As with most consumer goods, the cost of survival gear is creeping upward. But don't let inflation stop you from being prepared for emergencies -- it's entirely possible to pull together some critical gear on a miniscule budget. Here's how to build a life-saving survival kit with just $10.
Shelter, Water, and Fire**
There are three survival kit staples that should be considered mandatory, regardless of your budget: you need to be able to build shelter, procure drinkable water, and make fire. To satisfy these needs, I selected a space blanket, a metal cup, and a butane lighter. The space blanket was the easiest decision -- it's value-to-versatility ratio is off the charts. Bear in mind, though, that you will generally get what you pay for, so my $3 space blanket is smaller and less durable than a $10 model.