When disaster strikes, it is impossible to be too prepared. Whether you’re dealing with a power outage or are stranded in the wilderness, you should always make sure you have access to essential survival gear.
Here are a few of the items that belong in any survival kit:
A Quality Knife
A high-quality knife is an essential survival tool. The right kind of knife can be used in almost any survival situation. It can be used to cut rope, make markings, and can even be used to hunt. Invest in a folding knife that is durable and well-made. It can be a folding or non-folding knife, just be sure it is high quality and durable. If you can afford it, some come with multi tool accessories that come in very handy.
Another cutting tool that I find essential is the pocket saw (also called a pocket chain saw). Light weight, inexpensive, and reliable as a tool that can cut small branches up for firewood. They can even be used to saw a small tree trunk in the 6-8 inch diameter range.
A First-Aid Kit
Any survival pack should include some sort of first-aid kit. If you have injured yourself in some way, you need to treat that injury as soon as you can. If your injury is not treated, it could become infected, which could lead to serious problems.
Your first-aid kit should include gauze, bandages, and rubbing alcohol. It should also contain anti-inflammatory pills, as well as a few basic tools, like scissors. If you don’t have a first-aid kit on hand, you can buy a pre-made kit at any big box store. You can also put together a basic kit yourself.
A Fire Making Tool
If you’re going to be spending time out in the wild, you are going to need to start a fire. While it is possible to start a fire with nothing but sticks, you will be much better off with some kind of fire starting device.
You should definitely make room for a small compass in your survival kit. A compass can keep you from getting lost, and can help you to find the things that you need to survive. Opt for a compass that is filled with water; these compasses will work under any conditions.
Cordage is an essential survival tool. With the right kind of cordage, you can secure your belongings, create snares and trap triggers, and so much more.
String cord should easily fit in a survival kit, and it tends to be very sturdy. Ideally, you should keep at least 10 feet of cord in your pack.
A Portable LED Light
Having a source of light can be extremely helpful. LED lights are an especially good choice because they are so long lasting. You won’t have to worry too much about battery life; you’ll be able to keep using your light as long as you need to.
A Water Container
People can live for a long time without eating, but they can’t go long without water. Your kit should contain a container that makes it easy for you to collect and store water. Look for a small, collapsible container; this will fit into any kind of bag.
These items will help you get your survival pack off to a solid start. You may also want to add things like energy bars and signal mirrors to the mix. Pack your kit full of items that can help you survive challenging conditions.