While there are seemingly countless survival items that you could choose to have with you for outdoor survival, there certainly are items that are more common among those who are asked what they would carry.
In addition, whenever possible, the selection of survival items to carry would likely be tailored for the outdoor circumstance itself.
Survival items that you might carry with you in a small day-pack for a 3 hour summer hike will not be all-inclusive compared to what you might take with you during an overnight in the wilderness, for example.
The time of year, the weather forecast, the geographical region of travel, all these and more will affect your choices if you take the time to analyze them.
Well lets have some fun… I’m going to list 10 items to carry with you for outdoor survival, and you pick 10 more based on some additional ideas that I will list, and/or add your own!
Note: Lets assume that we already have an amount of water and rations, and we are properly clothed for the expected season and weather forecast.
The 5 C’s Of Survival
Cutting, Combustion, Cover, Container, Cordage
1. Fixed Blade Knife (such as the Full Size US Marine Corps KA-BAR)
2. Fire (BIC Lighter / Magnesium firestarter / FireSteel / flint rod & steel)
3. Tarp (Camo Tarp)
4. Stainless Steel Canteen (G.I. Military w/cup)
5. 550 Paracord (U.S. Made – available at CampingSurvival.com)
Note: Whatever style of ‘canteen’ that you choose, be sure that it is metal (e.g. stainless steel) to enable water purification via boiling. And, do NOT get one that is insulated (e.g. double-walled) because it is more difficult (time consuming) to boil water in an insulated canteen.
5 More Items For Outdoor Survival
6. Firearm (Rifle 1st-choice, Handgun 2nd-choice)
7. Hand Axe (e.g Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet)
8. Water Filter (e.g. Sawyer Mini)
9. Multi tool (e.g these…)
10. Wool / Fleece Blanket (Polar Fleece)
Note: Wool is great, but Fleece has some advantages… dries quickly and weighs little. However be very aware (cautious) that polar fleece is highly flammable.
List Of Additional Outdoor Survival Items
Okay we need 10 more items in our outdoor exercise of survival. Here are a few thoughts, however add your own (11-20) in the comments below…
Hammock with bug netting
First Aid Kit
Duct (Duck) Tape
Fish Hooks (and line)
Mylar ‘Space’ Blanket
Area Topographical Map
Dry Tinder (e.g. cotton balls w/Vaseline)
What additional ten items might you carry with you for outdoor survival?