1. Water Container
Water is considered a basic life support in survival situations. Therefore, it’s important to bring along a water container for any outdoor excursion. Your container of choice will be largely based on personal preference, but factors such as carrying capacity and container weight are also important to consider.
Suggested Item: RIQIK Military Hydration Bladder
Riqik’s water bladder has a carrying capacity of 3 litres (100 ounces). It’s military grade and features advanced leak proof technology. The bladder is made with 0.6-millimeter rip-proof material and has tubes with quick release bite valves and self-locking attachments. It’s made with food grade materials to ensure that the bladder is taste-free, non-toxic, BPA-free, and SGS and FDA certified. The two attachment clips and self-detaching tubes make it compatible for almost any backpack. Hydration bladders are a great for carrying large amounts of water without the bulk of a large container.
2. Water Filtration or Purification System
Out in the wild, not all water sources will be clean enough to drink without filtration or purification, so it’s important to invest in an effective system that you feel comfortable using.
Suggested Item: GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier and Filter
The Grayl’s water purifier and filter set comes with a bottle, an inner press, replaceable purifier cartridge and a loop cap. All you have to do is fill the bottle with water, and push the press into the bottle with the purifier cartridge attached. The bottle holds 473 milliliters (16 ounces) of water at a time, and you can filter and purify it in 15 seconds (2 liters/minute). It removes 99.9999% of viruses, bacteria and protozoan, and filters out particulates, along with most chemicals and heavy metals. A Grayl purifier cartridge lasts up to 300 times.
A good knife is essential for outdoor survival because it will allow you to whack through the bush, cut wood for fire building, help you kill animals for food, and act as a self-defence weapon.
Suggested Item: MTech USA MT-086 Hunting Knife
Their MT-086 hunting knife is a stainless steel fixed blade with a straight edge and 3-millimeter thickness. It features an ABS handle that gives you a solid grip even in extremely wet conditions and also acts as a glass breaker on the end. Mtech USA’s 12.25-inch knife also comes with a black nylon sheath for safe and easy carrying.
4. Fire Starters
Fires not only keep you warm during survival situations, but they also allow you to cook food or signal for help in emergency situations. Having fire starters such as lighters, matches, and fire steel and scrapers will be a lifesaver.
Suggested Item: Überleben Zünden Traditional Bushcraft Fire Starter
This traditional bushcraft fire starter includes a ferrocerium rod, scraper and military 550 paracord lanyard. To scrap off magnesium for starting a fire, the scraper has a serrated edge for your convenience. It also features a 100% handmade hardwood handle with a natural textured grip. Überleben’s fire starter can create sparks of up to 3000 degrees Celsius/5,500 degrees Fahrenheit and work for up to 12,000 strikes. This fire starter can ignite sparks in any weather condition and at any altitude.
Having a stock of tinder will help you light fires more easily and quickly, especially in moist climates where dry tinder is harder to find.
Suggested Item: Ultimate Survival Technologies Wetfire Tinder
WetFire tinder comes in a small solid cube form that’s lightweight and easy to carry. It burns long enough to ignite kindling and will light up regardless or wind, moisture or other weather conditions. It burns without smoke, leaves no residue and can be used at high altitudes. It’s a great compact tinder option to bring with you during any wilderness excursion.
Having cordage is great for outdoor survival because it allows you to build emergency shelters or fix gear when needed. Parachute cord is a great piece of survival cordage because it’s lightweight and can carry heavy loads.
Suggested Item: Titan MIL-SPEC 550 Parachute Cord
Titan’s paracord meets military standards and has a tensile strength of at least 550 pounds. The cord is 100% nylon and made out of 21 individual strands that are braided into seven 3-strand yarns. The inner core threads can be pulled apart and used as sturdy string. This cordage is guaranteed to be lightweight, compact, bump-free, bulge-free and kink-free.
Navigation is key during any wilderness excursion. By learning how to use a compass and bringing it along, you’re less likely to get lost and stranded.
Suggested Item: GWHOLE Military Lensatic Sighting Compass
GWHOLE’S lensatic compass is waterproof, shake proof, and highly accurate with its built-in bubble level. It has a thermos-elastic liquid-filled capsule with floating dial, rotating bezel ring, inches and centimeters ruler units, adjustable diopter sighting lens, sighting lines and a conversion chart for angle, gradient and distance. It also comes with a user guide to ensure that you can learn how to navigate with a compass properly.
8. Light Source
Having a light source such as flashlight or headlamp will help you with navigation, especially if you get lost at night.
Suggested Item: Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
This Storm headlight features one quad power LED and one double power white LED light that can give you up to 250 lumens of power. It also features green and red single power LED lights for night vision mode. You can make quick adjustments between full and dim power with its Power Tap Technology. It’s waterproof and dustproof to ensure that it works well in outdoor environments. Black Diamond’s Storm headlamp uses 4 AAA batteries for power, but the single power LED can last up to 80 hours and the quad power LED can last up to 150 hours.
A whistle is helpful to scare away wild animals that may attack, or as a signal for help if you get lost.
Suggested Item: Binboll Emergency Double Tube Whistle
Binboll’s emergency whistle is made out of a durable aluminum alloy that’s built to last. It’s a high frequency whistle that has a maximum voice of 120 decibels. This survival whistle allows you to be heard from far distances. It has a double tube design that’s waterproof and ready to use in all weather conditions. Not only that but it’s small, compact and weighs only 0.42 ounces.
10. First Aid Kit
Carrying a first aid kit is essential for wilderness survival to help deal with any injuries that might happen while out in the wild.
Suggested Item: Adventure Medical Kits Mountain First Aid Kit
This Mountain First Aid Kit was specifically designed to deal with ailments and injuries in wilderness survival scenarios. It’s good for treating 1-5 people for up to a week. The kit contains sterile bandage materials, wound care, blister/burn care, CPR face shield, fracture/sprain care, common medications, and other essential first aid supplies. It also includes the Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine as a helpful resource. Be aware that the first aid kit case is not waterproof, but to keep the equipment dry and usable be sure to store it in a waterproof bag or case. >>>Click here for more info about the Adventure Medical Kits Mountain First Aid Kit<<<