Going to the wilderness or going on camping trips, without a proper survival kit is not something that you should do – not even when you are going on a trip with a crowd of people who have a plenty of experience in outdoor activities and a whole set of survival tools. The wilderness is beautiful and tempting, but it can be very harsh if you don’t respect its principles and several basic rules of outdoor activities. Survival tools must be included in your standard outdoor equipment because you never know when and where you can be stuck, without possibility to call for a help. For this reason, a good survival gear is a must have and it is not recommended at all to save money on survival equipment – take a decent amount of money and buy the survival kit that contains branded and high-quality survival tools. You will not regret it. Actually, we hope that you will not be in a situation where you will test the quality of the equipment. Still, it may come in handy.
Some people want to test their skills by going to the camping trips with only a small set of survival tools – they say it is an adventure to improvise and make something out of nothing. I agree, it is much interesting when you are about to make DIY fishhook or DIY tent. But why should you be a part of “cliffhanger” when you can buy an excellent camping gear for a decent price and head to the wilderness without any concerns? You can choose from a variety of survival gear types – emergency survival kits, basic camping gear or professional military survival gear. If you buy one of these types, there is no need for checking an emergency kit checklist – you will not be surprised by any situation in the wilderness if you go with one of these kits. You could say that a preparation is half the battle.
The survival kit actually represents a package of basic tools and supplies that serve as an aid in the terms of survival in an emergency situation. These packages can be in many sizes – from a small package that contains only a few survival tools, to a professional military survival gear with advanced survival tools and equipment. Military survival gear is generally expensive due to its professional use, but with this type of equipment you will not need to worry. Usually, there are 5 basic parts of survival kit (this goes both for military and amateur equipment) : shelter tools (survival blanket, waterproof matches, cotton balls, ponchos etc.), first aid tools (bandages, gauze pads, antibiotic cream, alcohol…), food and water tools (canteen and filter, canned foods, fishing gear…), signaling tools (whistle, LED light, glow sticks, compass….) and miscellaneous tools ( Swiss Army knife-often called a multi tool, hatchet, solar charger, parachute cord etc.). The quality of your camping survival/emergency kit depends on the price, but realistically on the size of the package – so if you want to be equipped with all the best possible survival tools, it is recommended to go with military survival gear, which is more detailed and complex. The military survival gear is generally followed by a high-quality backpack.
Emergency kit should contain equipment that is crucial to survival, which could help you to survive in such a situation. First things first – emergency blankets. Emergency mylar thermal blankets are great survival tools when it comes to a shelter part – these blankets are made of durable insulation material, called mylar, which is waterproof and retains around 95% of body heat. Another cool thing about the blankets is that they reflect the sunlight so you can use them as a tool for signalizing in the case of emergency, in case you don’t have anything else to use. You must use them properly – that means that you need to squat down and wrap the blanket around you. In that way, there will be no dead air space and you will keep the heat inside the blanket, instead of letting it out. Although you need to wrap the blanket around you, keep in mind that you must not wrap it too tight – otherwise you will be hot and start sweating.
The next thing that your emergency kit should contain is a personal water filter. The most crucial thing in the wilderness, and generally when it comes to survival situations, is definitely water. Many times, you will not be in a chance to have a drinking water when you are in the wilderness. What should you do? Of course, collecting water and boiling it is the first thing that comes to your mind. But, there is a much easier and better solution – water filter. Water filter enables you drinking water directly from a pond, without fear that you will ingest bacteria or other harmful microorganisms. It purifies dirty and contaminated water, allowing you to drink up to 1000 liters of water. These filters are not expensive, when you consider their role and possibilities. Don’t forget to get one for your survival kit!
A fire is also crucial to your survival – it can give you a warm shelter, drive away unwanted and potentially harmful animals, cook your food, increase your moral and many other things. You will definitely bring a lighter with you in order to be able to light up the fire, but what will you do if it get it wet and you don’t have a time (or place) to dry it up? That is why all wilderness survival kits must have a fire starter. A good fire starter with ferrocerium rod and metal strike will ensure you a fire that can be crucial for your survival. This item is a standard item for all military survival gear, survival kits and civilian emergency kits. Of course, you can lay upon the traditional ways of starting fire, but the fire starter will save you from potential problems and you will start a fire in the blink of eye.
Sometimes finding the direction where you need to go can be an extremely hard task to do. It is much easier if it is a sunny day, but what if it is cloudy and there is no other way for you to find out where is East or West? To avoid such a situation, enrich your survival kit with a compass – a tool that can save your life during cloudy days, without the reliable source of determining the directions, which is of course the sun. SE CC4580 Military Lensatic Sighting Compass with Pouch is very popular these days due to its reasonable price, which justifies its abilities and quality at the same time. The compass will cut your time of wandering while you are searching for the right direction and will accurately lead you in the desired direction. Do not forget to include it in your survival equipment.
Military survival gear is somewhat different when compared to regular survival kits due to its detailed and complex tools. It is no wonder that it is called military survival gear. Still, this type of gear means that you will definitely be faced with the inhospitable terrains and you will probably encounter more problematic situations. Therefore, a list of military survival gear, besides basic survival tools from the previous list of emergency kit, should contain additional tools for your survival.
The first thing that must be a part of your equipment is of course a multi tool. The multi tool has a whole set of tools, aimed for different purposes. There you have pliers, which can be very useful for a variety of situations, then you have a wire cutter that comes in handy in the case of wire cutting. Alongside with these two, you have a long blade, serrated blade and also a short blade where each of blades has its own purpose. Unavoidable part of the tool is also a saw. Imagine a situation where you need to cut something but you can’t because the blade is not sharp enough for example. Scissors are also cool part of the multi tool, that usually come combined with the flathead screwdriver, especially useful in a situation when you need to tighten something let’s say. A bottle opener and can opener will help you to open some cans in order to eat food or drink something – which is often seen in military-like situations.
Since military survival gear requires more space, a good tactical backpack is strongly recommended. You don’t want to buy some cheap low-quality backpack, fearing that the backpack will fall apart at one moment and that you will lose all your gear. Military-tactical backpacks are made of high-quality material that can endure even the worst weather conditions, therefore it is not odd to see backpacks that cost over few hundred dollars. But if you decide to buy such a backpack, you will not have to worry about the weather, environment or space for your items – just worry that your backpack is packed with all the things that are necessary. These backpacks, unlike recreational and camping ones, always come in camouflage, desert or urban color variations. The color depends on the environment that the backpack will be used in.
Another item that is often seen in high-quality survival gear sets is a flashlight. Survival kit should have a glow stick, or even better – a flashlight. While camping and amateur survival sets have medium-quality flashlights that often can be seen in households for example, military survival gear must have a tactical waterproof -rechargeable flashlights. In a recent period of time, Solaray Pro ZX-1 flashlight is the great choice for professional survival gear, where this particular model can produce up to 1200 lumens. There you can see why this flashlight is a part of military gear.
Whether you decide to go for military survival gear or simple amateur emergency kits, you must know that you cannot predict everything. Survival kit is made with an intention to provide you with basic things you would need to survive in an emergency situation, but no one can actually predict whether a saw is more important than a screwdriver. At the first look, it seems impossible to know whether you need a screwdriver at all when you are out there in the wilderness – but on the other hand, hypothetically, your life can depend on that screwdriver. Still, you cannot bring everything with you for the sake of survival – therefore it is important to know the terrain you are preparing to visit so you can at least a little bit, prepare your equipment for that environment. Basically, you need everything, but you have to make a selection of very important items, unless you are a professional backpacker or prepper and you have a huge backpack where you can put a half of your house.
Survivalism is about being prepared for unprepared. You must learn to think and to adapt, using only what you have or what you could possibly create in a short period of time. The real survival skills will emerge on the surface once you find yourself in a survival situation. There were many situations where people had all the necessary equipment for basic survival but they have failed because they could not think of a constructive solution. It is not a bad thing to put yourself, once in a while, in a survival situation – just to feel the rush and the overall feeling that actually keeps us alive. Survival kits are made to help us in a situation when we can only rely on ourselves, but the survival equipment is far from the real solution. They serve as a “bridge” between the nature and our brain – to bridge the gap that nature gives us to test our skills.
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