Having the right kind of survival gear is of utmost importance for those who are lovers of the great outdoors. Whether you're new at backpacking, a weekend warrior or a seasoned wilderness explorer, not having the appropriate equipment is just asking for trouble down the road.
What are the most important things? It's probably food and water. But which equipment just adds up extra weight on your back, and which ones are considered as true survival gears, able to save your life in the most dangerous situations?
Here's a list of essential must-haves when going on an adventure:
1. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit can single-handedly turn a medley of potent emergency situations into a series of minor setbacks. This should be in every bag that you carry with you on all your travels. Imagine being able to turn a serious infection around its ear, or being able to address that blood wound right away. At the very best, it can turn a survival situation to a relatively small inconvenience. It allows you to continue with your adventure instead of having to turn around and go back.
2. Survival Knife
A knife becomes so useful when you bring it with you into the wild. With it, you can cut rope, open cans of food, water, etc, build a shelter, cut kindling and start a fire; it also complements your first aid kit quite well.
You'll find a lot of different types of knives, but which one is the best survival knife for you? Pick out the knife that offers the best toughness and durability. For example, a fixed blade is often better than a fold-away, pocket Swiss army knife. These fixed blade types are great all-around solutions for wilderness problems. Aside from the uses listed above, a tough and sturdy fixed blade knife can cut into thick materials, pry open doors, break glass, or skin small game. All of these things can help you survive.
3. Survival Backpack
What good are your outdoors equipment if you don't have a good storage for it?
There are outdoor backpacks, and then there are some of the best survival backpacks to make your life easy. An excellent survival backpack must be able to carry an adequate amount of gear, and it has to be waterproof. Aside from those features, it should be able to let you carry all that weight without compromising comfort or hurting your lower back and posture. If the following benefits could not be found in your current carrier, then it's time to get a new one that ticks all the survival boxes. Having a sub-par backpack could end up causing more problems rather than solving them.
4. Rope/ Cord
Parachute cords are a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts because they are strong, flexible and take up very little space. Carrying one means you will have the ability to do some basic shelter repairs such as repairing a broken or punctured tent, or the ability to carry out some basic climbing tasks. If the situation gets worse, you can even use the survival cord to lay out a trap for small game and hunt for live food.
5. Survival Blanket
So maybe you've injured yourself extensively and need a pick-up. You're stranded and the conditions are not helpful at all. You are in desperate need of shelter from the unyielding elements; your body heat and energy are coming down too fast for comfort. Is there a survival gear that can help turn this around and provide any hope for survival?
A survival blanket/ bag is just what you need. In cold weather, our bodies start to lose heat as soon as we become immobile. Lose too much and the condition will eventually lead to hypothermia. A survival blanket slows down the process by preserving as much heat as possible. In short, it can save your life. The best ones can be folded into a convenient-sized pack of cards and can fit into any appropriate-sized bag. It would be foolish not to bring one of these when you're gathering your survival gear.
Any adventurer should take the time to familiarize themselves with the workings of a compass. They also must be able to read maps. Picking up an able compass shouldn't cost you too much. When you're heading out on an adventure in unfamiliar ground, it would be best to get a map of the area and a working compass to get a survival advantage right away.