If the winter of 2013–2014 has taught us anything, it should be how brutal a winter can be and how easily a person or family can be trapped in freezing temperatures for extensive periods of time, even in the deep South and Texas. On a hunting trip or a drive in winter weather, a basic survival kit can save your life. This video, which reveals the 10 basic items of a kit and how to make one of your own, could save your life.

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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.