11 Items Expert Survivalists Always Have
With the hiking season coming up, beginners would need all the tips they can get to make their hikes memorable to make them look forward for more hiking trails to conquer. Here's a round of tips you can put into your checklist.
A RELIABLE FIRE SOURCE
In the wilderness, you'll need a steady blaze to keep warm, scare off wild animals, cook food, and boil water. A much handier piece of equipment to have on hand is a rod made from ferrocerium, a man-made metallic material that emits sparks when it's scraped across a rough surface.
A SLEEPING BAG
A sleeping bag keeps you warm, protects you from the elements, and also serves as a makeshift shelter. Select a warmer, insulated sleeping bag for cold climes; a lighter one for warm weather; or a synthetic one that wicks away moisture if you're expecting a lot of rain.
A COOKING POT
A large, two-quart cooking pot might take up a lot of room in a rucksack, but survivalists say it's an essential piece of camping gear that's well worth toting with you into the wilderness.
A pot lets you purify lake, stream, or river water by boiling it, and you can also use it to cook food.
A good knife goes a long way, but you’ll also need an axe to chop firewood and cut down trees. Select one that’s sharp and sturdy, yet easily maneuverable.
A SHARP, ALL-PURPOSE KNIFE
A good, fixed-blade knife with a long blade is an essential part of a survivalist's tool kit.
You can use it to hew branches and trees to construct a shelter; fashion weapons and tools - skin and dress game; and protect yourself from predators.
A FLARE GUN
A flare gun - a firearm that launches flares - reveals your position when you shoot it directly above you into the air.
EMERGENCY FOOD RATIONS
An emergency store of food won't last you forever, but it will tide you over during lean hunting seasons. And to grow your own food, have seeds on hand.
A FIRST AID KIT
What goes into your First Aid kit is entirely dependent on your individual health needs, but mainstay supplies include materials and tools for cleaning, disinfecting, dressing, and suturing wounds; pain medication and sundry items like sunblock and bug spray.
It can be used to secure a tent, haul heavy items, and make everything from clotheslines to fishing lines. If you're really in a pinch, you can even use its inner threads as emergency dental floss.
MAPS AND A COMPASS
Even if you are living off the grid, you still need to know where you are in case you run out of gear or decide to return to civilisation. Survivalists recommend carrying a compass, along with three different types of maps: a detailed local one, a regional topographic map, and an extended area road map.
MATERIALS FOR COLLECTING AND PURIFYING WATER
Your campsite is located near a body of water, which can be made drinkable by boiling it.
This type of water doesn't need to be purified.) Plants "transpire" - meaning they release water through their leaves and you can collect this condensation inside the bag and drink it.