Should you be considering a wilderness trip, have you consideredwhat you need if things go bad?
The key to survival in adventures such as theseis always toprepare. This articleprovides a simple report on important belongings you should put in your “survival pack” if you venture off of the beaten path… particularly whenit is simplyyou and alsoa friend or two.
Remember, the goal of your survival pack is always tohelp you stay warm, dry, well fed, and eagerfor that unexpected. So, take this list and consider the environment you’ll be visiting; then find out ifthere existsanything you think you should add.
Things toconsider in your survival pack list:
• Maps • Compass • Hat, gloves, and further socks (in case you are going where it’s hot the whole night) • At least one long-sleeve shirt, one pair of long pants, lightweight gloves, and scarf to help keep bugs away youthrough the night. • Water (lots more than you imagineyou will need, in re-fillable containers) • Iodine tablets or another water-purifying tablets • Emergency food (including high calorie trail mix, chocolate, energy bars, freeze-dried meals, etc.) - At least enough for one full extra day. • Hiking boots • Waterproof coat • Tent (or tarp to create a lean-to) • Sleeping bag • Cooking utensils • First aid kit including Vaseline (or perhaps antibiotic like Neosporin or Bacitracin) and non-medicated baby/talcum powder. Remember Vaseline is a goodapproach to heal and stop chafing on anything exposed to the wind, and baby powder is wonderful for heat rash. • Whistle (all metal or 2 plastic whistles) • Flashlight (preferably the brand new LED version with spare batteries; spare bulb if not the LED type) • Pocketknife (preferably a multi-use knife like the Swiss Army variety) • Waterproof plastic sheet (5x7 feet or larger) • Water-resistant, shock-resistant wristwatch • Sturdy plastic bags to carry water • Fish hooks & fishing line • Fully charged cellular phone or FRS hand-held radios that’s actually better in more remote areas • Extra batteries to yourcell phone or FRS radios • Weather radio • Waterproof matches or lighter and tinder • Quality magnification glass (doublesto starta fireplace) • Candle(s) • 25 feet of cord/rope • Insect repellent • Sunscreen • Chapstick (or lip balm) • A coil of wire (at the very least 4 feet): Can be used for repairs, snares, drying line, etc. • Wire cutters & pliers (unless your bank account knife has got the equivalent tools) • Emergency blanket • Waterproof poncho for emergencies) • Snake bite kit (another one) • Bivouac sack (large, bright-colored, waterproof bag you can actually crawl into)
If you choose to leave some of these items in the home, think about it carefully; what you leave in your own homecould possibly be the missing important item for your survival.