Survival Kits: An Essential Wilderness Tool

In my opinion, the single most important survival tool a person can carry into the wilderness other than knowledge is a properly stocked survival kit.

With the items I carry in my survival kit, I can create a shelter to protect myself from exposure to the elements and I can obtain much needed food; both of which will enable me to either survive until someone finds me, or until I can find my way out on my own.

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So, what items do you need to carry in survival kit, and what type of pouch or pack should you use to contain it all?

One very popular option is fanny packs made from Cordura nylon. They are specifically designed to ride low on a person’s waist where they are out of the way. The nylon canvas material they are made from is both water resistant and extremely tough. Plus, they have integral belt and buckle systems which makes them easy to attach and detach.

I personally prefer to use a military surplus pouch made from either cotton canvas with a rubber coating inside, or heavy denier nylon. I mount it on a nylon, military surplus utility belt along with two canteens and my fixed blade survival knives.

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That way, the wide belt does a good job of distributing the weight and the nylon material absorbs very little moisture and resists rot.

Once you have chosen a container for your survival gear, you then need to know what items to stock it with. Here are some good basics to start with.

So, if you don’t already have a properly stocked survival kit, then I urge you to assemble one before your next wilderness excursion because it can very well make the difference between surviving your adventure and not.


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