SUMA PSK Navy Seal Team 6 Survival Kit.
Ever wonder what’s in a US Navy Seal survival kit? Since we’re all into everyday carry, wouldn’t it stand to reason that we should look at the kits the true professionals, Seal Team 6 and the other Navy Seals carry should disaster happen when they’re on missions? Perhaps most of us will never be sent on a top secret clandestine mission other than trying to buy Christmas presents for the kids, but hey, take one from the best of the best and have at least one of these in your car, house or EDC bag for true emergencies.
Last night, I couldn’t sleep. I don’t know what was going on, but I was up watching military and EDC videos on YouTube to try and fall asleep. I came across one that Tim from EverydayTactical Vids created a while back. The video featured a dump of a SUMA PSK survival kit, which is, for all intent and purposes, a close civilian representation of an actual Navy Seal Team 6 survival kit (Details about their kits here). Tim does an excellent job or going through all the items that come with the Personal Survival Kit (PSK), and given who the actual kit was meant for, it would be a really good kit to have with me anytime.
The Solkoa SUMA PSK survival kit comes in a nylon pouch that has a zipper, measuring 7″x5″x1.5″ that looks fairly durable. It has a loop on one end that you could pass a caribiner through if you want and hang from your backpack or bag for easy access if you think you’ll need it.
Inside the bag, there’s a couple items outside of the main container. There’s FastFire fire tinder cubes that dramatically increase the chances of getting a fire going. I probably don’t need to mention how important fire is to survival, and having these cubes can make a big difference. There are two versions of the kit: The small kit comes with two FastFire cubes while the large pouch has four.
There’s an orange mylar emergency blanket in the outer nylon pack as well. Mylar blankets are perfect for making shelter, keeping warm and radiating heat from your fire.
There appears to be about 20 feet of Type III paracord (large kit only) and non-loadbearing caribiner also in the outer pouch. Having the cord in the pouch means that you could make an emergency tent if you found two small trees, put up a blind or tie stuff as needed. Very handy.
The Tin itself comes in two sizes based on whether you picked the small or large PSK.
- Small Tin: 2 1/2″ x 4″ x 1 1/2″
- Large Tim: 3″ x 5″ x 1 1/2″
Both tins come with the following items:
- SUMA Container – large (3″ x 5″ x 1 1/2″)
- Nylon Zipper Pouch – 7″ x 5″ x 1.5″
- Emergency Fishing Kit
- Emergency Blanket
- Emergency Sewing Kit
- Duct Tape
- P-38 Can Opener
- Kevlar Line
- Mini Multi Tool, Leatherman Squirt PS4 (NEW)
- Steel Wire
- Thread/Line, 14 lb. test
- Cotton Pad
- Antibiotic Ointment Packet
- Personal Medicine Vial
- Button Compass
- Emergency Signaling Mirror
- Photon II LED Micro Light
- Emergency Whistle
- Pencil with eraser
- Fresnel Lens Magnifier
- 5 Sheets Rite in the Rain Paper
- Emergency Matches
- 4 Fire Tinder Tabs
- 2 Fire Tinder Cubes (FastFire)
- Sparking Flint Rod
- 6 Water Purification Tablets
- Waterproof Bag – 9″ x 6″
Additional/Upgraded Items in the Large Kit include:
- Larger SUMA Container – 3″ x 5″ x 1 1/2″ instead of the small tin.
- Type III Nylon Cord
- Folding Razor Blade
- 18mm Baseplate Compass (Replaces Button Compass)
- 2 additional Fire Tinder Cubes (FastFire)
- 2 additional Water Purification Tablets
- Additional Waterproof Bag – 9″ x 10″
The list of items matches that on the actual SEAL survival kit pretty closely:
- Mini-Multi Tool
- Button Compass
- RED LED Squeeze Light
- Fire Starting Kit
- Water Storage Device
- Water Purification Tablets
- Electrolyte Tablets
- Signal Mirror
- Thermal Blanket
- Kevlar Line
- Safety Pins
- P-38 can opener
- Stainless Steel Wire
- Duct Tape
- Fresnel Magnifying Lens
- Waterproof Note Paper
- Ink Pen
- Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Ointment
- Cotton Pad
- Hacksaw Blade
- Ceramic Razor Blade
- Moleskin Adhesive Patch
- Kevlar Thread
- Fishing Leader/Downrigger Cable
- Suspended Navigation Magnet
- Ferro Cerium Rod
- Wax-Impregnated Cotton Ball
- Bobby Pins (2 small, 1 large)
I wanted to compare the two kits to see the differences. I created a spreadsheet and listed the items side by side. I put the SEAL PSK first as it’s the actual kit that the SUMA PSK is built to mimick. Then I put the SUMA PSK items on the right to find out the similarities and differences. If the item in the SUMA PSK kit was almost identical, I just put a “Y” to signify that it was included. If there was a significant variance I put the difference down. For example, the SEAL PSK kit has a red LED light whereas the SUMA has a white LED light. I notated the difference in the spreadsheet.
Ultimately, I wanted to know just how similar the civilian version is to the real Navy SEAL survival kits.
Here’s an overview of what differences I found where the SEAL kit had an item that the SUMA PSK lacked or had changed:
- The SEAL PSK has a Suspended Navigation Magnet while the SUMA does not. Get them here
- The LED light in the SEAL PSK is red while the SUMA has a white one. Get a Red LED light here
- The SEAL PSK has Bobby Pins. Get Bobby Pins Here
- Fisher space pen cartridge. Get the space pen cartridge here
- Hacksaw blade Get it here
- Moleskin Patch. Get it here
- Electrolyte Tablets. Get Them Here
And here are the items that the SUMA PSK kit includes that the SEAL PSK does not have at all:
- Emergency Whistle
- Medicine Vial – Note: The SEAL Kit does have this vial, but the water purification tablets are contained in it. The one in the SUMA PSK kit is empty.
As far as price, I don’t know what the per item price of the actual SEAL kits is, but you can get the SUMA PSK for about $100 USD from The FastFire store.
After putting the items side by side, I agree that SUMA PSK survival kit is pretty darn close to an actual Seal Team Six Survival Kit. Since most people are not going on any covert missions or clandestined operations, I was then thinking about how to make the kit more useful to a civilian in their everyday life.
The idea is still to have all the survival elements, but swap or add things that would be useful in everyday life.
- Zip Ties – I believe putting a few 8″ – 12″ zip ties into the outer bag would be a great addition. Zipties are useful for pinning the bumper of your Yugo up, binding various objects and such.
- Primary Flashlight – Weather resistant (IPX7 or IPX8) AA or AAA battery flashlight such as a Steamlight Microstream or Surefire Titan plus some extra batteries.
- Expand the First Aid – Various size band-aids (1″ and 2″ perhaps), Iodine and Triple Antibiotic Ointment
- Over The Counter Meds – Travel Packs of Ibuprofin, Asprin, Benedryl, Immodium, Claritin, etc…
- BIC Lighter – BIC specifically due to their reliability and long life. If it fits, get a full size as opposed to the “Mini Bic” size. I usually keep mine in a small zip bag so it doesn’t get wet.
Even after adding these few other items, the purpose (and weight) of the kit is still largely unchanged. It is still a survival kit. It’s just that now there are a few things that are added that you can use in daily life as well as in an emergency.
We also have to remember that SEALS have a lot of other gear that they go on missions with, and it’s very possible that if they are caught in a pinch, they have training, skills and other items at their disposal that we as civilians do not have.
What I will say is that if you choose to carry a survival kit, the kit should support your everyday carry, but also be able to work for you as a stand alone item if your EDC isn’t available to you.
Besides for having the survival kit, it’s wise to bring yourself up to speed with at least the basics of survival skills. Things like navigating with a compass, starting a fire, and building shelter. Knowing what to do if things go south can make the difference between life and death. At all other times, it’s just great knowledge to have. Pick up the book “SAS Survival Handbook” for essential information on survival.