Last winter I began to get back into camping. With the money I received for Christmas I began to buy the various items one needs to live outdoors. I searched the internet and began to research and purchase what I felt I needed (or had to have) â€“ a tent, a backpack, a sleeping bag (actually 3), a mess kit, etcâ€¦. I wonâ€™t bore you with a complete list but you get the idea. Some items I bought worked great, others not so great, but at this point I feel like I have good equipment and am fine tuning my camping list. For example, I am currently assembling a survival kit to keep on me in case I am injured or lost in the wilderness. I know this is a random blog entry â€“ but I thought it would be fun. What would you add to your survival kit? Did I miss anything?
Drew Boswellâ€™s Survival Kit and Explanation:
1. Various fire starters: waterproof matches, tender, , military style one hand fire striker, firestarter sticks (magnesium), bic lighter.
â€¢ Redundancy â€“ And take extras in case one method doesnâ€™t work. (i.e. magnesium stick and a bic lighter)
2. fish hooks/lead weights
3. safety pins â€“ for repairing clothing, or makeshift fish hook
4. flashlight (with batteries)
5. tea light candle
8. pocket poncho â€“ for water collecting, shelter, and high visibility
â€¢ Multiplicity â€“ look for items that can be used for multiple tasks.
9. string and cord (fishing, fastening, sewing)
10. a needle with a large eye â€“ sewing, makeshift compass
11. duct tape â€“ for fastening and bandages
12. aluminum foil (heavy grade) â€“ for boiling water and a make shift cup or bowl
13. pen/pencil and waterproof paper â€“ leaving messages if you have to leave an area
14. wire â€“ for traps or fastening
15. pocket Bible
â€¢ All of the lists I looked at, none had a Bible in the list. But if you are trying to survive one of the things to do is keep the mind calm and hopeful; what better than a Bible gives one hope?
16. magnifying glass/sheet â€“ for starting fires
17. survival mirror â€“ that can be seen at least ten miles away, checking for ticks in not so visible places
18. an energy bar
19. a knife or multi-tool â€“ I also have a scalpel blade. The multi-tool is too big for the kit, so I have the scalpel as the emergency cutting instrument.
20. A storage bag/container to put it all in
Here are some things/questions that I thought of while putting the kit together:
â€¢ How much do you want to spend on something that you may never use? Do you want to skimp on the thing you are depending on to save your life? Do you want to waste your money on something like a Y2K scare that never happens? Where is the balance?
â€¢ One needs to familiarize oneself with the contents of the kit and to know how everything works before needing to use it for survival. I plan to practice with the magnesium stick once the weather breaks.
â€¢ The larger the kit, the less likely you are to carry it with you everywhere you go outdoors. I have a core kit that fits in a small plastic bag — see picture above (about the size on an altoid can), and the rest is in a bag that holds everything else.