Every now and then venturing out into the great outdoors gives you a feeling of being free from the shackles of city life. However, when outdoors you never know when your life may be imperiled and so it is always a good idea to pack along the right Survival Gear.
The right gear will help you survive things like a snake bite, fractured bone, dehydration a deep gash etc. that being said anyone of these can occur when you least expect it. To top it off accidents and extreme weather conditions hold the potential to turn your trip into a nightmare experience.
Your Survival Gear at the very least needs to consist of a first aid kit along with bandages, alcohol, cotton, tweezers, gloves, antibacterial, pocket rain jacket, soap, water bottle, a pocket chain saw, Swiss army knife, and razor knife.
Prioritizing your gear
If you find yourself in a position where you can only pack along very few items it is important take along the most useful ones. Below is a list of items in order to priority:
- First Aid kit
- Steel razor knife
- Pocket chain saw
- Batteries / flashlight
- Waterproof matches
- A flair gun with flares
- A whistle
- Waterproof jacket
- A Swiss army knife
- Duct tape
Customized kit versus an off the shelf one
I rarely recommend that you simply purchase a kit over the counter and take it along with you on a trip.
You need to make sure that the Survival Gear in the kit is right for the conditions you are travelling in, the location and possible issues you could face.
Ideally, you will want to pack along you own kit with the items listed above. Items like a signal mirror, a poncho, emergency blanket, etc can always be added if you have the space.
Note: Make sure that your kit includes lots of water and a few energy drinks because hiking and camping outdoors is physically taxing.
Durability and functionality
The gear that you pack along with you when venturing out doors needs to be durable and ideally multi-functional. Things like the Swiss army knife and the pocket chain saw are the best choices because they are light and handy in a number of different situations.
For instance, the pocket chainsaw can help you cut otherwise thick pieces of wood, it can help you cut dry branches off trees which are used as firewood, the blades can also be used to cut thick pieces of rope. The same goes for the Swiss army knife which can help you open up cans, slice meat and cut bandages.
Make sure to always purchase tools which are durable and manufactured by reputed survival tool manufacturers. A well constructed bag should also be used to carry your tools in. Make sure the bag is made from high quality materials and is well designed so that there is space for all the tools you want to take along.