You find yourself alone in the wilderness. You got seperated from your tour group, wandered off your hiking path, or got injured with no way of calling for help. Now you have no idea how near or far civilization or rescue is away from you.
The above tale happens all too often, a lost camper or hiker lost in the wild. Although knowledge of the outdoors is key to staying alive in these situations there is another aspect that is important as well. The equipment you bring with you. Just having the basic survival tools can play a huge role in your making it to safety. In this guide we are going to go over some of the simplest survival tools, and how you can use them if you ever find yourself in a life or death situation in the wild.
Below is a list of the best survival gear for any outdoor trip:
Unless you're a fire starting expert you're going to want to carry a lighter in your survival pouch. Having a lighter is essential for starting a fire. Which can, and will, save your life if you are in a survival situation. Something as simple as having a lighter can allow you to cook food, boil water, and keep you warm at night.
This survival tool is pretty self explanatory. If you get lost a compass will help you find your way, no batteries required. All you need is the knowledge of how to use it.
Tinder is the most basic component to starting a fire; Without it creating a fire becomes a much more difficult task. Although tinder is often all around you in survival situations, it is important to carry a portable tinder for when the conditions for starting a fire are not ideal. Portable tinder needs to be able to start in all different conditions. You can check out
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Water Carrying Device -
You are going to need water, and chances are you are going to need to carry it from somewhere. Having a water carrying device is a crucial piece of survival equipment. It is best if it is metal so you will be able to boil the water, but any carrying device is better than none. If you do have a plastic carrying device you should look into getting a water purification straw.
Survival Knife / or Multi Tool with Knife-
A basic knife has so many uses, not just in survival scenarios but in regular camp life as well. It is best to have a fix blade knife as they are stronger and able to cut through tougher objects. On top of using them to gather wood to create fire and build shelter you can use your knife for protection and even boiling water.
Make sure you are always being careful when using your knife. Even though they can help get you out of a survival situation they can make it a whole lot worse if you are not using it properly.
Having extra cordage is something that is so simple to carry yet can have an integral part in helping you out of a survival situation. Cordage can be used for many things but most commonly for crafting new shelters. But its uses are only limited to your imagination. For the large impact it can have cordage is a great investment. You can pick up bracelet cordage with extra features here.
First Aid Kit -
Your first aid kit should consist of the following essentials:
- Antiseptic ointment
- Gauze pads
- Personal medications
- Hand sanitizer
- Water tablets
The final step in any survival situation should be rescue. The most basic tools that can lead to your rescue are a whistle and a reflector mirror. Having a
whistle on you can help people locate you from far distances away as well as scare off any big animals. A reflector mirror can help searchers in the air locate your position on the ground.
(sorry if any of these explanations seem obvious but I felt some I needed to add some elaboration)
This basic list should help you get started on your journey in being prepared to survive in any wilderness situation. These items were picked as they are all survival kit essentials and extremely portable. To be truly prepared you should always look to increase your knowledge in the area you are traveling to and in basic survival skills. By reading this list you are taking the first step to improving your safety.
Be sure to add your must have survival gear in the comments below!