10 Exceptionally Well-Designed Survival Kits

Grace Paley, a street smart author who wrote short stories about New York life and championed the struggle of ordinary women, optimistically believed that “all that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an interest in life, good, bad or peculiar.” If there’s one thing that we know for certain, life is full of struggle, and sometimes it takes a little more than positive thinking to get through it. Whether you’re navigating a move, a daunting cheese board or the apocalypse, click through to check out these clever, well-designed solutions and their contents to help you prepare for the worst.

End-of-the-world survival kit, crafted and designed by MENOSUNOCEROUNO


In anticipation of the Mayan calendar’s gloom and doom prediction for 2012, Mexican design firm, MENOSUNOCEROUNO, created this clever survival kit to prepare you for anything the end of the world might throw at you.


— Chocolate : Nothing makes you feel better like a little chocolate
— Doméstica Yellow Notebook : Write like John, draw like el Bosco, or use it to start a fire.
— Simple Knife : A minimal hunting tool for animals or zombies.
— 40 Emergency Black Matches : Start a fire, get warm, light your way with style.
— Xtabentun D’aristi : Mayan liqueur. Celebrate like the old times!
— Basic Water : Drink wisely, survive up to ten days with one liter.