened and has a luminosity rating of at least eight hours.
A small penlight is recommended, with both a red light setting and a continuous or momentary lighting switch. Four tinder tabs and a ferrocerium rod should be included as a fire-starting kit. A water storage container must be able to contain all elements of the survival kit and have a capacity of at least two liters. The container must be odor-proof, sealable and reusable. Forty water purification tablets must be a part of this pack, and these should be sealed in borosilicate.
Two electrolyte tablets may be included. A 2-by-3-inch signalling mirror with a scratch-resistant surface is recommended, and the mirror should also have an aiming hole. A polyester aluminized thermal blanket is also part of a military emergency pack. One side of the blanket should be reflective silver, the other orange. Kevlar line of at least 188-pound test is recommended, and it should be at least 15 feet in length. Duct tape, stainless steel wire, broad-spectrum antibiotics and a P-38 can opener are other key features of a military emergency kit.