When you think you're lost. When you're in a survival situation, the most important tool is your brain. Stop when you realize you have a problem. The first thing to do is admit that you are in trouble.
While there is a lot of debate on the subject, everyone seems to agree that the most important survival tool is a paracord, a survival knife, a fire starter, a water purifier, or simply your own ingenuity. A survival knife, pocket knife, or multi-tool that is small and light is something you'll never want to leave behind on your excursions. Choosing the right survival knife can be difficult with so many options, but the most important thing is that any knife you choose does its job when the time comes. Before you head out on any adventure, make sure you carry a strong but easy to carry survival knife with you.
You never know when or where it will be useful, especially in emergency situations. Emergency kits come in all shapes and sizes, from the basic first aid kit to the kits with everything you might need in case of an emergency. Having a well-stocked emergency kit in your car is a good starting point if you are going on a road trip. If you're camping or hiking, you'll want some survival supplies in your backpack.
The old saying is true: it's better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it. On the following pages, we will show you the 10 items that must go in each survival kit. In addition to a first aid kit, any hiker or motorhome should carry a small kit to start the fire. After you get a waterproof box, carry it with at least two lighters, some weatherproof matches, a flint and a small magnifying glass.
Here's another good tip: buy a pack of flares and cut the stems. They are excellent emergency fire starters for wet leaves and firewood. Use the magnifying lens to focus the sun's rays into a beam of light and heat that starts the fire. Pair the flint with a stone to make a spark.
On camping trips, practice starting fires with your kit. It's fun and could even help you save your life. A mirror can be a vanity item for some, but it can also help you survive the worst-case scenario. If you're able to find food, water and shelter, then you're giving yourself a survival advantage, but you still need to find a rescue if you want to get home.
The trick to this is to carry a signal mirror, something without which no survivor would be caught dead. Any small and old mirror will work for signage, but companies make them especially suitable for this purpose. They're usually made of something other than breakable glass, such as Lexan. Some of them float or have nylon ties that you can use to tie them to your backpack.
Size is not important here, even a small 2 by 3 inch (5 by 7.6 centimeter) mirror flash can be seen from 100 miles (160 kilometers) away. Signage mirrors work best on clear days with direct sunlight, but you can also use them on cloudy days. Not only that, but you can also reflect headlights, flashlight rays, and even bright moonlight for rescue. If you fall into a worst-case scenario of survival, you must do two things: stay alive and find rescue.
If you get thrown out like Tom Hanks and you can't give rescue signals, then you better get used to talking to that volleyball. While smoke signals are a legitimate form of emergency signaling (three quick puffs), people don't exactly look for them. A signal mirror is one option, but if you want an unmistakable sign that no plane, helicopter or ship will miss, you should go with a flare. In 1982, Sylvester Stallone broke into movie theaters as John Rambo, former green beret and master of survival.
Watching the movie First Blood, young people everywhere witnessed the ultimate tough guy sew a cut into his closed arm with a needle and thread stored in the handle of his jumbo survival knife. The knife that Rambo put on the map in 1982 remains a hot topic today among outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and fishermen. Discovery Channel Survivor Les Stroud Wouldn't Be Caught Dead Without One And For Good Reason. The name says it all: multi-tool.
Swiss knives are the favorite of Boy Scouts around the world, with their small saws, poker and toothpicks. While the small red pocket knife may be useful, it's no match for the modern multi-tool. There are many types, but the Leatherman multi-tool is probably the most recognized. They gained popularity in the 1980s, but since then, Leatherman and other multi-tools have come a long way with the plethora of options to choose from.
The outdoors is all fun and games until you have a rattlesnake attached to your calf. Although snakes fear humans and will do everything they can to avoid you, it is a reality that you must be prepared to face. Snakebites aren't fun and, depending on the species, a bite can cause anything from nausea and cramps to death. Because of this potential hazard, if you're heading to the woods for a hike or camping trip, you should have a snake bite kit handy.
Everyone in nature should carry a personal first aid kit at all times. It is a fundamental element that should not be left at home or in the car. Always carry enough pressure dressing with you to stop bleeding from a wound caused by the largest weapon you carry. All kits should be stored specifically for nature trips, with the idea that you can be stranded in nature for an extended period of time.
Choose the equipment you take wisely, take a first aid course in the desert before you leave, and consult a doctor about any medical problems or concerns before packing your kit or leaving for any nature trip. A quality, liquid-filled observation compass is essential as a navigational aid. I recommend a genuine Silva Expedition 15TDCL 360, produced in Sweden by Silva AG (the real Silva company), manufacturers of the best compasses in the world. These compasses must be purchased in Europe.
Personally, I bought two recently in the UK and it was well worth the trouble. If you can't get one, the second closest is a SUUNTO MC-2, which is available nationwide. Carry two sections of more than 3 m of good quality nylon rope or a small diameter climbing accessory rope with you. Each section can be up to 15 m if possible.
The lightweight cable is OK, but the quality of the cable makes a big difference. Don't buy cheap, thin, or weak cables. Backing up your cable with 3m of adhesive tape and 1.5m of lightweight cable. Remember that the adhesive tape can be wound on your knife sheath and the waterproof match container for easy storage and quick retrieval.
Always carry a high-quality signal mirror or glass heliograph with you. Glass mirrors always perform better than the readily available plastic alternative. They may seem to work, but practice with both and you'll quickly see that glass mirrors are the only option. I recommend placing it with your personal first aid kit to protect it from damage.
A survival knife is often referred to as the most important tool for an outdoor survivor. Survival knives are usually small and light, so they are easy to carry everywhere and can be useful in many situations. They can be your best friend in emergency situations. A combination of luck, caution, the right equipment and judicious use of his essential survival tool have allowed author Ron Spomer to survive nearly 50 years of outdoor adventures around the world.
Most people only think of carrying a small wilderness survival kit when they should consider carrying critical wilderness survival items. Unfortunately, the more survival gear you carry, the less likely you are to carry the items with you, so compromises are required. Additional items will be useful during a survival situation to make you more comfortable or simply to make it easier to survive. Thirty-six years ago, a survival instructor, Papa Bear Whitmore, introduced me to the world's most essential survival tool.
Carrying everything you need to survive demonstrates advanced planning and using your most essential survival tool: your brain. . .