Have you decided to take a journey into the wilderness? Are you worried about surviving out there and what challenges you might have to face? Surviving in the wild takes courage and wit as well as some really cool survival gear that you can easily carry with you. You can save your own life (as well as someone else’s) if you carry the right survival gear in your backpack.
You don’t need to carry a lot of items with you for survival. The trick is that if you are going to a harsh and more barren environment, you will probably need more items. But if you are going to a place where there might not be as many challenges, then a simple survival kit should be okay.
We have put together a list of 10 items that you should have with you for survival. The items have been listed according to the order of priority (which can also change depending on where you are going). Let’s take a look:
1. Appropriate Dressing
Dress for the worst possible conditions. Be prepared for any harsh changes in weather as well. For example, it might start to rain, so you should carry a raincoat with you. The smallest items can sometimes make the biggest difference. Keep in mind the basic rules of clothing according to the weather. If it is cold, don’t wear cotton. If it is warm, don’t wear wool.
Before grabbing the basic things needed to light up the fire, you should know how to light it up in the woods. Don’t take any chances in this regard. Take at least 3 fire lighting tools with you. The first item could be matches, the second could be a striker, and the third item could be lighter with some flint or any other lighting tool that you feel you can easily carry.
A sturdy, high-quality, and easy-to-carry survival knife is a must for survival. The best knives to carry would be carbon steel made. It is sharp as a razor and can even be used to cut wood, logs, and trees. You can easily attach a string to the knife and wear it around your neck like a necklace so that it is easy to access in case of an emergency.
4. Whistle and Flare Gun
Getting into a sticky situation is always a possibility when venturing out into the wilderness. For situations where you might be stuck for a while or want to draw attention to yourself, you need to carry around a whistle or a flare gun.
A flare gun is especially handy if you’re stuck at sea and want a ship to notice you or if you’re stuck in some deep vegetation and want people to know your immediate position.
This is another essential item which you should never ever forget to carry with you. In your first aid kit, you need to remember to carry enough pressure bandages, which will come in handy to stop the bleeding should you cut yourself. Along with bandages, you should also carry some alcohol swabs to disinfect any wounds you may get.
A high-quality, accurate compass is required for navigation so that you don’t lose track of your direction. You can search for the best compasses out there if you have any specific ones in mind. The Suunto MC-2 is one of the best compasses for traveling.
A small cooking pot with a lid and a metal water bottle can make a significant difference in your adventure. These items can be really helpful, especially during the harsh winter weather. You can also carry small metal spoons and even a spare plate. Take as little as possible. You only need the essential items for survival.
You have to carry the type of tent according to the weather. For example, winter would require a much thicker tent compared to summer. You can carry a warm woolen tent for winter and a lightweight shelter for summer.
9. Sleeping Bag
A sleeping bag can be a lifesaver, especially if the weather is harsh or if you are injured and cannot light a fire or build your own shelter. Along with providing you with warmth and some protection from the ground, a sleeping bag is also low profile, which means that you might not attract the attention of any animal passing through. However, it’s usually best to take both a sleeping bag AND a tent along with you.
Your backpack should be big enough to be able to carry all of these essential items. You can also carry some extra ready-made food items such as light snacks. Make sure that you carry a life jacket in it in case of an emergency. A huge plus will be if the backpack is waterproof.
Note to Remember
One important rule to remember while preparing your survival kit is that every item you carry should have value and be handy. Don’t take unnecessary things that might not be used as they will consume extra space. For example, you don’t need to carry your earphones or a sewing kit for survival. These items won’t save you. As a final note, when in a survival situation, keep your wits about you, stay calm, and look for the best way out. Hopefully, some of the things on this list will come to your aid.