Backpacking Survival Kit
By Steven Gillman
There are the usual backpacking survival kit ideas
that have stood the test of time. Almost everyone agrees that some
way to start a fire, some medical supplies and some kind of blade
are necessary. Other items, ranging from saws to signal whistles can
be very useful, but their necessity in a basic kit are argued.
The following are the usual things that survival
kits may have. After that you'll find a few new ideas. The usual
survival kit items: Fire starter (like a magnesium stick),
waterproof matches, signal mirror, sewing kit, foil blanket, water
purification tablets, fishing line and hooks, compass, fire tinder,
plastic bags, duct tape, knife, bandana, nylon cord, paper, pencil
or pen, dental floss, and a condom (the latter for carrying water in
a wilderness emergency).
First aid items usually include bandages, aspirin
or other pain killers, gauze pads, tweezers, and antibiotic
ointment. More extensive first aid kits might also have splints,
medical tape, sun block, safety pins, and a snake bite kit. Of
course, any crucial medications you need are a good addition as
New Survival Kit Ideas
Here are some ideas you may not have heard of.
First, why not have two survival kits? Make one for all-around use
on easy hikes and when using a vehicle (ATV) or bicycle. These are
the times when it is easier to carry a little extra weight. Of
course, the problem is that we tend to leave a kit behind - or even
leave a whole backpack behind - when we want to avoid the weight,
like when you see a summit you want to climb up to. That is where
the second kit comes in.
The second survival kit can be kept inside the
first, so there is no unnecessary repetition of items. The point of
this one is to have the most crucial items in the smallest lightest
package. It can include bandages, a razor blade or small knife,
purification, duct tape, pencil stub and paper. It should
comfortably fit in the pocket of your pants or jacket. An altoids
container can hold all of this, and has a mirrored surface inside as
well, for signaling rescuers in the case of getting lost.
Another good idea for a survival kit is a couple
small photos of those who are important to you. Survivors of
wilderness disasters often report that thinking of their loved ones
kept them alive. A photo or two to look at makes this even more of
Notes are a good survival kit idea too. First aid
kits have tiny guides to help you in medical situations, but you
might also want a reminder of survival techniques. My own notes have
the most common edible and useful wild plants listed, so I'll
remember what to look for and why. You can fit a lot of information
on one piece of paper.
Then there is your "mental survival kit," meaning
the knowledge and practiced attitudes of your mind. Practice
thinking of how to survive, for example, rather than about how bad a
situation is. Read and recall a few good true survival stories, too.
You'll feel more confident in your abilities and chances, and
telling such stories to others in your group might lift everyone's
Apply these new survival kit ideas - they're cheap
wilderness emergency insurance for your next backpacking trip.
Copyright Steve Gillman. Visit the Wilderness
Survival Guide and get the free ebook version of Ultralight
Backpacking Secrets, as well as gear recommendations, and true
adventure stories, at: http://www.The-Ultralight-Site.com/wilderness-survival-guide.html
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