What Modern Survival Kit Contains
When you’re on your own in nature, off the grid, one thing you should know you can rely on is your survival kit. Different survival experts will have different advice on how you can make yourself as prepared as possible, but what you take with you into the wilderness is absolutely vital, which is why you have to be smart. Depending on where you’re going and what kind of terrain and weather you’re facing, there are different tools you can take with you, but today we’ll talk about several essential parts of your survival kit, without which you shouldn’t leave your house.
Have a Good Blade with You
To be honest, I practice carrying a multipurpose folding knife wherever I go, be it wilderness or not, it just makes me feel prepared for any situation. When you find yourself on unfamiliar ground, you want to have something which you can use to protect yourself, as well as make shelter and even hunt, if need arises. Find a good quality multipurpose tool that can have additions like little saws or scissors, just make sure you find one that fits into your pocket and is made of good steel, so that it doesn’t break under pressure. If you’re able, carry another fixed blade with you for some serious cutting, but if this is not possible, having a multipurpose knife with you constantly just may save your life.
First Aid Kit
This is a kit inside a kit, but you really don’t want to leave things to chance when it comes to getting hurt in the middle of nowhere. You should also be familiar with how to treat smaller injuries, scratches and stings, so make sure your first aid kit is equipped with the basics like gauze, bandages, antiseptic wipes, antihistamines (if you need them), as well as wound closures, burn dressings and don’t forget plenty of insect protection. You don’t want to be attacked by mosquitoes in the middle of the night because the outcome will not be pretty.
Having Clean Water
One of the first things to get into your survival kit should be a good strong water container. Staying hydrated is number one priority in survival and you would do well to take water seriously, especially when it’s scarce. One other thing to bear in mind is that you should always purify water that you find in nature, no matter how clean and drinkable it looks, you never know what kind of bacteria it has, and you really don’t want to find out by vomiting violently with no one around to help you. There are a few ways you can make sure you have clean water – bring water purification tablets with you, iodine crystals are also a good option, and purification straws and filtration bottles will do the trick as well.
It’s difficult not to pack too much food when you’re leaving the comfort of your home and supermarkets found at every two hundred feet, but you really don’t want to lug all that extra weight around. It’s important to focus on non-perishable foods that don’t take too much space in your backpack, and survival rations are always a good idea. You can also stack up on energy bars, sealed and ready to eat meals and some canned foods, depending on how long you’re staying off the beaten path. Also, make sure you’re familiar with what plants and berries you can eat in the wild, just in case push comes to a shove and you have to find other sources of food.
Let There Be Light
Having fire-starters with you, as well as other sources of light is also one of the basics you have to cover when it comes to your modern survival kit. Carrying a simple lighter or a box of matches with you probably won’t be good enough to start a fire, which is why you need to work on your fire starting skills. Have a magnesium fire-starter with you to make your life much easier, just learn how to use it before you hit the road. If you insist on carrying matches, then take strike-anywhere ones and pack them well, so that they don’t ignite in your backpack. Having some tinder with you will make it much easier to start a fire even in wet conditions, which is why you should consider having some with you just in case you can’t find any in your surroundings. When it comes to light, bringing either a head or a hand torch will do the trick, but don’t forget to pack extra batteries and you’re set.
Shelter and Navigation
You won’t always have a tent at your disposal, but whenever possible, take one with you. With so many different options of incredibly light and super portable tents, you can pack one in your survival kit and it won’t take more space than a piece of clothing. Bring light, but insulating travel blankets and high-quality sleeping bags or bivvy bags that will protect you from the elements and the cold ground. Bring duct tape, cable ties and utility cord in case you have to make your own shelter, and they can also come in useful in case you have to set traps and hunt to eat. As for navigation, a compass is a must, as well as learning how to use it, and having a beacon or a whistle with you will make it easier for someone to find you, in case you get lost.
Like we mentioned, contents of your survival kit will depend on where you’re heading off to, as well as your personal needs. These are some of the essential items you really shouldn’t leave at home because, chances are, you will need them and a lot. – Howard Scalia
Howard Scalia is 37-year-old former scout leader from Austin, Texas, and one of the best and most trusted blog writers at www.prosurvivalist.com. When he’s not working on some new interesting article, he enjoys taking long walks in the woods with his dogs.