The Top 10 For Your Survival Kit
What are the top 10 things that you should carry in your Survival Kit?
Before I begin describing the ten most important things that you should carry in your survival kit, I want to mention that this kit has been built for the Temperate Climate Zone, Canada.
This climate zone is located between 49° North Latitude and 60° North Latitude. I also want to suggest that this survival kit can be carried and used during all 4 seasons.
Even though I carry a version of this kit in the Canadian Wilderness, many of these items have a very broad and universal use.
My List of 10
Along with this ” list of 10 “, I will include how and why they are necessary.
The top 10 things that you should have in your Survival Kit are:
1 … A piece of waterproof material to build a shelter.
This piece of material should be approximately 3 meters x 3 meters and waterproof. I have chosen this size of material because it is very adaptable to making shelters in very diverse locations, and of various shapes, while still providing substantial coverage.
In addition to the above, I am considering weight and the ability to manage and construct a shelter in all weather conditions.
As soon as you realize that you will be spending the night out and are unable to reach the security and safety of your vehicle, cabin or friends, your first priority is to build yourself a shelter. This means protecting yourself from the wind, rain or snow.
It’s imperative that you maintain your core body temperature. This is in the 98.6° F or 37° C range. Even if you are not cold now, as the night progresses into the early morning hours, this will change dramatically!
2 … A lighter and a ferrocerium rod to build a fire.
Now that you have built yourself a shelter, and you are out of the elements, your next task is to keep yourself warm.
This means building a fire. Fires consume fuel and need to be controlled. Gathering firewood before darkness sets in is preferred, however, a good quality headlamp will enable you to achieve this task in total darkness.
In addition to (Bic-type) lighters and ferrocerium rods, weather-proof matches and magnesium fire-starters are also included in this group. Any 2 of these would be considered well-prepared, with the second piece being – the back-up.
3) … A metal pot for gathering and boiling water to make it safe for drinking.
If you have been out for the day, you most likely have brought water in a bottle. If you are carrying a water-bottle that fits into a metal pot or container – move to the head of the class; this will simply be a pleasant adventure for you.
Your hydration tools are well-taken care and you probably have water at hand.
4) … A knife.
A knife is a very common and useful tool to carry with you whenever you venture into the great outdoors. Keep it sharp and be especially careful when using it under duress … we don’t want to be digging into the first aid kit!
If you carry you carry a sharpening stone ( whet-stone ) or retractable sharpening rod … bonus points for you.
Depending on the time of year and your activities a small ax and a saw are useful additions.
5) … Rope .
Rope in 10 mm diameter ( 15 meters in length ), and 50-100 # test string ( 35 meters ), is extremely useful, easy to carry and very light in weight. (101 ) One hundred and one uses! You can also include some Duct Tape in this category.
6) … A compass.
A compass and map of the area your traveling in are a great benefit to your well-being and survival. After you’ve had a good night’s sleep, finding your way back should be a fairly easy task.
If possible, get a compass with a mirror, that can be used for signaling.
7) … A headlamp.
Today’s Headlamps have very high lumens outputs, are light-weight, comfortable and not very expensive. Buy a good one and don’t forget the extra batteries.
An excellent quality headlamp will turn the night into day – almost! The more weather-proof, the better your experience will be.
8) … A First Aid kit.
First Aid Kits come in many different sizes. A small kit and the ability to use it are never heavy to carry.
St. John Ambulance offers excellent ” day-long ” courses, which are certainly time well-spent.
9) … A Fishing kit.
A small and light-weight fishing kit is very easy to construct and can increase your ability to survive.
Twenty meters (20 ) of fishing line in 8 and 15 # test, a few hooks and lures, split-shot sinkers, and a float – throw in 1 small and 1 big sewing needle and you have a sewing kit included. Total weight – a few ounces.
Since this is the ” Food Section “, a few Energy Bars for snacks or bait.
10) … A whistle.
The whistle is for signaling attention to yourself.
3 – blasts signify a call for help should you hear anyone close by. Modern whistles can produce ear-piercing decibels and-and quite inexpensive and very light in weight.
Some tips to bolster your Survival Kit’s usefulness
- wrap some Duct Tape around your lighter, many uses.
- a small folding saw weighs only ounces
- learn to use these items before you need them
- learn to build a shelter in your backyard
- no. 1 priority – keep warm!
- relax and don’t panic – it will soon be morning
In concluding, I want to emphasize that the most important part of your Survival Kit, … is NOT in your kit ! … it’s in your head … it’s your BRAIN!
If you do get lost or are unable to make it to your vehicle, cabin or home, RELAX and DON’T PANIC! The morning will arrive soon … the sun will shine and you will live to experience a new day.
If you are an experienced woodsman or woods-women, I’d appreciate any and all of your comments and suggestions.
This kit can be built in the 1 -2-kilogram range, of very robust tools and pieces of equipment.
The great outdoors is attracting more and more people to it every year, so why not enjoy it being better prepared. Being properly equipped, and knowing how to use this equipment will increase your confidence and most certainly increase your level of enjoyment!