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SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT: YOU NEED THESE TOOLS TO SURVIVE IN THE WILDERNESS
Did you know that an average person can survive up to 3 weeks without food?
But only 3 days without water? And only 3 hours with low or high body temperature?
There are essential pieces of equipment that you need to take with you into the wild. They ensure your survival in emergency situations.
In this article, we will introduce survival items that you need to avoid ending up in disaster. Then you know exactly what your backpack should not be missing.
Basically, the more items that ensure your survival, the better for you.
The problem: you cannot take every item with you. That would be too difficult and you would not get off the mark.
It is therefore important that you pack the right items. You must always have this with you in your survival kit.
Here are the most important items for survival.
1. Fire lighter
Starting a fire in the wild is one of the most important things. It protects against cold, which can be very uncomfortable. A fire also keeps predators away and you can use them to prepare food or boil water.
I recommend that you have at least three ways to start a fire.
– fire steel, magnesium flint, fire starter (get here)
These are fairly easy to use and should never be missing in your equipment.
– Matches and lighter are a matter of course
Corresponding scale is also important. Either you have made some yourself or you use wood shavings or birch bark or you get unstable fire starters.
The best way to carry the firelighters is in waterproof containers and store them separately in your backpack.
2. Survival knife
When you’re out in the wilderness, there are many tasks to complete. A survival knife will help you tremendously.
You should make sure that it is a high quality and very stable knife. Imagine cutting a small tree with your knife. Then it must not break apart or bend when you hit the knife with a thick trunk.
You can also look for a good multitool with a knife.
Your survival knife should perform the following functions:
. Cut cords
– Point the sticks
– splitting of wood (batoning)
– Cut down small trees
– Exempt animals
– Skinning animals
– serve as defense
Make sure your knife is really sharp when you head out into the wild.
The following also applies here: it is better to take a simple replacement knife with you. If you only have one and you lose it, your situation will deteriorate massively.
3. Map and compass
Sure, you can take a GPS device with you and rely on it. But that would be too easy and it is not certain how long the battery will last.
You also need to read maps and use a compass. Both are robust and a compass doesn’t harm water. Only then will you be on the safe side to orientate yourself correctly.
Watch videos or take part in a survival training. Using a compass and walking in the right direction is not easy. You can also take a look at our compass category, where we also described how to use the compass correctly.
Maps are also light and easy to carry. If you take maps with you, take a road map and a map of the topography with you.
4. First aid kit
Even if you only go into the forest for a short time: take a first aid kit with you. You should have this with you at all times.
It is important that you can make a pressure bandage. This is especially necessary for serious injuries with bleeding. Most first aid kits have these dressings.
We have extra first aid kits in our online shop that are suitable for camping and traveling. These are especially recommended when you are out in the wild.
There are different saws and each one copes well with a different type.
Bow saw, folding saw, chain saw, wire saw, hacksaw or tension saw.
Most importantly, you have one with you. The saw should be sturdy and light and have a metal frame.
With a saw, you can simply saw through logs or make firewood. Or you can build a shelter out of large branches. Much easier to do with a saw. You mostly have the raw material wood in abundance.
6. Good clothes
The weather: unpredictable. It changes within hours. Sun turns into rain, rain turns into snow.
But there is a remedy for this: the right clothing.
Even if you go into the wilderness on a hot summer day, you can expect the worst.
You can’t use hypothermia on your survival adventure. This is the main cause of most human deaths in the wild.
A fire may go out or the warmth is insufficient to adequately warm you.
Always stay away from cotton clothing.
When it gets wet – through sweating or rain – it does not dry as quickly as other fabrics.
The problem with this: You cool down through the evaporative cold. You become stiffer in your movements, which means you are more prone to injury from straining, twisting or slipping.
In addition, you can get a cold and pneumonia.
For this reason, I recommend clothing made of synthetic materials. Woolen materials are also recommended.
Synthetic fiber dries faster and warms better because there is no evaporative cooling
arises. In addition, these materials are often water-repellent.
If you are really in trouble, your voice can fail quickly. Nor is your voice as loud as a pipe.
So take a pipe with you, because it has a long range. You draw attention to yourself and people nearby will be able to locate you quickly.
Plastic pipes are recommended as they are light, swim and do not rust. It’s best to carry your pipe around your neck.
8. Rescue mirror
Imagine a helicopter is looking for you. Then the pipe won’t help you either.
But a life mirror, also called a signal mirror, sun mirror or heliograph.
These lightweight, compact mirrors can reflect light over long distances and send signals to people far away.
A stable rope is an important survival tool – also called a paracord. You can use them for abseiling, for your hammock, for pulling trunks or carrying firewood.
Take different lines with you, such as fishing line, clothesline, string and grill / frying line. Tip: many paracord ropes have braided fishing line and tinder in the core.
10. Water filter and water tank
At the beginning of the article I already mentioned the water problem: If you haven’t drunk water within 72 hours, it looks very bad for you.
Optimally, you need to drink at least one liter of water a day. If you are physically active, like in the wild, you have to drink even more water.
You could take a lot of water with you now. The problem: water is heavy. A liter weighs a kilo.
This means that you can only take a few liters with you. You have to find the rest.
And dirty water makes you sick. If you get sick in the wild, your situation will deteriorate drastically.
So take a water filter with you. So you filter the water sufficiently. You can get these water filters at reasonable prices in our shop!
It is night, complete darkness. The fire goes out because there is not enough firewood. You can no longer see the hand in front of your eyes. There is no flashlight.
That mustn’t happen. Total darkness can cause fear and helplessness.
When you’re out in the wild, a flashlight should be in every survival kit.
Flashlights have never been so light, energy efficient and so small.
You can also use a headlamp, which is just as good.
You can of course find both in our shop!
You as a piece of equipment
Now you have all sorts of equipment with you and you can use it to master most emergency situations.
However, you also need to know how to use these tools and how to use them as effectively as possible.
Two other important elements are part of the overall package:
Knowledge and physical & mental fitness.
I can only repeat: you have to be able to handle the objects. The best knife in the world is pointless if you can’t handle it.
So before you embark on a real adventure, apply the items in a safe environment. Then you can try everything and learn.
There are also many books and videos on the various items.
You can do survival training in many regions.
Physical and mental fitness
You have to be fit for the forest and adventure. Your fitness is a crucial factor.
Surviving and coping with emergency situations means stress. Even if you are now imagining it romantically: once you are in the situation, you have to make difficult decisions. You will develop fears and insecurities that you did not know before. You absolutely have to avoid panic.
Lighting a fire or building a shelter can be exhausting. This often looks easy in films, but often requires hours of physical work in the right survival.
In addition, you must not lose your optimism. If you are constantly at the low point during your adventure, more will go wrong. And things will go wrong – I promise.
Imagine you haven’t had food in two days. What will your mood be like? You have to be able to deal with hunger. For example, you can practice this beforehand.
If you are physically and mentally fit, your chances of survival are many times higher.