No outdoor survival can be complete without the appropriate gear to get you going. Whether it’s a survival knife, emergency medication, or a sleeping bag, you’ll need some tools to help you survive outside the comfort of your home. Different experts have different opinions as to which tool is the most important, but there are a few basic tools that make every survivalists list.
These can either be flint and steel or blast matches, but the purpose is that you need something to help you start a fire in the outdoors. A fire can not only protect you from the weather it can also provide you with cooking and obtaining clean water. At the most basic, you can have either a flint or steel. This device dates back to the Stone Age and has a simple friction based principle of starting a fire.
Bandages and medication can go a long way during an outdoor survival program. You never know when things go wrong and although you may not be able to take care of the emergency medical attention, you can help curb the problem till the time proper medical aid can arrive. Antihistamines are extremely important in terms of insect bite treatments.
This is by far the most important tool of them all. Even in its most advanced state, a knife is a simple blade of metal that can help you chop branches, open cans, skin the fur from meat and also clean out fish. Outdoor survivalists have been known to carry one or two knives, sometimes the same knife for long periods of time.
The outdoors can be cold and wet, which is why water proof blankets or tents are an utmost necessity. Blankets can also play a part in first aid, in providing warmth to victims who might have gone into shock or have fallen ill. In deserts, tents can help you stay in the shade, in temperate climates, they can protect you from rain. Tents are also a form of protection against insects such as mosquitoes, et al.
In the great outdoors, it’s always easy to get lost. That’s where maps and compasses or a simple GPS device can be of use. Knowing where you are is extremely important, therefore if you’re a novice its best to have a GPS device in your survival tool kit. More advanced users can rely on compasses and maps to navigate their terrain.
These can include either satellite phones or simple whistles which can draw attention to your distress. Mirrors have also been used, particularly by people marooned at sea to attract attention. Flares and fluorescent rods are also used to alert by passers, either on land or sea for help.
Most of these items are available at any hardware or camping store, though some might have to be ordered in advanced. The more advanced the device or tool, the steeper the investment. Also, it helps not only to learn how a tool works, but also the proper maintenance techniques for each tool. After all, you never know when you might need to use it.