Building your own survival kit (10 things you must have)

by birtanpublished on October 27, 2020

Most of us joke that we can't survive a single day without our phones but if you had to go off the grid surviving in the wilderness with only the things that you could carry would you know what to pack before the world went into a global lockdown because of the corona virus pandemic I visited the elder leaf wilderness college in Washington State I wanted to learn what it takes to survive in the wilderness with nothing but my wits and whatever I could carry on me the type of gear I stay to have as a go-bag or a survival bag would be typical camping gear you want to think

About addressing shelter water fire and food and I also want to think about like your clothing and navigation and illumination and tools and things like that so does it start with like your camping gear list and then start adding things to that so the contents of this bag are all out here and this is a kind of a core survival bag and then over here are some extras that might be helpful depending on what you have access to and how much remember storage you have you should

Remember the ten essentials when it comes to your gear first up first aid this is a must you can buy kits preassembled but make sure you've got things like treatment for blisters insect protection and wound disinfectant I'm gonna get wounded a lot I'm gonna fall over this is this is essential all right also most importantly you need food go for high nutrient things like protein bars but remember to replace them if your survival kit is in storage for a long time next up think about sun protection for

The day things like sunscreen and protective clothes and a head torch with an LED bulb and spare batteries for the night and the big one water take a metal water bottle so you can boil your water if you need to but also think about other ways you could get water in the wild a very compact way to have clean water here's something called a survival straw it's basically filter water filter bottle with a straw on the end so you can put this into water and suck it through and it takes out the bacteria and the protozoa you'll also need to think about shelter

Even if it's just a compact survival blanket which can also act as a loaf a raincoat and remember extra clothing especially for cold nights or if you just want to stay camouflaged navigation don't just rely on Google Maps a standalone GPS device is great but make sure you also know how to use a compass and a knife even if it's just a small multi-tool that can be vital finally number 10 fire so I always recommend bring multiple ways of making fire so you have just your standard lighters everyone knows how to use and

Then if your lighter is broken or lost or not working this is a magnesium strip with a flint and steel on it and so the magnesium gives you a very flammable material that you can send a spark into then this gives you spark that you go on to the magnesium shavings to start a fire once you have these essentials think about pulling together other items that could help it in an emergency everything from a hand crank radio to paracord for setting up shelters or even building your own animal snares now that we've got our bug out bag packed it's time to put it to use

I'm definitely a city kid but it wasn't as hard as I thought to make a functional survival kit and I even became a pro at building a fire all without having to look up Google for instructions listen here as well name these sticks over yeah we get our fire so am I feeling like my clothing is really flammable I made this I made this but it did make me wonder whether our dependence on technology has made us less ready for an emergency well I think we do become relying on you

Here in the news almost every week about somebody getting lost because they followed their GPS into the mountains and got stuck and then they're in a survival situation so I think you remember to like put down the technology and remind yourself like how to pay attention to the four directions and navigate and think about how our ancestors did things because we all know how to survive it's just that what we do become really reliant on these things and it's just remembering how to what to do without them

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